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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    Not that I'm recommending, but just as an example of what can work:

    In the late '80s, when I had little knowledge of repair, I filed a friend's Yahama guitar too low. Having NO idea what a...
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    Re: Reid & co

    Obviously not a brand that many are familiar with! It probably generates more questions than answers, most of which YOU could tell us since you have it in hand.

    - Guessing that you have Googled...
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    Re: Case for Venetian-style Kay

    Not the help you asked for, but ...

    I've been trying to pry a similar but well-worn Kay, long ago abandoned by its owner, out of a music store near my in-laws in Florida for the past 12 - 15...
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    Re: High frets on mandolin.

    Maybe some clearer description would elicit some useful response. A wide number of factors, in the instrument, in your fingers, or in your technique, could be involved.
    - "Essentially unusable"...
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    Re: Strap installation question

    On mandolin especially -compared to guitar- it's good to keep the stap out beyond the nut and among the tuners, as some have suggested. Some mandolin fingerings aren't at all happy with the strap...
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    Re: Hope this never happens again

    In '70 or so, several of us needed to rummage thru ancient filing cabinets at my downtown NYC job. Being the weekend, "way-less-than-business" attire was the rule, including my semi-tattered jeans. ...
  7. Re: How to change strings on mandolin with different headstock???

    A Suzuki is not much different than any other "slot-head" mandolin or guitar. And re-stringing any of them is pretty similar. Here's Frank Ford's demo of re-stringing a (non-slotted) mandolin...
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    Re: Resonator mandolin repair

    I think "yeah".

    AND I think the damage could have even happened inside the case, if the case's padding geometry allows the end-pin to impact the rim of the case before the body is stopped by the...
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    Definitely worth doing! Note that the current tuner posts are so much smaller than the holes they're in; that can't make for smooth tuning once the strings are at tension. Maybe that was the reason...
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    What beautiful wood, even after the dang capo! (Or maybe it served as bracing on a construction site?) Close-ups of headstock & tuners would be interesting.

    I'm assuming that, like most...
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    Re: Naked Bridge Post Is Shredding My Palm

    Duct tape.

    Seriously, if the post has a hex socket or screw slot in the top, as many do, filing it down would be a bad idea IF it ever needs further attention. Some "actual work" that...
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    Re: Kay Mandolin L 8290

    Just to help date it, my Kay guitar has the identical painted-on headstock logo (w/ music stand) rather than the later metal applique shown in the '66 catalogue. It was delivered new by Santa Clause...
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    It's interesting that floating bridges (w/ tailpiece), common on archtop instruments, are generally assumed to impart an up & down motion to the soundboard, while fixed pin bridges, as per flatops,...
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    Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    Then you should also be close enough to the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada (NFI). Only visited once for an hour or two; a bit bigger than the Folklore Center and equally inspirational.
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    Re: I have a superton, what next?

    Extra encouragement to the OP: Being a purely amateur home tinkerer, I've done exacty as pops1 suggests, and it worked well.

    My $.02 hint: Besides a straight-edge (I cut an old steel...
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    Re: I have a superton, what next?

    If "younger" means 73, here ya go - Paul Hostetter's tuner-maintenance guide:
    http://63.249.102.84/tuner.maintenance.html

    BTW, the wear patterns, especially the back of the neck, indicate that...
  17. Re: United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    Mike: In your attached photo, where is that tubular plexiglass display case located, possibly the Martin museum? (Yeah, I should know, but haven't gotten there yet!)
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    As a former rock and 'round-the-campfire (more like 'round-the-6pack?) musician who's lately playing in a mandolin orchestra, I heartily agree. We're all amateurs, and about evenly split between the...
  19. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    Keep in mind that, with a few notable exceptions, a "bluegrass" mandolin is an F-5 mandolin. But in the early '20s, Lloyd Loar did NOT set out to design the F-5 as a bluegrass instrument - there'd...
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    Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    ... except that the treble side one looks a bit bent, viewing from the back. Maybe the bass side also, but you can't tell because they're set at diffferent distances from the edge.
  21. Re: Does anyone know anything about this Mandolin?

    That would depend on the vibrating length of the string, referred to as the "scale", being the distance from the nut at the base of the headstock to the bridge & saddle on top of the body (held on by...
  22. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    Maybe it's better to think of radius like gloves: some fit your hand better than others, and probably different from my hand. Using "the communal experience" to determine your fretboard radius can't...
  23. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    Don't sweat it too much - just go with what you like now. Just as your technique develops, so will your ear. In a few years years, you'll hear differencecs that "just aren't there" right now. And...
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    Re: Cords on the ground

    Learned the hard & fast way at my (our) very first rock band practice, summer of '65. Ya don't need no steenkin' hum; just play electric guitar while lips touch the microphone ... !!
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Maybe sometimes but... In my limited experience with exactly one of these, a '17 A-1, the angle was just barely noticeable, guessing marginally more than a bridge pin's taper, and went into only the...
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