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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    I put a Cumberland bridge on an American-made mandolin and it made a significant improvement. Based on that, I put a Cumberland bridge on my Eastman MD315, but couldn’t tell ANY improvement in that...
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    LOVE blondes, especially Collings honey amber. Collings seems to have an endless supply of the most gorgeous wood for their honey amber backs.
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    Do you recognize the armrest? Yes, it’s one of yours! I have two other beautiful flamed maple McClung armrests on other mandolins but thought the ebony model would look good on this mandolin. (Today...
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    Thanks!

    He used a plain James tailpiece.
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    He showed me some designs and I chose one for the cover and one for the body piece. He was willing to customize the designs, but I loved what he already had. The biggest issue was whether to go gold...
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    Re: Banjolin tailpiece replacement

    Looks cool!

    Although this has eight strings, structurally it is a banjo. I would recommend posting this on the banjo hangout site to maximize the possibility of getting good advice. They’re used...
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    I did some hunting on the Internet and found this site. They made my strap. (And Kevin from MandoMutt just confirmed the info.) https://leatherandbraid.com/custombraiding.html
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    I know that Kevin from MandoMutt told me at one point who made it, but I can’t find the text or email. I’m asking him if he remembers.
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    I love this strap, too. Bought it used from MandoMutt. I like the knots, but I also like that it cinches down tight to the endpin.

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    Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    Weldon Lister engraved tailpiece on my Kimble 2 point! (THAT is an understanding wife, lol.)
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    Re: Why is Low humidity a problem?

    Lots of good info online about humidity effects on wooden instruments. Here’s one article from Taylor guitars: https://blog.taylorguitars.com/using-a-guitar-humidifier-and-other-guitar-humidity-tips...
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    Re: McClung Armrest

    I have three - two flamed maple and one ebony. Love them!
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    Re: Help with decision

    What is your mandolin background? Do you already have a mandolin or are you just starting out? What kinds of music do you play or are interested in playing?
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    Re: Key of Bb

    There are a lot of good YouTube videos about basic music theory and they might be worth your time. I was a music major and enjoy the theory, but I understand a lot of people would rather go to the...
  15. Thread: Key of Bb

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    Re: Key of Bb

    Hmm. I’ve never heard of an “alternate chord” in this context. The Gm would be the vi chord and is called the relative minor.

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    Hmm. I’ve never heard of an “alternate chord”...
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    Re: Key of Bb

    Main chords besides those you mentioned are Cm, Dm, Gm, Adim. For modal songs you’ll need Ab. I’m not sure what you mean by “alternate chord.” (I’m not sure why didn’t Google this. You could have...
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    Re: Eastman MD815/V in classifieds

    Thanks! I meant to add a link to the ad.
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    Eastman MD815/V in classifieds

    Last year, I spent a day playing lots of nice mandolins at Morgan Music and the Acoustic Shoppe, including Gibsons, Collings, Northfields, and Webers from $3k to $10k. The one mandolin that dropped...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    Always wanted an upright bass. Congratulations!
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    When not under global pandemic, I was playing in a regular jam with a banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and electric bass and we do get loud! That has made me interested in how loud various...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    SOME ROUGH TESTS: I read some good reviews on the NIOSH Sound Level Meter for iPhone (none of the iOS sound apps are calibrated, so not a replacement for a real sound level meter, but it’s free and...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    There are decibel tests of banjos on the Internet! Yes, banjos are loud. I didn’t find any well-documented mandolin tests, but folks agree that the mandolin is a lot quieter (and that banjo players...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Hmmm. I have heard discussions about what the player hears vs what somebody on the other side of the instrument hears. Another reason to get some volume measurements! :)

    Seriously, I’ve been...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    Mostly due to all the discussions on Mandolin Cafe, I spent a year trying LOTS of mandolins and comparing to my Eastman MD315. At least in showrooms, the differences brought by $3k to $10k...
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    Astro asked: “ Why do you want the body raised up at an angle? Wouldnt you want something soft under body a little too in order to make the entire length flat but still have the headstock off the...
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