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    Re: Song Writers???

    I'm learning mandolin partly because I'm terrible at melody in my song writing.

    Words are my strength so I start there. My method may be like Explorer's above. I call it reverse engineering a...
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    After looking up the proper way to do it, I measured the body at 13" so that and the scale would make it a 3/4. Not sure if the overall length is just unusually long or if I didn't know the right way...
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    Now for the bad news. This is not a full sized violin as the listing stated. The scale is 12" and the overall length is 22 1/2".
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    OK, I think I have it. I'm waiting for an email from Eastman to confirm. This is an Eastman ML-300. The fittings are rosewood, not boxwood. The clincher is that Guitar Center and others sold the...
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    Well, I have it and am still not sure what model it is. I'm going to call Eastman tomorrow. It has a less expensive 3990 Howard Core case but it is really nice. I wish I could find one like this for...
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    Last guess before I take off for Seattle. Boxwood parts seems to prove it is not a Samuel Eastman. The lowest possible model is the Andrea Eastman V?200 (I see VA, VC, VL and don't know the...
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    As for lunch, Fremont or U District is where I tend to go. Kingston - Edmonds will be the ferry I take and then I work my way south and come home over the Tacoma Narrows bridge in late afternoon....
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    Yeah, the tuning pegs and chin rest look like boxwood, which I've seen on VL305s.

    The other clue is a photo of an inside label which states that it was made for Eastman by Molin in Beijing. I can...
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    I think I found what this is. Eastman made an "Upgraded VL-100", solid spruce and flame maple back and sides. I've found three used "Upgraded VL-100" violins which sold on ebay for $456 each. I'd...
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    ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    Since I have to go by Seattle Goodwill tomorrow and pick up a couple of purchases I was looking for anything they had for sale which might be of interest and which I could pick up at the same time....
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    You communicated much more effectively this time. Even so I would submit to you that every mandolin built is a controlled experiment that produces a result. Those luthiers who are successful over a...
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    Here's where I mention dampening: "Stiffness is required in order to keep the vibrations of the string from immediately dissipating."

    Now you obviously have a lot to say that is worthwhile. But it...
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    When I took physics we started with the ancient Greeks and what I learned is that simpler systems work and are useful despite not being as accurate. "density, stiffness and damping" is exactly what I...
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    Per Gilchrist:
    Red Spruce Picea rubens,..., is the hardest of its species and a good choice for soundboards where clarity is important when playing with other loud instruments. Needing a little more...
  15. IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    Achieving a loud mandolin top is simple physics. Given the same dimensions, bracing and the same strings, force of picking, a similarly stiff top with the least mass will produce the highest volume....
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    Re: Loud, or Not So Loud?

    I use these rubber picks:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002Z2CZY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Re: Wow, what a flip!

    Not a flip until someone buys it. The story might be, "Wow, what wishful thinking".
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    Re: Go To Jams Now!

    The only jam going on right now in my area is a traditional Irish gathering once a week. I knew nothing about this music aside from hearing it and liking it. After a few days of research I find that...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I used to use index cards as a cheat sheet which showed me the tempo, the first two measures and sometimes a few descriptive words. By the time I got through two measures I always knew what I was...
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    Re: eBay sales tax

    I'm a CPA. For the longest time whether a business selling into another state had to collect sales tax was a function of their presence in that state. If Guitar Center had a store in your state then...
  21. Re: Question about Acoustic Amps and PreAmps

    To continue my uneducated "IIRC", a long cable will kill the treble, so a preamp corrects that problem. Perhaps cables are made so well today that noise which the cable picks up is no longer a...
  22. Re: Question about Acoustic Amps and PreAmps

    Power amp and full range speaker works but Ray is right. Acoustic guitar amps don't have the bass that the first option has but mandolins don't need it and most of the weight of the former is to get...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    My first was an Olympia OM-6SW. It was quite good, just a bit weak on the wound strings, and I kept saying I wouldn't upgrade for years. However I discovered while learning jazz chords that holding...
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    Re: Go To Jams Now!

    I'm in the same boat, (though four months in so I'm a little further) frustrated by the jams which have gone on hiatus for the summer.
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    My own theory, which I've followed with mandolin and previous instruments, is survey the pricing of appropriate used instruments and buy the first big bargain that comes along. That way once you...
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