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    Hi again Bart, the wife's just pointed out...

    Hi again Bart, the wife's just pointed out something.
    Theres a good reason why some doctors are "ear nose and throat" specialists. There are a load of tubes in your head which are all connected. ...
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    Right you lot! I'm going to record a bluegrass...

    Right you lot!
    I'm going to record a bluegrass version of the Sex Pistols 'God save the Queen' and I'm nicking that last picture for the cover.

    London calling
    Al
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    I stopped smoking about 3 weeks ago after about...

    I stopped smoking about 3 weeks ago after about 30 years of it.
    I started building mandolins about 2 years ago.
    I've realised I just wasn't going to live long enough to be good at it if I didn't...
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    (Glad you're on side Ira) I'm lookin' into...

    (Glad you're on side Ira)
    I'm lookin' into checkin' out the second hand market in Northern Italy.
    Anyone bought a bowlback in Italy?
    The wifes working on the phrase book and the hand gestures.
    Al
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    You need to give your ears and muscles a break...

    You need to give your ears and muscles a break now and then.
    You get it back together, stronger, after a rest, Like most things in life I reckon.
    Al
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    When I started playing punk rock in 1976,...

    When I started playing punk rock in 1976, grunge,death metal and multi fx pedals had not been invented.
    However we did have lots of enthusiasm, which helped us have fun in the face of adversity....
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    I've gotta problem here: The wife and me are...

    I've gotta problem here: The wife and me are going to Venice in Italy for our holiday. Do I take the mandolin I usually take away with us, or do I try and buy a bowlback when I'm there?

    Marraige...
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    This thread seems to go off at a tangent about...

    This thread seems to go off at a tangent about 'String death sweat" so I'd like to put my 2 peneth in from london.
    I once lent a telecaster for one number in a live gig to my bandmate who was...
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    Electric mandolin 5-string recipe: 1.Measure...

    Electric mandolin 5-string recipe:
    1.Measure distance between edge of fretboard and midway between 5th and 6 th string at 12th fret of your favourite guitar. This gives you your nut width
    2 Use...
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    I think your idea is well worth exploring. Would...

    I think your idea is well worth exploring. Would you just use a mandola \ octave mandolin scale length for the fretboard or do the maths and work out your own?
    I build solid electric mandolins and I...
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    10/10 for concept, presentation and attitude! ...

    10/10 for concept, presentation and attitude!

    I'm reminded of on old saying which goes somethging like:
    " It is not enough to curse the darkness, we must light a light."

    You are beginning to...
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    The moral seems to be that if you want a good...

    The moral seems to be that if you want a good nights sleep get a vernier gauge and learn how to cut your own. I even bought some new reading glasses!
    Al
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    I'm stumped about this one over in England too!...

    I'm stumped about this one over in England too! If the strings low at the 12th the bridge or the nut arent supporting the string where they should be, thats logical. But the 4th fret problem? Might...
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    Boss pedals? For my 4 string solid I carry this...

    Boss pedals? For my 4 string solid I carry this lot in a shoulder bag:Graphic, for "tone of the day"- the new phaser you can tap the tempo in to it, - BF2 flanger gives me a lesie type sound- The old...
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    Over here in London, England, bands tend to use...

    Over here in London, England, bands tend to use rehearsal studios where they provide all the gear for you. The one our band goes to has Marshall JCM 800 amps with 4x12s. These things sound great with...
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    Nice to see someone else with a Musicman 65 2x 10...

    Nice to see someone else with a Musicman 65 2x 10 combo. I ve been happy with mine since 1990. The best sounding rig I ever borrowed on a big open air festival stage though was a Marshall transistror...
  17. Hi Kekule, One of the electric mandolins I've...

    Hi Kekule,
    One of the electric mandolins I've made in the last couple of years is a 5 string and Ive always tuned it like the top 5 strings on a guitar. In fact I use 5 guitar gauge strings on it....
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    Keep the facts comin folks and someone can get a...

    Keep the facts comin folks and someone can get a compilation together-
    "shut up and play yer slide mandolin"

    Al
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    Slide mandolin?- Check out The Waterboys Album...

    Slide mandolin?- Check out The Waterboys Album "Fishermans Blues" from 1988.
    Anthony Thistlethwaite credited withslide mandolin on the track When ye go away.
    Seminal 'Raggle Taggle' album. I was...
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    Hi again Jackstraw, Yeah were all really nice...

    Hi again Jackstraw,
    Yeah were all really nice people here! Anybody else noticed that jflynnstl and myself are advising completely different approaches for you to take?
    Rock on Johnny!
    Al
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    Hi from London, and a warm welcome. I'm keen to...

    Hi from London, and a warm welcome.
    I'm keen to help you along the way if I can, but lets tidy things up first and get yourself a thread going in the 'Four and five string electric' section.
    Rock...
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    Further to my post on this thread though, if...

    Further to my post on this thread though, if you're gonna accept a gig for a Reagan memorial, what do you expect in the audience ? Liberals?
    Y'know next time, tell em you're busy.
    Al
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    Hi Mandodon Just sending some support over from...

    Hi Mandodon
    Just sending some support over from London England
    I live in one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods in the World, I kid you not there are over 400 different languages spoken...
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    Hi Jack Straw, and welcome to the fold.What I'm...

    Hi Jack Straw, and welcome to the fold.What I'm gonna say here may sound a bit off the wall but I'd like to share the idea with folks. When I took up the mandolin after years of playing guitars, I...
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    Hi delsbrother re the "its a breadwinner" link,...

    Hi delsbrother
    re the "its a breadwinner" link, I've just nearly fallen off my chair!
    I own one of those things! I bought it in 1992, its done hundreds of gigs had gallons of alcohol poured over...
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