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    Re: Buzz on open D string on jbovier ELS

    Thank you everyone.
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    Buzz on open D string on jbovier ELS

    So its clearly the nut. 12 years of constant use will do that.

    The question is - should I get the nut recut? Or get a new nut? If the latter where can I source one from? Its a four string...
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    Re: Illustrated Mandolin Chord Bible

    Mark - absolutely superb. Thank you for all of this.
  4. Re: 3 Favorite Mandolin CDs (not by Bill, David, Ricky, Sam & Chr

    Mike Compton’s rotten taters is sublime.
    Sierra Hulls last album
    Don stiernberg- any of them
    Jethro and tiny
    Chris biesterfeldt
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    At least in australia - antique - 100 years or more
    Veteran -75 years or more
    Vintage - 50 years or more
    Classic - 25 years or more

    So that cheap no brand you have that has the broken...
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    NBD - rich del grosso mandolin blues.

    Actually not new to me had it some years back, loaned it to a student who had to discontinue. Finally got around to replacing it.

    Remembered it was great. Forgot how great it was.

  7. Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    There’s a great story of Julian bream, the great guitarist, giving a seminar and at the end one of the students says, ‘sure you have great tone, but you’ve got a great instrument. How do I get great...
  8. Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    Like many here have stated, tonewood, strings, pick type help. I do think we confuse 'response' for tone, particularly with electronics. But setup - ease of playability helps. How does rob meldrum...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    The other thing that hasn't been mentioned in 'natural relicing' is the acid content of people's sweat. Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughn literally burned the finish off their stratocasters....
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Hollow body electrics though... and George maintained that it worked for the rest of his life. So... ? (I don't know myself)
  11. Re: New San Bush album focuses on John Hartfiord tunes

    Can’t wait.
  12. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Take it one step at a time. Learn a song. Then develop it. Pick one instrument to start.

    Have fun!
  13. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    It’s autocorrect for metal. Grrrr. Stupid autocorrect.
  14. Re: question on Getting Into Jazz Mandolin exercises

    That’s exactly it. Home is the root note. Third is the third scale note. So in C, that’s E. The Fourth is F.

    The C scale is C D E F G A B C. Converting those to numbers you get 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  15. Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    What specs do you give it?

    Me? Oval hole f-style with Gibson headstock. Grover tuners. Bone nut. Slightly wider neck. Ebony finger boards. Tobacco burst. Rosewood bridge - with the meatball strip...
  16. Re: Dark trails appeared on the neck of my mandolin

    I'm thinking its natural wear and tear - finger grease if you will. No need to do anything....
  17. Re: Anchor a finger on the pit guard or not?

    There's a YouTube video where Chris Thile argues that keeping your fist in a ball is better energy management - I think he's right, so I try and do that. But old habits die hard...

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    Re: Info on J. Bovier mandolins, please

    I have the ELS - such a brilliant mandolin.
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    Re: Sam Bush plays Clarence Whites mandolin

    It’s a lovely mandolin. I have always liked those points. It sounds like Sam. Maybe a bit treblyer than hoss?
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    Re: Washburn M-1/SB

    It’s a great mandolin especially at its price point. Washburn themselves is a brand name out of the Lyons and Healy brand - cheaper instruments through catalogues if memory serves.

    Over the last...
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    Monel strings - what to do, what to do?

    Ive often used the Sam Bush monels. Thought Id give the Martins a go.

    So the question is - oval hole or f-hole for the Martin strings?

    Whats your experience?

    Thanks in advance.
  22. Re: Nylon-Strung Piccolo Mandolin Prototype

    Aw, gee, thanks. You do great work, and I'm always amazed at what people come up with here. Love your work.

    If I ever get your way (or you mine), let's make it happen. I'd love to have a go at...
  23. Re: Nylon-Strung Piccolo Mandolin Prototype

    They are really nice. If it's taking up too much room, I'd happily store it for you ;)
  24. Re: Who thinks this is really an refurbished antique Italian mand

    I think it might be from east Italy. Jakarta, or Beijing east Italy.
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    Re: Essay on Mandolin Orchestras

    The first thing I thought of when the question of class and mandolin playing was raised was 1) Italian descended players. The second was the notion that the innovative instruments - loars (and the...
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