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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: 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. ...
  3. 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...
  4. 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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  7. 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

    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...
  9. 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...
  11. 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...
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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...
  14. 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

    Yeah, and your avatar shows a headstock photo of a your Guild guitar, displayed in a public forum. Was this an authorized use of the corporate logo? Does it gnaw at you a little, I wonder? Methinks...
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    Re: Solved a buzzing problem on my Ratliff

    Yes, Loctite works very well for preventing rattle from tuner button screws.

    Also, if you have Waverly buttons that fit fairly loosely on the shaft, and particularly if those buttons are made from...
  18. Thread: Beware EVOs

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    Re: Beware EVOs

    Some reports of changes make sense to me. By that, I mean that I can understand how a change might affect the mandolin's tone, at least in principle. Such changes involve things like adding or...
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    Re: What gauge for 1st course?

    You may be asking for just a bit too much by tuning a high-carbon steel string to E5 over a 17" scale length. The required tension over that length will definitely break a conventional 0.010" or...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    My goodness. No one here is infantilizing, belittling, or mocking you, so please get over that. No one is demeaning experience, either. This is a serious forum and our responses have been...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    Of course I read your post. And of course physics embraces simple models that tend to capture the essence of more complex phenomena. But writing as a professional physicist, your model does not...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    Writing as a physicist, achieving a loud mandolin is certainly a matter of physics, but I cannot agree that it is a matter of "simple" physics. In fact, I only wish it were that simple. Alas, it is...
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    Re: string gauges

    The D'Addario J-74 (EXP-74) gauges work fine, as do many similar sets: 0.011" (E), 0.015" (A), 0.026" (D), 0.040" (G).
    You can also use something like 0.010" for E, or 0.0016" for A, or 0.041" for...
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Some folks offering comments on this thread seem to think that trademarks and patents offer clear-cut protections (they do not) and that copies are somehow equivalent to "counterfeits" (they are...
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    Re: Jamming-What to do?

    If -- as you say -- you "just want to blend in" and avoid all lead breaks (and not sing or otherwise engage), then to flatpick, you'll either be playing backup as (1) a bass/chordal accompaniment on...
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