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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    If an acoustic amp (like my Carvin) has a high impedance (HI Z) input, no preamp or DI is needed. I have a RedEye but I only use it when plugging into a system with low impedance input.
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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    My Carvin AG300 is great for all acoustic instruments, particularly for mandocello and upright bass. Its essentially a 3 way powered speaker. Lots of great features.

    I'm not sure Carvin still...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I've shared this story before, but its been a while. I picked up mandolin completely by accident.

    My neighbor across the street and I had been getting together to pick tunes for a few years. I...
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    And me like an idiot all these years just holding my instruments on my lap while changing strings....the money I could have spent buying one of these in every style and shape....
    ;-)
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    My 1930's Stahl banjolin has a square dowel set into the neck heel, with opposite end screwed in place from the outside of the rim.

    I set mine up for modern low action by both plugging and...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    I am pretty good at sight reading notation for mandolin or fiddle (at tempo). I'm a lot slower on guitar. I'll confess I never spent any time with tablature.
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    Re: Help me narrow down my search

    I only made it through the first 3 pages in the classifieds here before I found several F style Northfields and a couple Collings in the $5 k and under range. Not to mention vintage Gibson's as well.
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    Re: Replacement Tuner Buttons

    The Amazon ebony buttons arrived from China. They didn’t quite fit so I spent some time with a drill and tiny file. Here are a couple pics of side by side ebony and pearloid:

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    Re: Octave pairings?

    I didn't know that term for it but its also how I've strung my 10 string mandola, OM and 10 string mandocello. These instruments I have all use a zero fret so the nut slots can accomodate a variety...
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    Re: New kind of to site

    Djsmith you joined 12/8/19. Good to have you here!
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    Re: Octave pairings?

    That's what I do. My OM has an Allen tailpiece that takes ball end strings, and I use octave pairs on the G, D and A courses. I make up custom sets from individual guitar strings. I've got flat...
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    Re: Octave pairings?

    This is dead simple, two ways.

    1. To tune an octave higher, halve the diameter. So your octave G would be .023 and the octave D is .016.

    2. Even easier, use a spare A tuned to an octave G....
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    Re: Replacement Tuner Buttons

    The buttons are only slightly looser when slipping over the shaft. Once the button screw is hand tight the tuners function just as before. I never epoxy anything that's meant to be removable (and...
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    Netflix has a bunch that I've enjoyed - Running Down a Dream (Tom Petty), The Other One (Bob Weir), Tricky Dick and the Man in Black, No Direction Home and Rolling Thunder (both Dylan), Twenty Feet...
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    Re: Replacement Tuner Buttons

    And now for the mini Gotoh buttons. I bought these regular guitar sized ebony buttons for Gotoh tuners and put them on my Morris. They fit perfectly but are just too big:
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    Here...
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    Re: Replacement Tuner Buttons

    The mini-Grover ebony buttons arrived today. Original pearloid buttons:
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    New ebony buttons:
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    Part number - 188008
    This is much more preferable to me. I’ll post...
  17. Re: How do I raise the nut height on a banjolin

    What's the action up at the 12th fret? On my 1930's Stahl banjolin I needed a new bridge, reset the neck dowel and shimmed the neck off the pot to get the right action. Nut was fine.

    That said,...
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    Re: Replacing Tuners on 1930's Mandos

    Here’s the old Regal with the StewMac “Golden Age” tuners. I like the look and they work much better than the original ones.
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    These guys were SO GOOOOOD at last Wintergrass. I had not heard them before. They put on the best show of anyone there (in my opinion, of course). Tremendous energy and musicianship.
  20. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    I'm also not into bling. As an old Harley rider who eschews chrome, I like the old school saying "chrome don't getcha home."
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    I started out, like many did, without knowing much at all about mandolins. With experience I learned what I liked and didn't like in tone, playability and looks (in that order). So when it came...
  22. Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    I just had a rattle on one of the D's on my octave mandolin. It was a slightly loose tuner button screw.
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    Back to binding - I get that using wood is more difficult, thus more costly. But why not nicer colors if we are stuck with plastic? I've seen some nice tortoise shell looking binding, dark brown,...
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    One of my highlights every year at Wintergrass for the past many years has been to admire and play Andrew's (and Austin Clark's) amazing craftsmanship.

    But I'm more than satisfied with my less...
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    Re: Replacing Tuners on 1930's Mandos

    Yes it occurs to me just to have more windings between the first wrap and the roller hole. I've always used 3 wraps from bottom up (for wound strings; 5 for plain) then wild end through the hole,...
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