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    Re: Strings Question

    D'Addario XS are gentle on the the fingers with a slick feel and they do last a long time (coated strings). A second vote for Nickel Bronze, a gentler tone and feel and last about 50% longer than PB...
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    Re: Adding a pickguard to an Eastman

    I prefer an abbreviated finger rest, mounted about 1/8" below fretboard level and angle down at 15. But it's just for registering my hand height, my right hand isn't wild enough that I need...
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    Re: Refinished 87 Flatiron Festival

    Awesome! and you say this is your backup mandolin? You should have trouble if you're stuck using it in an ensemble situation.
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    Re: Yet another string winder thread

    I just use the cheap plastic ones but narrow the button pocket by cutting it on the bandsaw and reglueing so it's just wide enough to accommodate mando tuner buttons. This way the winder doesn't hit...
  5. Re: Does anyone own one of the Eastman varnish finish mandolins?

    Dan,
    Regular 515s show up from time to time in the classifieds for <$1000. If you're patient a 515v may come along. https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/search[/URL]

    "Good tone"- they are a loud,...
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    Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    Well, picks are definitely not the issue then. TAD60 and CT55 are my go to picks. One other possibility is bridge fitment. If it's not fitted really well to the top, the tone will be thinner. If a...
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    Re: Refinished 87 Flatiron Festival

    Very nice! Having done this process myself, I'm guessing he only leveled the existing lacquer enough to get a good base for dying and new lacquer (as opposed to stripping it all the way down to the...
  8. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    I concur with TD. I found the 11.5 E to put a little more body in that string on one of my mandos that is slightly weaker on the E.

    Nickel Bronze strings are a bit mellower sound than PB, also...
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    Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    Hi Dan, Your original post shows that you're aware of what techniques are generally helpful to producing good tone. You mention that you're a beginner but don't say how long you've been at it. Some...
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    Re: Power Supply Advice

    I agree with James ^^. I play electric in church with multiple pedals and changed to a quality power supply with isolated, filtered, and regulated outputs a long time ago. Digital delay in particular...
  11. Re: Remined of yet another cool thing about Frank Solivan

    Back to raising mando bridges. On cheap instruments I confess to resorting to using a flat blade screwdriver as a lever to lift and hold up the saddle while I spin up the wheels (under full string...
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    Re: Just tried a Blue Chip pick on my mandolin

    For chop, the pick won't be as critical as long as it's stiff. To me, the advantage of the Blue Chip pick is (along with sticking to my fingers) in trying to play lead or melody faster with a good...
  13. Re: How is Tuning Drift with Rubner Tuning Machines

    What Bill said in post #2. Mando's do seem to be more sensitive to humidity change to me. I have both Grover 309s and Rubners on my instruments and both hold tune equally well. I will say the TC...
  14. Re: What Are Some Good Options in the $2-3k range?

    The 515 is an exceptional deal. A LOT of sound for that amount of money. The one I worked on and set up was a very loud mandolin. Perhaps lacking in the subtleties of a pricier mandolin but tons of...
  15. Re: What Are Some Good Options in the $2-3k range?

    I owned an E20D-TC for a year before I traded up for a Martin. The build quality was immaculate but the tone was not an HD28, good, but not a Martin voice. The wound strings were too muddy for...
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    Re: Eastman 515 tuning machines upgrade

    Yes Grovers are a great bargain. I've put 309s on several of my A style builds and they are nearly as smooth and predictable as Rubners. If only they had replaceable knobs or at least other options....
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    Re: Calton/Hoffee Cases

    To tag onto this thread, I'm curious why upper tier case manufacturers don't automatically use a closed cell foam on a $1000 case? It couldn't cost that much more than open cell foam. Protecting...
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    Re: Spruce for kerfing

    I've used poplar for self made linings on many instruments. It's inexpensive, relatively light weight, machines beautifully, and is strong. After repairing top cracks on instruments, I would be...
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    Re: Shaving bridge feet

    ^^This sounds like a good idea, let some seasoned players/techs look at it first.^^

    2mm is not outrageously high at the 12th fret. 1.5mm or down to 0.050" on the E string is a decent target if...
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    Re: Eastman 515 neck too heavy

    Keep both hands on the wheel at all times when driving!

    That particular model packs a punch, it's hard to get more sound per dollar in that price range. I would investigate replacing the tuners,...
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    Re: My First Mandolin- A Keeper or keep looking

    Hey Rank,

    Getting a 600 series for the price you did may or may not be a great score, it's hard to tell without sighting down the neck. A pro will be able to tell you whether it's worth sinking...
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    Re: pickup jack question

    You might try some tuner cleaner on the contacts first, De-Ox-it (sp?) is popular in the electric world.
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    Re: Changing tuners

    Yes, I made the same change and experienced the same issue as Bob so you'll need to ream the back of the peghead holes a bit. They are wonderful tuners.

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    Re: Midrange Cases; worth the expense?

    For around the house and local travel I picked up one of these Gator Journeyman cases. The fabric covering is not a good choice but I varnished mine so it's waterproof and dirt resistant. The case...
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    Re: What's the best way to dust my fretboard?

    If the dust is that bad, you might also consider a room air purifier. I have severe dust mite allergies so I have no choice, but in general, I doubt inhaling dust is good for you.
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