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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Bummer about the tuners, certainly not what you would expect from new machines. If it were me, I'd return them. I've use Grover 309s on several mandolins and they work beautifully.
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    Actually, DADGAD may have gotten it's start in Irish music, but it's definitely not limited to it. Over on the Acoustic Guitar Forum there are accomplished fingerstyle players who post beautiful...
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    Re: Fret popping up on my new mandolin

    That end of the fret wasn't bent to match the curve of the fretboard at that end. If there is no buzzing on that fret or the one above it (does the string note clean above and below that fret) DO NOT...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Are the strings you put on the same ones you were using before? You wouldn't think that changing tuners would cause a buzz. Since it's only on the open strings, the nut slots are too low for that...
  5. Re: Buffing Out Marks in Nitrocellulose Finish?

    "Buffing" with an electric buffer I would leave to the hands of a professional. You could try hand rubbing out the marks. I'd start with the least aggressive compound such as "new car polish" or...
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    There are some good books out there on DADGAD with tab in them. Since Celtic is what you're interested in, there's no reason not to start with DADGAD. I would suggest you consider a body size larger...
  7. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    I assume the 0.080" wide wire became popular in the past because of extended lifespan. The traditional narrow bead wire develops grooves pretty quickly if you hit hard (can anyone say bluegrass?). It...
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    If there's a slight bow in the neck with no string tension and the bottom frets have been pulled, my guess is that under string tension the neck bow is severe, hence the nylon string conversion and...
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    Thanks HoGo for the thorough explanation. I love the look of curly maple in the rims and have been using an outside strap over a hot pipe. Of course, I have experienced the wood cracking along the...
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    Aha steam! I've seen some mandolin ribs that were 0.100+" and wondered how they got them bent with no scorching, now I know. I also like the idea of inner and outer straps on the hot pipe. I'll have...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin -

    I would recommend an arm rest. It gets your forearm elevated and gives you something to anchor to without deadening the top. It also helps in getting your picking hand positioned floating over that...
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    Re: We've said it before, we'll say it again.

    Not sure what point your are making with this post, or what "the instruments I have at home" are. The vast majority of instruments listed in your signature are Pac rim.

    I don't own an Eastman...
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    Re: Are old strings hard to keep in tune? Why?

    So it's those dang molecules, little troublemakers! Thanks Dale for the Scientific explanation. My experiences run similar to Alafons, the tuner says the string is in tune but when I compare it to...
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    Re: Freshgrass video- Everybody's Talkin'

    Hadn't heard of "Fresh Grass" but that's largely the group Mr. Sun with a couple of add ons. They didn't credit the musicians, anyone recognize the banjo player? I couldn't help notice her banjo had...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Hi Gunnar,
    I wouldn't think an F-5 shouldn't be less comfortable to hold standing. Other than the scroll, the back contours are the same. When seated however, the points can dig into your leg...
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    My experiences mirror Dale's. 0.080" max thickness. I've seen some builders go much thinner in the scroll area. The wavier the grain, the slower you have to go, the tighter you hold the strap down,...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    I love the idea of scrapers flexible enough to conform to the curve! I guess I'm going to have to build another mandolin to try this out. :-)
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    As usual, Sunburst's wisdom is spot on. Carving compound curved surfaces into something with grain is a learning curve. John's tip of using a strong sidelight is a lifesaver (or wood saver). I also...
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    Re: Anyone seen this before

    It's the infamous "time to shop for a better mandolin" syndrome. Seriously Nev, if you're going to play mandolin, you need/deserve something better.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Looking great!
  21. Re: Copying from a PDF to Word - or Editing a PDF

    I live in the Mac world and thus don't have to fuss with Acrobat, but if you have the pro version I would imagine there's a "select" tool where you can draw a selection rectangle around the portion...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    The look to be great cases at a reasonable price for what they are. Also much easier to lug around than a Calton or Hiscox, but at $90 shipping to USA I think I'd stick with my current cases.
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    Re: The Banshee on Octave Mandolin

    Nice playing! I built an octave mandolin long ago but my short fingers couldn't keep up with the reaches at tempo for celtic music. I've since become very enamored with archtop mandolin.

    I'd be...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    New information^ since they've been like this since you acquired the instrument, we don't know if they were ever seated properly in the first place.
    • Chances are better they were seated, but worked...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    Obviously, Sblock and I agree. It was pinky planting starting to wear the finish on a mandolin I had built not long before that drove me to look into finger rests. I also caught myself hooking my...
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