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    Re: Eastman 815 replacement tuners

    Tuners are about the last place to look for tuning issues. The first? Strings, then nut slots. The tuners on my 1913 A1 have a ridiculous amount of play in the direction they don’t need to work. Get...
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    Re: Eastman 815 replacement tuners

    What do you find lacking in your current tuners? I can’t recall anyone complaining about the tuners on a mapndolin this far up the Eastman chain.
  3. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    Now I want you all to sit down, take a deep breath, then realize all decisions are based on numbers, pure and simple. They are looking for more listeners, and axed that which was a poor producer to...
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    Re: Gibson A1 (requesting information)

    I'd say top dollar would be $1685 in a premium store like Gryphon for an A 1 in all original excellent condition. Ask me how I know.
  5. Thread: New here, hello.

    by Br1ck
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    Re: New here, hello.

    You mean if I moved to South Africa, I’d be considered a good mandolin player? Tempting.

    Love the design.
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    Re: Kentucky KM-505 vs Loar LM-600

    I remember being in the same position. I read a bunch of what should I buy threads, and bought an Eastman 505. The months on that mandolin gave me the confidence to play some others in stores. I...
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    Re: Visit to Carter Vintage Guitars

    I think by now we all should realize that we each have our own experience, which we should trust above all the chatter regarding the idea there should be a collective consensus. I read all the praise...
  8. Thread: Oval vs F

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    Re: Oval vs F

    The answer is, has always been, and always will be, to have both. If you can’t have that, my advise is get a Silverangel with f holes and a redwood top.
  9. Thread: "Powerful/Loud!"

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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    I’m in the middle of a conundrum. I want to spend $5-6k on a mandolin, not out of need, but out of want. But every time I go shopping, I’m faced with a lack of perceived volume from almost every...
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    Re: Material Below the Bridge

    A pair of leather bootlaces will last several lifetimes. To me the grommets are too inorganic looking. But really, for me it’s a precaution against that which my now 69 year old ears can not hear.
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    Look, all this banjo dissing has got to stop. There are so many reasons to own and play one. You can threaten children into good behavior both by telling them you’ll start playing one if they don’t...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-505 vs Loar LM-600

    Don’t assume a mandolin hasn’t changed after two or three seasons. I’d still have a luthier evaluate it. It really does not matter which you get if the setup is fine. Any mandolin will give you the...
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    I use bone filings and CA glue, or whatever the nut is made of. But yes, if you paid someone, take it back.
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    Re: A Pointless Repair

    26 years of patina is a beautiful thing. Frank is a treasure.
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    Re: Pomeroy mandolins

    One must learn to differentiate the descriptions of a broad generic use of the terms from a model specific use. In the broader sense, an F5 could mean any Florentine shaped( scroll) mandolin with...
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    Re: Gibson mandolin face repair needed.

    Jerry Rosa has a video you should watch where he put a new top on a Kentucky. He doesn’t take mail ins because he’s backed up, but won’t turn away walk ins. He’s in Missouri, and goes to jams in...
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    Re: Don MacRostie & Red Diamond mandolins

    It must have been twenty years ago that I walked into Gryphon and heard two killer good players tearing it up on two Red Diamonds, an A and an F. They kept swapping back and forth trying to decide...
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    Re: Rigel pricing inquiry

    I’ve played two or three of these. My impression is that as an acoustic instrument, it was ok, but not great. But it is well made, and I’d consider one if I were going to plug in extensively. I think...
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    Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    Get Rob Meldrum’s free eBook by e mailing him. Just do a search and about a hundred threads will come up. Then spend the fifteen bucks for a thickness gauge set and other stuff. Then see where your...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Yes, as long as you have a known thickness to use as a gauge. I’m surprised how many times I’ve gone into stores with no pick at all. The gravitational force of a store like Gryphon is about three...
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    Re: Tips for fairly new Mando players

    If there was one thing I could tell you, it would be invest in a good mandolin. Spending $1200 or so on a used A style Silverangel, Weber Gallatin, summit, etc. will do the following, first of all,...
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    There are organizations who provide musical instruments to Veteran's Hospitals. Seek one out and give them that old beater you have in the closet.
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    Re: Alvarez a1-e mandolin

    Well yes, a Tonedexter would probably do the trick, but the OP may not want to throw money at the problem. So, what kind of amp are you playing through? Does the mandolin have a battery? If that is...
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    Re: Traditional Bridge w/ piezo

    But one could be just the ticket for use with a Tonedexter. But if you aren’t going that route, bridge piezos tend toward brittle tone.
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    But I like little quick and dirty solutions. Next time I go to Gryphon, I can take a penny and compare mandolin action. Ballpark yes, but useful nonetheless. I do tend to like to fight an instrument...
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