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  1. Re: Couple of strings going out of tune regularly. Machine heads?

    One more possibility - too many windings of string round the tuner post. If your windings get close to overlapping previous windings, they can move around and change the tuning.

    Has this happened...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    If you want to diagnose the problem yourself, you have to approach it systematically. The first step is to put the mandolin back into correct setup, and then start again from there. So the steps are...
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    Re: Hardwood tops

    I make ukuleles, so most of them have had hardwood tops.

    If you're asking specifically about mandolins, I doubt there are many around with hardwood tops. Hardwoods tend to dampen out the higher...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. When I started performing my playing fell apart, of course, but soon recovered and improved vastly. Learning to do an extra thing (performing, which is a whole new skill)...
  5. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    Two reasons for bolts:

    1. Bolts can be used without glue. This makes later neck adjustment much easier.

    2. If a tenon is glued with Titebond, excess heat (e.g. left in a car on a sunny day)...
  6. Re: Newbie Builder - Getting started - which books/tutorials

    If a detailed build log for a uke with pictures would help, here's one I did for a general woodworking forum a couple of years ago:
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    Re: Should I Try to Repair This?

    The neck has skewed to one side, and you can see how the top has twisted as a result. Something has come badly loose inside!

    Professional repair costs would be measured in several (maybe many)...
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    Re: Training the Mind

    For me, when I have an audience the big thing is to ignore the mistake. Play through it and keep the performance going.

    If you do this confidently enough and later quiz audience members you get...
  9. Re: Kentucky E strings suddenly not able to play B hitting fret a

    It's winter and your central heating is on, almost certainly reducing the humidity indoors. The wood will shrink across the grain, which means the top will be a little lower than before. So if you...
  10. Re: Beginners, how many set up your mandolin successfully on your

    I've made around 50 instruments, mainly ukes but a few guitars, so each one had to be set up of course.

    I'd say that if you have a low priced instrument it's worth setting it up yourself. Do it in...
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    Re: bridge string slot too shallow?

    If the intonation is fine, then *slightly* deepen the notch on the tailpiece side, sloping up towards the front of the bridge, without touching the notch at the front. In an ideal world the base of...
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    Re: Removing a mandoliln fret board

    Forgot to say, if it's hide glue you really do need the moisture.
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    Re: Removing a mandoliln fret board

    I've used it for ukulele fretboards, though damp not wet cloth. Works well, though you will probably still need the knife.

    The board might well curl somewhat and need flattening before reuse. And...
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    Re: Green Felt Under Tailpiece Cover?

    The tenor guitar I made has a mandolin tailpiece, and I put felt under the cover precisely to prevent vibration between bridge and tailpiece.

    But I used red felt - is that a problem? I do have...
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    Re: Prodigious and Sophisticated Musicians

    I think there's no question that natural aptitude gets you a head start. Nor that natural aptitude without practice hits a peak below what we might call "professional" standard (carefully not...
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    Re: On stage banter

    A live show is a performance. If there is no performance, then the audience might just as well be listening to a recording, the actual musicians aren't providing anything extra just by turning up.
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    Re: Tenor Guitar tuned to GDAE, is it worth it?

    FWIW I'm experimenting with a baritone uke tuned GDAE, which is close to what you are after but with nylon strings of course. Chords are really muddy, though of course steel strings would give a bit...
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    Re: How did this happen?

    More likely someone sat on it! (no impact marks). That could have sprung the back loose from the block, so that's worth checking.
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    Re: Column: Where is Bluegrass Headed?

    This! (as I believe Tom's generation say).

    There is an important place for those who fell in love with a particular musical tradition and work to keep it alive, but it's inevitably a minority and...
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    Re: Plectrum guitar string gauges.

    I don't know the answer, but here is how I'd work it out.

    That scale is about 1 fret longer than a "standard" guitar, maybe a little more. So at playing tension, the top four strings of a guitar...
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    Re: Ukulele as enjoyable as mando?

    I think that's because of the shallow initial learning curve for ukulele. There are lots of people whose whole ambition is to strum and sing simple songs. It's not much effort to get to that stage,...
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    Re: Buying a bouzouki in Ireland - advice

    I can't answer your specific questions, but my experiences in Ireland is that it's a remarkably hospitable country. You make friends, sip Guinness all day (without anyone ever getting drunk) and...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Don't forget the problem of multiple singers, particularly singing harmony. I attempt harmonies with my friend Cat, and we have a song which is manageable (but just a bit low for me) in C, and...
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    Re: Please recommend a decent Ukulele (NMC).

    Hurrah! Roy Smeck.

    I'm primarily a soprano ukulele player precisely *because* of its limitations. Making a song work on a soprano, if you want to do more than simply strum the main chords and sing...
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    Re: Intonation: remind me...

    Damn, yes! Away from the nut (which I typed then "corrected")
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