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    Re: Pickup options for an F hole octive mandolin

    Where can I get the MISI endpin jack ? Looking up eBay but found none.
  2. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    I did shim the saddle up. It is very playable now. But I intend to straighten the bowed neck to improve my repair skills. A friend gave me this ukulele as he knows I love repairing instruments.
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    USA mandolin, sinked top repair

    Bought an USA made mandolin (label says: Columbia mandolin), do some TLC to put it in good shape (cosmetics), then strings it with new strings. The top sinks down on the bass side !!! (I kind of...
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    Re: How to repari this broken head stock ?

    I have carved a neck for an instrument I build from scratch. The labor is intensive. But matching the two broken pieces is out of my skill (including adding a wafer piece). And the owner really care...
  5. Thread: Flamed maple ?

    by kkmm
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    Flamed maple ?

    I have a cello (which was damaged and I repaired it) with the back looking like this:

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    I have seen many photos of instruments with flamed maple on their back. And my cello looks just like...
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    Re: how to remove epoxy on the top sound board ?

    This is a Cremona SC-200 cello, costing around 900$ brand new. Yesterday, the owner (father of the girl who plays) SOLD it to me for 65$ , cheap due to that ugly excess glue. So I took the chance to...
  7. Re: 3 types of GDAE nylon strings for Cavaquinho and mandolin

    Another option is to get a concert ukulele and get a Aquila string set to be tuned in fifth (not a normal ukulele string set).
    You will get an instrument with mandolin tuning that sounds loud and...
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    Re: How to get picture on instruments ?

    Honestly, I don't know as I have not done it yet.
    I plan to print one with a color ink jet printer, and one sheet with a laser color printer.
    Then see which one works. Hopefully both work.
    Buying...
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    Valencia bowlback mandolin

    I just bought a bowlback mandolin, the label inside says VALENCIA.
    I did not know anything about this brand. But when trying it, it sounds very loud for a bowlback, compared the 3 bowlbacks I bought...
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    Re: Godin guitar with one quiet string !!!

    Thanks for the reply, I will look into the saddle and see what's under the D string position.
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    Re: The neck's contribution to tone quality

    OK, that should nailed it. "vibration in all other parts" means some energy are wasted in these "immovable objects" instead of making the top & back vibrating. And this does reduce the sound volume...
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    Re: another guitar converted to OM

    Yes, the string angle is so shallow and therefore the force that pushes down the top sound board is very small, I could push the while saddle back and forth with string pressure.

    "Typically": ...
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    another guitar converted to OM

    I found a smaller body guitar, neck joint at fret#12, nut width 1"5/8, width at fret#12 is 2", with an adjustable bridge (easy to adjust action).

    Going thru the normal guitar to OM conversion (my...
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    Re: chord transpose app?

    I used the same method (1 2 3 4 5 6, not just 1 4 5) and after practicing for sometimes (months), I could play in a key that is different that what the sheet music and/or the chords show (even the...
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    Re: My second sunk top !!!

    I went thru the effort to cut off the back.
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    once the back goes off, here is how it looks inside
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  16. Thread: My eBay rant

    by kkmm
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    Re: My eBay rant

    I bought quite a few instruments from eBay in the last few years (at least 12) and I am happy with what I received. The trick is to know specs of these instruments and the condition of the listed...
  17. Re: Persimmon (American ebony) fret boards and bridges

    Yes, I have one persimmon tree in my home (California) and it produces delicious fruit by this time (November) each year.
    Never though that its wood could end up in a mandolin. (I frequently play...
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    Re: $20 Stradolin in Richmond, VA

    I did, it was a cheap one (when brand new) and had a twisted neck :crying:
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    Re: Zoom H4N tutorial?

    Very few recorders are intuitive to use. And the manual is also scary.

    For example: to record a song on the BOSS microBR, the manual shows a "state of the lost art" sequence of steps, a dozen I...
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    Re: When I'm Sixty Four

    This is so true, I have to use transducer with good built-in preamp to get good sound, not the best, but quite acceptable to my ears.


    Some do, some don't. I bought a few guitars with a passive...
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    Re: Home Made Braided Strap

    I bought a leather belt, about 1/2 inch wide. And turns it into a F-style mandolin strap. The strap end that goes into the end pin has a hole cut clean. The other end goes around the scroll....
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    Re: How to string Baritone Uke in GDAE

    It's hard to find a good set of NYLON string to match a baritone for CDAE tuning. If you use steel strings instead, a matching set would be the one for a bouzouki around 20" scale length. You will...
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    Re: Mandocello Enlightenment Needed!

    Thanks for the correction. I always got confused with these terminologies.
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    Re: Guitar bouzouki or om

    Here is mine (with original guitar bridge, no tail piece).
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    Please note the "fret zero" (that did not exist on original guitar).
    The fret zero fixes an intonation problem...
  25. Thread: Ebony scraps

    by kkmm
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    Re: Ebony scraps

    Lucky you have all that, I had to spend 10$ to get a small piece (good enough for 8 nuts for nylon strings and 8 bridges for flat top mandolin) at a local lumber store.
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