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    Re: Material Below the Bridge

    Neither of mine do; perhaps some new “O” rings are called for? Anyone else with a James care to comment?
  2. Thread: 1910 Mandolin

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    Re: 1910 Mandolin

    How long will it be before someone asks about the holes?
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    Did you count the strings? How many were there? If it was more than four, I doubt you can be forgiven.
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    Re: Material Below the Bridge

    Elctrical grommets. You can buy them four at a time from some people or a hundred or so at a time on Amazon all the way from from China.

    They perform in exactly the same way as a bootlace or a...
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    Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

    So?
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    Re: If your gonna speed neck it....

    I once had a ‘91 Santa Cruz “Tony Rice” un-speed-necked and it’s been fine for well over a decade.
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    Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

    Try it with a high impedance preamp and it should be fine. I’d say c.1980s but I have an even earlier one which sounds OK. Piezo technology hasn’t changed that much in the last 110 years!

    They...
  8. Re: Anyone seen a build like this before: Custom guitar

    Possibly based on something like this - https://www.ariauk.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=13657?route=product/product&product_id=13657 (the electric version.)
  9. Re: Good non standard string buying advice in UK?

    They certianly used to use Newtone (never heard of Puretone) but they may well have simply changed the name for commercila reasons; e.g. to stop people going straight to Newtone.

    A history lesson!...
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    Re: Gibson A1 (requesting information)

    Unfortunately, that doesn't wash - Rickker's been a member of this site longer than you have!
  11. Re: Good non standard string buying advice in UK?

    That’s an easy one; Newtone - https://newtonestrings.com/shop/custom-string-configurator/
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    Re: Octave Mandolin strings

    I’m sure that PONO don’t make their own strings so I wouldn’t worry about getting hold of them. All you really need to know is what gauge strings you already have.

    If they’re “buzzy”, it may well...
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    Re: 1925 Martin AK Mandolin

    Is that a crack I see roughly beneath the E strings?
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    Re: National RM1 String Action

    I did much the same and I’d second the comment on the tailpiece. It’s a toss up as to which has the worst-to-restring tailpiece; the National or my Collings mandola.
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    Re: Hope this never happens again

    The bloke who lost the violin was interviewed on BBC TV this morning and admitted that he was the sort of person who would take it with him to the washroom.

    Knowing the state of the UK rail...
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    Re: A Question to the community

    The simple answer is no. The only ones I’ve ever seen in the UK - and I’ve been around the block several times - have had a solid fretboard along the top of a shaped, hollow, “sound chamber” with...
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    Re: A Review of SchneiderMusik - Caution

    Not sure about buying from the EU in the USA but us in England are protected - https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/regulation/consumer-contracts-regulations
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    Re: Naked Bridge Post Is Shredding My Palm

    Had much the same problem on one of my mandolins. As Marty Jacobson has suggested, I took the saddle off and ground the excess off. You could file them down but an electric grinding wheel is much...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    I don’t think this is confined to budget instruments. Two of the “new” instruments I’ve bought in the last ten years - by Collings and National - have needed exactly this treatment.
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    Re: A Question to the community

    I’ve always thought that the dulcimer resembles something designed buy a committee; with a plank of wood supporting the strings and preventing the soundboard from, well, being a soundboard.

    How...
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    Re: This is mind blowing....

    Isn’t “Mandarin” “Mandolin” in “Engrish”? - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engrish - http://www.engrish.com/category/music/
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    I also doubt whether lighter strings will improve your playing speed either. Lighter strings are slacker and tend to move further than heavier ones which, in my experience, can slow you down as the...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Exactly what I was about to say.
  24. Re: Star-shaped electric mandolin with signature

    The things that come out of Barnsley!
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    Re: cheap external pickup

    To add to what I said in Post #10, I fitted a Barcus Berry to my Martin D18 - epoxied it to the bridge plate! - back in the 70’s and, plugged into my Acoustic Image Coda, it sounds as good as...
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