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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    As much as anyone wants to talk about improving the sound they really don't. No tailpiece does. They do make string changes easier and they are a work of art.
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    Re: Rubner Tuner availability?

    That's generous, I've had both and can't do that. It's not that Rubner's aren't fine tuners but the Waverly mandolin tuners are a work of art. Yes they are expensive.
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    Re: Rubner Tuner availability?

    I'm pretty sure there have been certain A styles available all along.
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    Re: Rubner Tuner availability?

    In the computer industry we referred to this sort of thing as vaporware. It's better to realistically manage people's expectations rather than string them along no matter what the cause is. I hope...
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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    They do indeed make a gold tailpiece. It's one of the three options available.

    https://www.axinc.net/James_Mandolin_Tailpiece_p/jtt.htm
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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    I asked the same question of Bill James a few years ago. His e-mailed answer was:
  7. Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    Actually there is a thread here somewhere where a few well known luthiers basically defied anyone to hear the difference and you won't. Buy a righty and convert, you'll have a hell of a lot more...
  8. Re: NMC rare relic (re-purposed autoharp body)

    I have no words other than I'm gonna go rip the chording mechanism off my autoharp and buy a can of Krylon if that thing actually sells.
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    That would be a shock.
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    It comes up every now and again. Always good. I like using a rare earth magnet on the steel base of my stamped Gibson tailpiece to hold the loop on the tailpiece.
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    Let me know if you'd like to try one and I'll make you one as long as you're in Windows. Beyond switching the keys and creating the map so it actually does what it's supposed to do I don't see a huge...
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    Re: Ditson Victory

    Ditson was a distributor, they didn't manufacture anything and they bought from multiple builders including Martin. That doesn't mean that instrument is good or bad it just means they might not all...
  13. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    Oh the humanity!

    Me too. I'm with Tim though, if it holds then just play it.
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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    That's probably good as the pickguard is a whole lot easier to replace than binding.
  15. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you can't tell the difference between a premium mandolin and an inexpensive mandolin consider yourself lucky.
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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    Most likely it's a lacquer finish. If it was me I'd use a damp (not dripping wet) soft cloth. Has the binding started to deteriorate?
  17. Re: Can someone ID this mandolin tune for me?

    For anyone unfamiliar with him, DeFord Bailey gets some mention in the Ken Burn's documentary on country music.
  18. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    I was going to use Collings guitars (arched top an flat top) compared to their mandolins (arched top and flat top) as an example but I'm too lazy to dig up the prices.
  19. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    I asked the same question so many years ago when I first started playing. Yes, crafting a carved top mandolin is more like crafting a violin than a guitar. The answer is simply that it takes more...
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Mold is one thing but I don't recall anyone ever posting anything near the same situation as this on the Cafe. A permanent solution to what was probably a temporary problem. I hope getting the guitar...
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    When playing any musical instrument it's what works for you. There will always be someone that says that your form is incorrect or you're working too hard. I'm reminded of a guitar player by the name...
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    It was that night we spent in the slammer. It was all you could talk about. That's why I broke out that next day.
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Nice job Joe, it looks better than it did before. :)
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    Funny, 'twas you I was thinking of. :cool:
  25. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    I have family in Toulouse, maybe you know them?
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