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  1. Thread: Aaargh . . .

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    Re: Aaargh . . .

    Good designers actually do consider it. I spent 30 years as a mechanical designer and I always had the repair guy in mind. And had lots of arguments regarding why I did something a certain way and...
  2. Thread: Aaargh . . .

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    Re: Aaargh . . .

    58 Chevy with a 348.....was at least one of them.
  3. Re: Refurbishing my old Stewart MacDonald (kit) mandolin

    If you are really unhappy with the sound and want to gamble. The finish doesn't look bad at all. Nice instrument!

    This was from seven years ago....there may be something better now.
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I have them on all of my instruments (mandolin/mandola/tenor guitar). I always play sitting and it seems to me that the armrest keeps my wrist more "in plane" with my forearm making it more...
  5. Thread: Shutt mandolins

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    Re: Shutt mandolins

    It disturbs me that I kind of like it. I need to get out more. Much more.
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    Tony Rice and Norman Blake live

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib6ev6vlwOA
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    Re: Mandolin Tuned as a Mandola

    Has been discussed a number of times here. Yes you can....all you are doing is cutting off the e strings and moving the other three sets down one position and adding the c strings. Then it is a...
  8. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Some amazing pics....
  9. Thread: Favorite Metronome

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    Re: Favorite Metronome

    I use a stand alone drum machine....older Alesis SR16. Love it.
  10. Re: Fixing wire loops onto Nylon (fluorocarbon?) strings.

    Thanks....you just reminded me of my Dad (long gone) when he was teaching me knots. For the bowline......."The rabbit comes out of the hole, runs around the tree and back into the hole". Memory...
  11. Re: Choosing replacement tailpiece 1930s double bump Harmony--hel

    Just a thought....could a local jeweler fix it? Strong enough? There should be plenty of very talented fine metal craftsmen in that neighborhood.
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    Re: Shim for Bridge Insert.

    I make shims out of slices of soda or beer cans. Just cut it with tin snips...or old scissors. Also, you can get brass and aluminum shim stock of various thicknesses from some auto parts stores. I...
  13. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Saw TR at the same show as Eric Platt at the Cedar after his voice had blown out. Some idiot in the crowd yelled out "Sing one Tony". He stopped. Walked up to the mic and said. "F'ing right!" in...
  14. Thread: String spacing?

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    Re: String spacing?

    For 7ths something I use quite a bit is a two note diagonal form using the third and seventh. A7 is 765(4), D7 is 654(3), G7 is 543(2). Keep moving towards the nut.....is also useful for switching...
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    Re: Music store etiquette?

    If there is no signage ask. And always, always, always...............take off your coat.
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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    Yep, found that out the hard way. I had an older version humidifier that had a manual rotary switch that worked fine (you could just leave it on whatever fan speed setting you wanted) until one of...
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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    I have been using the Inkbird that I calibrated against my Caliber IV. I use the Caliber next to the instruments and the Inkbird across the room controlling the humidifier. In the same room there...
  18. Re: Whiskey Before Breakfast - Interesting Approaches?

    Into the Cafe's MP3 library. Uncategorized (for good reason). Daniel Nestlerodes "Windrush" is based on it. It is a great take.....as well as a hoot!
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    We do it......because we can.

    There is no justification. Especially if you are single.
  20. Re: What's Love Got To Do With It, with a little mandolin

    Thanks....that left me smiling.
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Tuners NMC

    I have never liked that style tuner.....a lot of folks insist on them on tenor guitars. I replaced the ones on my old Regal with some individual Waverly Uke tuners from StewMac and have been very...
  22. Thread: technique

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    Re: technique

    ........Pete Townshend...........
  23. Thread: Ebony mandolin

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    Re: Ebony mandolin

    I never would have thought I would like that color for binding. But that is stunning. "It ties the room together".

    The whole instrument is beautiful.
  24. Re: What are some good "Guitar Body Octave Mandolin makers out th

    TJ at Cricket Fiddle in Minnesota has started making some of these. Scroll down in his website to take a look. He also has a FB page.

    http://www.cricketfiddle.com/
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    Re: Not bad, I have seen worse

    My first mandolin lessons were with Peter Ostroushko....sitting in his kitchen. We sat down the first time and he took my old Harmony mandolin. Looked at it and handed it back to me. And said...
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