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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    Finish repair is an art form. One could easily make a specialty career out of it. And yes, that quote was very true. Easier to make it worse. I just did some finish work on an electric guitar a...
  2. Re: Any recommendation on octave pedal to simulate a bass guitar?

    I’d get one of the many ukulele like bass instruments out there. I’ve not heard an octave shifter that sounded even half good to me.
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    Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    You can find a phone number on the Pono website. By far, ukes are the majority of their builds. I have two parlor guitars, a six and a 12 string, and there is not a piece of plastic on either. Likely...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I was in a store once and an older couple were looking to get a mandolin for their daughter so she could play music with her boyfriend. I was showing the differences between mandolins, most notably...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    Talking strictly mandolins, I currently have three, and any of them will play any style I want them to, so most anyone can make do with one good mandolin. Now I have my thoughts as to what a good...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    I'd like to relate a buying experience I just had that might pertain to the issue at hand. I've been following You Tube channels of various luthiers, most notably Jerry Rosa and Brian Kimsey. These...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    This is a very interesting thread. Two years ago, I finished my Arches kit, the very first instrument I have ever built. The few players who have tried it love it for band playing because it is...
  8. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    People also buy instruments beyond their means just to own one for a while, knowing that they will have to pass it on. Maybe it’s the only way to try a Gilchrist or other top mandolin. There really...
  9. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    Grommets do the job, but they just don’t look organic like the leather strip does.
  10. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    The stores are full of very nice two and three year old instruments whose owners have traded them in. There is, like was said above, a sub class of pickers who just have to try everything, and you...
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    Re: Pinky independence

    Play scales. When learning a fiddle tune, always use the pinky instead of shifting to use the ring finger, even if it's easier. Especially if it is easier. Play scales in every key so you get all the...
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    Re: Sold my Collings and got a Pava

    It's all in your perspective. Hand your Collings to someone who has only played a rounded neck, and it will seem like a sharp V, until they play a really sharp V. Lovely mandolins those MT2Os are.
  13. Thread: TMS to Nashville

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    Re: TMS to Nashville

    If they don't move into high priced real estate, and it appears they won't, their 99% online sales business model will still work. If I weren't in Phoenix for spring training, I'd have never set foot...
  14. Thread: TMS to Nashville

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    TMS to Nashville

    Got an eMail notification. I'm thinking a much larger retail operation. Now there really is a front runner city for mandolins. No contest, even if there really wasn't before. All the best to them.
  15. Thread: Arches kit

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    Arches kit

    Whoever bought that Arches kit that was in the classifieds, you will not be sorry. Take your time and youíll have a satisfying instrument that will get better over time. PM me if you want some teaser...
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    Re: Inexpensive starter mandolin advice needed

    Ok, I’ll try again. Neither of the mandolin shaped objects listed above meet my minimum standards for a satisfying beginner instrument. YMMV.
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    Re: Northfield Recurve Case

    All this latch talk has me realizing how important they are. I just bought a Hiscox guitar case with the most well designed latches Iíve ever had, both from a secure closing and nothing to gouge a...
  18. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    I'd love a Sorensen. But the only one for sale right now is $8k used.
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    Re: Inexpensive starter mandolin advice needed

    Inexpensive is different for everyone. Given your husband is already a player, the probability is great that he sticks with it. So I know prices in the UK seem astronomical to us in the US, but a...
  20. Re: Grover? Gotoh? Schaller? Golden Age Mandolin Tuners?

    IMHO, it is very rare that a tuner will ever slip, even the cheapest. Strings can be incorrectly wound, nuts can grab strings, and saddles can too. All a better quality tuner can give you is smooth...
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    Re: String recommendations for Collings MF

    I had a most unusual experience with a guitar lately, and wonder if the same might apply to mandolin. I bought a D 35 through Bryan Kimsey. I enquired about a D18 and he told me his friend was...
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    Re: String recommendations for Collings MF

    Get a couple of extra E strings and a spare set while you're getting the hang of it. Good on you for starting high on the food chain.
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    Re: Should I be insulted?

    You know, I think I've decided life is too short to not to play your best fiddle, but I might have mandolin build #2 done. Very bare bones a la an F 9. I haven't missed the MK, though I enjoyed it.
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    Re: Should I be insulted?

    I think I'm going to the California Coast Music Camp. I can pitch a tent there and I'll bring both a guitar and a mandolin. I figure Tristan Scroggins can teach me a thing or three. I had to keep...
  25. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    While not actively searching, I'm trying to get educated so when I may have a mandolin in my hands, I'll know the market well enough to to gauge value, and have played enough to recognize special,...
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