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    Re: Guitar-bodied octave bracing

    I'm working on an octave now (my first) and I was planning on doing parallel tone bars. I have the Benedetto book that suggests running them under the bridge adjuster posts, but if I do that on an...
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    Re: Octave Manodlin Truss Rods

    Thanks, I think I'll go for the one way rod. I've got a mandolin with CF and it works great, but wasn't sure at what point adjustability is desired. I also like the clean look of a headstock without...
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    Octave Manodlin Truss Rods

    I'm working on my first octave mandolin. It will be archtop guitar bodied and modeled after one of Fletcher Brocks. I'm not sure the scale yet, but probably 21 to 22". Would carbon fiber be...
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    It was a bit better than torture!

    It was a bit better than torture!
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    I have #85. I got to play 84 and 85 side by side...

    I have #85. I got to play 84 and 85 side by side for a about week, it was a tough choice... I went for 85 because it was more aggressive, but 84 had a sweeter tone. Though I haven't played anything...
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    Get Up John has a nice tuning, F#A DD AA... I'm...

    Get Up John has a nice tuning, F#A DD AA... I'm not sure what the two high strings are supposed to be though... Anyone?
  7. Thread: Clear Tone

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    I just bought a mandolin from Fletcher Brock. His...

    I just bought a mandolin from Fletcher Brock. His A styles are in that range. I got an F, but I played one of his A's. I'm terrible at describing mandolins, but they are clear and balanced. Brand new...
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    I'm going to be in Germany for about a week,...

    I'm going to be in Germany for about a week, leaving on the 18th. Probably a bit of a long shot, but are there any jams out there? I'll be in Bad Hersfeld mostly (visiting family).
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    I'd actually prefer to not have string-through,...

    I'd actually prefer to not have string-through, since the holes on mine are too far forward which is part of the reason it's hard to intonate. Do you have a picture of your bridge?

    The Mandobird...
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    Has anyone heard of them? They any good? I saw...

    Has anyone heard of them? They any good? I saw one on craigslist in the bay area... http://www.craigslist.org/eby/msg/65825838.html

    It seems like a great deal for a nice looking handmade F-5...
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    Thistle, is that the style of saddle you use? I'm...

    Thistle, is that the style of saddle you use? I'm not really an electric guy so I don't know all the lingo... Do your bridges use string through body?
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    That's about where I'm at. No washers though. I...

    That's about where I'm at. No washers though. I took out the string and yanked it back as far as I could and it's ok, but not dead on. I did replace the nut and it made a huge difference though!
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    Mine was setup terribly when I bought it as well,...

    Mine was setup terribly when I bought it as well, it's intonated now except for the G string which is as far back as I can reasonably take it (I removed the spring to get it there...). I replaced my...
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    I use a leather belt as a strap, one of the woven...

    I use a leather belt as a strap, one of the woven ones. If you take off the belt buckle that end has a hole that's perfect, and you can put the other button through anywhere on the belt.
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    I've got a mandobird and was thinking of...

    I've got a mandobird and was thinking of replacing the nut (I tried cutting the slots deeper and went a little too far...) with bone. I was also thinking of a new bridge, since mine is too far...
  16. Thread: Sleeping Lulu

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    I'm trying to learn this tune and having some...

    I'm trying to learn this tune and having some trouble with the chords... I want to put in some more II's and VI's than maybe I should, but it's hard because I'm learning it off of a Skillet Lickers...
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    Thanks for the review, I've been really curious...

    Thanks for the review, I've been really curious about these. I have an old MD that works alright, but having more space and especially being able to upload easily (or easier and quicker!) are big...
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    Turmeric is another natural inflamatory. I use...

    Turmeric is another natural inflamatory. I use that for dermatitis (internally), along with putting vitamin E on it. It's a good excuse to eat indian and middle eastern foods, too!
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    I asked him about it, it would need a new nut and...

    I asked him about it, it would need a new nut and the bridge might have been able to be flipped... But the bracing was symetrical, which I think is what he meant by 'with ease'. It also needed about...
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    You might be able to put the lefty saddle on the...

    You might be able to put the lefty saddle on the (hopefully already fitted) bridge of the new mandolin.
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    Guitars are normally also tapered. I've got a...

    Guitars are normally also tapered. I've got a Taylor style endpin on my Martin because it didn't have anything when I got it and the whole had been reamed out for a pickup. It screws in.

    On my...
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    I had someone talk to me once about tuning the...

    I had someone talk to me once about tuning the strings behind the bridge to be the same as in front of it. I don't think it would work, because (unless the bridge was frictionless) tuning would...
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    I like learning by ear more, and I think it just...

    I like learning by ear more, and I think it just takes lots of practice at it. Thats one thing I really liked when I took lessons, he would play the tunes slow and up to speed so I could go and...
  24. Thread: Bluegrass Jam

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    Oh also, it's a great way to get better at your...

    Oh also, it's a great way to get better at your instrument.
  25. Thread: Bluegrass Jam

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    Go for it, you can always chop rythm. I've found...

    Go for it, you can always chop rythm. I've found most people to be friendly at jams, and if they're not friendly, you wouldn't want to be there anyway.

    That quote looks a little familiar... Is...
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