Re: Need help with tuning
Most instruments that have a moveable bridge need to have it periodically checked. Mandolin is no different. I am one of those "dreaded" banjo players for several decades now. so playing around with moveable bridges is nothing new to me. The "trick" that most banjo players use- is to LIGHTLY mark where the bridge is (after spending an hour or so, tuning, trying at the 12th fret, then moving the bridge, retuning checking again and then checking again at the 12 fret etc). See no reason why if you were to take a lead pencil and put a small line on each side of the feet or the bridge AFTER you have it correctly positioned. That way the next time you change strings you will have a great starting place. And it should not be off more than a hair.
Of course humidity, different brand, thickness of strings etc will all affect it to a certain degree.
If it ain't got at least 3 strings on it, it ain't worth playing.
Just sittin back, pickin and grinnin!
Thank you AMY RAY for giving me an interest in mandolin and bouzouki, as well as Bill M, and countless others!