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    Re: Help me narrow down my search

    If it's gonna be your last mandolin, get something you are really thrilled with. That may mean waiting to get to Nashville, or one of the big dealers or a festival, where you can play a bunch of...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    I have an old Alvarez acoustic electric bass guitar around, it was fun to play around with, played well and sounded good plugged in. It got closer to the sound of upright bass than most electric...
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    I don't have enough experience with different brands of blades to be able to say much, I"m afraid.
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    Re: bandsaw blade recommendations

    I'm not a pro, but I've gotten blades from Timber Wolf and been happy with the service and the blade quality, in a 16 inch powermatic saw.
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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    How about a powered PA speaker? They are clean and have a very wide range. Some keyboardists use them, as well as some guitarist who use digital profiles like Kemper, since the PA speakers...
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    Re: 5 string in jazz combo question

    Playing mandolin in rock bands, I've almost always wound up doubling, mostly on guitar, so that route makes sense to me. Being able to switch easily is an advantage.

    But on the other hand, I...
  7. Thread: Renovation

    by Dave Sheets
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    Re: Renovation

    Nice work there!
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    Re: Collings Tailpiece Strap-button Removal

    I put a K&K Twin into my Collings, with an endpin jack (yes, a sacrilege, I know, but it works great and is convenient). I couldn't get the tailpin out, wound up drilling it out very cautiously. ...
  9. Thread: Thumb Pain

    by Dave Sheets
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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Have you got a good setup on your mandolin? String height at the nut influences how "stiff" the strings feel, and how much pressure you feel you need to exert in the left hand. A good set-up will...
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    Re: String change frequency

    About 3 months on a mandolin if I'm playing a lot, up to 6 if I'm playing less. I always notice quite a difference in sound when I replace them, so if I was playing for money that mattered, I'd...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I'd agree, I think the tone, attack and sustain of an MTO is somewhere between a Gibson oval hole and a Collings MT. That may or may not be the tone you are looking for.
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I have an MTO (love it), it is a more "modern" sound than the vintage gibsons I've played. The Collings has a brightness and a sort of gloss to it, the older gibsons are woodier or tubbier in tone...
  13. Re: Has my Blueridge BR40T turned into a piece of worthless junk?

    Put it up for sale here, disclose the bridge issue and see what you can get for it. I would think somebody around here would take the risk to get a tenor at a low price, in the range you hoped to...
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    Re: What is Jeff Austin using here?

    Quite a bit going on there, he uses a looper at points to record and repeat some sections. There is also some delay there. Compressors often improve how distortion pedals work, so he could well...
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    Re: Why use capo?

    In some bands, the key really needs to be the singer's call. If the singer wants A-flat, it's A-flat. A capo really makes life easier in this situation, I backed a singer who would change keys...
  16. Re: Question you’ve all answered a million times

    In many cases, you can set up a cheap mandolin to play pretty well (ie the Rogues and the like) and learn on it just fine. Search this site to find out how to request Rob Meldrum's set-up guide and...
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    Re: Washburn Americana M3SWE

    Poke around this site and do a bit of reading, there are a lot of good choices for $850 or less, the topic gets discussed here pretty regularly. Pickup installation in a mandolin is a pretty...
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    Re: New mandolin player

    Get a set of nut files and slowly work on the nut. They are typically meant to be adjusted, so I won't worry about it being hollow. Once you get the hang of adjusting nut heights, you can improve...
  19. Re: Flatiron Serial Number and Value? (Made in U.S.?)

    Sorta sad to see this name attached to lesser quality instruments, regardless of where they are made. Flatirons were made with pride and care.
  20. Re: Recommendations for a quality but affordable mandolin

    If you are keeping it to a grand or less, I'd add a vote for a flatiron A. A lot of value there.
  21. Re: Are there any good vintage noname mandolins ?

    Set up and string weight matters strongly influence how a mandolin plays, it is well worth having your mandolin setup or getting Rob Meldrum's pdf book and doing it yourself. If you like the...
  22. Re: Recommendations for a quality but affordable mandolin

    If you are used to guitars like Collings and Bourgeois, you could just start with a used Collings MT A body, F hole mandolin, probably close to $2k used, but worth every penny. If you don't...
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    Re: 3/4 of an octave mandolin

    Well, mandolas are typically tuned CGDA, so you are a step above that. So a mandola capoed at the second fret would be in that tuning. You could probably find a set of strings that would let you...
  24. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    The mandolins you mentioned, the KM 205 and the Eastman 305 are both a big step up from the Savannah, the KM 150 is also well thought of as a basic mandolin. You wind up paying a lot more for the...
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    Re: Strings for magnetic pickups

    Yeah, the magnetic material needs a ferrous string, ie steel. But brass and bronze strings have steel cores, so they may work to some extent. A bronze wrap over a steel core does mean less steel...
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