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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    Natural light (if possible) and/or camera angles are key. When photographing indoors, avoiding harsh direct light with little tricks like covering overhead lights with a sheet or paper, or even...
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    Re: Fixing a microphonic pickup

    Here is the end of the story: bought a new pickup, put it on, clicked the same, sounded worse, put the OEM pickup back on, in lowered position it is ok, the end. :-)
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    Latest build electric mandolin

    Finally finished the prototype and have played it so much my fingertips are bruised. Mahogany body, mahogany/maple/mahogany neck with persimmon fretboard and conventional trussrod. Tortoise celluloid...
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    Collings MT2- Two Weeks in

    Hi, Everyone:

    Tone galore over here in State College, PA. Iíve put many hours in on this MT2 and it is an infinite source of evolving tone, not to mention it is incredibly easy to play. This is...
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    Re: EMando Bridge. The hard way.

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    Stainless and brass. Yes I copied a certain company’s bridge but you gotta do what you gotta do.
  6. Finally did it! 1895 C.A.Kisslinger BowlBack Mandolin restored

    If you search back...way back (2013)... you may find a thread with me begging for help to identify an old bowlback mandolin. Well, with your help and some research I finally got to identify and date...
  7. Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    When the banjo player in the band switched to electric, there was no other road to take. We have moved on to the amplifier wars, and an AC30 most always gets its way.
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    Re: Has Anyone Built a Cigar Box Mandolin?

    It did - although I think I overbraced it, and kind of took some of the deepness out of the low end. Lots of midrange. I never adjusted to the scale length, but here's a video of me playing (poorly)...
  9. Had a chat with our contact at D'Addario about a...

    Had a chat with our contact at D'Addario about a giveaway of some of these with multiple winners. Not firm yet but looks like could happen early October. Just ordered three sets for ourselves from...
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    Re: Friendly reminder

    Another good strategy would be to bring along the mandolin that you are looking to improve upon and A-B them in the same room. At least you will get a useful comparison.
  11. Re: Combination sound hole and a special carve?

    That's not what I was saying. I was saying that the common intuitive assumption is that, if we can move the soundhole off the soundboard, there will be "more room for the top to vibrate" and that, in...
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    My International Violin A-Style Build

    I was not originally going to document this, but decided to put up some photos and describe a bit of what I've done to build my kit.

    Just a little detail on the front - I'm a fairly experienced...
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    Re: if you could build your own madolin.

    I built this flat topped Lyon and Healy style mandolin a few years ago. Totally out of the mainstream. Back and sides are Australian Blackwood.
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    Re: Fixing a microphonic pickup

    Replaced the cover today, no difference, old cover was not magnetic after all.

    Not sure what it is now, pickup is set low so I don't hit it often, maybe that's enough.

    How is a fully potted...
  15. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    These are both about guitars, but you get the idea.

    Tuning is relative because it has been equalised in western music. (Thank Bach for that.)
    Trust your ears, but agree about these things with...
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    Re: New case option

    I'm always trying to figure out how to get the cases off the floor. I hadn't considered mounting them to the ceiling.
  17. Taking My Ryder EM-35 A Rip For Vintage Guitar Magazine

    Hey ya'll,

    I gave a test run of my Ryder EM-35 for Vintage Guitar Magazine to promote my record Deep River.

    I ran the the mandolin through the same pedal configuration I used on the...
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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    Why bother calling... Never listens to me anyway.
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    179300Wow! What Bodacious bushings to bring it all together. I love it. This is my latest heart throb from Mr. Ellisís Team Extrodinare.
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    Here's my Art Deco version of the Toronto skyline featuring the CN Tower. The truss rod cover is the reflection in Lake Ontario. Yorkville is a neiborhood in Toronto that had a very rich musical...
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    Re: Torrefied Opinions

    Haha! Yes and no. I’m definitely waiting, almost as a form of asceticism or something.
  22. Re: I know that tune... um... how's it go again?

    Heck, I write all my own songs - and half the time I can't remember how they go!
  23. Developing techniques with Mazas: Etude Op.36 No.12

    Spent wonderful hours with J.F. Mazas etudes developing techniques. In my opinion many of these pieces sound much better on mandolin than played on violin.
    Here is one of them: Etude Op.36 No.12....
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    Re: Torrefied Opinions

    There are several different treatments and result can be very different with each. The original Torrefied wood is process without access of oxygen either the wood is cooked in pressure chamber in...
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    Re: New case option

    I want to know how they keep the mandolin from falling out.
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