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    Re: Intonation compensated saddle question

    I am eager to hear what the experts have to say on this. It might be useful to post a close up photo of the bridge looking from above. How is the intonation on your D string?
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    Just came back from a refret/fingerboard leveling , 1st one in its 98 years .. so it's perfect.
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    This is a place where fingering technique can make a difference too. At those 1 and 2 frets, I really try to put the finger as close (or a little on) the fret. Further up the fretboard, it doesn't...
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    How do you know that the nut height is good? The nut slots are more commonly too high than actually correct. If it's hard to play in the first position, especially at the first fret, the nut is the...
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    Sounds to me as though the nut height is not as good as it might be. But adjustments need to be done with care, easy to go too low which then requires more effort to correct.
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    pretty even on mine
  7. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    I would use nitro.
    French polished shellac is the only alternative I would even consider.
    In most cases, I avoid touch up or refinish with anything but the medium originally used.

    Anything else...
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    Also far from expert at finishing, but I've used oil finish as simple touch-up on various items, if not better-quality instruments. My understanding here is that the oil will not and, preferably,...
  9. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    Myself....I'd just leave it alone and let it be. Especially if I was the original owner (that is way cool all by itself!). And I'd be darn proud of it. YMMV.
  10. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    I guess fashion and the market determine what’s proper and what destroys value. Extreme in the antique furniture world, where a crazed and dirty finish is vital to resale. Less so with paintings,...
  11. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    A question for those who know, NOT a suggestion. If the OP peels off the nitro, could he then apply Tru-Oil on the sides for protection? If protection is the goal, and re-finish isn't in the cards,...
  12. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    It doesn't really bother me. It just looks like an old, worn mandolin. Hard to say if removing the flaking would look better or not. Short of a complete refinish, I'd probably just leave it alone.
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    Re: Minimum saddle height?

    I would just plane top 1/16" off the saddle and glue (with CA) one long strip of new ebony and reshape to match the shape of compensations (any small remnants of slots would be filled by CA glue when...
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    Re: Minimum saddle height?

    Alternatives would be to:

    1. Fill the slots with superglue and ebony dust, then re-cut.
    2. Order a new saddle from Axiom Inc.
    3. If it is badly messed up and you don't want to replace the...
  15. Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Certainly simple options and ears can all work, but I will also put a plug in for my trusty old Sonic Research ST122 chromatic strobe tuner. Unfortunately Sonic Research only makes pedal versions...
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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...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Actually, the vast majority of the popular electronic tuners will work perfectly well for the purpose of positioning your mandolin bridge. They will work particularly well if you use some new...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Are E.A.R.S. tuners obsolete version these days?
    I've never owned electronic tuner and I only used one in a loud jam to tune quickly when someone handed to me.
    Back when I started playing and...
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    Something that is wired for a headphone jack. A regular mic will not work on an iphone without an adapter.
    The Peterson version that John linked to is likely a good choice for that very reason. :)...
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    I haven't tried this one but the price is right and it is for the strobo software. 15$ at Sweetwater....
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Any decent tuner should pick up both the 12th fret and the harmonics, yes. I think the value of a good tuner comes in when checking whether you need to make further small adjustments to the bridge or...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    I downloaded Pitch Lab for Guitars to try it out. Prospective users should read reviews. Apparently some features don't work on newer devices and the developer appears to have stopped working on the...
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    The PitchLab app (still available for free on iOS, no longer available on the Android store but available as an old version here: https://pitchlab-lite.en.uptodown.com/android or from Amazon...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    I'm not following something--why do you need the tuner to pick up the harmonics? I tune the 12th fret to the harmonic by ear, then check at 5th fret octave to next string again by ear although I can...
  25. Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Another vote for just getting a clip-on mic/pickup and sticking with Strobosoft. Strobosoft is really good. Whatever you are using, you want readings from the bridge, not the headstock. There is not...
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