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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Best strings ever.
  2. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    I have a 1922 A Junior that i respect very much. I am disappointed by the behavior of the current Gibson people.
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    Hopkinson Smith -- Cello Suites

    I'm working through JSBach's Cello Suites, using Sellman's book. I'm not rushing it. After all, Pablo Casals, who brought this music back into the light after it had disappeared for 150 years, spent...
  4. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Good comment, very true. The viola clamp works well, but ya gotta be very careful.
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    Re: Thomastik starks on an arch top for classical

    I have used Thomastiks for some time for classical music on my 1922 Gibson A Junior and also on my 1930s Dobro resonator. In my opinion, they are outstanding, far better than anything else. They have...
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    Re: Mandola string (action) height?

    I recently bought an Eastman mandola. The instrument is very nice and the price was reasonable, but it has required some trial and error to get it properly set up. No big surprise there. After...
  7. Thread: Resonators

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    Re: Resonators

    I have a 1930s Dobro that is quite wonderful. With Thomastik strings it has beautiful, clear tone and very good sustain. It did require a neck reset but it now plays easily and intuitively. I use it...
  8. Re: Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale man

    I’m a Thomastik fan and have used them on mandolins with excellent results. I tried the 164 strings on my 16” scale mandola. It was necessary to remove the silk wraps from some of the strings. But...
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    And well she should. Several interesting and enlightening comments here. Thanks to Emily for triggering it.
  10. Thread: Thumb Pick

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    Thumb Pick

    I recently attended a small jazz show by a group of old guys, all experienced and excellent musicians. One of the musicians played an arch top guitar using just a thumb pick for upstrokes,...
  11. Thread: TI strings

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    Re: TI strings

    I use Thomatstik strings on my A Junior and my Dobro. They play beautifully, smoothly and accurately for classical and old-time music. Maybe if I had to worry about cutting through a wall of *noise*...
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    Re: Best Time of Day to Practice ?

    I am smarter and stronger in the morning so I make more progress then and have greater stamina for dealing with challenges and difficulties. In the evening I like to play music, and I feel more...
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    Re: Dobro mandolin age?

    Thanks Allen. You're right, the cover plate does have the "licensed by..." statement on the cover plate.

    It's a fine instrument, though it does require some careful picking due to the tight...
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    Dobro mandolin age?

    I have acquired a Dobro mandolin, a very nice instrument with a sweet, singing tone. The seller thought the instrument was built in the 1930s, but there is no documentation. I have seen Dobros...
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    Re: Stra-do-lin Questions

    I have a Stradolin of similar vintage. The tuners were balky and frustrating to use so I replaced them. I also installed a modern adjustable bridge (Cumberland) so I could set the action where I...
  16. Thread: Restringing aid

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    Restringing aid

    When restringing a mandolin, I find it helpful to have a way to hold the instrument steady so I can use both hands to guide and wind the strings onto the posts correctly. I have tried different...
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin setup

    I encountered a similar problem with my Dobro. Clearence between the strings and the cover plate was very tight and it was difficult to pick without clicks from the pick hitting the cover plate or...
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    Re: Orpheum A-Type Mandolin(s)

    I have an Orpheum-labeled Stradolin, with the characteristic segmented f-holes,. Its headstock looks very much like the one on your second (lighter colored) instrument. Mine is a very nice instrument...
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    Re: I am a Stradolin convert!

    My Stradolin is an Orpheum -- I think it was build in the 1930s, but of course no one knows for sure. It has quite a few little dings, but I consider them to be signs of a long and fulfilling life....
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    Re: Vintage Gibson mandolin fret boards

    My 1922 A Junior paddle head is a treat -- clear tone, well balanced, loud, good for all kinds of music. The neck is a little thick, the fretboard is flat, and the frets are old-time tiny. But is is...
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    Going out of tune unevenly

    I have noticed that mandolin strings go out of tune unevenly, and I wonder why.

    My 1922 Gibson A with Thomastik strings goes out of tune rarely, and then only when there is a significant change in...
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    Re: Harsh overtones -- nut?

    You were right, Ed. The top e string did not even clear my thinnest feeler gauge .006" at the first fret. The second e string was only a little higher. I filled both slots but didn't gain much,...
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    Re: Harsh overtones -- nut?

    (I meant "fret").
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    Re: Harsh overtones -- nut?

    Good thought -+ I'll measure the clearance at the first get.
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    Re: Harsh overtones -- nut?

    John's explanation makes sense -- a slight gap at the front of the nut slot would allow for the "sitar effect". That also helps understand how this condition might have developed over time. I'll give...
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