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  1. Thanks

    Great to have this resource, especially those of us just starting out.

    Updated Jan-06-2009 at 12:02pm by Londawg (guestions answered)

  2. Its in my hands!

    Sort of.

    Just picked the mandolin up at the Greyhound station. I have removed the case from the box, and am now letting it warm up. Except, it was already in a warm warehouse since possibly last night. I can check it now, can't I? No! Must let it rest for a few hours more. But, the case was at room temperature when I removed it from the box. NO! Mustn't let eagerness allow finish checking! but finish checking looks cool and vintage...
  3. Ahh, that's nice.

    Pulled out my F5 yesterday and played it for a few hours. It was a welcome bit of sweetness. (I've overdone the candy and chocolates during the holidays, so any other kind of sweetness is unwelcome.)

    No plugs, no amp, no cables, no overdrive, no chorus, no flanger. Indeed, no electricity. Playing this mandolin was like coming home. My fingers knew where to go, and they explored the fretboard seemingly of their own volition, flying from one tune or phrase to the next.
    Acoustic Adventures
  4. Now What?

    The pedal board is versatile, useful, and for the time being complete.

    The next thing I need to work on is one of the instruments. I love the Altered Tele enough to turn it back into a standard guitar, so I'd like to get something I can tune to 5ths.

    I've already tweaked the Mandobird by turning it into mandola. So I need something more akin to a mandolin. I'm thinking an 18" scale length, 5 strings, and tuned as an octave mandolin with a high B string.
  5. The Mandolin Cafe in Review for 2008

    Yes, it's New Year's Eve, but I'm a parent, so, no big parties with hats and horns here... I'm the designated driver and need to shuttle a couple of giggly 12 year-old girls visiting my daughter home at some point later this evening. I don't need my mug shot showing up online. Maybe a glass of single malt whisky awaits me later after that duty is handled. Or maybe it's just bed time.

    Earlier I'd highlighted some events in the Mandolin Community in 2008 that were the highlights, ...
  6. MAS...a sickness for which there is no cure (Part II)

    When we last joined out hero he had turned his back on an exquisite tenor banjo, and was looking for a trade that would bring a new National RM-1 mandolin into the fold. What happened?

    MAS is nearly impossible to control...especially when a cool new instrument is involved. After finding the RM-1 I knew I was hooked. There's not many of these available, and it takes National about 6 months to deliver one once they are ordered.

    Unlike older vintage models, these mandolins ...
  7. Making a Mandolin De-Damping Machine

    Have you ever had a mandolin go to sleep on you, or wished the break-in process for a new mandolin (that still thinks it's a tree) could go a little faster? Did you ever get a vintage instrument that spent a few years in a closet, attic, or under a bed?

    The only solution for this is to play the heck out of the mandolin until it comes back to life. But what if you don't have the time, or are too impatient to wait for it to wake up? This is where the mystical and mysterious would of ...
  8. Done already?!?

    Just got an email that the refret, with fingerboard press to get it flat (apparently it was a bit of a bugger), is almost completed. Wow! After the Bill Graham article I was expecting this to drag on for a bit. Really, I was expecting an email when he was about to start working and decide things like fret size, etc., at which point I was going to remind him about the neck shave (which I thought I had agreed to, but it was in an earlier stage of emails and was easily enough forgotten, thus my plan ...

    Updated Dec-28-2008 at 1:41pm by jasona

  9. New Toys: Update #2

    Ok. I think I got the Flanger dialed in

    Settings (l to r):
    Manual (tone center): 11:30
    Res (resolution; amt of effect in output signal): 9 o'clock
    Depth: 1 o'clock
    Rate: 10 o'clock
    Mode: Generally set to Standard, but I can give it a quick flip to Ultra for sick flange.

    The effect is a nice wash that imparts a sort of a wahwah effect if you strum the strings dry (no chord or notes).

    The best way to find the ...

    Updated Dec-31-2008 at 12:10am by Daniel Nestlerode

    Electric Explorations
  10. New Toys: Update #1

    I have the Chorus unit dialed in. Got a Pretenders/Heartbreakers kind of chime to it now. My wife is happy with it.

    I was doing some fingerpicking on the Altered Tele and it sounded great. Just going from Tele to Chorus to amp with nothing else on it. I thikn this box likes the broader tonal range of a guitar sized instrument rather than the narrowed range of the Mando(la)bird. But then again it could be the pick ups.

    Rate = 11 o'clock ...