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    Re: Rogue mandolin has no braces

    With the Rogue it isn't the wood that counts. It's the thick poly-plastic finish. Really.
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    Ironically, just after your original post here my son (who is single and lives in his own home in a nearby town) reported that he had received a positive test result, after he had tested about 10...
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    Thank you Chuck (@tree), for being open and clear about this. I honestly only know 2 in-person people personally who have or have had the virus... Both are older retired guys, one had a lighter...
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    Re: Strings for Nerve Damaged Hands

    Might look at Thomastic mandolin strings, I've never used them but they get good reviews and they are typically lower tension than typical mandolin strings. They may produce different tone too -- ...
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    I'm in California and we're in an up-surge all over the state right now... From what I've been reading, everyone is exposed, the differences are in the dosage (or, the density) of the virus and in...
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    Re: All of My 2020 Festivals Have Been Cancelled

    It takes a lot of energy, money and resources to start and succeed with a festival. I've seen a number of them come and go through my 50 years associated with bluegrass, losing a few very big...
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    Re: .017 A string....whoa!

    Yup, I use the D'A loop .017, but I tune that 2nd course to E, and the first course (D'A loop .015) to G. I'm afraid if I tune those strings to standard A and E I'd break something -- the .017 might...
  8. Re: Does anyone know what this piece is from Siera Hull?

    Sounds like warm-up exercises to me, her warm-up exercises would be like playing "Alabama Jubilee" for me (the most complicated song I do). Might be an original piece of hers though.

    If it had...
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    Re: All of My 2020 Festivals Have Been Cancelled

    Just two pertinent but unrelated thoughts...

    I've read a number of recent articles that suggest that any vaccine within a year to 18 months at best will only avoid immediate infection but will...
  10. Thread: New F9

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    Re: New F9

    Great job Jim!!!
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    Re: Gibson catalogs

    Very nice collection of catalogs!
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    Re: Pachelbel's Canon and Gigue in D

    Our band (banjo, fiddle, guitar and double bass) did the Canon part as a processional (in D) for a wedding a couple of years ago. Then instead of the Gigue we immediately broke into Turkey Knob...
  13. Thread: Why use capo?

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    Re: Why use capo?

    Capos on mandolins are expected by some people, not expected by others. It's really a personal call involving:

    1) whether a person has the ability to play in any key without a capo
    2) whether a...
  14. Re: My new Myers pickup seems to have very low output, is this ri

    Yup, I was going to guess impedance. The inline impedance transformer is the easiest way to get around microphone impedance mis-matches with an amp. You could instead use a pre-amp, but it looks...
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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    For most of my main playing banjos, it was hard for me to move back to Weatherking heads, because the "Yellostone"/Nomex heads were so much more vivid and colorful in tone. But the chance of playing...
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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    About 10 years ago there was some activity on Banjo Hangout about "Yellowstone" banjo heads, a synthetic head that looks like, feels like, and sounds as good (or better according to some) as skin...
  17. Thread: New F9

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    Re: New F9

    Yup...

    Here's some documentation for the 2002-2003 vintage F-9...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Yup, same here. Armrests on both of my F-style mandolins, in addition to pickguards and ToneGards. Keep my body parts from deadening the instrument. To my ears it works.

    And I do like that...
  19. Thread: New F9

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    Re: New F9

    Yup, personal tastes I guess...

    If I were commissioning a new F-style, I'd want the same color and binding, the ability to see the wood without a sunburst, the subtle contrasts between the...
  20. Thread: New F9

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    Re: New F9

    Congrats! I hope you enjoy your 2002 as much as I'm enjoying my 2002!
  21. Re: two frets sound the same/newbie restringing problems

    Regarding replacing strings, if you can't find a local store online stores such as JustStrings.com carry mandolin string sets as well as individual strings. Various types of D'Addario strings are...
  22. Re: Talk me out of replacing an ABS nut with a bone nut

    I'd say, like so many other setup related items, what else changed besides the nut? Were the string grooves changed in any way? Was action changed? Was bridge tilt or location changed? Were the...
  23. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    If it were me, I'd be in the market for a 1920s Vega Whyte Laydie or Tubaphone openback. Might be lucky enough to find an original 5 string, or otherwise would want a custom 5-string neck, which...
  24. Thread: Tremolo

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    Re: Tremolo

    It's going to be different for everyone's hands, but in my case I was holding the pick in a very unnatural way which was not allowing me to adjust the angle of the pick. I didn't realize it until I...
  25. Thread: Tailpieces

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    Re: Tailpieces

    I compared the weight of my stamped Gibson tailpiece with my James tailpiece by hand before I installed it. I was surprised that the weights are extremely close, almost no perceivable difference. ...
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