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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    MT2, I thank you for your testimony. I would hope if my Collings is typically strung with mediums that the medium strings will suit it. The diameter seemed appropriate. Do you think I made the...
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    Re: Strings By Mail

    Thanks Mark, for this information. I also gained some other sources as the thread went on. Good to know where you are all buying your mando strings. Dan
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    Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I had some gift money and decided to buy the strings I could never afford. I have bought the Thomastik-Infeld flat wound, Mediums to put on my Collings MT GT, Wide nut model. I have previously...
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    I have gone as far as I wanted to go and have made this a nice sounding old mandolin that has really opened up from aging. I shaped the inexpensive Golden Gate Bridge and fitted it to the top with...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    I use 'em. Just for comfort and style. Adds a little bling. 186876
  6. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    I pinch the loop a bit with needle nose pliers and that creates a narrower end. It fits over the hook and stays when I wrap the string before tuning it up. Works fine. I like the look of the TP on...
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    186854Progress report: I have done the fret leveling and crowning. Also, I used a single edge razor blade and scraped the fretboard between the frets and removed the fingernail impressions from the...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Kykym, How do you like the Chris Thile pick from D'Addario? I have been toying with the idea of purchasing one with a gift card I received from the kids for my 65th!
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    Re: Advice on a Good Beginner Mandolin

    This one is a great starter-- check out the report on the M.C. about Stradolins. How do you beat this for $250? https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/156386#156386
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    Re: New Stiver Today!

    Congratulations Pittsburgh Bill! A Stiver, man that is so cool!
  11. Re: Recommendations for a quality but affordable mandolin

    +1 What Chris Cravens said!
  12. Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    This Breedlove on the Classifieds right now is hard to beat for a handmade, USA built high quality mandolin under $1,000! https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/156382#156382
  13. Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    David, Those MD515's are one of the best F5's for the money, consistently! The Rigel I have never played but I sure have heard great things about them and the electronics, as well.
  14. Re: Recommendations for a quality but affordable mandolin

    Fat-Dad is right a Flatiron Festival A is a great choice, as are the Eastman MD605 and Kentucky KM900. Best is to find a used mandolin that is well cared for and give it a set up by a recommended...
  15. Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    I agree with so many excellent comments that have already been made. I want to add that Eastman is what it is: an affordable all solid, hand carved option. Any instrument needs to be well tuned,...
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    Good thought, Bill! It Does look like the friction of a case. The top seems unaffected, relatively, as do the frets. Unplayed for years while living in a case in a cold environment? Could cause...
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    Pat, Thanks for the photos! You’re a tech wiz, bro! Thanks pal!
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    Thanks Pat, Pops and Bill. Karrie gave me the money for my 65th next weekend. I was looking for something to work on that was low risk and likely to play fairly easily after a bit of fret leveling...
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    Okay, Bill, I will do so. I am not sure I can download them from reverb. I will send you there to the site where I bought it. It is very ready to play, although I wanted a project that wouldn't...
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    1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    (Reposted from its original location where I ďburiedď it as a response to an old thread)
    I just grabbed a 1930's well worn-- at the bottom edge-- in good playing shape Stradolin. The back shows some...
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    Re: Chance Stradolin Purchase

    I just grabbed a 1930's well worn-- at the bottom edge-- in good playing shape Stradolin. The back shows some burl of maple so it looks to be a solid wood version. I want it to practice fret leveling...
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    +1 on JeffD's response. I have two and enjoy them very much.
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I like a thicker pick with rounded corners. Dunlop Primetone Sculpted Plectra 1.5 is the very affordable version of the Blue Chip SR60 with rounded bevel I also have with same demensions. But the...
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    Re: D'Addario Monel sets

    Removed — wrote on wrong post.
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    Re: Advice on a Good Beginner Mandolin

    Welcome to the Forum! We are so glad you have joined. There are two obvious choices that most will echo. Not bringing up flat top mandolins, just going with a quality teardrop shaped with “F” holes...
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