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  1. Thread: I fear

    by dhergert
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    Re: I fear

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    This is a Belknap Blue Grass Claw Hammer with a ripper claw. Very effective for banjo tuning and head maintenance.
  2. Thread: I fear

    by dhergert
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    Re: I fear

    Hmmm, lots of very important questions here.

    I'll start from the end and move upward:

    1) Do you have somewhere else you can live?
    2) Banjos can be tuned, but most experienced players don't...
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    Re: Essential tremor and mandolin playing

    Yes, I have tremors too; I'm 65 this year. I experience them with any fretted instruments that I play. If I pay attention to it, it gets worse and for me it can actually contribute to some serious...
  4. Thread: Tonegards

    by dhergert
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    Re: Tonegards

    I use one on each of my 2 F-style mandolins.

    I see three advantages:

    1) as commonly discussed, to keep the belly of the player from contacting the back of the mandolin.

    2) also commonly...
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    Re: How an Instrument Shapes Our Playing

    I've experienced it; if you are a sensitive player, the instrument changes how you play, sometimes immediately, sometimes over a period of years. I've had instruments that totally changed my playing...
  6. Re: Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions

    FWIW, also discussed in this Cafe' thread.
  7. Re: musical instruments exempt from cites rosewood

    So CITES categorizes Appendix I species as those being currently or immediately threatened with extinction, and Appendix II species as those being or soon to be endangered.

    An issue that hasn't...
  8. Re: musical instruments exempt from cites rosewood

    It's passed! (Press Release)
  9. Re: musical instruments exempt from cites rosewood

    Thanks, very helpful!
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    Yes! They probably also tested new Kay basses! (Which incidentally, also usually suffered from a lack of maintenance-free longevity.)
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    Re: Why the connection?

    As someone who also plays both and also some other instruments, I think in bluegrass circles people see a lot of multi-instrumentalists and assume banjo and mandolin are easy to switch between...
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    If the neck is actually bowed and there is no truss rod, probably the best way to straighten the neck would be a re-fret with wider-tang frets. The wider tangs would basically pry the fingerboard...
  13. Re: musical instruments exempt from cites rosewood

    Thank you for posting, this is important information. We'll have to see if it gets final CITES approval.
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    Re: New case option

    I want to know how they keep the mandolin from falling out.
  15. Re: Bridge parallel to the top or the strings ...

    Unless the bottom of the saddle is flat against the top of the bridge with no adjustment left, every two piece bridge that I've seen on a carved top mandolin very quickly "learns" at least a minor...
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    Re: James tailpiece on a Collings MT2

    Bill James is a joy to work with.

    If it's any help, the holes on my new James tailpiece exactly matched those on my F-9. I was also able to use the original F-9 tailpiece screws (which are a...
  17. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    Nice... But isn't it harder to play upside-down? :grin:
  18. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    In my full mixer experience dealing with feedback and noise using a single condenser mic, you reduce the levels of the condenser mic nearly to the point where it may as well be a dynamic mic.
  19. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    There are large diaphragm condensers (LDCs) and small diaphragm condensers (SDCs)... In general condensers are notoriously hot mics, and they require phantom power; they are very powerful, but also...
  20. Re: SummerGrass, San Diego (Vista), California 8/16-8/18 (THIS WE

    We just got back home a couple of hours ago. We hated leaving. SummerGrass has been one of our favorite festivals over the last 20 years and this year's festival was even more of a treat because...
  21. Re: SummerGrass, San Diego (Vista), California 8/16-8/18 (THIS WE

    We're there now, arrived around noon Thursday, great jamming last night,. Lots of campers already present. From the jamming I predict it's going to be a great festival.
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    Re: Fret level after 10 months

    Yea, I just did a minor level on my F-9... No fret wear (Evo Gold), but I significantly lowered the action to accommodate my aging left hand and fingers, and it became evident that there's been...
  23. Re: SummerGrass, San Diego (Vista), California 8/16-8/18 (THIS WE

    Great, I'll look for you Bruno, we'll be in Electric.
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Bruno, I've never been there but I've been told that there is repair person in the Lake Elsinore area that many of the pros take their nicer fretted instruments to -- Chuck Block (yes, Ron Block's...
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    Re: Out of my league

    Yea, most full-time (and/or travelling) musicians feel good if their 10 year old car or van is working properly, if their gigs pay what they promised to pay, and if they can pay their rent. If they...
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