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    Re: Info on J. Bovier mandolins, please

    I have one of the first of the third generation A5 models that I purchased at the end of 2012, just as a Jeff was introducing the new instruments. Mine is actually one of the ones pictured on the...
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    Re: Stiff tuning pegs

    You’re much better off using a dry lube. Tri-Flow and 3 in 1 both make a dry lube that works wonders. Machine oil stays wet a long time and can attract dirt and dust that will eventually just make...
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    Re: Best suited cast tailpiece

    I never understood what the big deal is about redrilling. More often than not the new tailpiece will cover the old holes anyway. I’ve changed the tailpiece on a few mandolins and never had to plug...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    The OP never said ANYTHING about flatwound strings. He asked about the steel core. There are many strings out there that use a round core, regardless of the type of winding. Read the post people.
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    Re: Silk and Steel Strings?

    I used them for years before I discovered flatwounds. They are great for those of us like me who don’t like the brightness of bronze. I loved them when I was using them.
  6. Re: Can anybody help me identify this instrument?

    Neck is too long for octave mandolin. It is a bouzouki.
  7. Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    Hi Victor, great to hear from you. I’ll send you a PM when I get a chance so we don’t discuss personal band history on this unrelated thread.
  8. Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    Me too. I was pretty early on the list and it sure has grown. Hard to believe it has gone this long, but I hope it continues to do so.
  9. Re: Breedlove “Black Gold” - Lacks Volume

    Probably not the model but that particular mandolin. I had a Breedlove OF that was quite loud. A friend of mine liked it so much he bought one of the exact same model. It was a dud. Mediocre tone and...
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    Re: New Fender 1.5mm pick

    I'm always up for trying new picks, but I have to say, this looks a bit gimmicky to me. What is the purpose of having 3 layers of the same material? They're standard "Extra Heavy" is 1.25 mm. I would...
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    Re: D'Addario Flatwound Guitar Strings

    They are very appropriate for other string instruments. The EFW74 flatwound mandolin strings were essentially borne out of the D’Addario Chromes line. They were just shortened and combined in a set...
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    Re: TI strings

    Because they’re constructed very similar to TI mandolin strings. All violins strings that I know of are flatwound.
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    Re: TI strings

    I’ve always believed the silk wrappings are responsible for the tuning stability of TI strings.
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    Re: About my pick grip

    I’ve never believed there is any “right” or “wrong” way to hold the pick. Just use whatever is the most efficient way to get the tone and speed you are trying to achieve. While I see lots of great...
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    Re: Thinking I might have to do a speed neck

    I had the same hesitation with my J Bovier. The figure on the neck is beautiful. I didn’t want to lose that. However, the sticking to the neck was driving me crazy so I did it. Best thing I ever did...
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    Re: TI strings

    TI flatwounds are a whole different animal when it comes to being old. I would never consider using a set of used bronze strings for backup, but flatwound strings don't oxidize like bronze so the...
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    Re: TI strings

    I haven't read through all of the posts but I wanted to mention my experience with TI's. While the subject of cost inevitably comes up when discussing Thomastik, one thing that you need to remember...
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    Re: Making an Eastman Sing

    This is so true. I was fortunate enough to be on the list for both of the Travelling Pick Samplers. As anyone who has been part of that will agree, it is pretty cool to sit for hours and try dozens...
  19. Re: 2001 Flatiron Festival F - Add a radiused fretboard?

    I had the same experience with fret size. I had a Kentucky KM-850 for nearly 17 years. When the time came for a re-fret I was talked into larger, guitar frets. I was amazed at how much easier it was...
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    Re: Toning down a bright instrument

    Keep in mind it will only tone down the brightness of the wound strings. If the mandolins' tone is bright overall, flatwound strings won't help the unwound strings. Also, a softer tone pick, such as...
  21. Thread: V-picks

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    Re: V-picks

    I see this over and over again in Blue Chip threads. People that spent two or three thousand dollars on a mandolin complaining about $35 for a pick. Be glad you don't play a quality violin. Top...
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    Re: V-picks

    The difference between Blue Chip and V-Picks is night and day. Blue Chip has about the smoothest edge surface I have ever seen on a pick, while the V-Picks are very rough and inconsistent. Same with...
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    Re: V-picks

    I have tried several models of V-Picks. They are one of the noisiest picks I have ever used. There are some qualities about them I like, but they not only are very scratchy-sounding, in my opinion,...
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    Re: The Pointless Mandolin

    Aren’t A5’s already “pointless”? Anyway, it’s hard to tell how it really sounds. It seems loud but it’s obviously a very reverberant room, which can contribute to the illusion of volume. Doesn’t seem...
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    Re: Gravity Pick Gold Series

    This is the shape, size and thickness I have used for years, so it is definitely a fair comparison. This is the only Gold Series I have tried but have tried many of the acrylic type in several...
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