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    Re: microphone feedback cures

    Put the mic closer to the guitar so it doesn't have to be as loud. 2" would be the most. I would also not be at the 12th fret, but at the fingerboard extension with a slight angle toward the sound...
  2. Re: Gibson Master Model vs Custom Master Model - advice please

    Even new strings still in the package, unless the new sealed packages, will age. I would ask if I could change the strings and play it with a little more vigor to see how it would sound. After...
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    Sue, if you like the nickel silver, try the pure nickel.
  4. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    Charlie you could maybe use a clip on mic on the mandolin. You wouldn't be glued to a mic stand and the folks you are playing with may be less bothered since it's kind of like a pickup, kind of.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    While the Schertler is a contact mic, finding the ONE place that is a sweet spot is not easy and may not really be possible. Sound waves take distance to focus, having a "mic" right on top of the...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Nice to have your wit and wisdom back David.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    For me there are two sounds using piezo pickups. One is under the saddle, or in this case in the bridge (Fishman)or unnder the foot of the bridge (K&K). The other is under the top, or stuck on the...
  8. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    The tapastring jack eliminates the need to drill and works well so you can have the pickup inside.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    I like K&K, and prefer them under the top. I am not familiar with Adeline.
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Billy, filter caps are what filter out the AC ripple after the rectifier, so you have DC for the tubes to work. If you look at them they may have a small dimple on the positive end, but if they are...
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Power tubes and the phase inverter tube will make the most difference. If the amp is old you may want to check the filter caps too. If they go they can fry your amp. They also have a shelf life of...
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    Re: Tuning up a Traditional Brekke Bridge

    I use paraffin for lubrication as opposed to candle wax. Works well. Candles made out of beeswax will hold moisture, paraffin will not.
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    Not quite true. When I replaced the tuners on my 22 decades ago there were no other tuners with the correct spacing. Since I didn't want to modify my mandolin, I modified the tuners. Since the...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Like to be clear here. The preamp does not boost the signal, it's not what it's for. It should have a different name. In fact a lot of preamps for piezo pickups actually lower the signal. The...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I have used a lot of different preamps over the years, I have been using the RedEye for several years now. It is simple to use, has a good sound, and a boost switch. I added a mute switch in mine,...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I would prefer without equalization on the instrument. Whatever preamp is on an instrument will be of dubious quality, while you can have a much better quality peamp that is external. You can also...
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    Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white get it?

    Well if natural is what you want, leave whatever doesn't steam out and call it character. It is old after all and should have some character.
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    Re: Mandolin - Resonator by Republic

    JB, your wit is killer. :))
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    Re: Gibson 1930's A50 info please

    That's why I love this place, you can always learn something. I haven't had a SOL so didn't realize they had transverse braces.
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    Re: K&K jack for an A5

    If you don't use an adapter it is simply a cord with one end 1/4" and the other end 1/8". No adapter and smaller at the instrument so not really a problem. Make (or buy) the special cord instead of...
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    Re: Tuner Buttons Buzzing

    Before these were available I would buy any tuner set and cut the tuner plates apart at the screw holes. It doesn't have to spread so much that the screws won't hold the plates on but will be enough...
  22. Thread: Micro Mixer

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    Re: Micro Mixer

    You could get a stand alone phantom power unit. It may quiet the noise, if the phantom is better, the mic will work better.
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    Re: Gibson 1930's A50 info please

    If a mandolin has ff holes it will most likely have tone bars. I don't recall seeing an ff hole mandolin with a transverse brace.
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    Re: Gibson 1930's A50 info please

    A traverse brace is parallel to the bridge, while tone bars are, kind of, perpendicular to the bridge.
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    Re: K&K jack for an A5

    I have performed with a Tapastring jack in my mandolin for many years without incident. The 1/8" plug is sturdy and I have had it pulled on a few times. I carry a spare cord, but have not had to use...
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