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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    Not that it's the solution that the OP is looking for, but after 8 years of heavy use the ebony full-sized pickguard on my mandolin shows only some very light scratches in just the right light, but...
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    Re: Pinched Nerves and Hand Tremor?

    About 10 years ago I had C3-C4-C5 fusion surgery due to degenerative disc disease. This was coincidental with, but not directly related to a bout of GBS that I was experiencing at the time. I did...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    Yes, worth mentioning, as much as I like having and playing double bass, they are big, fairly awkward to move and relatively fragile, and as such, challenging to store and transport. There are...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    I'd also recommend a full-on 3/4 or 4/4 double bass. If a person is seriously interested in that voice and quality of sound, nothing else will ever satisfy, because a standard double bass is the...
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    Seriously, particularly this year, if someone goes missing from our community it's natural to hope they're ok.

    I take this thread, and most threads here in the Cafe, at face value.

    We miss...
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    He'll be back when he comes back to his senses.
    :))
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    Re: Minimal contact arm rest

    Love the violin edges on that mandolin Jim!
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    Re: James Tailpiece Review

    I'm an old string lover, cleaning them every time after I play, I keep strings for years -- decades if possible -- and I really prefer the tone of old strings...

    That said, my experience with...
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    Re: Finally: a signature quote

    Sounds pretty much like the mainstream western music world, even today. That ability to ignore anything that doesn't apply directly to either orchestral or jazz music is still pretty amazing.
  10. Thread: Timing issues

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    Re: Timing issues

    That's great Allen, I appreciate you putting this into words better than I could have... And I agree about the Carter charm in that respect.

    Sometimes, but not always, a person can follow the...
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    Re: Hand Lotion and Strings

    Also, if lotion gets into the windings of your wound strings, the lotion will not only deaden them by itself, but it will attract lint and dust which will further deaden the strings. For non-wound...
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    Re: James Tailpiece Review

    I spoke to Bill James about the material when I purchased mine from him, he said it's made of bronze.

    While I agree about an improvement in tone, even if a person uses the exact same strings...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I appreciate your insights Drew!
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Thank you Ranald, if you misunderstood my reasons for asking, certainly other people did too, so it was worth it to clarify. My best to you all.
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Just to be clear, my question ("why are instruments off-shored like this?") was exactly in the opposite spirit of protectionism. It was more in a concern about worldwide ecology and fair labor. ...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I have no question about quality here. But, why are instruments off-shored like this?
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    Re: Schaller tuner replacement

    Thank you! That, by itself, is enough for me to hear... This is a good time to wait.
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    Re: Schaller tuner replacement

    Mike, does Grover still sell the Gibson-Grover tuners or any exact drop-in replacement tuners?
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    Re: Schaller tuner replacement

    Thank you Mike...

    Just to be clear, related to my questions, my 2002 F-9 uses old-style Schaller F-style worm-under tuners; probably everything else you mentioned still applies.

    And FWIW, I did...
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    Re: String change frequency

    There are some people who just don't like the sound of new strings. I have some friends who barter for old strings, who will offer money for them, and who will tie broken strings whenever possible...
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    Re: Schaller tuner replacement

    Thanks for posting. I'm glad to hear the GrandTune are a drop-in replacement.

    My F-9's original Schaller set has what appears to be a longer knob-shaft for what would be the 1st string of the...
  22. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    I'm mostly known for banjo playing, then lately double bass. I also play at Dobro, but I'm really just a novice with it. In comparison with banjo and double bass, I'm almost never found playing...
  23. Thread: No motivation

    by dhergert
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    Re: No motivation

    JamKazam...

    It is much better than not jamming! Online jamming may not be perfect, but what jam has ever been perfect?

    JamKazam does do best with a wired ethernet connection to a router, and...
  24. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    My experience may be different, but once I made my main-playing mandolin mine by spending years playing and tweaking setup with it, and finally by having it modified to suit my tastes, it became a...
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    Or a Gitolin???

    From the fingerboard cut and the lack of binding in key locations I'd guess it's a basic A-9 allocated with 6 strings and painted interestingly.
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