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    Re: Weighty Question

    Sorry, but I cannot agree that the consensus of opinions expressed on the MC is mainly explained by some kind of "observation bias," namely, that people will tend to report whatever works for them...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Ah, the madness of human perception! We manage to fool ourselves all the time, and that's a fact. If you happen to believe that something will change the tone of your instrument, then it absolutely,...
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    Re: Itzbin Reel

    Here's an arrangement (both TablEdit and PDF versions are attached). Enjoy!

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    Re: Weighty Question

    Well, I would tend to doubt very much that the weight (i.e., the added mass) of the ToneGard makes much of a difference. The ToneGard attaches to the mandolin at its rim, using three tubing-coated...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Unfortunately, simply "feeling" the mandolin's vibration using your hands or body is no way to assess the loudness of the instrument. And your ears cannot necessarily be trusted in such cases, either...
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    Re: Tied notes in TablEdit - How?

    Are you tabbing something for the fiddle? The reason for the inquiry is that slurs are a violin thing -- they indicate successive notes played with an uninterrupted bowstroke. There is no such...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Next, folks will be asking about what kind of strings Lloyd Loar used on his mandolin. I am pretty confident that today's options for both picks and strings are equal to -- and likely better! --...
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    Re: Upgrading a tailpiece

    To reiterate the advice already given, it is highly unlikely that changing your tailpiece will do much of anything to improve the sound of an entry-level, LM-375 Loar. The contribution of a tailpiece...
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    Re: Pelican Vault 730 as a Double Mandolin Case

    Yes, that Pelican case looks like it will certainly work if you plan to check things as luggage, and need to transport two mandolins (not sure why you need two, though). I would say there's not much...
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    Re: What does this notation mean?

    The three horizontal bars through the single stem of the group of note generally indicate that these notes are to be played as a tremolo. However, the written footnote countermands that, and...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    W-w-w-w-w-w-wait. You're claiming that if you have to bend your knee slightly as you pass it over the saddle while mounting your motorbike, this act makes you appear so awkward and unfashionable...
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    Re: Tuner adjustments

    Something is seriously wrong. Properly installed Schaller tuners are not that hard to turn. It seems possible that the tuner posts are not properly in line with the tuner bushings in the headstock,...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Jeff Mando -- Well, for whatever it's worth, I also dislike noisy power washers! And I positively detest those loud leaf blowers. What's more, I also mow my (small) lawn with a push mower. When I...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Oh, come on!

    You mean like this?! Note the after-market sissy bar attached to a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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    Actually, there are plenty of folks out there with new Harleys...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    No, I have not noticed this. In fact, I notice the very opposite: my instrument is noticeably louder with the ToneGard on, because it holds the back of the instrument away from my body. That is...
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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    +1 for that. Occasionally, you get some folks claiming that a tailpiece swap made a big difference to the tone of their mandolin. This makes little sense, from an instrument perspective, and I find...
  17. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    This reply is pasted directly from another thread, but the OP might profit from it here. The next time you change strings, try doing it this way instead, and you won't get any of those clunky...
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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    Yes, the silver plated version is a bit 'lighter' and will tarnish significantly faster.
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    My favored approach involves placing the string loop over the peg in the tailpiece, then stretching it under light hand tension, straight over the bridge and nut, and winding it several times (2-4)...
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    Well, I both agree and disagree with this. Yes, it's surely true that hand dominance falls on a spectrum, and some folks seems to be rather strongly left- or right-handed, while others are closer to...
  21. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    In my opinion, if you care at all about your mandolin, regardless about whether it's a high end instrument or a junker, you'll carry it aboard in proper hardshell case, and not inside a gig bag. The...
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    The vast majority (but not all) left-handers are able to adapt to playing the mandolin "right-handed," including some of the very best players, like Chris Thile and Tim O'Brien. I put those words in...
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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    Yes, the round braided Lakota straps (or any others made of very soft leather) work great! A mandolin is so light that rounded straps don't dig in, so getting a flat strap is unnecessary. One real...
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    IMO, there is nothing wrong with a matte finish, and it goes just fine with any polished items found elsewhere (like nickel- or chrome-plated tuners).
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    Re: To A Higher Standard

    This demonstration strikes me as downright silly, and based on a laughably false premise.

    The 94% standard--which was never guaranteed to get an 'A' grade, by the way, even in school -- is clearly...
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