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    Re: Dr. Arm for Mandolin

    There is a reason violins don't have varnished necks, just sealer. Chin rests help holding a violin but originally were to protect the varnish.

    Folks who play occasionally may never cause much...
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    Re: How high do you go

    My Buchanan 10-string stops at 17, and I rarely use even that, 15 being the likely limit. Even on my 20-fret electric I rarely use even the 15. More likely I'll use 13 for a high F on a jazz tune,...
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    I feel like I should be able to come up with several, but am not succeeding. Gloria is close. More than one song uses that sequence. The Four Tops' "Reach Out" uses the minor V instead of the VII,...
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    Dudu Maia writes choros, and his "Simples Assim" is fine work from his trio. But he released a music-minus-one collection of Jacob choros, both performed by him and with mandolin absent. "Viva Jacob...
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    Hamilton released a fine album of all Jacob choros, with a mix of other instruments joining him. He uses a 10-string mandolin made for Jacob, which is a sweeter tone than his Ribiero, to my ears.
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    Re: Some help with electronics please

    At the McDonald's, open your email with your phone and download the zip file. Then, the PDFs and zip can be transferred directly to the tablet using AirDrop, an Apple feature by which the devices...
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    Re: Gibson doubleneck

    Oy, cringeworthy demonstration by doofus with obligatory backwards ball cap. Demonstrations of electric guitars don't try to play Doc Watson fiddle tunes on them, typically just piling on overdrive...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    I think the main reason worm-over is the common setup is it offers more room for left hand when playing in the low frets. It moves the tuner button farther away, while keeping peg shafts as close as...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    Sitting too high in the nut seems certain. Try the visual deflection test I suggested. It should look about the same, whether you are fretting from open to first fret, or (holding down first fret)...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    Nut looks high to me. If you have a feeler gauge the clearance at the first fret for the C pair should be around .010" or so. Visually, observe what deflection you see when holding down the first...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    The bridge could, I presume, be angled more. But the effect of bridge location is mainly in the higher frets, while the first few frets are barely affected. Much more likely a cause is too high nut...
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    Re: Dialing in live sound-monitors, mics etc

    Why not continue using the dynamic mic for the house sound but a pickup for your own monitoring? The JJB contact piezo is very inexpensive.

    (Personally I use an undersaddle pickup, careful...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Steel strings, like the wire E all violinists use, require fine tuners. Even fiber-core strings like Dominant can benefit.
    That said, there are pegs carried in metal sleeve bearings one can install....
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    Re: Gear for Electric Mandolin

    Lots of love here for Quilter amps like the (admittedly pricey) MicroPro. I played through one at a jam with my electric and was impressed. I used the overdrive channel for a smidge of clipping,...
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    Re: Any Café Members in Northern Virginia?

    If you insure it for a substantial amount UPS will bury it in a nest of bubble wrap and it will arrive in perfect condition. I've shipped guitars with them. Four mandolins from England arrived at my...
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    Re: Fishman m300 mandolin pickup

    I find a sharp cut at around 1K is sweet for almost all mandolin pickups. Mainly this is because the top is acoustically weak in that range so a pickup that is inappropriately flat in response will...
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    Re: A Question for the Theory Geeks

    The chart is perfectly sensible and readable. I would notate it exactly as you did.

    Ab minor to G major is a cool move and not illegal.
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    Re: Intonation

    This effect adds to it but is reduced arbitrarily to zero with an extremely low nut. I tested that by lowering strings to barely useful height, and still got sharp readinngs.

    A shortening offers...
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    Re: Intonation

    It doesn't mean anything to say A is in tune, as it has to agree usefully with all other notes. You could as well tune the C to a standard and then ensure the others agree usefully.

    If there were...
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    Re: Intonation

    You can't draw definite conclusions with testing each fret with a strobe tuner for best results. Peterson sells a app for smartphones for $9.
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    Re: Getting static suddenly

    "Static" is not well defined, but I guess you don't mean AC hum. My Ryder would make scratchy noises as my fingers brushed the pickguard, or appropriately named scratch plate. I glued ordinary...
  22. Re: Did LR Baggs make a mandolin pickup 30 years ago?

    Baggs did make a bridge pickup, Don Stiernberg's Nugget has one, as does Drew Emmitt's. Both sound fabulous with no special EQ. You may be lucky and have the same model. They do not sell one now,...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Donnie gives us a long list, Bill Frisell says learn one tune. Both are correct, you have to start with one tune, but you have to learn lots of tunes. The first tune will show what the basic idea...
  24. Re: Octave mandolin e-string general question

    The amount of down-force on the bridge affects the top's response, and a high-tension string might constrain top movement. Singles at JustStrings (GHS) cost 50 cents each between .013 and .015"....
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    Benjamin's advice is good.

    It's a good product, looks to me. You won't waste your money.

    As a general rule, to practice a particular rhythm you need to play or sing it slowly enough that the...
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