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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    That expression is certainly one of my favorites, and it's a popular one, but it wasn't coined by Bill McCall. Interestingly, it says the exact opposite of the original quote, due to Raymond...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    My goodness. No one here is infantilizing, belittling, or mocking you, so please get over that. No one is demeaning experience, either. This is a serious forum and our responses have been...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    Of course I read your post. And of course physics embraces simple models that tend to capture the essence of more complex phenomena. But writing as a professional physicist, your model does not...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    Writing as a physicist, achieving a loud mandolin is certainly a matter of physics, but I cannot agree that it is a matter of "simple" physics. In fact, I only wish it were that simple. Alas, it is...
  5. Thread: string gauges

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    Re: string gauges

    The D'Addario J-74 (EXP-74) gauges work fine, as do many similar sets: 0.011" (E), 0.015" (A), 0.026" (D), 0.040" (G).
    You can also use something like 0.010" for E, or 0.0016" for A, or 0.041" for...
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    Re: Worm Over Robson F style tuners

    Yes, I am aware of the long (tawdry) history of tuner directions for mandolins, and also worm gear over/gear under. It is certainly appropriate to refer to a "conventional way" and an...
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    Re: Worm Over Robson F style tuners

    Not sure what you mean by "right way," -- there IS no "right way" -- but if you rotate a tuner button on the bass side counter-clockwise (looking down the shaft at the button), it will rotate the...
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    Re: Loosening strings

    Yes, you should be able to leave your instrument under string tension at all times with confidence. Problems can arise if an instrument is subjected to extremes of humidity while under tension, so...
  9. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    When I was in grad school, a fellow student once wore a button that said "Feces on theses!" :))
  10. Thread: Clean picks

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    Re: Clean picks

    Clean picks? Just use what's around -- no need to buy special materials! Use hand soap, or a drop of dishwashing detergent, plus tap water. Fine polish? Toothpaste is a mild abrasive that does a...
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    Re: Bobelock Case Humidistat

    These days, you can purchase compact, digital hygrometers/thermometers with LCD displays that run off coin-sized batteries for up to years. These things are small enough to fit in the case's...
  12. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Some folks offering comments on this thread seem to think that trademarks and patents offer clear-cut protections (they do not) and that copies are somehow equivalent to "counterfeits" (they are...
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    Re: Jamming-What to do?

    If -- as you say -- you "just want to blend in" and avoid all lead breaks (and not sing or otherwise engage), then to flatpick, you'll either be playing backup as (1) a bass/chordal accompaniment on...
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    Not exactly, no.
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    Re: Does Praying Help Find Your Blue Chip?

    Prayer is more effective when accompanied by a sacrifice or burnt offering. Consider giving up on social media for a week. Alternatively, set fire to a banjo. This will impress the gods of lost picks.
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    Re: Shipping Question

    Well, you didn't specify where you were shipping it to, nor how far, nor the carrier you propose to use, nor the mode of shipment. These things all matter!

    With fairly good probability, though,...
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    Re: Waverly reversal?

    Did you mean to "reverse" the over/under worm aspect, or the turning direction? And what do you mean by 'correct way'? (Both CW and CCW turning machines exist on mandolins).

    Generally speaking,...
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    Gee, wouldn't it be ironic if a whole lot of guitarists logged into the Gibson site for reporting counterfeits (https://www.gibson.com/Support/Report-Counterfeits) to complain about the "counterfeit"...
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    Re: southern flavor - key?

    In the video in post #18, you can clearly see the guitarist who's backing up the first part play an Em shape, not E. And the second part definitely has a major feel. So I'd say the first part is in...
  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    According to the source linked in post #166, Dean Guitars was making instruments with flying-V and explorer-inspired shapes for some 20 years before Gibson managed to somehow convince the USPTO to...
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    Two points here that you seem to be missing:

    1) Just because the USPTO granted a trademark to Gibson does not make it "legal," in the restricted sense that the trademark is somehow valid and...
  22. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Some MC readers would do well to recall the definition of counterfeit:

    1) made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.
    2) a fraudulent...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Not trying to sound disputatious (sorry -- I respect you!), but you are confusing two things here: accuracy and precision.

    The accuracy is the ability to get the value right. In the case of a...
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well, Gibson has not enforced its supposedly "trademarked" design for the F5 mandolin model (f-holes, carved body shape, 2 points, scroll, curlicue headstock, etc.) in almost a full century....
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    Re: What is Patty Griffin playing here?

    Yup. The GT on the headstock in the photo is for "Gold Tone."
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