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  1. Re: How to enhance mando for legato piece

    Picking further up the fretboard (15th fret or so) can result in much more sustain and more perceived legato tone due to less sharp attack. I basically never use tremolo to try to get sustain, I see...
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    Re: "tinny" A string?

    The specific area under a string isn't going to impact a specific string. A mandolin top being too thin can make the treble strings sound tinny. As can a back being too thin. Or the top or back, or...
  3. Re: Learn to play multiple instruments at once?

    I'm pretty ADD... learning another instrument helps me with mandolin, because it gives me something to shift my focus onto while also reinforcing things that help with mandolin.
    Such as:
    - finger...
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    Re: black residue?

    ..Or buffing compound? I'd be surprised if this basic mandolin had glued-in frets.
    Mineral spirits or naptha (lighter fluid) will wipe it right off if it is buffing compound, with no risk of harm...
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    Sure, you can make a "hybrid F-5" with an oval hole and a 14th or 15th fret joint, and the higher-waisted bridge position that comes with that.
    Most kits provide thick enough tops that you could...
  6. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    Hi Elbent! As another perspective, in my mandolin setup and repair business, I see about 50/50 men and women bringing instruments for me to adjust or fix. Maybe 30% under 40 years old, the majority...
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    Re: Small rattle in soundboard...

    Wow, I always wondered what a "deal table" was. I assumed it was a kind of farm table, but it really means "pine table"? Huh. Makes sense. I'm writing this from a 200-year-old deal table right now...
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    Re: Well this isnít good..

    Was that an aluminum cap on the original bridge?
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    Re: The masterís hands

    I hire him to play all my mandolins for 2.5 hours before I ship them out, so I'm all good on that front.
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    Re: Mandola string heights?

    Hi Brad, I'd shoot for .005 at the first fret (or lower if possible) and .050" (treble)- .070" (bass) at the 12th fret is where I'd start, with as little neck relief as possible. Assuming a "mandola"...
  11. Re: looking for 2-point f-hole mandolin plans...

    You can take an f-style mandolin plan and mirror the shape to get a symmetrical two-or-three-pointed instrument. Other than that and the off-center neck joint some (better) f-style mandolin plans...
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    Re: Time to build?

    ^^ this man is taking a significant pay cut to make instruments for y'all. Just saying.
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    Re: Pores Reappearing in French Polish

    Well... french polish is never a glass finish. You got a great finish, by any standard. Nothing wrong that I can see. If you want plastic, build with plastic!
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    Re: Monitor suggestion for DAW

    I had a potential customer send me a very long, very detailed critique of the tone of all the mandolins I had made to that date. They had very specific opinions about the tone, and strong opinions...
  15. Re: Stew mac -- waverly f-style mandolin tuners

    Yep - almost certainly what Adrian is pointing out. I bet the tuner mounting holes aren't perfectly drilled (the little screw holes, not the post/bushing holes).
  16. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    I still have splinters in my scalp from the last one....
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    Re: Carbon fiber mandolins

    Mine is similar, hollow neck. The wood on mine is just for blocking in the headstock for standard tuning machine installation.
    Mine also didn't bow.. until I left it in the car in Moab Utah in...
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    Re: Carbon fiber mandolins

    Psssh you can't believe everything you read on the internet ;-)
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    Re: Spruce Veneer

    Cool, that should work. It's been proven many times over that the materials are not what matter, but the care and attention of the builder. I'm sure you'll come up with a successful design if you...
  20. Re: PLEASE HELP! ABS Binding Bending Problems First Time Builder

    Looks to me that the areas where you laminated it are "fatter" (have absorbed solvent) and softening at a lower temperature than the rest of the laminated binding. Let it sit for a few weeks and it...
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    Re: KM200S Setup / Bridge Height

    Removing material from the top of the bridge base, for a first-time job, is a lot more work (assuming you need to fit the bridge anyway) and involves checking the compensation and re-establishing the...
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    Re: KM200S Setup / Bridge Height

    Well, you have four surfaces you could remove material from:
    Top of bridge base, bottom of bridge base, top of bridge saddle, bottom of bridge saddle.
    I'd take .050" off the bridge base for sure,...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Wait, I thought a circle of fifths was a bunch of guys sitting around drinking whiskey. Pretty sure you all have it wrong.
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    Re: KM200S Setup / Bridge Height

    Yep, that's about like the one I just made a YouTube video about. You have a few options.
    1. Make or buy a new bridge that's designed to be where you need it to be (somewhere between 1/2" and 5/8"...
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    ....and the little streams of whiskey.. come a'tricklin' round the rocks....
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