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    Re: Weber Aspen: Please recommend an armrest

    Actually, the description and picture that the URL points to describes an armrest that includes an integral tailpiece. The armrest apparently does not come without the built-in tailpiece, which is...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Yes, sorry, I was being a little facetious about the strap, although the Bass Buggy is on my DB most of the time, so it does have that strap in place. I do sit whenever I can bring my portable high...
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    Re: Weber Aspen: Please recommend an armrest

    I have standard CA armrests on both of my F-style mandolins. They probably aren't as comfortable as some of the larger sculpted, small-shop made armrests that we often see available, but personally...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I always use a strap with mandolin, banjo and Dobro, standing or sitting. Part of the reason is my lower back does better if I do, and for the same reason I also tend to sit while playing whenever...
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    Re: Pain in fretting hand

    I've got RA in the hands that has resulted in a trigger left thumb and a trigger right ring finger... After talking with my MD, a DPT and an OT specialist, immobilizing finger braces were my...
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    Re: ISO Luthier to carve and install new top

    Sorry to see this. If it were me, I'd definitely replace it ASAP so I have something nice to play again. But also...

    At this point, you have nothing to lose.

    If it were me, I'd learn from...
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    Re: NMD, But there's a problem

    Just tune it like a banjo and she won't have anything to do with it! :grin:

    (Actually, a better solution is to get one for her too!)
  8. Re: Best way to squash down rigid foam in a case?

    By definition, accidents are almost always going to happen randomly, unexpectedly, it's part of life...

    My first mandolin related Gator case accident was caused by opening the back hatch of my...
  9. Re: Best way to squash down rigid foam in a case?

    Sounds like the Gator ABS-outer Styro-inner cases commonly available here in the US for around $100 new. I've been using them for a number of years now, they are relatively inexpensive and protect...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Hmmm, mine never had any problem...

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    Re: Secure Endpin?

    Repeat: Do not glue it in...

    A friend with an older mandolin had an endpin that was glued in place and he had to ream it out and replace it with a viola endpin in order to replace the tailpiece.
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    Re: Where to play melody on fret board

    Often the key determines where on the fretboard a melody works out the best. And often, the key of a song changes depending on where others are used to playing or singing it.

    I do a huge amount...
  13. Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    Yes, thanks Mike!!! In my little circle, myself and 3 non-MC folks are enjoying these mandolins because you posted about them!

    (I have a link to the original "$199.00 solid F style" thread in my...
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    Re: Cost for refret

    I haven't made any inroads to SS frets with anything yet. I haven't personally re-fretted an instrument since the mid 1980s, but I have a banjo that I built and fretted with NS back in the mid-70s,...
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    Re: Cost for refret

    @rcc56, with the original old Gibson bar frets, is it at all possible to simply turn them over upside-down and tap them back into the groove, and as such have new fret surfaces to work with? Or are...
  16. Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    Yup, I still have mine, and the three other folks that I bought them for are also still using theirs, actually more regularly than I do...

    Mine was/is intended as a backup for my F-9, which I...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    Don't forget the disintegrating 1-piece flanges, the tulip-shaped tension hoops and the cracked tailpieces. There are more replacements of these items among collectable banjos than most people could...
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    Re: Cost for refret

    Mostly what @rcc56 said...

    But also:

    Do you want nickle-silver, Gold Evo or stainless steel frets?
    Is your fretboard flat or curved?
    Does your instrument have an adjustable truss rod? (If...
  19. Re: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    Isn't "Trill" a short-name for Tribble?

    ... And "Hammer-on", just a quaint way of telling someone to get drunk?
  20. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    While you may be able to make the mandolin generally louder, technique tends to be the way to really make a mandolin loud. You can of course change setup, picks, strings, and/or parts, or add...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    You know, the $199 blowout price for the MK LFSTB (Dragonfly) F-style mandolins back in 2016 was amazing, but their original list prices were about $1K. I handled 4 of them, 3 as gifts and one which...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Yup. I loved my 78 Sportster. Restored it, polished it, bagged it, windshielded it, drove it as much as my back could stand. It was a beauty; I had to mentally remind myself I wasn't in a parade...
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    Re: Left Hand on Neck: Palm or Thumb

    I used to have my thumb planted on the back of the neck in the same way I played 5-string banjo. Then early last year I started showing symptoms of congenital RA -- finger joint stiffness and...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    So here's an important question then... Is the fitting we're looking at a truss rod nut, or is it actually permanently attached to the truss rod itself? If this is a 2-way truss rod, won't...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Hmmm.

    Looking at the upside-down pic that was provided by the OP, extremely magnified, peering closely into the very deepest recess of the nut, I think I might agree. The nut appears horribly...
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