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  1. Re: inlaying on wood other then ebony, ( lighter color)

    I'd use epoxy colored to match. Mileage may vary:)

    It'd be easier to hide in mahogany than maple.
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    Thanks for the tip. I’m a slow learner too.
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    Re: Advice for Sound board flexibility.

    I’m sure you have lots of experience with wood for tops and your hands can provide great information as to the appropriate level of flex. And your knowledge of tap tones, combined with the flexing,...
  4. Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Those are beautiful instruments. I'm glad I'm only lusting in my heart, not my wallet:)
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    Re: Andrew Marlin and Crew in Portland

    Didn’t know they were here.
  6. Thread: UPS rant

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    Re: UPS rant

    It is a bit busy for those folks this time of year. A little kindness and charity might go a long ways. You can bet they’re not just doing 8 hour days.
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    Re: Fret markers

    Lowest note is G.
    Fifth fret on next string-G.
    10th fret on next string is G.
    15th fret on next string is G.

    Works for me, but probably not why it’s done that way.
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    That is so terrible. Hope your recovery is uneventful, pain free and swift.
  9. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    I did a similar path looking out 5 years to retirement when I picked up the mandolin. Be patient with yourself, first develop a habit of playing/practicing/learning. (I started getting up earlier)....
  10. Thread: Education

    by Bill McCall
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    Re: Education

    I know from other posts that you seem to lust for a Gibson, but would like to find the 'right' one. I'm sure folks share that. Education usually costs money, so a trip to Nashville might be the...
  11. Re: Help appreciated! My old Loar blueprints burned up.!!!

    Elderly has prints for sale.
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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    I have both. Softness of the leather is more important to me, that said, I use both regularly without issue.
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    Re: knot in top

    I’d speak with the supplier. Unless the ‘grade’ specifies that knots are allowed, I would expect them to replace it. That said, there are no ‘official’ grading standards for tonewoods like there...
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    My pinky hurts when I nail it down:(
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    Re: Chord drones?

    IRealPro.
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    Re: Again with the picks

    Some boutique makers, (Blue Chip) show their sizes related to coins but I don't know of any who list dimensions. I'm sure if there are, it'll be pointed out:)

    Get on the pick sampler list. With...
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    Re: Improvising

    I don't agree with the first statement.



    Merriam-Webster defines composing as 'formulate and write music'. Improvisation doesn't involve any attempt at permanence, although someone may record...
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    Re: Woodsong's Lutherie

    The one most familiar with mandolins?
  19. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    If you can't hear a difference, why bother? Its like if you can't tell the difference between a Rogue and a Gilchrist, smile that you saved $20K.
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of a 'Kitolin'?

    Pretty early f hole guitar-like instrument, isn't it? I have no idea when f hole guitars originated.
  21. Re: Aaron Weinstein Interview in JazzTimes

    Great, thoughtful article about such a wonderful player.
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    It may have gone to sleep and when awake you may find it sounds like an oboe. You never know.......
  23. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    You can strive for whatever you want. Don't think others will share your goals.

    On my plane of existence, playing nice with the other kids is always a good trait, and provides a great deal of...
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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    It’s not about the sound. It’s the ‘historical artifactness’ of it.
  25. Re: Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Christmas Concert

    Thanks for the heads up but I can't make it either, although I will be attending the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra's Christmas show on the 13th. Tickets at:
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