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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    It's interesting that floating bridges (w/ tailpiece), common on archtop instruments, are generally assumed to impart an up & down motion to the soundboard, while fixed pin bridges, as per flatops,...
  2. Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    Then you should also be close enough to the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada (NFI). Only visited once for an hour or two; a bit bigger than the Folklore Center and equally inspirational.
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    Re: I have a superton, what next?

    Extra encouragement to the OP: Being a purely amateur home tinkerer, I've done exacty as pops1 suggests, and it worked well.

    My $.02 hint: Besides a straight-edge (I cut an old steel...
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    Re: I have a superton, what next?

    If "younger" means 73, here ya go - Paul Hostetter's tuner-maintenance guide:
    http://63.249.102.84/tuner.maintenance.html

    BTW, the wear patterns, especially the back of the neck, indicate that...
  5. Re: United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    Mike: In your attached photo, where is that tubular plexiglass display case located, possibly the Martin museum? (Yeah, I should know, but haven't gotten there yet!)
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    As a former rock and 'round-the-campfire (more like 'round-the-6pack?) musician who's lately playing in a mandolin orchestra, I heartily agree. We're all amateurs, and about evenly split between the...
  7. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    Keep in mind that, with a few notable exceptions, a "bluegrass" mandolin is an F-5 mandolin. But in the early '20s, Lloyd Loar did NOT set out to design the F-5 as a bluegrass instrument - there'd...
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    Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    ... except that the treble side one looks a bit bent, viewing from the back. Maybe the bass side also, but you can't tell because they're set at diffferent distances from the edge.
  9. Re: Does anyone know anything about this Mandolin?

    That would depend on the vibrating length of the string, referred to as the "scale", being the distance from the nut at the base of the headstock to the bridge & saddle on top of the body (held on by...
  10. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    Maybe it's better to think of radius like gloves: some fit your hand better than others, and probably different from my hand. Using "the communal experience" to determine your fretboard radius can't...
  11. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    Don't sweat it too much - just go with what you like now. Just as your technique develops, so will your ear. In a few years years, you'll hear differencecs that "just aren't there" right now. And...
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    Re: Cords on the ground

    Learned the hard & fast way at my (our) very first rock band practice, summer of '65. Ya don't need no steenkin' hum; just play electric guitar while lips touch the microphone ... !!
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Maybe sometimes but... In my limited experience with exactly one of these, a '17 A-1, the angle was just barely noticeable, guessing marginally more than a bridge pin's taper, and went into only the...
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    Re: Ridiculous ebay post of the day

    Or maybe a 3-year-old with a beard? The photo's been discussed here before, but that's my guess and I'm stickin' to it!
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Or drill a few holes and hint to 3 friends that "It's based on Loar's resonator design that was, ya know, quashed by that hushed-up lawsuit." In 20 years, it could become legend for, as you said,...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    When I was 10 in '56, we took a 3-week family driving vacation to visit the grandfather that I mentioned in Denver. At the time, many diners had free postcards by their cash registers, I presume in...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    Anyone remember TV's "Death Valley Days", with the intro featuring the "20-mule-team" borax-wagon train? Three wagons, two carrying rock/borax, plus a water-tank wagon. And, obviously, all pulled...
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    Re: Help with Timing

    I'll be foolish enough to take a stab at a brief answer, which is what you're probably expecting, keeping in mind that a truly VALID answer would require several volumes of analyzing the dozen or...
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    Re: Potential USA Recesssion?

    There's MORE THAN a "potential, possible" recession coming - it absolutely WILL happen, eventually. Just as we all absolutely WILL be dead, eventually. Might as well use the interim to buy...
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    Yeah but... she makes up for it by sounding authoritative. Guess I'm gonna have to buy white gloves to play my '17 A-1!
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    Re: I am totally bummed out

    Been there; not fun. I agree w/ Alfons.

    I'm sort of handy and figured to do it myself. But after several weeks of planning, I had to admit that the break was too clean for me to ensure that the...
  22. Re: What's the origin/lyrics of this song: All Around the Mountai

    Yup, it's called "folk music", or more properly "folk tradition". It works like this: you sing a song to me and 5 friends; we each sing that same song, with our own mistakes and/or "improvements" to...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    Lots of good information above, but I think some definition is needed for perspective:

    - The ukelele chart shows a series of "strums", as normally used on uke. None of them are specifically a...
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    Re: Big Muddy has fret buzz?

    Considering that fixed bridges existed for centuries on stringed instruments, whether lute, guitar, etc., before Mr. Loar designed the adjustable type (a disputed point), I tend to think of it the...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Q: How many orchestra conductors does it take to change a lightbulb?

    A: Nobody knows, because nobody looks at the conductor!
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