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    Re: Which strings for a 1915 bowlback?

    Any brand, just as long as the strings are light gauge. Like 9-32 would be a good gauge. By all means not 11-40 that modern mandolins use.
  2. Thread: Bridge Placement

    by pops1
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    Re: Bridge Placement

    What sblock says. Usually it ends up being slightly more than your measured distance.
  3. Re: Top Crack Weymann Keystone Bowlback, How to draw together

    Some cracks are simply a shaving and you couldn't get it in the crack with glue. The glue seems to wick in the thin plane shaving. A larger splint would definitely need the glue first.
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    Re: Feedback: First fret pulling job

    forgot about the soldering iron.
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    Re: Feedback: First fret pulling job

    If you wet the fingerboard prior to pulling the frets you may swell the wood and make the chipout worse.
  6. Re: Top Crack Weymann Keystone Bowlback, How to draw together

    I usually dry fit them, insert dry, and then use hot hide glue.
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    Re: Newbie: Which electric-acoustic to buy?

    A preamp to boost signal is different than a preamp to match impedance. The mandolin pickups, if they are transducers, have an impedance of 1 million ohms. Your P.A. wants to see more like 1 thousand...
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    Re: Newbie: Which electric-acoustic to buy?

    The K&K definitely needs a preamp. All transducers need a preamp or an amp with a HiZ input.
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    Re: Red Henry Maple Bridge

    Before all this craziness I was at a jam and tried out a Pava. It was real nice and when the I played my Brentrup the owner of the Pava said wow it is loud. When I played her Pava it was also quite...
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    Re: Newbie: Which electric-acoustic to buy?

    I would go for the Eastman, either one, over the Ovation. I think you will be way better off with the acoustic sound of the Eastman. Remember if you put a pickup in a mandolin, unless it is magnetic,...
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    Re: Epiphone MM20, convert to lefty

    You are right in your thinking, but you will have only the bass strings of the guitar so the chords will be a little different. Think about your chords without a E or B string. You will like the...
  12. Re: Advice needed on K&K mandolin twin pickup install

    Drill the tailpiece before mounting it on the mandolin. Your spraying handle can be in the mandolin and it will be easy to drill the mandolin thru the tailpiece to the new size.
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    Re: Small rattle in soundboard...

    You could always saw the joint apart, plane, and glue it up again. It would be easy to simply saw it apart.
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    I have the diamond, Gurian, and two sided files. Mostly I use the Gurian. The diamond files are nice for spot leveling, but I don't think the ones I have, early from stu mac, are the best. They have...
  15. Re: Can anyone please share some thoughts on the Eastman MD515CC?

    I think the only difference is the contoured edge for comfort. Should be the same otherwise. Enjoy.
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    She plays like Pete Seeger, using an up-picking instead of a frail. Still has the old time sound, nice.
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    I simply place my bench light where I can see the fret well. You will be able to see as you round the fret how much flat is left. As with the sharpie method go until you have a fine line.
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    Re: Is this Washburn worth anything?

    You should be OK if you don't play up the neck too far. You can remove and reglue the fingerboard, I prefer this to planing. You could also file the offending frets over the body down, you can also...
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    Re: Is this Washburn worth anything?

    I usually make a new bridge for these, lower, and they sound good with a low bridge. I like a low action, but you may run into buzzing with a low action from the very top frets, by looking at your...
  20. Re: anyone change their plain steel high strings faster than wrap

    I change them all at once, usually when they don't stay in tune as well. Most definitely when I feel dents from the frets as I run my fingernail under the wound strings.
  21. Thread: Harmony mandolin

    by pops1
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    Re: Harmony mandolin

    I am questioning the gauge of your strings. 10-47. A 47 is way too heavy for a mandolin. Check the gauge of your strings and let us know.
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    Re: I sure miss my Collings

    Guess we have all sold thing we miss. Like they say "love the one you're with".
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    Re: I sure miss my Collings

    Better to have you here Mark, no matter what mandolin you are playing.
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    Re: Coated like uncoated choices

    I think the material makes a difference on life of the string. GHS Pure Nickel is also a good sounding, long lasting string. Different from Monel.
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    Re: Help Identifying Unbranded Mandolin

    That is not paint on the fingerboard, but it would have been dyed. Possibly dyed in a vacuum to force the dye deeper into the wood.
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