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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    I brought in a mandostang once, it got called a mini-strat by the band mates.
  2. Thread: Pava Arrived

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    Re: Pava Arrived

    Pava's are high on my list of MASable mandolins. Played a great blondie in a store once, never forgot it. :-) Congrats!
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    Re: Ordered a custom tenor from Davy Stuart

    CGDA an octave below a mandola is called a mandocello AFAIK, and they are being produced today, and TMS has some for sale. :-)

    I found a nice electric one here:...
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    Re: Ordered a custom tenor from Davy Stuart

    I have an electric (Eastwood Airline Mandola, 18" scale), that I converted to a tenor GDAE, strings are 13.5p, 22w, 33w, 52w (thats about 15 lbs per string). It is everything I could have hoped for...
  5. Re: Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    I did that, the strings I used were 13.5p, 22p, 34w, 52w.

    It works good as a 4 string with those gauges too.

    It needed some nut work and bridge adjustments to make those gauges work.
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    Re: Ordered a custom tenor from Davy Stuart

    It will be tuned as an OM with GDAE, that's why the skepticism as to whether it would work at all, for mandola tuning the stock design would have been fine and no need for a custom.

    If he makes it...
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    Re: Musoo/Eastwood mandocaster

    An Eastwood knock-off, now that's new. :-)

    Eastwood makes decent playable instruments out of the box for budget $$.

    Wonder how the musoo compares.
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    Ordered a custom tenor from Davy Stuart

    Won't arrive until around next March, this will be a necro thread by then, hopefully I can find it.

    It will be an 18" scale instrument, based on his 18" flat-top mandola, with a larger but still...
  9. Thread: OM Setup

    by kurth83
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    Re: OM Setup

    To me they are pretty similar, nut height is slightly higher than a mando, and bridge height is determined by string buzz like always, so nothing unusual about an OM that I know of. String tension...
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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    A DAW + a computer is the easiest (HW easiest, but have to learn the software, but there are many tutorials on the web).

    Cubase elements + Scarlett 2i2 + a good mic has been all I need.

    If you...
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    Re: Fixing a microphonic pickup

    Wow, those covers are a perfect fit, I'll give them a try.

    I am pretty certain the OEM covers are ferrous, which is the root of the problem. Replacing the covers is the best solution.
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    Re: Fixing a microphonic pickup

    This is a soapbar electric guitar humbucker pickup, see the Eastwood Airline Mandola if you want more details.

    The 300W soldering gun got it apart no problem, and it was filled with wax, so adding...
  13. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    Ok, first one to register a name that contains hoarder wins. mandohoarder, stringhorder, hoarderofmusicaloddities...

    I like that last one. I call dibs. :-)

    Although mandoaccumulator may have...
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    Re: Fixing a microphonic pickup

    Tried to fix it today, my 100w soldering gun couldn't touch it, so I just lowered the pickup, seems fine, I think I like it better like this. :-)

    But I ordered a 300w gun too, I will try again at...
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    Fixing a microphonic pickup

    So I have two eastwood airline mandolas, which came with what I learned are called 'microphonic' pickups. This is a new term for me, never knew what it was until I got one by accident. Basically,...
  16. Re: Small speakers revisited, and we have a new winner: Sony XB-2

    The Sony has no modelling, can't go quite as loud as the THR-10, it's just a clean PA speaker (all-range unlike a guitar amp like the lunchbox mentioned above), I was only comparing the clean sounds...
  17. Thread: New Strap!

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    Re: New Strap!

    I like it. :-)
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    Re: Picking faster?

    I'm a Banjo Ben student myself too. :-)

    I was thinking of something more like 1-1 Skype lessons, something like what Pete Martin does.

    I know he can play that fast, and once tried to explain it...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    That's way beyond me, my top speed is 100-110 bpm, and consistent clean is closer to 90ish.

    I have had some pretty good teachers try to explain it, mostly stuff about rest strokes, but I have not...
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    Re: 18" scale mandola/tenor leads

    Davy Stuart responded and said he can export to the US, Paul Hathway can't yet. The issue is the instrument must be below $1,000 or not use rosewood.

    Davy Stuart also said he would build anything...
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    Re: Octave sound diffence?

    Hey Bob, I proposed the same build idea as yours to Davy Stuart (he has an 18" mandola), meaning deeper sides (OM depth) and all other parameters the same. He is thinking about it, and is able to...
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    Re: Octave sound diffence?

    Pls tell where I can get an 18.5" scale OM. :-)
    I started a thread on this yesterday.
    Although I would prefer flat-top, they are so rare I may not have a choice.
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    Re: 18" scale mandola/tenor leads

    Paul Hathaway uses rosewood, and said he cannot export them to the USA right now, is planning alternate fingerboard options in the next 18 months.

    Waiting for Davy Stuart to see his response.
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    Re: Trying to make a modest leap...

    I'm gonna say going from a $150ish instrument to a $1kish instrument is a big leap. You won't be disappointed if you get a good one, and that's what the folks are here to help with. :-)

    Also,...
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    18" scale mandola/tenor leads

    I have dreamed of an 18" scale acoustic mandola that can be restrung as a tenor (GDAE), or just a tenor of that scale, and thought it was probably a crazy idea or a lost cause.

    But I found some...
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