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    Re: Slot tuners Stiffness Problem

    Everything you need to know, thanks to the late Cafe member Paul Hostetter. This treatise has saved probably thousands of us from big mistakes:
    http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html
  2. Re: Time Sensitive: Your opinions needed ASAP

    I've flown 6-8 times, domestically and to Mexico, with a backpack and A-style hard case, ALMOST never a question asked. The one time it was, the attendant saw the 3-raquet (padded + insulated)...
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    Re: Is this Washburn worth anything?

    A note of caution (from an amateur):
    The photo w/ ruler shows, IMHO, a lot of neck relief, enough to be an issue regardless of bridge height. Mandolins normally have barely perceptable relief (far...
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    Re: Is this Washburn worth anything?

    Is that a stripe of wood down the back, or a separation? Both?

    I'm far from expert, but Vintage Guitar mag might help:
    vintageguitar.com/26801/tonk-brotherswashburn-5241/

    Given the closeness...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    FWIW (a laugh?), back when I first got here, probably '09 or '10, there was a Loar asking price of $500K! I forget were that was (no Reverb yet, possibly eBay), but pretty sure that went nowhere.
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    Re: action at the nut and chords

    Yes, in this amateur's opinion. The difference is that a 1st-fret measurement is unlikely to be influenced by happenings further up the neck such as relief, which is largely controlled (on most...
  7. Re: Could someone help me identify this old bowl back?

    - There seems to be some minor damage and missing binding (the black & white trapezoids) near the bass side of the tailpiece. Just a guess, but the damage is probably more cosmetic than structural....
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    Re: Is this string about dead?

    It isn't just the nut slots.

    Intonation, those offsets at the saddle, normally varies for wound vs. plain strings. Look at your mandola's bridge/saddle compared to a typical mandolin's. You'll...
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    Re: TKL A style case help

    FWIW, when I needed a case for my '40s Martin tiple (a cross between baritone uke & 12-string guitar; 10 strings in 4 courses), Elderly, on the phone, pulled one of their two tiples out of stock and...
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    Re: The Hollies - Look Through Any Window

    I suspect it's the body that's a few inches shorter, with less meat south of the tailpiece than on many solidbodies. "Optional delusion", maybe? The markers at frets 15 & 17, around 1:23 in the...
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    Re: Is this string about dead?

    Biggest question: What type of instrument IS this?

    IF mandolin, that looks like a flat-wound E, with round-wound G & D. Wound E-strings on mandolin are, in my experience, unheard of. Not sure if...
  12. Re: Mando Nut - Open A and fretted notes on A string bad

    Yes it could be a bad string, but it could also be that the "flat" string is leaving (last touching) the nut somewhere toward its center, rather than at the front edge. A temporary fix that would...
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    Re: 1930 Stradolin

    Ha! I've lately become the keeper of a similar '30s-ish Stradolin. It's in nice condition o/t the missing tailpiece cover and almost-seized tuners, waiting for my Tri-Flow. Please - don't tempt me...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    ... or through a fair amount of it, thinking of Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line".

    With all due respect to Mr. Cash (and that's a LOT!), when you realize that simple music theory was driving the key...
  15. Re: I have read other threads and i am still confused- newbie man

    +1!

    Viewpoint #1: Because mandolin's smaller size & shorter scale requires much tighter tolerances compared to guitar, mandolins tend to cost about twice what an equivalent-quality guitar would...
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    Re: Humidifying problems

    Pretty sure that would need to be something like solid fiberglass or molded plastic construction, with an O-ring seal around the closure; those normally costs huge bucks. Just IMHO, if it would hold...
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    Re: Humidifying problems

    Not at all scientific but, before the whole-house humidifier, I'd put the cases of lesser-used instruments into plastic garbage bags, along with the humidifier, confident that the moisture would stay...
  18. Re: New mandolin, is there something wrong with the nut?

    Side topic:
    I'm mystified by the nine layers of alternating grey & white fretboard binding. At first, I thought it might be a grained ivoroid surface catching the light differently, but it's...
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    Re: Hi, I'm new to this

    For a good overall introduction to mandolin in general (which is really what you're asking, as you're NOT specifically pursuing, say, bluegrass or jazz or classical), it's hard to beat Don Julin's...
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    Re: Eagle mandolin

    WAY different! The (silk-screened?) logo looks far more modern, and the plastic or nylon (white) tuner bushings would indicate bottom-of-the-line quality. Maybe a plastic saddle; hard to tell. ...
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    Re: Bridge Compensation Query?

    Yeah but...

    Guitars' "guitaresque" saddles, at least for steel strings, ARE compensated, even if only at just a slight angle. With there being only one string per course, it's not so critical...
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    Re: Wegmans mandolin

    Nice find! Looks like the luck (or just good taste?) has already started.

    ... like much of the Cafe population!
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    Re: Mandos on the wall

    Sorry to sidetrack, but I DO miss the mandolin room at Mandolin Brothers, on Staten Island. Play one instrument, and 90 (or did it just seem like 190?) answer back. Just thrilling!
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    Re: string gauge calculator

    I've used vice-grips, or an actual vice, to crush the ball/tube in on itself, hopefully without crimping down on the string's loop. With luck, this results in 4 somewhat equal quarters, with one of...
  25. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    Also far from expert at finishing, but I've used oil finish as simple touch-up on various items, if not better-quality instruments. My understanding here is that the oil will not and, preferably,...
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