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    Re: Bridge "leaning" toward peghead

    Couple things - I always lube the nut and bridge slots with nut sauce or at least graphite. I use a jig to fit the bridge feet to the top. In the case of my 10 string Hardanger viola the height of...
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    Re: Playing a five string vs a four

    It's a regular 16.5" viola (with a high E) strung with Sensicore Octave strings. I use a heavier Incredibow on it. It really rattles my jaw on the low notes.
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    Re: Playing a five string vs a four

    I love 5 course instruments tuned in fifths. I've got a C-G-D-A-E 10 string mandola, 10 string mandocello and 10 string Hardanger viola. I also have a 5 string viola and 5 string octave viola. Its...
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    Re: Spruce top v's Ceder top?

    I have a western red cedar hybrid F4 built by Sonny Morris and an F5, F4 octave mando and 10 string Hardanger viola all built by Tom Jessen with WRC tops. I've read a lot like the above post...
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    Re: OM String recommendations

    I have cast Allen tailpieces on my mandola, OM and mandocello. These accept ball or loop end strings, so the choices are endless. I currently have flatwound nickel electric guitar strings on my 21"...
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    Fruition

    Fruition string band from Portland has become my favorite now. I've seen them live 3 times and they are the best. Better than the Dead. Better than anyone. You should check them out if you're a...
  7. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Sending it anywhere will cost me about $100. And I haven't itemized deductions since I paid off my house several years ago. I still make charitable contributions but it saves me nothing on taxes,...
  8. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    You got a good deal. I paid $900 for mine (the F5 model Octave Plus). It has about 21" scale and with a narrow neck is very easy to play. Intonation on mine was bad; I eventually had a local...
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    Re: Blue Chip meltdown

    I'm glad folks like their blue chips. I bought a couple a few years back and never really "got" what was exceptional about them. They were fine but I liked the feel and tone with my Wegen M200's...
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    Re: Grieving Sally Goodin

    So sorry to hear Bob. I've lost a few great dogs and cats over the years. No matter how small they leave big holes in our lives and hearts.
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    Lost River Bluegrass Festival

    Looking for info on this festival from 7/12 - 7/14 in Merrill, Oregon. Is there camping there? I have that weekend off and thinking of going way down south.
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    Re: CGDA to GDAE tuning

    So in that case, where you halve the string's frequency, you simply double the diameter. This is what I've done for years on my mandola, OM and mandocello using octave pairs. So use strings 2x the...
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    Re: CGDA to GDAE tuning

    Folks this ain't rocket surgery. If you are switching an instrument from CGDA to GDAE, sit down take a breath and realize the G, D and A strings can be exactly the same as what you have on right...
  14. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Any carved archtop instrument requires more labor to produce, so it will cost more. Add to this there are about 1000 guitar players for every mandolin player and there are probably 1000 mandolin...
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    Re: Starting Left-handed or right

    If you do even a half-hearted search of this forum you'll find enough info to spin your head. You will find several advocates for going either way. It sounds like your situation is unique, so my...
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    Re: Out of the mainstream

    I met Howard "Sonny" Morris at a monthly old time fiddlers jam (he lives about an hour down the Columbia river from me). A lot of people around here play a Morris, so I got to try several. They're...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    Twice in my life pure dumb luck resulted in a material thing retaining its value. Sometimes its all in the timing. I reenlisted in the USN back in early 1985. I got a pretty nice bonus. I bought...
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    Re: Ventura Two-Point Mandolin

    Cool looking mando! One of my friends has an old Ventura guitar with a similar 'burst.
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    This has been hitting the used guitar market as well. As us aging boomers are downsizing, retiring, financing hip surgery, etc. there is a glut of good quality used instruments on the market. The...
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    Re: Making an Eastman Sing

    When I first started guitar 43 years ago I used those Dunlop .73's or .88's because that's what you could get in my small town. As soon as I started mandolin about 10 years back I felt like those...
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    Re: Sound Ports, are they any good

    My Tom TJ Jessen F5 was originally built in 1998. He recently reworked it, including adding soundports before I bought her last year.
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    I like how I can better hear what I sound like...
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    Re: radius fretboard why?

    I'm just a caveman. I play violin, viola (both way more radiused than any mandolin), flat and radiused mandolins, flat 'dola, flat and radiused OM's, flat and radiused guitars and a flat mandocello....
  23. Re: Underwhelmed by Northfield Archtop Octave Mandolin

    Must be some kinda special for her to play it in preference to her Fletcher Brock....or maybe the FB stays home now while the Northfield hits the road?
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    Re: Best way to attach K&K pickups

    blu-tak putty.
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    Re: Forgive the newbie question:

    I like octave pairs on my mandola, OM and mandocello. Here are two ideas that I use with success:

    1. The tension works out the same if you simply halve the diameter of the original string and...
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