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    Re: Tuners - replace or repair advice

    Not a good practice. I've found in my tuner replacement jobs that sometimes 1/4" is .218 and sometimes it's .229. Use the bushings made for the tuners.
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    Re: Tuners - replace or repair advice

    I bought the ebony buttons for mini Grover tuners here earlier this year. They fit a set of F style Grovers on an octave mandolin perfectly.

    These are sold in sets of 6, so you'll need two sets...
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    Re: Guitar Center

    I know many of us thought "again?" when we heard this news.

    I thought "an online instrument store is struggling in the midst of a pandemic where quarantined people are turning to learning guitar...
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    Re: Where to buy armguard hardware

    On line violin shops like Shar, Decor Music and others sometimes have 39 - 40 mm chinrest barrels. I also like to use Hill style hardware, which has two separate feet vs a continuous fixed width...
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    Re: Where to buy armguard hardware

    The threads are 6-40 UNF (or close enough). I buy 1/8" brass rod and thread with a 6-40 die. No other option on a nearly 4" deep mandocello. Be sure to bend before you thread it. The thread...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Final update - I used my Stew-Mac thin superglue with curved applicator and put a few drops down the shaft of the loose A button. I went ahead and did the other A and E's as well. Left the banjolin...
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    Re: Gotoh Replacement Tuner Buttons

    I bought both mini-Gotoh and mini-Grover ebony tuner buttons recently (this year) from Guitar Parts Factory.

    The mini-Gotoh's work great (as do the mini-Grover's).
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    I finally got a chance to swap out the tuners with replacement Golden Age items from Stew-Mac. They have been great - sent me a new set no questions asked.

    While I had the tuners off I double...
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    Re: Allen Tailpiece

    I have 4 custom mando instruments with cast bronze Allen tailpieces. They certainly have more mass than a typical stamped tailpiece which in theory increases sustain.

    I also like not bending...
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    Re: Octave C & G courses for mandola?

    I've used octave pairs on many instruments - my 10 string mandola (on the C, G, D courses), my octave mandolin (G, D and A), couple mandolins on the G and D and on my 10 string mandocello (C, G and...
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    Re: Mandolin size strap button - source

    I've used plain ebony buttons from Maury's. I've put these Stew-Mac Waverly buttons on a few mandolins, a mandola, OM, mandocello and several guitars.

    Both of these work on guitars but are small...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Thanks for chiming in. As I originally posted, there is no truss rod. I've owned this banjolin over 4 years. Never had this buzz before, so I consider it unlikely that after being buzz-free for...
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    Billy Joe Shaver

    I've loved his music for years. This one is my favorite.
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    I just shimmed the D's in their nut slots with a shim cut from an index card. Still buzzing. I'm able to sometimes stop the buzz by applying hand pressure to the D tuner shaft buttons axially,...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Strung up with new Ernie Ball light gauge (E's are .009; A's are .013, D's are .022; G' s are .034). These strings are very long, but I always wrap a few times around the post, wild end through the...
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    Buzz on Open D Strings

    I know this subject comes up periodically. I have a 1930-something Stahl banjolin with a square dowel neck. No truss rod in the neck.

    Never had a string buzz on this instrument before. I just...
  17. Re: Looking for a Sweet Sounding Roundneck Resonator Guitar

    There is a happy ending to this old thread. Picked up a Gold Tone Paul Beard signature round neck resonator guitar a couple weeks ago. I just noticed the reflection of other instruments in the...
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    Re: Eastman tuners

    I replaced the OEM tuners on my Eastman MDC805 mandocello with Schaller Grandtune's. The rollers aligned perfectly (spacing and size is standardized) but the new Schaller bushings were slightly...
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    Re: Port Orford Cedar as a soundboard

    Western red cedar is also not a true cedar, being a member of thuja and not cedrus.
  20. Re: The waiting begins: order in for Clark Octave

    One of the big highlights of Wintergrass for me for the past several years is visiting with Austin Clark and Andrew Lowry and playing their superbly built instruments. I've played many of Austin's...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Good info, but I disagree for a couple reasons:

    1. These are the strings the builder recommended.

    2. I use 13's (mediums) on several guitars, with a .036 D, on a 23" - 25" scale. Same...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    I currently am using flat wound electric guitar strings on my OM. Recognize that the plain steel strings really are about the same from brand to brand and style to style - the E strings from a...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    I have a 21" F4 OM with an Allen tailpiece that takes ball end strings. I use guitar strings, I buy them as singles from my local music store:
    G - .048"
    D - .040"
    A - .024" (wound)
    E - .013"
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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    If an acoustic amp (like my Carvin) has a high impedance (HI Z) input, no preamp or DI is needed. I have a RedEye but I only use it when plugging into a system with low impedance input.
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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    My Carvin AG300 is great for all acoustic instruments, particularly for mandocello and upright bass. Its essentially a 3 way powered speaker. Lots of great features.

    I'm not sure Carvin still...
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