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    Re: Is this really worth $70k?

    As to the other part of your question ... yes all kinds of mandolinists play instruments of that and much higher value ($150,000) at concerts and festivals on a regular basis. Players like Chris...
  2. Re: Set up question- intonation on the D string

    As a second thought are you sure the saddle was on the bridge base oriented properly. There are some threads showing proper orientation of he saddle. Sometimes causes problems like yours. I should...
  3. Re: Set up question- intonation on the D string

    Put a capo on 1st fret. Tune up for Ab,Eb,Bb and F low to high strings. Is intonation OK now? then the problem is in the nut. Maybe the D strings not noting at the front edge of the nut, maybe...
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    Re: action at the nut and chords

    Quite a few ideas on how to get there but the goal is the same, an easy playing instrument. Looking at an instrument with a zero fret there would be no gap when pushing the string down at the 3rd...
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    Re: action at the nut and chords

    When I ran my repair shop I used capo on 3rd fret and for a mandolin made the string slots on the nut for .002" clearance at 1st fret and .004" for an acoustic guitar. Make sure that the slots ramp...
  6. Re: Stressful Times: Bringing New 'E' Up To Tune!

    I use a winder and have never had an E string break on my Heiden but have worked on many guitars and mandolins that did. Usually there's a cause that can be cured... take note of where breakage...
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    Re: Early flatiron mandolin prices rise help?

    I think it depends for the Flatiron on that magic date of when Gibson purchased the Flatiron company. The original Flatirons signed by Carlson have a much higher desirability (is that a word) then...
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    Re: 7th fret problem

    Since you say a tuner shows neither flat or sharp on that fret then it sounds like intonation is not the issue. My guess is the dissonance on one particular note is something ringing in resonance. I...
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    Re: Amy Helm chord form

    Sorry for saying Emily instead of Amy, I must have been thinking of my granddaughter.
    Dave
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    Re: Amy Helm chord form

    POWER Chords !!!! mandolin players must lead very sheltered lives. When I was young very many years ago every kid that had a guitar could play almost anything using a power chord moving it up and...
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    Re: High frets on mandolin.

    I have heard inexpensive mandolins with good tone on the "high" frets but it seems to be the exception rather than the rule. As in the case with my own inexpensive ones. However my Heiden and other...
  12. Thread: Hearing Aids

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    Re: Hearing Aids

    I had the same dreadful sound on my old hearing aids, took them out to play. The problem is the lack of bandwidth, hearing aids are designed mostly for speech and the audio bandwidth slopes off at...
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    Re: Swapping Taylor guitars pickup

    The MiSi Align XT system sold by Elderly Music is a direct replacement for the Taylor 3-pot electronics. It uses the LR Baggs pickup that goes right in place of the Taylor pick up. Sounds great. Also...
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    Re: On the search for a fingerboard

    Strange I was sure I got FB's from LMII a few years back that were thicker than 1/4" and I paid them extra to have them deep slotted and radiused to 12". But maybe I got them from some other...
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    Re: On the search for a fingerboard

    LMII will radius fretboard for you (you specify radius) for a reasonable additional charge, at least they did a couple of years ago. Also you have a choice ofwood quality depending on budget and your...
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    Re: Please help! Fixing my pick direction

    I has a similar problem then had lessons from John Reischman, he suggested.. tap toe to the beat, pretend your pick is tied to your toe... Toe goes down pick goes down.. toe come up pick comes up. Do...
  17. Thread: Beware EVOs

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    Re: Beware EVOs

    My Heiden A-41 required fret work a year ago so Michael installed EVO on it. Same sweet, balanced, loud tone as before. I believe Michael said he uses EVO on all his new builds. I'm totally satisfied...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    I just phoned my 2 friends who I usually get to the States with or they go on their own. Doug was down to Utah in Feb/Mar and Bud was to 3 places in WA. We've been doing festivals etc for at least 20...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Well that shows how out of date I am on the CITES thing, I stand humbly corrected in the corner with dunce cap on!! So far myself and others in the area still travel to Montana, Idaho and Washington...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Remember the op is looking into sending or bringing the vintage instrument to Canada. We do NOT have a ban on all rosewoods as does the USA. Our only ban is on the Brazilian rosewood as per CITES....
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    As of the last I heard Canada does not have a ban on Rosewoods other than the CITES on Brazilian rosewood. Canada does not have the Lacey act so rosewoods other than Brazilian can be brought though...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    I had just started playing a mandolin (about 3 months) and my friend who played mandolin suggested I go to a workshop (1 week) and learn to play. So he booked me in to the workshop in Sorrento BC. On...
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    Re: Mandobird pickup hum-Bad ground?

    We should look at this logically ... mandobird worked properly, then something failed !causing a hum problem. Most lkely scenario is a ground connection failed. This probably caused a ground loop...
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    Re: Mandobird pickup hum-Bad ground?

    I always look for simplest first, it does sound like a ground problem, not a short but an open or poor connection. The most logical is the part that gets the most use and movement .. the output jack....
  25. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Also watch Sierra Hull along with Chris Thile in videos, as well as a lot of other players. Most use both types of chops, which ever gives the tonal, chunk sound that each tune needs based on their...
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