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    Re: PICKS am i missing something

    A couple of points for neophytes: as your technique gets better, your pick will sound better, no matter what you thought of it initially. It's just as important to decide what thickness and shape...
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    Re: Don't look at your fingers!

    If you're gifted with sight, you'll have to look at something. Glancing at the left hand can tell you how cleanly you're fretting and guide major shifts. Glancing at the right can tell you how much...
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    Re: Mandolin Stand

    I have the Hercules 2headed stand. Much broader base than the Travelite series an more stable. Just remember that the hangers and cushions are not individually adjustable so your instruments should...
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    Re: 2003. Breedlove Rogue

    Have to agree. I have Oregon # 172, probably from 1978. Beautiful flamed maple on back, gorgeous sunburst on front. No signs of wear after 20 years. Tuners turn "like butter" with no...
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    Re: 2003. Breedlove Rogue

    To amplify on jefflester's post: in the heyday of the Bend operation, there were three levels (master class, premiere and quartz) offered in K and O body styles, with oval or f holes. The quartz...
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    Re: Falling apart

    I just want to share my experience with trigger finger over the last two years, which is now completely resolved. Ring finger left hand. Happened every time I clenched my fist and I had to...
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    Re: Hole type ?

    As a followup to Mr. Hamlett's comment on the importance of hole position, has anyone here heard Allan Beardsell's edge ports with an almost uninterrupted top plate?
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    Re: Hole type ?

    In all honesty, on a recording or at a festival I have never been able to convincingly say "That's a .....hole mandolin". Bowlbacks yes, others no. This is not the same response I would have as a...
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    Re: Hole type ?

    Sound different to whom? You may perceive a distinct difference in sound quality while your audience may not, since all of the radiant energy available will summate six feet in front of the...
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    Re: String heigth conundrum

    Increased oscillation makes a lot of sense and I won't forget it (at least for another 5 years). 1.5/32 translates to .050 and 2/32 to .060 on the auto feeler gauges I use and a good all around...
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    String heigth conundrum

    Over the holidays I put my mandolin through a complete overhaul. Reassembly: bridge goes here, saddle has 0 compensation on the E, action set to .050 and .065 but who gets the smaller gap? The G? ...
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    Re: Pick Depth

    This is the counter argument to the Bluetooth pick in another post. Play Your instrument with Your favorite strings and picks. Work on your technique until you get a sound that suits the music you...
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    Re: A Really Great Mandolin Stand

    Bought the Hercules violin stand in 09. The pucks on the yoke turned gummy about a year ago. The foam pads on the legs are just fine. The yoke is a little tight for a mandolin neck. I am thinking...
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    Re: Free iPhone Tuner App

    I use Cleartune. Good displAy and a frequency readout.
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    Re: What is the function of the body?

    A very clear, consise and nontechnical explanation of the function of the sound box. This should close this part of the discussion. Two further points. The OP surmised the harp had no sound box. ...
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    Re: FW74 Strings

    I think the G and D have the loveliest tone of any strings I've tried. My only complaint is with the E. It sounds different from the rest. Call it loud or brilliant or piercing or tinny; it shares...
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    Re: Thomastik strings

    I have used both. I actually prefer the FW74s on my oval hole where the unwound A comes through a lot more clearly (not a problem with the f hole). This differs from the experience of fat-dad and...
  18. Re: Holding the pick-index finger pointed down?

    Both pick shape and pick grip shape the tone of a plucked string. The grip I use to tune up is different from the grip I use for a slow melody line is different from that used for a bluegrass tune...
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    Re: Trying to understand rounded picks

    I keep an open pick box with about twenty picks on my desk. Sometimes my pointy picks dig too deep and I go round. Sometimes my round picks give no definition and I go pointy. Sometimes my fat...
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    Re: "Tap Tuning" the why's & wherefors.

    Consistency would require a tremendous aural memory or an unchanging standard. I imagine tapping serves another purpose which our luthier community will reveal when they stop laughing at our...
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    Re: Luthier in Scranton PA area

    Closer to Scranton is Rob Zwally in Lititz. Call for an appt: 717-627-1010. In York: Warner has retired; Bluett still active.
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    Re: Will I Want A Bowlback?

    Thank you for your comments. I do appreciate the beauty in natural materials and love the appearance of distinctive woods. I also enjoy owning objects crafted by another human. Therefore Victor and...
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    Will I Want A Bowlback?

    We recently completed a discussion about the Need for a "Bowlback" to play classical mandolin. I would like to rephrase the question. Here is the genesis for my question.
    I enjoy recreating some...
  24. Re: U.S. Trademark of Fern Inlay Awarded to Gibson

    The real teeth in this trademark will be seen when Customs seizes shipments containing scrolled headstocks with Ferns. The independant luthiers are probably not a threat and may be able to obtain a...
  25. Re: Should the Thumb Press Against the Neck on a V-neck Mandolin?

    If "whatever works for you" is the correct answer, why would you need a teacher?
    If "whatever works for you" is the teacher's recommendation, why would you pay him?
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