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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    '56 F-12 f hole gets D'A EFT-74 Flat Tops, the '16 F-4 oval hole gets D'A EFW-74 Flat Wound and 2002 Duff H-5 gets D' EFT-76s when I can find them, otherwise D'A EF-76s. Guitars?? I'll have to...
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    Re: Madera M200 mandolin.

    If it doesn't say "solid" spruce, it's safe to assume that it is not solid but rather laminated spruce consistent with instruments at this price point. If it were solid spruce, they would say so in...
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    Re: New member saying Hi

    Thanks David!! I saw this post while at work earlier today and didn't have access to my home computer. Welcome lescaster!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Recommendation for an electric?

    Asian made Telecaster shaped 8 string, 2 pickup electric mandolin available in many different brand names. Mine is the Morgan Monroe offering. It's ideal for your needs playing it unplugged late at...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    That usually takes you on the hunt for the next "good one" :))

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    DGtryin said "my assumption is that the primary reason for one to assemble a "collection" of mandolins is to create a variety of sounds and types of music.

    Correct-a-mundo sir, different sounds....
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    Re: Strings and setup

    I found the J-75s were tougher on my left hand, with sore fingertips and finger cramping after a bit of playing, and that's with fairly low action. I like the Flat Tops better for more comfortable...
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    Re: Garcia guitar Grisman mandolin

    Dawg on the 'dola....yummy ;) Thank you!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  9. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    Ace Hardware has them in stock for about 20 cents each. Get the smallest ones.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Mandolin Bridge Woes

    No, the compensations look fine....hmmm gotta give it some more thought.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Mandolin Bridge Woes

    My first suspicion is that the bridge saddle is on backwards (easy mistake for someone not familiar with mandolins). Try flipping the saddle and retuning and also you may want to get Rob Meldrum's...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Paul Duff lists the Virzi tone producer as an option on his builds. He built one into my H-5 mandola. Sounds lovely indeed!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  13. Thread: 75 Gibson F-5

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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    Consider the re-voicing alone rather than adding in the cost of a refinish. It can be far less expensive than the 2 or 3 grand Brick mentions above. I sent my '56 F-12 to Randy Wood back in 2008. It...
  14. Thread: Mike Black A4

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    Re: Mike Black A4

    Hey Bucket, that beats "cutting bait" every time. You look very happy and it's a gorgeous mandolin. Congrats and Merry Christmas!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  15. Thread: 75 Gibson F-5

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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    I hope I am not giving you a glimpse into the future regarding the binding but here is a picture of what my 70's era head stock looked like when I first acquired this mandolin about 18 years ago....
  16. Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    I am not left handed but once helped a left handed friend convert his A style Ibenez mando to leftie. The 2 areas of most concern are the bridge saddle and the nut. They will be mirror images of...
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    Re: Magnetic Pickup Advice

    Jonathan Mann uses DiMarzio dual blade humbucker pickups that have a single coil pickup footprint. Just another option...

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Eastman gig bag on sale again...

    Me too, it was $15 plus another $6 or $7 for the shipping. At ~ $22 total it is a great bag!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: If your gonna speed neck it....

    I've posted these pix in other speed neck related threads so here they are again. :))

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    It took a bit of effort to scrape the thick and sticky black paint off this 70's era Gibson...
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    Re: Magnetic Pickup Advice

    Do you want it to sound like an acoustic or an electric mandolin? Big difference imo

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  21. Re: Anyone use a Fender Mustang GT40 amplifier?

    I can't imagine that you would have to update the firmware very frequently, if at all. It should come with Fender's latest firmware. I don't have a Mustang GT40. I have a Super Champ X2 with USB...
  22. Thread: A-String Buzz

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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Typically you should make truss rod adjustments in smaller increments, like 1/4 to 1/2 turn then let it settle in for awhile. Sounds like you took up a lot of slack with that adjustment. If you...
  23. Thread: A-String Buzz

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    Re: A-String Buzz

    At one extreme yes, it helps address buzzing issues. At the opposite extreme, it helps address a stiff feel to the strings' play ability, once any contributing nut slot and bridge height parameters...
  24. Re: Lower action on bridge - brekke - may relate to more

    You could try altering the pitch of the triangular pieces of wood and also the angles on the base of the saddle that sits atop the triangular pieces. There are plenty of plan B's here.

    Len B....
  25. Re: Lower action on bridge - brekke - may relate to more

    "Making deeper string depths on the bridge" is not an ideal solution to a high saddle. You can introduce string buzzing if the slots are cut too deep. It's better to reseat the base of the bridge or...
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