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    Re: Mandolin kit build-loss of volume

    A couple things:

    1. Any time you take all of the string tension off of a mandolin for a while and then string it back up, there always seems to be a break-in period where the top acclimates to the...
  2. Engelmann spruce tops...your preferred bracing/ tone bars

    My personal favorite spruce for tops is Engelmann. For those out there building with it, what spruce do you prefer for tone bars/ bracing...Engelmann, Red, Euro or Sitka? Is there any reason to use...
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    Re: band saw size requirement

    Could'nt agree with you more. The only real reason I got the 19" is because I also build furniture and I resaw a fair bit of lumber. The last dining table I built, I resawed a bunch of 12/4 sugar...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    I would recommend getting a couple books....

    The Mandolin Project by Graham McDonald

    And

    The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manuel by Roger Siminoff

    With these two or either...
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    Re: Right Hand Planting vs. Free Floating

    If it aint broke, dont fix it.

    Unless what you are doing is slowing you down or a henderance of any sort, I see no need to make a change. The most important things to a solid pick stroke are no...
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    Re: band saw size requirement

    If you have room, having two bandsaws is really nice. A small 10-14" bandsaw with an 1/8" or 1/4" blade and a 17" or larger with a 3/3 or larger resaw blade is a really nice setip. I have a 10"...
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    Re: Bach Stuff on Mandocello

    Here is a great thread on the construction of a mandocello.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?79987-Fan-Frets-on-a-Mandocello.
    Guitar body (larger body) and franned frets to allow...
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    Re: I need an Amp

    Yes it is included. That is the only "negative" thing I can think of as far as the amp is concerned...and that is that it does not have a on/off switch. So you just have to pull the power supply out...
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    Re: 5 String E-Mandocello Anyone?

    Well Steve sent me these the other day. Technically it is all finished up but the bridge pickup that Kent Armstrong made for it is not working properly so we trying to work that out. Probably going...
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    Re: 5 String E-Mandocello Anyone?

    Ed, check out this pic of the headstock!
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    Re: Best Mandolin

    The Eastman 305 A style mandolin is by far the best back for the buck in my opinion for the sub 500 range. I have played a few along with an Eastman 315 F5 that my buddy owns and they have all been...
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    Re: I need an Amp

    I too use a 44 mag and it's awesome...and really loud. But the tone is fantastic. I use it along with an AMT R1 preamp/pedal which turns the amp into a Messa Triple Rectifier basically. Used it in a...
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    Re: Houston, We Have a Problem II

    I was going to say that myself. It looks tpo be a very thin piece of lining on the top. Houston, we have a problem part III maybe be coming very soon if that is not addressed.
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    Re: Standard notation or By Ear for New Tunes

    Both are very beneficial to learning music, but both are not necessary. Personally, I would recommend learning by ear and reading music. For me that is the best way I know how to learn songs. If I...
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    Re: 5 String E-Mandocello Anyone?

    Thanks Ed. It is definitely a one of a kind instrument. The mahogany he used for the back and neck is really stunning too. I can't imagine how incredible it is going to look in person.
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    Re: 5 String E-Mandocello Anyone?

    Steve just e-mailed me to let me know that he is in the final assembly stage. Here is a couple of new pics after he buffed it out and one of the custom Kent Armstrong pickups.
  17. Re: Contemplating converting a 6-string into a mandocello...

    Ed, you can get a steel string for a high B, made by Octave4plus.

    Check out this vid....
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    Re: What scales are "common" to practice?

    Personally, I find it better to think of scales as intervals and not notes. The notes in each scale change (as far as what is designated as the I, II, III, and so on) but the intervals never change....
  19. Re: Best book for hot solos/breaks for singing songs

    go to mandozine.com and search through the rather large selestion of songs. Most any bluegrass tune you know will be there....not all but a lot. Once on mandozine, under the quick links (middle,...
  20. Re: Blue Chips ... is the shipping charge new?

    Business is business. At the end of the day you want to make money not loose money. I run my own company so I understand the cost of things. A lot of people can't understand pricing and think that...
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    Re: 8 necks and 51 strings

    It's good to be a mandolin player.....particularly in this case!
  22. Re: Solid-Bodied E-O-Mando vs. E-Tenor Guitar

    I don't know about 23", but I will definitely know that acousticly that a 25" the sound it very big and chords are fantastic and very thick. Ed as you know I will have a 25" scale 5 string in my hand...
  23. Re: Thinking about switching to Rigel....thoughts?

    Englemann topped Grey Eagle two-pointer. It will stomp when you need it to, but have just that incredible Englemann tone. Probably the most versatile mandolin you will ever play.
  24. Re: Getting to the Next Level aka the best laid plans...

    While taking music theory, one thing my teacher told me to do was to transcribe some breaks and put the chords over them and study what was being played over each chord and how each "lick"...
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    Re: Dovetail verses bolt on necks

    They probably do not want to do the work because it is something that they are not extremely familiar with and do not want the risk of further repairs...or maybe they are not authorized to do the...
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