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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Markers on the face of the fretboard don't matter to me.
    Side markers I like and use.

    In fact, I wish EVERYBODY would put 2 dots on the side at the 12th fret. I've got some with only one dot...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    I've owned 2 very nice mandolins, each costing 5K to 10K, which had non-adjustable truss rods which needed refrets to replace non-worn out frets so that the neck could be straightened. Both built by...
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    Ted, Do you have any insight on exactly what is meant by "Strings stay in tune 131% better than traditional strings!" ?

    E.g. does it mean for a longer time, or less deviation of string...
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    Re: Material Below the Bridge

    Here's a picture of the wood of which I speak.
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    I've had XTs on a couple of mandolins for the past 6 weeks or so. I like the sound and expecially like the feel of the strings much better than EXPs. Only time will tell how long they last in good...
  6. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Ralph,
    You have to know that I'm not really a jazz guy. Although I enjoy some jazz, my ignorance is overwhelming. So I'm not noticing all those things that are obvious to you, but not noticeable...
  7. Re: Ellis Torch and Wire in todays classified.

    I could never buy that Ellis. I couldn't stand all the crying I'd do when the first ding happened.:(
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    Re: Fun observation

    What a coincidence. Several days ago I pulled out the Harmony Monterey that I bought from Big Joe years ago. It pretty much stays quietly in the back of the closet most of the time. Near mint.
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    Re: Material Below the Bridge

    I've never needed a mute on an instrument with a James tailpiece if the tailpiece was properly installed (strings lie firmly on the 0 rings.)

    I've needed mutes on several other instruments. ...
  10. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Yes, I can sing what I plan to play. I can imagine some things in my head and then play them. I've got scales and arpeggios.
    The problem is that the ideas that are in my head are very limited. ...
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    Re: Improvising

    Thanks Bill. This looks useful to me.
    And is that Berklee DVD available anywhere?
  12. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    1. I don't care whether the player thought about his solo yesterday or he made it up as he played. To me, it sounds the same. (I recognize that it's not really 'improv' if it was previously...
  13. Re: Any tips on this technique before breaking into a tune?

    Yep. "Potatoes". Very common.

    Often uses a slide (or hammer-on) from the note below the root into the root as a series of eighth notes (or perhaps other rhythms).
    This slide and then...
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    Re: How to play harmony

    Confusing chord notes with scale notes.
  15. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    Is it similar on the other side, near the D & G string pegs?
    If so, I'm betting oil (heaven only knows what kind, back in the day) seeped through after a generous lube of the worms.
  16. Re: I know that tune... um... how's it go again?

    Some of the worst feelings in my musical life have been when someone looked at me and said, "Okay, kick it off!":disbelief::(:confused:
  17. Thread: Givens A

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    Re: Givens A

    People say lots of things that they believe. Some of those things are true.
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Just to have all info on one thread, it's been reported in a previous thread that the proper O-ring to use with the James TP is this one.
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Yeah, it's scary. But the installation instructions that come with the James tailpiece advise that the angle of the tailpiece be BENT to make it point towards the top of the saddle. You have to...
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    I generally agree with Brad. BUT... beginners (I remember) may not be AWARE of certain concepts and therefore have a hard time thinking much about them.

    Case in point: Eric, if you can play the...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    Guess I've been a rational adult for too many years. Sorry.~o)
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    James tailpieces need a small dab of Vasoline on the rubber grommets to make them work properly. Instructions are included with a new tailpiece.
    Do it. It works.
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    [QUOTE=pops1;1741446]If it doesn't buzz open it's not the saddle. .../QUOTE]

    Although this is usually true, the situation I have described above,by bad luck alone, can cause a buzz on fretted...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    yes.
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    If all else fails, look at the saddle. I had one instrument like you describe and finally noticed that the slots for the A strings were made with a downward angle towards the forward edge. Thus the...
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