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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    Hi Ray. If I'm honest I've probably had a secret fancy for a tone guard from time to time, but they just look a bit intrusive and I thought 'this will be another 50' down the drain. It will go on ...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I had a modern Bluett F4 which was beautifully made but very quiet campared to an old teens Gibson F4. My current 1919 F4 is much louder than a couple of early 1920s F4s I've had with truss rod. The...
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    Seems like an unnecessary item to me. All these years of people playing perfectly well without them. Unles you play regularly with bare arms and don;t like the feel of the sid of the mandolin but...
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    I like 2mm Wegen picks for tone and volume. As soon as I pick up my 1.4mm by mistake I can hear the loss in volume and tone. Used them for 15 years now. I 've said before a Wegen pick makes a 500...
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    Re: F-2 purchase advice - Canada

    Dave in Paris is selling one at 2750 Euros. It's on Cafe classifieds
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    Re: Harmonicas & Mandolins

    The harmonica world is waiting for a really good neck holder. I've had about four over the years and whilst all claim to be this and that, they all seem to have their failing and you end up...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Monroe Crossing do a great version of Duellin Banjos featuring the mandolin so you may never get away from that. (Just joking). Apart from the bluegrass world, you may find peope asking you to play...
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    Re: Harmonicas & Mandolins

    Depends if youn are going to learn cross harp as described above. i.e, G harp for the key of C etc. Then there's the other way which I think Bb Dylan played (not certain) and how I play. G harp for...
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    Re: tailpiece woes

    I would wait for reply from Eastman. The Ashton Bailey ones just about got it right but in my view, they got the angle wrong. A major part of the idea of these cast tailpieces was to try and get the...
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    Re: New Tuners for Vintage F2

    Need to be sure to get the PRE 1924 Stewmac tuners. They do a separate set with arrow heads for modern mandolins.
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    This has been the case for a long time and is so confusing. To me a Mandocello is an Octave mandola. C G D A. I dont know why anyone thought of the terminology Mandocello all these years ago. Why...
  12. Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    Every day reminds me that I reckon I got the best Northfield Big Mon that ever came out of their factory. I bought it used but must have been very lucky. So it is a YES from me- I love the so8und...
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    Re: Old mandolins versus new a conclusion

    I agree with Jim Garber. The conclusion that new ones are better than old probably only refers to the instruments owned by Paul, who started this thread. I think that the statement is a bit wild...
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    Re: Review and comparison 'The Loar LM-700 VS'

    I've owned 3 LM 700s and played another one. All were different. A 2010 one had big chunky neck and massive sound. I played it a lot for 4 years in preference to a 1984 Flatiron F5 Artist (which was...
  15. Re: playing technique reason for string spacing and nut width?

    In terms of actually playing I find string spacing on the bridge saddle to be the one that matters. String spacing on the nut and nut width is just something most people adjust to, whether narrow or...
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    Re: Bridge foot marks/resale value

    It's been a problem with mandolins ever since I can remember. It can be annoying to some folks and yes probably devalue by a small amount. I always feel it could have been avoided if the manufacturer...
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    Re: Golden Age Tuners on old Gibson

    Hi Pops 1. Nice to see someone using initiative. Yes it seems I need the Pre 1920' ones so one way or another I'll get them.

    Thanks to all

    Jimmy
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    Re: Golden Age Tuners on old Gibson

    Thanks so much RCC. I biught these tuners second hand in UK and they had been on a 1929 mandolin. Seems i have to try and find suitable ones. Buying another set from Stewmac seems to add to the cost....
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    Golden Age Tuners on old Gibson

    Has anyone experience of the Golden Age tuners for a teens Gibson mandolin.

    I fitted a set to an old 1919 F4 and found them very tight.

    If I slightly bend the main frame it it seems marginely...
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    It's not often you like ALL the music that someone plays but I felt that way with Tony Rice. 'Greenight on the southern' was one of my favourites and his 'Gordon Lightfoot' album. Seemed like a...
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    Re: The Loar LM700 Supreme F-style

    I've played a couple of The Loar LM700 and they varied but a friend has one and I rate it. The only thing I find a pain is the continuation to have the extended fretboatrd which give pick click....
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    Re: Avoid marking the top of your mandolin

    It's not just the possible wear on the instrument. I don't PLANT my pinkie on the top as. It obviously moves with the movement of my hand but still acts as some sort of anchor point. It is just my...
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    Re: Avoid marking the top of your mandolin

    The fact that a great number of people remove pick guards says it all to me. If you don't like them then take them off as I have done with all my mandolins for 50 years. The material of these gaming...
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    Avoid marking the top of your mandolin

    This is just a little tip for those like myself who do not use pick guards. I find that as I always use my pinkie as an anchor point, it does of course rest and move on the top of my mandolin (and...
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    Re: Setup, Setup, Setup!

    The greatest variance I have found is never much to do with the nut although I do agree that for fingering, the nut arrangement comes into play I find the bridge saddle is the key. If, for example,...
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