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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    Sue, if you like the nickel silver, try the pure nickel.
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    Re: Wound ball end strings put on backwards?

    I will stick an awl into the loop around the ball at the string end and enlarge the loop on the ball slightly. With a small pliers in the ball I will slip the ball out of the loop. It's not easy, but...
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    Yup JB I was thinking silver in color. While silver strings will work for a violin, they would be too soft for a fretted instrument and not last long. So I was thinking Sue wanted them for her...
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    GHS makes silver strings for mandolin in pure nickel. They have been my strings since they came out. They are no where near $100.
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    Re: RIP Barry Kratzer

    Used to have one of Barry's mandolins, very sad to hear of his passing.
  6. Re: National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    If you save the ball from old guitar strings you can add them to the mandolin strings. It would be a little finicky, but would work. Also a guitar string with the same wrap and gauge as the mandolin...
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    I believe the kind of string, phosphor bronze, stainless, etc. only refers to the wrap on the string. The core of the string and the plain strings are not the same as the wrap.
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    Re: Odd buzzing ending at 12th fret

    What John says. Because of where I live it is much more humid in the summer, and drier because of heating in the winter. My action will change quite a bit between summer and winter. I raise my bridge...
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    Re: Sanding sharp bridge edge

    Yup I round all mine to be comfortable.
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    Re: Top deflection under saddle?

    I beg to differ, if you bridge is set up very well you should be able to lower it under full tension with your fingers. I can even raise one of mine with my fingers under full tension.. Your bridge...
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Well it's not worth $430 to me, if I wanted one I would take the banjo mandolin I have and make one. The lack of a volume/tone is not a problem and is cheap and easy to add. I would take the...
  12. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    I, like Jim have played vintage banjos. Sold the Tubaphone decades ago as it was too heavy. Sounded Great, but too heavy. Still have and play my 1890 Washburn tho. Would love to get one of the modern...
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Actually it most likely will sound like a mandolin with a magnetic pickup, which isn't too bad actually. It is no longer a banjo as the head won't vibrate, so I think it would be a useful instrument,...
  14. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    Charlie you could maybe use a clip on mic on the mandolin. You wouldn't be glued to a mic stand and the folks you are playing with may be less bothered since it's kind of like a pickup, kind of.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    While the Schertler is a contact mic, finding the ONE place that is a sweet spot is not easy and may not really be possible. Sound waves take distance to focus, having a "mic" right on top of the...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Nice to have your wit and wisdom back David.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    For me there are two sounds using piezo pickups. One is under the saddle, or in this case in the bridge (Fishman)or unnder the foot of the bridge (K&K). The other is under the top, or stuck on the...
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    Re: Pickup options?

    The tapastring jack eliminates the need to drill and works well so you can have the pickup inside.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    I like K&K, and prefer them under the top. I am not familiar with Adeline.
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    If you put in a larger zero fret you raise the string height at the nut, so to speak, compounding what you are trying to eliminate. I see zero frets larger and usually replace them with the same size...
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Billy, filter caps are what filter out the AC ripple after the rectifier, so you have DC for the tubes to work. If you look at them they may have a small dimple on the positive end, but if they are...
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    Re: Early Gibson - Lefty conversion

    A Gibson will convert to lefty just fine. A new nut and new saddle. I am sure you can buy a saddle, but every mandolin should have the saddle intonated to the instrument. A fine tuning does make a...
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    Re: Para DI fix/help quack?

    I am thinking a good setup is in order. Does it loose volume on the treble strings when played hard acoustically?
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Power tubes and the phase inverter tube will make the most difference. If the amp is old you may want to check the filter caps too. If they go they can fry your amp. They also have a shelf life of...
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Looks great, but a little pricey.
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