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    Re: Updating/Modernizing 1914 f2

    Lots of folks have done this. I don't mind the smaller frets, but if you like larger frets go for it.
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    Re: favorite festival tent?

    I would use boat carpet cut to fit the tent. It would roll out easy, not be bothered by moisture, feel good, and you could simply shake it out.
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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    Restored one a couple decades ago for a friend, he tuned it in open C and it sounded like a piano. It was huge, way cool. I think he got around 5K for it. Ry Cooder was looking at it, but I think...
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    Re: Feedback on a magnetic pickup

    Magnetic pickups that are not potted well are prone to feedback. When it is secured to a top, and the top is vibrating, it can be prone to feedback at higher volume. Piezo pickups are also prone to...
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    Re: Best stage pedal for live mandolin

    Brentrup, K&K twin, Red Eye. I get compliments all the time on the sound of my mandolin, it works for me.
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    Re: Yet another string winder thread

    Never use one, just technique when putting on new strings. Been discussed several times here. Slotted headstock is the only time I use one, and for me that is on a guitar.
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    My lacquer instruments show almost no wear. My main mandolin, a varnished instrument, shows a ton of wear. It also sounds much better. I think there is a significant wear difference between the two...
  8. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    The plain steel strings will be the same in pretty much every set of strings, so if the E strings are bright you may want to try a heavier pick. If you can get used to it, I used to prefer it. a...
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    Re: Anchor a finger on the pit guard or not?

    I don't plant, but do brush. I can play both ways, but prefer to brush. When I don't a guard I curl my fingers sometimes, but leave them out most of the time. I try to not touch the top when I let...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    That reminds me of a quote from a teacher long ago. " If ignorance was bliss you'd be in a peaceful state for the rest of your life".
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    Play it some more, it may take time to adjust to the new fretboard. If after a while you still can't deal with it, change it if you like the sound enough to keep it. I have an old Gibson with an 1...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I don't think playing at home distresses an instrument as much as hard gigging. I was playing around 4 hours a day at home and gigging lots. The home playing is much more controlled and I don't think...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    I think it is easier to go to violin after mandolin. It's less to learn on the violin, and you can focus on intonation and bowing.
  14. Thread: Stable Cracks

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    Re: Stable Cracks

    Cracks appear for a number of reasons. I have glued cracks that have been stable for 30 years. I guess you could call that a stable crack. Tops and backs are joined without cleats and are fine, you...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    My varnish finish shows lots of wear. Not like a distressed instrument, I use an arm rest and pickguard. I think the environment you play in makes a difference too. Lacquer finish is much more...
  16. Thread: Washburn M-1/SB

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    Re: Washburn M-1/SB

    If the string height above the 1st fret is too high, which I think it will be, there is no need to disturb the nut. You should be able to simply file for the proper string gauge as you bring it down...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    If an instrument is built in a low humidity environment it can tolerate that environment better than one built in a more humid environment. A lot of people who have to deal with humidity and dryness...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I totally agree Mark.
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I agree Mark, excessive humidity can damage and instrument, especially glue joints. Here in the midwest we have humid days, and nights that can get to 100%. Days can get in the 60's on a good day and...
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    Poll: Re: Solid Wood Acoustic Environment/Storage

    I have played outdoors in a snow storm in temps in the 30's and played on a river cruise with temps in the 90's and humid. As long as you don't open your case that is below freezing in a 90 degree...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I wouldn't worry about over humidification, unless you are putting something wet in your case. Natural humidity from the environment I don't believe will damage you instrument. Setting it out in a...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I live in the midwest, high humidity in the summer. I also play on a river cruise weekly on the Mississippi River, very high humidity. I burn wood for heat in the winter. I try to keep the humidity...
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    Re: Finish Flaking off on Neck

    I would take all the finish off and make it into a speed neck. It would be very comfortable and you won't to worry about the finish anymore. It will also not be stick if you play in humid conditions.
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    Re: Gibson Master Models

    Well it gives you more time to play music, always looking for the positive.
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    Re: Gibson Master Models

    You can still work while getting Social Security, it just take the pressure off to work all the time. It's not a cure all for a good business income, but does help. I took it about 10 years ago at...
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