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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Dr. Cohen found a "noticeable" lowering of one particular frequency due to the Virzi. Other modes affected as well. Cohen admits that his listening conclusion were based in his own hearing, so...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    If we avoid the whole "virzi" shape and just see it as a mass of extra wood centered to the top plate, then it's a bit less complex and less magical.

    So adding mass has a lowering effect to all...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Yes, adding mass to the top will do the same thing as a virzi. It's a bit difficult to do once a Mando is finished and strung up however. And even more difficult to compare by removing a virzi...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    They lower the resonant frequency of the air chamber by adding mass to the top. If that makes a particular mando sound better with a lower resonant frequency, then the mando will sound better.
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    Re: Advice for Sound board flexibility.

    I'll just post my notes I've saved to my computer over the years. Probably the only measurements that would be valuable to you is near the bottom, Macrostie's measurements he did on my Gibson A5L...
  6. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    Itís generally supply and demand.

    Everyone has a guitar, everyone plays guitar. Itís a popular instrument, easy to play, many sizes for many ages. So thereís a lot of demand for it. This demand...
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    Re: What do you see?

    I wouldn't worry about the illusion that the bridge is sinking into the top. If you are worried, look for other pics of mandos at the same angle and notice that the string reflections always seem to...
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    Re: Micing mandolins for recording purposes...

    A pair of KM86’s. Sometimes a KM86 with an 84.

    Of course I sold all my equipment years ago.
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    Re: UPS rant

    Secret.

    Have the shipper mark GIFT on the box. UPS treats it like gold and won’t hold them.

    My brother has been at UPS for 30 years, been a driver for 20.
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    Re: Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    Tipper and Slipstream, two of the finest flatpicking solos.
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    Re: Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    Thanks! I had to check that tab, and it appears for some reason there are rests that are missing in the tab. And that seems to be something the tab builder did at that time, left out rests and just...
  12. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    I guess I'm referring to the Youtube generation. Wasting hours watching things that don't elevate our intelligence. I'd much prefer spending time reading about how to improve my building...
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    Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    I'm posting this here because many of us play guitar in addition to mando. And the fact that Tony's work reaches beyond just guitar, influencing other musicians no matter what instrument they play. ...
  14. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    What a truly idle and irresponsible generation we have for this character to have so many subscribers.

    So much time wasted with things that don't elevate our intelligence.

    As a group, I think...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    If building to Griffith Loar A standards, you may wanna pay more attention to the arching.

    Dudenbostel described it as "long and low". I wouldn't trust the Siminoff plans either. One reason...
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    Re: Don MacRostie & Red Diamond mandolins

    Did you happen to see his "6 dial indicators" contraption that he used to use to measure back plate deflection?
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Right Jim, I feel the shape of the arch/plates is significantly more important than the thickness.

    Even minor differences in the arch will affect the strength of the plate.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    The shape of your arch will determine the thickness.
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    Re: Naked Bridge Post Is Shredding My Palm

    A drop of clear silicone or hot glue on the top of the post works great.
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    Re: lacquer problem

    You don’t need to wet sand, just sand.
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I like to think that the culprit is something in the spray gun itself. Clean those things throughly.
  22. Re: Ring - Concave / Convex Pliers for Bending Binding

    Heat it up a bit more, or less.

    There seems to be an ideal temperature where binding bends easily. I did binding in very hot water and let gravity make the initial curve as I pull it out of the...
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    Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    Finally, this is the sensor I bought.

    https://www.vernier.com/products/sensors/magnetic-field-sensors/mg-bta/

    You also need the Go Link to connect it to a computer:
    ...
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    Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    I bought a device from Vernier and had to dismantle it a bit. Glued in a regular disc magnet at a specific distance from the circuit, and used Vernier software to take measurements.

    I bought a...
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    Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    I built my own magic probe a few years ago. Cost about $100.
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