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  1. Re: I知 afraid woodshedding has made me worse

    It's better to woodshed with the instruments you actually plan to play. Why not just keep the mando on the couch?
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    Mine sure does. Unrefined like me. Primitive, in fact. Love it. Wouldn't mind a reso, though!
  3. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    My snakehead wasn't very expensive. Are you thinking about getting one? If you are, shop around for a while until you find one at sane price. This is the best place to start.
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    It does, indeed. Thanks!
  5. Re: 2nd Mandolin. Ellis? Gibson? Clark? Weber?

    You already have a good Collings. I'd want something utterly different. If I had the dough-ray-me — and it sounds like you do — National is making a nice reso these days. And I'd love an old Harmony...
  6. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    A technological solution — and an excuse to buy another accessory. Thanks!
  7. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    Wind first, then hook the loop? Brilliant!

    Actually, I ended up doing that Tuesday because the loop escaped while I was winding. I see you've fleshed out the whole drill. Thanks!
  8. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    The tailpiece stays. The mando stays. I need challenges. This one I can get without leaving the house!
  9. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    It happened to me a few days ago with an E string, so I got a twelve-pack of E's from Just Strings.

    Maybe in the long run cheap tailpieces aren't so cheap!
  10. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    The up-and-over trick is interesting. Worth a try!
  11. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    Yeah, I don't want to have to figure out where the dern bridge belongs, either!

    And yes, it is indeed a one-piece clamshell. Got it via Ebay for $5.71 from Hong Kong, shipping included. Shock and...
  12. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    I do that sometimes. Works a little better on the wound strings. More traction, I guess.

    It took me half and hour to replace one E string today. That's what drove me here.

    Thanks!
  13. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    Thanks! I'll watch.

    As Kinky Friedman said when he ran for governor in Texas: How hard could it be?
  14. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    I'm not quite picturing it, so I'll check out Rosa's video. Thanks!
  15. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    I do all of that — always squeezing the loop, sometimes using a capo. I also hold up the loose dangle end with my teeth to keep it out of the way of the windings.

    Maybe I'm just not attentive...
  16. Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    Aha! Thanks!
  17. Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    My mando had a clamshell tailpiece. The strings go under it, and I have a devil of a time attaching the loop ends and a more hellacious time keeping them under the hook while putting the string on...
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    Re: String Bending

    I like it when Rich Del Grosso does it.

    But my advice is: If you dont like it, don't do it.

    Solved!
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    Re: Mandolin newbie

    Another small point: Since you're new, your tastes haven't developed. What you get now might not be what you want in three or four years. That means your choice now is pretty much a crap-shoot.
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    Re: Mandolin newbie

    Good question. I endorsed Big Muddy (post 12) because they're a great fit for anything but bluegrass and the various schools of hard rock. (Metal shredders need not apply.)
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    Re: Mandolin newbie

    Welcome, GG!

    Big Muddy, absolutely! All solid wood, made in the USA, great sound, reasonable prices, cool look, lots of wood choices, guaranteed conversation pieces. And Mike's a great guy.
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    Good to know. Thanks!

    Are Dobro mandos very loud?
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    Re: 4 string mandolin?

    In solid-body electrics, I see more four- and five-string than eight-string.

    Right now, I have a broken E string, so the other one is doing double duty while I wait for an E-string replacement...
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    Great! Then you can tell us the difference.

    I sometimes think about getting an old Dobro mando — OMI-era or early. But I've never heard one. I have a friend with a National, and it sounds great,...
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    Something else I've been wondering: How loud are Dobro mandos from the OMI era or earlier? How does the volume compare to Nationals?
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