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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I like big triangular picks for tone, I just like that sound. I like BlueChip because I find them easier to hang onto, they don't seem to slide around on me. That means my grip is looser,...
  2. Re: was looking at a mandolin for a friend, and this happens.....

    Nice finishing/color choices on that mandolin, just lovely. Enjoy it!
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    triflow lubricant, used sparingly
  4. Re: String buzz on electric guitar, small neck tilt? How to adjus

    Yeah, the setup on mine was really a mess.

    You may be ahead on this to just take it to a luthier, somebody who knows telecasters. The telecaster guys know a lot of tricks to get one working right.
  5. Re: String buzz on electric guitar, small neck tilt? How to adjus

    Before you adjust the truss rod, follow pops1 suggestion.

    The truss rod is meant to adjust the bow or curvature of the neck, not the tilt. You want just a slight upward curvature of the neck.
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I guess I tend to have instrument makers I really like a lot (Flatiron, Collings, Lowden, G&L), rather than specific instruments. I just look for bargains in those brands, buy used and have...
  7. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    The other option is to get a basic, but solid wood Eastman or Kentucky, maybe even a flatiron pancake, ideally used, as a starting point. Many of the plain looking basic level instruments have good...
  8. Re: Looking for Mandolin Recommendations that hold their value

    I tend to take the action that will leave me with the least regrets.

    If the sound you hear in your head is the Collings sound, get one, because everything else may leave you wondering. Watch...
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    Re: Looking For A Decent A Style w/Oval

    That Morris A4 is just real appealing, simple but nice lines.
  10. Re: Mando Nut - Open A and fretted notes on A string bad

    Pops1 has it there. You need a narrow file, I got a set of nut files from Amazon, got a lot of use out of them, but then I have an instrument collecting problem.

    Your other option is to just...
  11. Re: Mando Nut - Open A and fretted notes on A string bad

    If the problem persists with fresh strings, try placing a thin bit of paper in the slot under the problematic A string. If that fixes the problem, then it is indeed the issue discussed above related...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    For me, headroom has always meant the difference between the softest and loudest sounds an instrument (or amplifier) will produce without distorting. I like instruments with a lot of headroom, it...
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    Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    Snagged one on closeout from Sam Ash, in blue. It needed some nut work to get it to play in tune. Also a bit noisy, I need to line the cavity with copper foil. Probably still needs more setup,...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    Well, it matters weren't bad enough, have you thought about oval holes vs f-holes? Geez, I already feel sorta bad mentioning this...
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    Re: Mastering a New Skill

    This is a concept called Lamarckian evolution. Worth a quick google search.
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    Re: Thinking of buying a second mandolin

    To get an F-body that punches it's weight against a good used $1000-$1500 A body? Well, typically add another $1000.

    But some really good deals do pop up in the classifieds, my son got an Old...
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    Re: Thinking of buying a second mandolin

    Well, no, my advice was really to make up your own mind about what you want, playing more instruments may, or may not , help you clarify what it is that you do want. That's the key part of my...
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    Re: Thinking of buying a second mandolin

    Try to get a chance to play a couple mandolins in the next category up, whatever you can find locally, but makers like weber, collings, gibson, etc (not to slight the many other good choices,...
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    Re: best mandolin for 700.00

    There are some flatiron army-navy (flat-top) mandolins used in that range, they are a lot of fun, and should hold value. I can't speak for the Morris or Big Muddy instruments, but I'll bet they are...
  20. Re: Worth getting a new nut made for my KM150?

    See how your luthier does with the setup, if they can get it working well for you without replacing the nut, great. If the nut needs to be replaced, then bone makes sense.

    If the tuners work...
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    Re: Blueberry mandolin

    I'm one of those people who usually thinks different is good, but my faith is tested this time around.
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    Re: Help with video conferencing

    I and a bandmate started messing with a platform that called JamKazam that allows for low latency simultaneous jamming over the internet. It won't work over wifi, only wired ethernet, and requires...
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    I don't intend to slight the others instruments on your list, those are all good choices. I'm just a big advocate of buying the best instrument you can find used.
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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    The used American made instruments on your list will hold almost all their value if you treat them right, those are both instruments with really good reputations that should keep you happy for quite...
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    Re: old Flatiron, old guy, some thoughts

    Get the corrosion cleaned up, but fresh strings on it, lubricate the tuners, and play it for a while to see how much you like it. Then decide if you want to put the money in to upgrade it. ...
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