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    Re: Finally Completed!

    Lovely! I would imagine it's got dulcet tones. You should be proud.
  2. Thread: italian spruce

    by Rdeane
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    Re: italian spruce

    I own a Collings MT2 with Italian Spruce top. It has wonderful clarity, sustain and just plain sounds wonderful. I can't speak to appearance, as my MT2 is a cream top.
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    I found that I tended to focus on the mandolin and not play my guitar. I keep trying to remind myself to play both, but in my case I need a lot more work on mandolin. That focus on mandolin skill...
  4. Re: New Vessel Octave- my homage to the whiteface era

    That's a beautiful mandolin! I'm a sucker for white face, and an octave is even better.
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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    I bought a brushed nickel shell style James off the classifieds here. I haven't installed it yet, but darn if it doesn't look like brushed gold to me. Is it just my eyes, or did thhey make gold...
  6. Thread: Best Armrest

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Best Armrest

    I love my McClung on my MT2. For my first build I decided to make my own and I'm pretty pleased with it. It wasn't hard, and I could tweak it to my desires. It was in padauk and turned out quite...
  7. Thread: Best Armrest

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Best Armrest

    I cannot recommend highly enough the quality of the McClungs and the customer service from Hill Country String Works. I got a wild cherry armrest from him in gold finish for my first mandolin in a...
  8. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    I was surprised on Monday to hear the new offering on my Bluegrass Junction channel in my car. I love Dolly, and I think having a channel for her for a period of time is fine; I just don' want to...
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    Re: Case/Gig bag for F style mandolin.

    While the Travelite is not a gig bag, it is lightweight, has straps, and is an excellent all around case. Not the case for airline travel, but if that isn't how you transport your instrument, a...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-505 vs Loar LM-600

    My first mandolin was a KM 505. It was a good starting instrument, and is a keeper if MAS doesn't raise its head. Haven't played a Loar, but I can recommend the KM 505. In my case MAS got a hold of...
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    Re: Pain in Fretting Hand?

    I have been dealing with pain in my wrist (fretting hand) and thumb as well. I am resting it more (knocked off playing for 2 weeks), ibuprofen and icing, focusing on technique, and just started...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    I na.ed my first build, an IV kit A style, Grizelda, which means endless patience. I definitely needed endless patience to get through to completion. My Collings MT2 is a cream top with Italian...
  13. Thread: Hearing Aids

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Hearing Aids

    I almost cried the first time I played my mandolin after getting my hearing aids, because my very good mandolin sounded tinny and jangly, and I was so disappointed. I eventually adjusted to hearing...
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    Re: Attaching pickguard w/ velcro

    Your wife had a great idea. I use the Command products extensively in my RV, and it has yet to damage any of the wallpaper/panels. I hang pictures, knife racks, spice racks, etc. successfully and...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Yes, after you play an MT2, assuming you like the tone and playability, you really do have your mandolin dreams crystallized and defined as compared to a lot of other mandolins.
  16. Re: 10 high end guitars seized by Moose & Goose, find good homes,

    If I were the school district administration, I'd sell them and net the substantial money they will bring. Then I would buy good, student grade guitars for schools to use. They would get a lot more...
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    Re: Index finger pain

    I'm 71 and experiencing pain in my left pointer finger as well as pain in my left wrist (I'm a right handed player). I just got some 150mg CBD cream and have been using it 4 times a day for 2 days. ...
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    Re: Help with IV mandolin kit

    When I received my IV kit for an A style mandolin, I got a couple of pages of instructions. They are pretty minimal, but in it there is information on where to place the tone bars by measuring, etc. ...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Thanks for your review. I also own an MT2 (with some upgrades) and love the tone, playability and exquisite build. It's a bluegrass cannon and also has the mellow tone needed to play celtic tunes. ...
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    Re: personalised mando strap

    +1 on Sully's. Love the A style strap I got from him.
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Hey, hey!' let's have a giveaway and let it be ME!
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    Re: Advice on first mandolin building kit/tutorial

    FWIW, International Violin had the A style F hole kits available when I looked at the site last week.
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    Re: Ingles Violin Stand Question

    I just got some sticky backed felt sheets and cut pieces to go around and on the areas of what appears to be vinyl or rubber on my guitar stands. It works pretty well and is inexpensive, lasts a...
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    Re: Making Real Wood Buttons for Gotoh Tuners...

    ScottR made me some matte ebony buttons for the Gotohs on my Collings MT2. They were easy to install and look great. The best part is that they are slightly less thick than the original plastic...
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Don't want to hijack this thread. I think this is pretty much related to the original message.

    I recently saw a video with Matt Ruhland playing and discussing his mandolins, one that had the...
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