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    Re: Moveable chords

    I started through some of the stuff here today. I spend so much time reading here that I forget there is other stuff!
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    Re: Moveable chords

    Oh yea been around here awhile so that might be confusing. I have played chords but this is the first morning I have given it any serious practice other than a chord here and there when needed and...
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    Re: Moveable chords

    I have always had issues with bar chords in guitar as well. Not the contrition but my hand size and finger size seems to always put a flex point of a joint over a string and it doesn’t fret well...
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    Re: Moveable chords

    I just want to comfortably play shapes and transition between position and shape. That is my goal and currently it is a long way off.
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    Re: Moveable chords

    Sorry. I have just played mostly melody and a few chords but now want to learn some so I was on this website. https://simplymandolin.com/moveable-mandolin-chords/
    scrolling down I was messing with...
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    Moveable chords

    I decided to learn the four string moveable chords. Well working on just the A my wrist is sore and my fingers feel twisted up. I am hoping it is a matter of taking it slowly and building the...
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    Re: Uneven frets...done deliberately??

    I wonder if there was a back bow issue they tried to correct with those taller frets. How does the neck look and how well is it humidified? I had a Strat neck with a serious back bow, I never did fix...
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    I have only ever bought two mandolins. Gasp! My first was from Jim Garber here, still have it and the last a builder mentioned here so I commissioned it form him. Oldwave Maker. Still have it as...
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    Re: Pick Hold Issues

    Holes never worked for me but it does work for some, trying pick is easy and inexpensive until you get sucked into the more expensive stuff.
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    Re: Pick Hold Issues

    I wooodshedded tremolo with a variety of picks until I got better at luck holding and manipulation. Now I use Bluechip because they stay in place better for me. But any pick can work well. Iím no...
  11. Thread: Bubinga

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    Re: Bubinga

    I cleaned the end up better. It looks way off from vertical and the checks seem to follow the medullary rays. Am I seeing this correctly?

    198835
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    Re: Bubinga

    Thank you everyone for your input.

    @rcc56 I neglected that and got my hopes up. Sadly it is not even close to vertical. So the good news is I can use it all for chess boards and the bad news is I...
  13. Thread: Bubinga

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    Re: Bubinga

    In comparison to maple do I need to change the way I carve the back very much?
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Old eyes or just bad eyes. Until a few years agoI had one eye that could literally read writing on the sides of needles. Now not so much. For all the old eyes this sits on or by my bench. The little...
  15. Thread: Bubinga

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    Re: Bubinga

    How did it sound? Looks great!
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    Re: Why play Mandolin?

    The size the tone the bell like quality some instruments have and the round sound others have are just great to my ears.
  17. Thread: Bubinga

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    Re: Bubinga

    Thanks everyone, i am really wanting a chess board or two out of it but now that I know it may be a instrument candidate. I am hesitant to use it for that. Maybe one for our use and the rest for...
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    Re: Bubinga

    I have always avoided this wood because of its price. 4/4 was around 15$ and the 8/4 about 20$ a bdft. But he does get some nice boards in. I grabbed the only 8/4 piece he had. I hadn’t even...
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    Re: Bubinga

    Interesting thanks guys! What is bees wings figure? Here is a section that looks cool with alcohol on it. I put an Otto light to try and get a better representation of the woods color. It’s still...
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    Bubinga

    I got this great piece of 8/4 Bubinga for a couple inlaid chess boards but there will be some left. Is there any place in tue mandolin world for Bubinga? This board is dried to around 7% and is heavy...
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    Re: bending pipe

    I’m searching for my box of silicone heating pads first. I think they get plenty hot enough. Sadly the box was misplaced in a shed or storage years ago when we moved.
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    Re: I want to build a mandolin...

    I think I have all of his they are good reads! I would love to take a class with j.condino someday sadly currently that just isn't an option but if you can do it go for it!
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    Re: bending pipe

    I wonder how well an engine block heater would work, small enough you wouldn't have to crush it. But you would need to run it at 12 volts if it's like my tractor or a car one I think might be 120...
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    Re: bending pipe

    What are the preferred ways to heat? I see some use propane while others dig up heating elements. Somewhere I have some silicone heating pads. They got boxed in a move and I still haven’t come across...
  25. Re: Just when you think you've got it figured out...

    I read somewhere that at one point almost all Stradivarius mandolins were regraduated. If true it also makes me wonder why and what did they sound like new.
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