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  1. Thread: Classifieds

    by Philphool
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    Re: Classifieds

    Sellers would like for you to at least see the picture and perhaps be tempted to change your budget. Pretty obvious isn't it? Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.:)...
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Markers on the face of the fretboard don't matter to me.
    Side markers I like and use.

    In fact, I wish EVERYBODY would put 2 dots on the side at the 12th fret. I've got some with only one dot...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    I've owned 2 very nice mandolins, each costing 5K to 10K, which had non-adjustable truss rods which needed refrets to replace non-worn out frets so that the neck could be straightened. Both built by...
  4. Re: Ellis Torch and Wire in todays classified.

    I could never buy that Ellis. I couldn't stand all the crying I'd do when the first ding happened.:(
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    Re: Material Below the Bridge

    I've never needed a mute on an instrument with a James tailpiece if the tailpiece was properly installed (strings lie firmly on the 0 rings.)

    I've needed mutes on several other instruments. ...
  6. Thread: Improvising

    by Philphool
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    Re: Improvising

    Yes, I can sing what I plan to play. I can imagine some things in my head and then play them. I've got scales and arpeggios.
    The problem is that the ideas that are in my head are very limited. ...
  7. Thread: Givens A

    by Philphool
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    Re: Givens A

    People say lots of things that they believe. Some of those things are true.
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Just to have all info on one thread, it's been reported in a previous thread that the proper O-ring to use with the James TP is this one.
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Yeah, it's scary. But the installation instructions that come with the James tailpiece advise that the angle of the tailpiece be BENT to make it point towards the top of the saddle. You have to...
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    I generally agree with Brad. BUT... beginners (I remember) may not be AWARE of certain concepts and therefore have a hard time thinking much about them.

    Case in point: Eric, if you can play the...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    yes.
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    If all else fails, look at the saddle. I had one instrument like you describe and finally noticed that the slots for the A strings were made with a downward angle towards the forward edge. Thus the...
  13. Thread: I-Tone Picks

    by Philphool
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    Re: I-Tone Picks

    I had the same experience with the onyx. Plus too much pick click. I sold it after a few days.
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    Re: Those other chords?

    @David: I only meant that the flat-3 chord was not used in my "Five Foot Two" example, and that I just keep flat-3 in a different brain compartment than I do when thinking of Circle of Fifths chords...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    May we all seek to emulate his better ways. RIP Ivan.
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    Re: Shipping Costs

    Ha, Ha, Ha!!! He thinks that after you've paid and the box is put on a truck or plane, there's gonna be a guy there who wants to take the time to remeasure the boxes coming through??? The guy's...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    I had the same problem with the colored tabs the first time I used them.

    Then I tried: 1) unroll the string completely, 2) hold the loop with my left hand, 3)grasp the extended part of the...
  18. Re: Campanella two-point (How to make an accent on due?)

    You can make a é by holding down the alt key while you type 130 on the keypad with 'numlock' activated. Like in Dué.
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    Re: Get Up John and tuning

    I think we discussed once that Skaggs did "Daniel Prayed" using GUJ tuning on the video with Patty Loveless. Sounds great. (his break is at 50 sec.):)
  20. Re: Mandolin players who bought or have played a Waterloo Mandoli

    I played one at IBMA yesterday, just for a minute. Honestly, I was surprised at how nice the tone and feel was compared to other flat top mandolins I've played. There was still the woofiness of...
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    Re: XT D'Addario Mandolin Strings?

    I put on a new set of the XT D'Addario strings (11-40) yesterday and went out to a jam last night to try them out.

    Less than five minutes of the new-string jangly metallic sound that I hate. So...
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    Re: Easy strap lock

    A bootlace around under the tailpiece and through a strap hole is great insurance!!
    179787

    (There are neater ways to do it than I've shown.)
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    Re: V-shaping a C or round shaped neck

    No need to put tape in midline, would just be in the way.
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    If all else fails, perhaps actually have a conversation with your bandmates?
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    Re: V-shaping a C or round shaped neck

    I've done several of these in the past, including an Altman and a smaller amount on a Heiden and a Kimble.

    (Taped off the neck at headstock transition and nearing the body and did a cosmetic...
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