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  1. You are the luckiest man I’ve heard about all day…all this week actually. Congratulations on a beautiful pair.. rb
  2. Bobouz, I really enjoyed you commentary on the mandolin. My experience ends with my one encounter with the L.L. Signed F5 I mentioned. Thanks for filling in more detail. BTW, the F5 I played was gifted to the owner some years ago by a late uncle. She toted it around in her car for weeks before it appeared at my house one night after she loaned it to a friend of mine. He was going to “work on it” for her. I explained what she had there and pleaded with him to not touch it. He listened and returned it to her. She took it to Elderly for an appraisal. They sold it for 135K.
  3. I was sort of kidding in my post above regarding Loar. I noted that the mandolin is an oval hole. Did Lloyd Loar only make only f-hole instruments? I’ve seen and played one of his (a ‘24). It was f-hole style, so I don’t know about the others he may have been involved with. whatever it is it is cool and likely worth a lot of money. rb
  4. Um…that mandolin didn’t by chance have a signature inside by a guy named Lloyd Loar did it? Maybe 1924 or thereabouts? holy smokes what a great gift to you. That J45 is beautiful. rb
  5. Good setup + good strings + time with the guitar is all that’s needed. I’d avoid “the guy at the store” from now on. He is just wrong. There are dozens of great string choices out there. rb
  6. That guitar has a really good sound, BK. Very rich sound. Thanks for the post. rb
  7. Wow, FB, that was excellent. I really enjoyed your take on this song. I’m also not a TW fan, but your version was terrific. The J45 is perfect for your voice and for that style of performance, and you don’t need no stinkin’ key changes. thanks for sharing this…well done! rb
  8. I think I’d be tempted to sell it intact, Al, and get something with the tone you’re looking for. You might spend time and money and still not like the outcome. rb
  9. No, drills and guitars don’t mix well. Think hand reamer for the tuner post holes and pin vise drill for the little screw holes. rb
  10. Yeah, that’s what it’s all about. Nice one, Sal. roger
  11. Well done David. Good storytelling. Thanks for posting this. roger
  12. Keith, that was SERIOUSLY good. Loved everything about it. thanks for the treat. roger
  13. Thank you Lars and Jeff. I’m happy that you liked my attempt. Roger
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