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    Re: Essential tremor and mandolin playing

    Yup, it is true that a moderate amount of alcohol, consumed at a level insufficient to get you inebriated, can help to suppress episodes of essential tremor. We're talking here about one or two...
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    Re: Yes, another G String Buzz Thread

    The proper solution to a buzz coming from the tailpiece area is not to raise the action on the G (or any other) string. If removing the tailpiece cover altogether makes the buzz go away, then you...
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    Re: I am totally bummed out

    You should get it repaired. Then, you should invest in a proper case!
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    Re: Altering Original Tempo

    Bluegrass tempos tend to be on the faster side. Old-time tempos tend to go a bit slower. Dance tempos suit the dancers (~100 BPM or thereabouts). Beginner jams tend to go slowly. It's all good. ...
  5. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    Let me try to allay some confusion associated with your question. "Standard tuning" refers to the notes of the musical scale that are most conventionally used for tuning the open strings. It does...
  6. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    You are perfectly free to treat your electronic tuner either as a "guide" or an "unquestionable authority." Having said that, a lot of folks who insist on tuning by ear or tend to make systematic...
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    That said, Don Paine (of Glenwood Springs, CO) did some truly lovely and imaginative work on his earliest Pomeroy F5 mandolin pegheads. Alas, the more recent Pomeroy models don't reach quite the...
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    In my opinion, for sheer beauty and balance, it's hard to beat the classic torch and wire inlay from Gibson.

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  9. Re: Oiling your pick: a tip from Albert Bellson

    Well, some oldtimers used to wipe the business end of the pick against their nose, briefly, to pick up facial oils! Also, Earl Scruggs once wrote that before playing onstage, he'd run his fingerpicks...
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    Re: PBS documentary on the history of Bluegrass

    There will be a different show on PBS, airing (and streaming) on August 30 about bluegrass music, called Big Family. This is not to be confused with the upcoming Ken Burns documentary on September...
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    Re: PBS documentary on the history of Bluegrass

    To clarify: The much-anticipated new documentary from Ken Burns, scheduled to air on PBS, starting September 15 (check your local listings for times; these are different in different places), is...
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    Re: 20 inch OM intonation and setup?

    Yes, the action looks to be on the high side. Try lowering it and see if the problem goes away. If not, you might have some frets that are slightly off.
  13. Re: High end Northfields versus other $8-12k mandos

    True, these folks endorse Northfields, and they probably get their instruments for free or at a large discount. And true, the Northfields are genuinely fine-sounding mandolins. However, when I've...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    Well, I agree that a Hoffee is not for him, but be fair. The OP asked us what travel case we use. "What's your travel case"? is the title of the thread. "How do you protect your travel mando when...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    I use a Hoffee. There are many threads on travel cases to be found on the Mandolin Cafe. I'd suggest checking them out; there's a lot to learn and there are many opinions.
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    Well, violin strings are held at much lower tension, and they are quite different from mandolin strings! I am not aware of any mandolin strings that have multiple core strands, nor any that contain...
  17. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    "lose" grip means that you have not managed to maintain the grip.
    "loose" grip is when you don't hold it tightly.

    Sometimes, the spelling does matter! :grin: Anyway, too loose a grip will lose...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    It's probably worth making one more comment about "flexible" strings, and possibly misleading claims or misconceptions. As we have seen earlier, the fretting effort required (as well as the effort...
  19. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Sorry, but it has never been true that private companies "can do whatever the heck they want." On the contrary: private companies are bound by applicable U.S. laws, just as the rest of us are. As it...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    I think this idea is just a bit mistaken (sorry). See the diagram below. To have the same mass-per-unit-length, and therefore to have the same tension when brought up to pitch, a hex core needs to be...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    Round cores make a lot of sense for use with flat windings, to keep the overall string profile round. Furthermore, flat windings tend to wind much tighter up against the core, with less tendency to...
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    Re: mayhem in the music room

    All the theories so far seem to indicate that the mandolin must have been picked up and REPLACED ON ITS HANGER after the damage occurred. That had to happen with human intervention, even if the...
  23. Thread: New Strap!

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    Re: New Strap!

    We are waiting to hear about how the tone of your mandolin improved once you put the new strap on. :))
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    Re: Interesting billboard

    :)) Yeah, I totally agree -- I'm not worried, either, about possible infringements by your avatar with "The Guild" on it. I'm also not worried about that Kewadin Casino billboard, and don't think...
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    Re: Interesting billboard

    Not quite. I'm afraid that defense doesn't necessarily get you off the hook, at least technically. Changing the Guild logo to something that they never actually used in their advertising could still...
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