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  1. Thread: Mandolin Parts

    by pops1
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    Re: Mandolin Parts

    I would make your own bridge from a blank of ebony. It will have to be fit to the top anyway. It will also benefit you making your own to get the intonation right for the 10 string. If you made the...
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    Re: Buzzing and humidity on MDO 305

    The humidity in which the setup is made is the humidity of the shop in which it is done, and the area on the country that the shop is in. If it is sent to a different climate then after time to...
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    Re: electric mando / amp pairing

    A 5 watt amp is going to distort quite easily. You may change the preamp tube from a 12AX7 to a 12AY7 and see if you like the sound better. It will still distort easily, but will be warmer. It is...
  4. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    Truss rods started in late '21 and early '22. All the Loar improvements except the headstock and nut width were the same. An adjustable bridge was also on these early mandolins along with a truss rod.
  5. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    I have a '22 with a truss rod, paddle headstock and wide (1 1/4") nut. It sounds great. I actually prefer the look of the paddle headstock to the snake, it looks more like it should to me.
  6. Re: Fretted notes on E strings out of tune even though open strin

    I wouldn't worry about slacking the strings for a month or so, it shouldn't be a problem.
  7. Re: Fretted notes on E strings out of tune even though open strin

    Does this persist up the neck? It could be the nut slots are not filed so each string exits the nut at the very end of the nut. If you lift your strings you may see a shinny spot where the string...
  8. Thread: String Bending

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    Re: String Bending

    I have use string bending quite a lot in the past. It is an effect, not to change a note 1/2 step up. It took me a while to bend both strings the same, you need to press firmly on the fretboard...
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    I am still mostly wood, with an electric heater if I have to be gone. Not sure how many more years I have left cutting wood, and hate to have to deal with the heat from anything else, just not the...
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    Re: Has anyone tried the KNA UP-2 pickup?

    There is effects loop send and return, use the send to the amp. If your amp has an xlr you could use the normal xlr to the amp. If you want phantom power instead of battery you could use the xlr to...
  11. Re: Ultimate Vintage Snakeheadedness and Chocolatey Goodness

    Nice pair Jim, you are a fortunate man.
  12. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    What a fun project, good job and enjoy your new mandolin. Please post pic's after the finish is on. Thanks for the evolving pictures of your build.
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    Re: Has anyone tried the KNA UP-2 pickup?

    A pre amp like the RedEye will work for about anything and not a lot of adjustment in between instrument changes.
  14. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    I play summers on a music cruise on the Mississippi River. It is usually hot and humid, sometimes threatening rain, and a carbon fiber mandolin would be a great advantage. My mandolin's varnish...
  15. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    We have had jams shut down in our area too. No organization, no money, just a place to play and have a drink or two.

    If you are a musician that plays only your own music, but you have that music...
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    Re: Tone and Volume pots on Harmony H35 Batwing

    If you remove the pickup you will have a large hole to take the pots in and out. You may be able to take the pickkup, pots and all the wiring out at once, rebuild and put it back in as a piece.
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    Re: Has anyone tried the KNA UP-2 pickup?

    Does you bass rig have a HiZ input, it not you still need the impedance matching pre to get a good sound.
  18. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    We buy insurance for our Folk Festival for all three days, but not the rest of the year. Since the fest only covers Friday evening to Sunday morning we only have to pay for 48 hours of insurance, so...
  19. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    We were not nonprofit for decades, but work under the umbrella of a non profit for the last decade or so. If you are not big enough to get your own 501c3 then maybe you can work under the umbrella of...
  20. Thread: Mandolin Care?

    by pops1
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    Re: Mandolin Care?

    I only change strings one string at a time. It's not as easy to wipe and clean, but it keeps the tension on the top more consistent than doing two strings or half of the strings. Two would not be a...
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    Re: TUSQ replacement nuts

    I am using a black graphite impregnated TUSQ nut on my mandolin and it works well. Sounds good too. I think you got lucky with the setup from stock, most of the time there will be much more refitting.
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    Re: I'm curious about a hide gluing method

    I glue the blocks first, one at a time, and clamp. Then I treat the rest like an open seam and glue and clamp till I am done. No glue first and reheating. I have done upright basses like this too.
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    Re: Cumberland bridge: Full Contact vs. Arched

    I turned my arched into a full contact and really prefer the sound. I would not hesitate to use full contact from now on, tho I have arched and they sound just fine with no problems.
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    Re: I'm curious about a hide gluing method

    I wouldn't worry about hide glue on a mandolin. It is plenty strong. I do sections at a time, but differently than John. I glue and clamp the neck and end block first. then work around the body, glue...
  25. Re: Who is a member/board member of a local BG/OT/Folk Society?

    We have a great old time community here in S.W. Wisconsin. We have monthly square dances, and have for 30 years. Band is open and we usually have 3 or 4 callers. We charge a couple bucks to pay for...
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