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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    This has been my favorite mandolin since I built it. GDAEB.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrSjrTLrA3Q
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    Re: Ebay Luthier Project

    It's a bargain, actually. It's not a luthier project. It's TWO luthier projects!
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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    My #2. Sounded like a rubbermaid tub with strings.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=51115&d=1221650057
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Ukulele #2 on the way.
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    Re: Recurve too thin?

    Should be fine. My #1 was at .08 most of the way around on the recurve. It's still around almost 20 years later.

    Thanks,

    Magnus
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    Re: Mandolin from a kit

    Interesting. It looks, based on the size of the tail piece, to be very small. What's the scale length?

    For an easy-to-apply finish, I would suggest tru-oil. It's forgiving, easy to work with,...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Just finished my first ukulele, this tenor. GOSH, but it's a lot quicker to build a flat top flat back than a carved one.

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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The first of two tenor ukuleles I'm making for myself. This one is somewhat pedestrian walnut, but the second one has some lovely birdseye.

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    Re: Giraffe Bone Nuts

    Why the hip-hopping, flip-flopping, nit picking, Earl-bobbing dingadong stabby-wabby would anyone use giraffe bone? If a builder was advertising using it, the question shouldn't be if t was ethically...
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    Re: Bourbon and bluegrass

    Not sure how much bluegrass is going to be played around here in October. Restrictions are fairly stout. As far as towns to visit for distilleries, you can to more of them than you'll want to by...
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    Re: Don't Get Around Much Anymore

    I'll be working on that. Thanks!
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    Re: 5 string in jazz combo question

    I love my electric octave (GDAEB). It has a sound very much like my favorite electric guitars, but
    A) I don't have to deal with the nonsensical tuning of a guitar, compared to the mandos clean...
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    Re: Electric Mandolin Build Help?

    I have built a 4-string electric mandolin and a 5-string electric octave. While I enjoy the 4-string, to me, it's limited by its trebliness, and it's been mostly a wall hanger. The 5-string octave,...
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    Re: Guitar Bodied Mandola

    Very nice! I love seeing designs different from the norm.
  15. Re: Practicing with Headphones on an Electric Mandolin

    I use a Zoom G1 multi effect job. To me, it's an excellent solution, not to mention cheap.

    Thanks,

    Magnus
  16. Re: Nordic/Finnish/Swedish folk music recommendation

    Just using the search word nyckelharpa gets you a lot of good stuff, whether on youtube or spotify or whatever.

    /Magnus
  17. Re: Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    Fantastic looking bike.
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    I like dots. To me, a fret board just doesn't look quite right without them. I've been doing mine offset for the last few, and prefer them that way by now.
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    Re: Rat Pack Songs that have mandolin.

    I seem to remember a similar thread before, and the answer was that it was all Dino songs.

    /Magnus
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    I do (or mostly did) enjoy my solid body, but mostly it was the gateway drug to the semi-hollow octave job. By now, it's pretty much the only one I play....
  21. Re: Given a choice, Tru-Oil or Nitro-Lacquer (satin) for finish.

    Tru-Oil adds a bit of an amber hue, so I like it for anything in the amber/red/brown ranges. On blue/green/black I would definitely stick with laquer, but I prefer the feel of the Tru-Oil when color...
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    Re: Help please

    The label is indeed in Swedish. It translates to approximately: "1 year warranty. Should any materiel or manufacturing error become apparent within one year, we will repair this at no charge if the...
  23. Re: what is the loudest + weirdest sounding oddball mandolin?

    I did actually have some fever dreams where the magazine would house an effects pedal, so you could change mags for different effects, and use the trigger to activate. Maybe a charging handle tremolo?
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    Re: Solid bodied mandolins

    Technically this is semi-acoustic, but you know. Potato-Schmergel Devastator. I basically play nothing else since I finished this.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrSjrTLrA3Q
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    I still haven't finished this thing, but I feel it should be a winner on loudness whenever I finally do. Currently tweaked to be a four-string electric octave, using a walnut body/receiver core and a...
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