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    Re: Recording King ROST-7-TS - part 1

    Interesting thread. Only contribution I can make is I like a wound A (in GDAE) on a tenor, it sounds a lot better to me than a PS A when strumming chords.

    Means I have to buy custom strings...
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    Re: Beginner ?ís about changing sound/tone

    Oval Hole Eastman + primetone triangles got me a nice dark sound for not too much money. I've never felt the need to upgrade, it just sounds so good as is.

    An upgrade would give more acoustic...
  3. Re: Finding a strap with holes the right size for my mando.

    The holes in the leather straps I buy has slits, I lengthen the slit with a sharpened pocket knife. If I am careful I can get exactly the right size to where it grips the pin but isn't too hard to...
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    Re: Critical MAS + MC + TMS = NMD

    Fantastic! I played a Pava oval hole once, blond satin, I remember it as the one I should have bought but didn't.
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    Re: Compensated bridge question

    Thanks, this is exactly what I hope to do.
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    Re: Compensated bridge question

    Here is my method.

    If I understand correctly you use a good tuner make the 12th fret match the open pitch on each string, preferably after action height is adjusted to taste.

    Here is what I did...
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    Re: Compensated bridge question

    GDAE - WWWP (wound, plain steel) so a fully compensated bridge might look something like:

    E
    D
    A
    G

    I think I can get close by shaping it appropriately.

    I found some bone blanks...
  8. Thread: Tuning up

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    Re: Tuning up

    I like a capo when doing chordal accompaniment, so I don't have to use all barre chords.

    For melodic passages a capo is less important.

    The Paige is my capo of choice for the mandolin family,...
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    Re: Compensated bridge question

    I think this one will work, is TUSQ ok? Or should I try to find one in bone?

    My understanding is Tusq is generally a brighter sound, which is what I want, would hate to lose sustain though.
    ...
  10. Thread: Pick Question

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    Re: Pick Question

    To me, material, thickness, point shape, and bevel all make a difference.

    I can radically change the sound of an instrument with just a pick change. So to me a big pick collection is really fun...
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    Compensated bridge question

    I just got a new mandola, strung as a tenor 4-string guitar. It came with a guitar-style bridge and a flat (1/8") non-compensated saddle.

    I would love to get a compensated one, I am not finding...
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    Re: Happy Anniversary Mandolin Cafe!

    Yes many thanks, I know a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep this place running.
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    Re: Inquiries on two UK made instruments

    I tried to commission a Paul Hathaway mandola about 18 mo ago. At the time he was using woods that cannot be imported into the US. Best to call him to find out if that has changed (if you are in...
  14. Thread: Guitar Center

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    Re: Guitar Center

    Not a huge surprise, because of the LBO a few years back (to me leveraged buyouts are an insanity where the bought company assumes the debt for being acquired). GC instantly took on a few billion in...
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    Re: Chris Thile's new pick

    Hmm, I truly love the CT-55, it became my most favorite BC only recently though, maybe I need to try one of these too. :-)

    Ordered it.

    They look like a clone of the CT-55 expressed in casein...
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    Re: Violinist- New to Mandolin- Any Advice?

    I have an MD604 sunburst, which is basically a 304 with a gloss finish and a factory-installed pickup. I do love the sustain and dark tone it gets, and use it for my amateur classical stuff. It is...
  17. Re: What are, celtic-, bluegrass-, classical etc. mandolins?

    Thanks for this, the last three times someone said it sounded too 'celtic' for them I had no idea what was being said. :-)
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    Re: Home Recording Setup for Total Beginner?

    Let me suggest a completely different route, and the one I actually use when I need to bang out a quick recording with no vocals.

    For reference I am an amateur sound engineer, own a 2i2, multiple...
  19. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    Is this where we tell all the Eastman lovers that they have tiny frets and they will play a lot easier if you refret them? Eastman OEM size is 53x31, a medieval torture device for unsuspecting...
  20. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    I like big and tall frets also, they take mandolins requiring more pressure than my aging hands can provide and get them into the comfort zone.
    I learned about jumbo frets in the guitar world, and...
  21. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    I own a flat-top mandolin and it is very loud and bright, I prefer a darker sound, and prefer oval-hole arch-tops for that reason. Carbon tends to be dark by it's nature though, which might be...
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    Re: Eastman 805 Review

    I have a 604 (oval hole version), love that thing, it's still my main player. After I got it the 305 sits on the shelf. It's had some work done too, refretting to taller frets and a custom nut...
  23. Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    Starting this as a companion thread to the "why mandolin" thread.

    I started mando as an easier guitar with a unique voice, but over the years have had many unexpected and pleasant surprises about...
  24. Thread: Why Mandolin?

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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I wanted something guitar-like but easier to play than a guitar and hopefully would contribute something unique and a bit different. Looking back I have no regrets, I am a better mandolin player now...
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    Re: pointy vs round picks.

    It was a long journey for me, but I ended up loving smaller thicker triangles with pointy tips, and found that choice of bevel greatly affects tone, enough I don't need a rounded tip when a non bevel...
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