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  1. Re: Weber Bridge - nut spinning, unable to raise/lower

    "The post on a Brekke Traditional bridge can't possibly turn in that design without major obvious damage to the saddle and probably to the bridge and the instrument itself."

    That is true some of...
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    Another Original Tune

    A person on a recording website offered to master tracks for people. I sent him this track and he worked some magic on it. He has multiple Pultecs and other tube gear that really added some goodness...
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    Mandolino & Theorbo Duet.

    https://youtu.be/CZme5SwFJyI

    This is rather lovely, there are two other videos in the series.
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    Childgrove

    This tune goes all the way back to 1701 and is perhaps named for Sir Josiah Child (c. 1630-1699), a wealthy merchant who purchased the estate of Wanstead House in Essex in 1673. It is speculated...
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    El Noi de la Mare

    I had to make another video of my arrangement of "El noi de la mare" on my mandolin built by Alfred Woll.

    It's the model "Solista" (2021) with a new design - a small cutaway and neck joint at the...
  6. An afternoon picking w/ Andrew Marlin & the Griffith Loar

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    https://youtu.be/FqcVKoA6ZLs

    Thought folks might enjoy seeing photos from an afternoon picking session over at Matt Ruhland's place yesterday (and a truck...
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    Sylvan Dawn

    Dear mandolin friends around the world,

    exactly two years ago, with New York City the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, I did what seemed to be the only reasonable thing to do at that moment:...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    My neighbour plays the banjo. One morning I saw him out on his front porch talking to his dog.
    It was obvious that he thought the animal could understand him.

    I walked back into the kitchen and...
  9. An O'Carolan tune on mandola: Eleanor Plunkett

    I've been busy this week. ~o)

    https://youtu.be/2Cse7u-EK5U
  10. Bach - Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Cantata BWV 147)

    https://youtu.be/-xzhj2KisVA

    "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" is an excerpt from Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (BWV 147) by J. S. Bach. A proper rendition of the piece is here (timestamp...
  11. Mozart's "Don Giovanni" K. 527 - 'Deh vieni alla finestra'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1HR6UhXNp4

    That's me on mandolin; the guitar and flute sounds are synthesized from MuseScore, until such time as I get to perform it for real.

    I mostly use my...
  12. Re: Payment process for selling on the Cafe

    Not mentioned yet is the fact that the MandolinCafe team (Scott T. and I'm sure others) do a silent and thankless job of weeding out every classified listing that doesn't look right. They can see a...
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    A John Dowland Lute Piece.

    Discussed by one of YouTube's most popular music analysts.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgDbj2OvSwI
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    While we’re sort of on this subject, if one does much bridge fussing, as apparently some do seasonally, a “string raiser” can be useful. A homemade version can be nothing more than an L-shaped...
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    This has happened to me a few times as I've adjusted my bridges before at full tension and in my times, I've done this it was the saddle that made the pop bang zoo because it got caught up in a...
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    The metal screw part of the mechanism screws into the wooden bridge base with a tiny hex driver. The wooden base of the bridge is tapped to receive the metal screw. It seems more likely that this...
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    I had a similar thing happen to mandolin no.1, I heard a very uncomfortable crack and then found the saddle in two pieces......parted like the red sea.....except with a crack. I had made the saddle...
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    Maybe the bluegrass police were banging on your door to remind you to loosen the strings before raising the action?
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    I spend a little extra time when I make a saddle so it fits well to the adjusting wheel. I can turn the bass side up under full tension with my fingers. I don't think I am capable or strong enough to...
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    I would doubt that raising the action a little is going to cause a brace to come loose. The pressure change was minimal to the top. And it wasn't like you were hammering a wedge in there. I would...
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    How about a bridge bound string that suddenly released on raising the bridge?
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    No expert here but Id consider the nut jumping the thread.

    Also, a look at the reflection of light on the top, can you see reflected lines straight or symmetrical curves on both sides of the...
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    I hope it is just the threads on the adjuster. I would de-tune and inspect the adjuster threads. I would expect visible damage. If not, I would keep the mandolin unstrung and get it to a luthier. ...
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    I would suggest always backing off string pressure a bit before raising the saddle.
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    Re: Scary loud bang when raising bridge

    Feeling lucky? How about a jumped thread on the bridge screw? Thin brass thumbwheel nut only has a few threads and at tension, you’ve got perhaps 15 lbs to raise. If that’s the issue, the loud bang...
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