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    Re: Guitar Center

    And what will all those 16 year old kids do who shred with the amp on 11 in GC all day long? They'll be out on the streets and may get into trouble!
  2. Thread: OM strings

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    Re: OM strings

    No, the other way. A wound A will need to be farther from the tailpiece. The way to think about it is gauge of the core string. So, for a plain A to be at the same note, same scale length and similar...
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    Re: OM strings

    If they work, it is because the scale is longer than a mandola, roughly 25% longer. Longer strings at a similar tension, lower notes. I would use of one the many online string tension calculators to...
  4. Re: Skill Progression/Benchmarks, MAS and Instrument Upgrades

    I had been playing guitar for about 20 years, both acoustic and electric. I never felt that much interest in moving up the ladder to more expensive guitars. I wound up in a church group with four six...
  5. Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    I held off getting a Tone-Gard for many years, thought they were silly. I finally gave one a try this year. I gotta be honest, it really makes a difference. I am a convert.
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    Re: Tuning issues - Octave Mandolin

    It is not going to go sharp if the string is slipping on the peg. It would go flat, so winding is likely not the problem. If the string is going sharp, the nut slots may be pinching the strings. You...
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    Those are two misleading generalizations. I have had top stress problems with both an archtop and a flat top. It depends on the bracing. There are builders who make 10 string flat-tops and they do...
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    I would say more bright.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    All I can say what has worked for me over the years.

    As people have said, listening to tunes will help you remember them. Very important.
    Try to learn to "sing" the melodies with nonsense...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    There is a whole can of worms:
    Weber mandolins says 35-45% RH
    Apitius mandolins says 40-60%
    The Folk Musician site says 45-50% for mandolins

    If your manufacturer has a recommendation, I'd go...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    I found a great hygrometer switch a couple of years ago, an Inkbird Digital Pre-Wired Outlet Dual Stage Humidity Controller, $42 from Amazon. It is reliable and accurate. It can be calibrated, but I...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    I have found that also unless you use distilled water always which is a pain. Also the sonic disks in them will mineralize also with regular water. Those mineral cartridges you can buy for them have...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    +1 for Nut Sauce. I use it every string change.
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    I really like EJ62's on my Parsons flat-top. 80/20 Bronze, light, 10 -34. The 80/20's have a slight "bell-like" tone I like.
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Maybe someone said this, but I didn't see it and I am surprised how many players don't know this: Always tune upwards. If the string is flat, tune it up to pitch, but if it is sharp, tune it flat and...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    We could morph into a whole new thread over instruments that just sound obnoxious. The most obnoxious instrument I ever jammed with was actually one of my favorite instruments...but only when played...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    Some Capone lore: That banjo was sent to him by his wife, Mae. He later switched to playing the mandola. He actually wrote some songs in prison, including a love ballad entitled "Madonna Mia," about...
  18. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    I'm surprised no one mentioned the #1 thing:

    Playing the mandolin makes you a chick magnet! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    LOL. I had to do that with a Mederios travel mandolin once at the St. Louis airport. They made me play it. It was all out of tune, so when I went to play, it sounded terrible, and of course dozens of...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I got pulled out of the TSA line at an airport once for a manual bag search. They searched, found nothing, then put the bag through the x-ray again. They pulled the bag out again and did a manual...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I had been playing rhythm guitar in a just OK rock band and sometimes my best friend and I would practice our parts in a long unused, beat up camping trailer on his parents' property. Among the junk...
  22. Re: Copying from a PDF to Word - or Editing a PDF

    I have done this many times with church music, but I find it works better in PowerPoint. I change the page size to 8.5x11" portrait. I do as many pastes as I have solo lines in the page. I crop each...
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    Re: Givson (yes, Givson) mandolin

    I wonder if they have higher end instruments called: "The Givson?"
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    Not having money to burn, my rule of thumb, which only applies to me, is: Don't buy a mandolin that is better than I am as a player. That is very subjective, but I've seen $800 players show up at...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    I have bought a LOT of tuners over the years, not sure why, including three red Snarks. I liked them, but the plastic fingers that go in the back of the tuning head all eventually broke on me.
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