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  1. Re: Makes me long for the old "Photoshop This" threads

    This one may be too far out there for some of you. Sorry, couldn't resist. It's the Peloton girl.

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    Re: How snug is the best fit for a case?

    The reason a snug fit is better is that it ensures transient impacts, like dropping the case, will be spread across the maximum surface area. If the mando is loose, it will bang into the inside in...
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    1926 high school Banjo-Mandolin Club

    I hope this is appropriate to post here. This is the photo of the Banjo-Mandolin Club in my grandfather's high school yearbook. Hillhouse High School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1926. They had a ukulele...
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    Re: Folkmandolin website

    Just a word of advice from a web designer...that font is really hard to read.
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    Good-bye old Mandolin Cafe

    Sorry for the lack of notice but no sense in announcing these things to our mind. If your browser is functioning properly and hasn't cached a bunch of old stuff you'll notice there's a new look to...
  6. Re: Hearing yourself without playing too loud in a band

    Dear mswlogo,
    your more than rude overreaction shows how much JL277z‘s post hit the nail on the head.
    Not in a single word did she insult you but just showed a personal opinion that might not...
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    Re: Counterfeit D'Addario Strings from Amazon

    Ivan, I think you've answered your own question there. :)

    My guess is, that whatever customs official happened to be opening boxes that day, probably didn't know/remember that that product is...
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    Re: Resonator mandolins

    Oh, believe me I'm tempted, with all this hanging out with Scottish pipers. It's just a financial limit that's stopping me. Have to repair the outside deck, paint the house this Summer, all that...
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    Re: Nava Archtop Mandolin

    Here’s latest video; the neck is finally being shaped (remember it’s been left “square” all this time). Essentially, this is the last woodworking task that I do on an instrument. So when the next...
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    Re: Mary Coogan Mandolin Class

    Glad to hear the great review Mike!

    At O'Flaherty's I went to her Informance and too realized much of what you stated about how she is a dynamic mandolin player, and as you said she does not treat...
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    Mary Coogan Mandolin Class

    I had the pleasure of taking Mary Coogan's advanced mandolin class at the O'Flaherty irish Music Retreat last week and it was an eye opener.

    To my mind there is no consensus on how the mandolin...
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    Re: Tuning maching identification help

    Hi John - I should have posted a link to the Guitar Tech. tuners - here it is :-...
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    Re: Tuning maching identification help

    They have something of a "Schaller" look to me; without the usual engraved logo.
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    Re: Using a capo to make string changes easier...

    This, of course, depends very much on the string-changing technique you decide to use. I find it completely unnecessary. I also find it unnecessary to use a pegwinder, either. My technique, which...
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    Re: stabilize disintegrating teens Gibson finish?

    I have seen several instruments that Frank Ford has french polished over deteriorating finishes, and they retain the old finish look and seal from further deterioration.
  16. Re: stabilize disintegrating teens Gibson finish?

    Yeah, 100 year old shellac becomes pretty much insoluble, in my experience. Careful French Polish work can help paste the loose bits down more securely. Anything you do will change the look somewhat,...
  17. Re: stabilize disintegrating teens Gibson finish?

    Teens Gibsons had some kind of spirit varnish finishes. It doesn't appear to be pure shellac, but seems to be shellac based. It resists efforts to soften or dissolve using alcohol. French polish...
  18. Re: Mandolin/Bouzouki/Guitar release: Shaped Note Tunes

    OOF! I'll fix that. Right... now...

    Thanks John! :)
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    Re: Fossilized Mammoth Ivory

    Not all fossils are replaced by quartz or calcite - i.e., replacement. Original material fossils are another type. They are, "preserved" in some capacity within rock or soil. We'd still use the...
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    Re: Fossilized Mammoth Ivory

    I think the real problem is an imprecise use of the word "fossilized".
  21. Interview with Rory Dowling of Taran on new "Springwell" mandolin

    Here is an interview/chat about the first of the Taran "Springwell" mandolins completed by Rory Dowling recently, with three comparison sets of tunes. Hope it is of interest!

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  22. Re: Taran "Springwell" mandolin by luthier Rory Dowling

    The prototype is still with Rory, actually. It is an important development piece for him, and rightly it should remain in his possession, I feel.
  23. Re: Taran "Springwell" mandolin by luthier Rory Dowling

    Just a wee nudge of the thread back on track hopefully ...


    https://vimeo.com/123505249
  24. Re: Taran "Springwell" mandolin by luthier Rory Dowling

    https://www.facebook.com/taran.guitars/media_set?set=a.841697565958940.1073741859.100003561144303&type=3
  25. Re: Anyone Identify Make of this tailpiece from the design?

    Actually it was to help keep the unwound strings from coming undone.

    http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/Mandolin/MandoString/mandostring1.html
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