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  1. Thread: Which bridge?

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Which bridge?

    My experience with Cumberland bridges is that, compared to cheaper brands, the Cumberland produces stronger notes in the trebles and better note definition all across the board. That may or may not...
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    Re: Re fret prices?

    Bound fretboard, $350 would be my minimum. Someone who charges less is likely not carefully dressing the fret ends. If you're playing bluegrass, I would defintiely go with EVO gold- 4x the lifespan...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Wow! Some incredible As in this thread. Raising two kids on a public schoolteacher's salary, I couldn't afford a 3k instrument, so I learned to build. This is #5. I mostly play celtic/contradance...
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    Re: Losing My Religion

    Collings mando? You have an amazing guitar collection, I think I've seen a couple in posts on AGF.
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    Re: Reducing chrome Grover F tuner shine.

    Joey's idea, used judiciously, sounds the safest to me. Bear in mind that when you abrade a chrome plating, you're inviting corrosion down the road- and those tuners are likely to work very smoothly...
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    Re: Upgrading a tailpiece

    I put a James on my #1 and absolutely love it. But putting $160 of hardware on an entry level mando is going to be a limited improvement in tone, due to the construction of the instrument. If you are...
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    Re: Again with the picks

    A third vote here for the TAD40-1R. It has become my go-to guitar pick for playing rhythm guitar in contra music, LOTS of control and just the right amount of give string noise in the chop. It'll do...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    TC Unitune- fast, nails the pitch instantly. Bright, easily seen in any lighting (including bright sunlight). Accurate, when you tune both strings in a pair, they're in tune with each other. Pricey...
  9. Thread: Hiscox cases

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Hiscox cases

    Living in Florida, another important consideration is that the case is insulated with a closed-cell foam IIRC, which provides much better thermal protection. Instruments put together with hot hide...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Not to dis carbon fiber, but I've built 5 mandos with regular truss rods and don't consider the weight in the neck to be significant. Even with medium gauge strings they require very little, if any...
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    Re: filling fret wear

    It's way too soft to stand up to wear. Unless you're only looking for a stopgap measure to get you through a few months, I'd consider it a waste of money. In 6 months you'll be right back where you...
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    I have both a James and an Allen on mandos. The Allen cleans up easily now (I don't know how many years the lacquer coating will hold up) but changing strings on it is not an enjoyable experience. I...
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    Re: Collings MTO Honey Amber gloss top

    If it really bothers you, put a finger rest on the instrument. If it truly is all the way through the finish and you're seeing raw wood, an experience luthier can drop fill it with lacquer but it...
  14. Re: A model: Adding a strap button to the heel.

    An unconventional 3rd option. A 5/32" hole drilled through the heel with a bootlace threaded through it. I've done this with 4 of my mandolins now with no ill effects. Granted, I am the builder and...
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    Re: Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Yes, that is considered standard size for guitars and LOTS of builders/luthiers install it in mandos. I have it in two of mine and I love it. Very little sign of wear 3 years in. BTW, that "medium...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Whoa! Is this your new Collings? If this is the new mandolin you were so pleased with not long ago, then it's probably just in need of a tune up to reset to the seasonal climate change. Adjusting the...
  17. Thread: Eastman tuners

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Eastman tuners

    Grover 309s are wonderful, smooth machines and very reasonably priced. I'd replace the machines on your 315 since you like everything else about it. You could always switch back to the originals if...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    With only 5 builds under my belt I can tell you that my instinct that thinner tops would sound better was wrong. For your second build, you may want to consider erring on the conservative side and...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Br1ck, I've experience the same scenario on my mandolins. I can dial in nice low action but the E string sounds pinched and has less volume, raising the bridge some produces that clear, ringing tone...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    Being an amateur builder and a reformed pinky-planter, I have installed narrow wooden floating finger rests on my 3 personal instruments. Bluegrassers that pick them up generally hate them. For me,...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I'm interested to hear that people are using thinner picks on mandolin. It took me a long time to come around to using big triangle, thicker picks for mandolin, but it improved my playing rapidly. I...
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    I've used Allen tailpieces on a couple of my builds but find threading the strings in between sets and over the bridge tedious, and you have to watch that the loops stay seated on the hooks while...
  23. Re: What should i'l buy to clean the neck and the frets?

    The fingerboard is usually treated with mineral oil after cleaning to keep it from drying out, and that might work for scrubbing any dirt off of it with a rag. A green Scotchbrite pad (if available...
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    Re: Sent This to Sam Bush

    That MT-2 is opening up really nicely!
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    Re: Naked Bridge Post Is Shredding My Palm

    Bench grinder is fastest. As Jeff Mando mentioned, grind it down to just below the top of the bridge so there's not a sharp edge to catch anything. While you're at it, sand a nice radius on the part...
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