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    Yesterday, 10:40am
    +1. This is absolutely correct. You can't buy overproof (high purity) alcohol (ethanol, that is) in certain states, like California. They do sell a...
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    Feb-11-2020, 11:51am
    No, not many folks do this. First off, the A and E strings are generally all steel (with rare exceptions for the A), and sound pretty much the same...
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    Feb-01-2020, 12:54pm
    I'd certainly consider something by Pomeroy (Don Paine), Andrew Mowry, or Dan Voigt.
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    Feb-01-2020, 11:15am
    sblock replied to a thread Grommets in Equipment
    EBay will sell you rubber grommets. You can buy these in a batch of 20 (from China) with free shipping for just $3.00.
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    Jan-30-2020, 1:38pm
    I'd recommend going to a music store that sells some high-end mandolins, as well as budget instruments like your Eastman. Spend some time and play...
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    Jan-29-2020, 12:31pm
    sblock replied to a thread Weighty Question in Equipment
    Actually, I'm afraid that your recollection of these experiments is not quite right. Yes, some of the very same brain areas 'light up' in fMRI...
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    Jan-28-2020, 3:33pm
    sblock replied to a thread Weighty Question in Equipment
    Sorry, but I cannot agree that the consensus of opinions expressed on the MC is mainly explained by some kind of "observation bias," namely, that...
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    Jan-24-2020, 3:28pm
    sblock replied to a thread Weighty Question in Equipment
    Ah, the madness of human perception! We manage to fool ourselves all the time, and that's a fact. If you happen to believe that something will...
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    Jan-22-2020, 8:46pm
    Here's an arrangement (both TablEdit and PDF versions are attached). Enjoy!
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    Jan-22-2020, 3:25pm
    sblock replied to a thread Weighty Question in Equipment
    Well, I would tend to doubt very much that the weight (i.e., the added mass) of the ToneGard makes much of a difference. The ToneGard attaches to the...
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    Jan-22-2020, 12:52pm
    sblock replied to a thread Weighty Question in Equipment
    Unfortunately, simply "feeling" the mandolin's vibration using your hands or body is no way to assess the loudness of the instrument. And your ears...
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