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    Default Best strap for A mandolin

    This may have been covered in previous threads but new products may have come out since then.

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    I got a Neotech strap for my resonator mando and have been diggin it. The quick release is great because my resomando has a very tight molded case.

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    Search for a Bill Bailey! Great strap !
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    I just got a Bailey for my A--I love it!

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    I bought one of these from the Mandolin Store and like it a lot...about $20 http://www.themandolinstore.com/scri...?idCategory=96
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    Ah Deja Vu .. still say a DIY project has a sense of accomplishment added.
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    I use a thin strip of 1/4 inch cloth piping from a fabric store, tied around the head stock and end pin, for my Rover A type (and two Army/Navy models also). It's light, cheap and works fine, so far.

    Since it's so thin, I need to wear shirts with collars to keep it from digging into my neck, but I usually play sitting down anyway, so there's not that much tension on the strap. I've often thought of getting one of the braided straps from Lakota Leathers, though. I'm saving for a couple. They look great on their web site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    Ah Deja Vu .. still say a DIY project has a sense of accomplishment added.
    I agree. I make my own, somtimes from plain leather, other times using braids learned at the mighty University of YouTube

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    For an A mandolin, I really like Alan Gelman's "Strapworks" straps from Florence MT. Since there is no F'n strap hanger, Alan uses a very fine braided leather that stays out of the way under the fretboard extension. I find the Bailey's way too bulky...
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    Apologies for missing the 'A' requirement and uploading a selection of straps for F mandolins.

    I make A straps in a few different forms. My new A4 has a strap button at the heel, which is the best solution I have tried so far. I never liked the strap under the fretboard idea - it seems to tip the balance of the strap just too close to the centre of the instrument (the button at the heel doesn't do this in my experience). If attaching at the headstock I prefer either a slim strap under the strings behind the nut, or a bigger loop going diagonally across the headstock, over the strings from between the G tuners to between the A tuners.

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    RM, Personally I dislike having a guitar or mandolin strap tied to the headstock. I asked Tom Ellis about installing a button on my A style....and he demured. I know some makers don't mind. Tim O'Brien has one on his Nugget. I find no balance issues at all and change routinely from my F style to the A without any adjustment....This strap is an elegant solution to the problem.

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    I have two "Bailey" straps and a "Ray" strap made by my friend Ray Hoenstein. The main thing I like about these styles is that they are: flat; flexible; comfortable; and don't slip around.

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    I used a shoe string for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodin View Post
    I used a shoe string for awhile.
    I've been using a shoe string for 35 years.
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    I use Long Hollow softy on all my mandos. Very comfortable and only $20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc holiday View Post
    RM, Personally I dislike having a guitar or mandolin strap tied to the headstock. I asked Tom Ellis about installing a button on my A style....and he demured. I know some makers don't mind. Tim O'Brien has one on his Nugget. I find no balance issues at all and change routinely from my F style to the A without any adjustment....This strap is an elegant solution to the problem.
    Doc, I agree with you, in fact. I dislike the strap on an A running under the end of the fingerboard because that feels ungainly to me, but on my Mix A4, which I requested with a strap button on the treble side of the heel, the balance is perfect. I used to run a strap around the headstock on another A instrument I had, but only because I don't have a luthier anywhere near me whom I would trust to fit a strap button.

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    I braid shoestrings. I also tie about the peghead.

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    [Thanks for the mention there,Doc. I work pretty hard at getting these straps right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacStevenXIII View Post
    I got a Neotech strap for my resonator mando and have been diggin it. The quick release is great because my resomando has a very tight molded case.

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    I had one of these on an F Style, until I realized there was a metal button on it near the end pin side that was rubbing on the mando and leaving marks. Now I don't use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsugai View Post
    I use Long Hollow softy on all my mandos. Very comfortable and only $20.
    Same here, got it locally for that price too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacStevenXIII View Post
    I got a Neotech strap for my resonator mando and have been diggin it. The quick release is great because my resomando has a very tight molded case.

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    I also use a Neotech, for an A-style, and also like it a lot. Very comfortable, doesn't slip around, and as mentioned, the quick-release is handy. And the link to Amazon is cheaper than when I bought one 2+ years ago.

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    Function + Beauty = Bill Bailey straps!
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    I have a King custom strap made out of deer hide on my Kimble A5. It is two-tone braided (black/brown) and I use a strap button. If you prefer a loop around the neck, he can do that too.

    I also like the Lakota straps. The braided are very nice and the soft, thick 1/2" flat leather is very comfortable.

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    Lakota Leathers - I got the bumblebee one and it is very nice. Soft and functional - I'll be buying a few more.

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