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    Re: Strap making question

    This the video I keep going back to when I forget how to make round (rope-like) braid from four strands of fabric or leather.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0afO40tsqAc
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    Re: Strap making question

    I've had fun making a few different designs, some flat, others braided. The braiding techniques can easily be round on YouTube by searching for 'four strand leather braiding' or similar. Some designs...
  3. Bert Deivert's international recording

    I don't think my friend, blues mandolin maestro Bert Deivert will mind me sharing this video that he just put on a blues mandolin Facebook page.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmkd_0qZZ-g
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    I should have mentioned that it never comes off; the mandolin easily fits in my Travelite case with the gizmo attached.
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    These pictures, despite the evidence of my lack of attention to cleaning and polishing my old 1970s no-name F5, should show roughly what the backrest device is all about.

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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    There was really not much to it. The wood was a piece of scrap soft white wood I literally picked up from the side of the road. I spent quite a lot of time shaping it using a rasp and sandpaper. The...
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    People will be tired of seeing this, but I made my own device for keeping the back of my F5 clear of my torso. I used scrap wood, pieces of cork table mat and viola chin-rest brackets. It certainly...
  8. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    I think there will be quite a long line of us waiting for that sound clip, Gary. :)
  9. Re: Nice article about Dublin maker Frank Tate

    Wonderful article. Thanks, Dagger.
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Thanks Brad. Sad news. Ivan was one of a kind.
  11. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    -- or more time starting forum threads that get virtually no responses
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    What is known in Scotland as a long road to a wee house.
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    Re: Off to Scotland

    If you do go to Falkirk, you'll be duty-bound to visit the Falkirk Wheel, a modern mechanical and engineering wonder every bit worth a stop.
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    Re: Off to Scotland

    As no one else has chimed in, for decades the traditional music oasis in Edinburgh has been Sandy Bell's bar. It has live traditional music every night, apparently.
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    Re: Off to Scotland

    Cafe member Kevin MacLeod, who is a stalwart of the Scottish folk/trad scene, might be able to help. His user name is kmmando and his Facebook page is here
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    Re: Looking for a GOOD flat top mandolin

    If you like the thought of something a little exotic there are always the lovely flat-tops made by Jimmy Moon in Glasgow, Scotland. Very high quality, and inexpensive.
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    Re: Robson A style tuners

    I've never seen Waverleys, but I do have a set of Robson tuners on an A mandolin, and they are wonderfully engineered. Keith Robson is a real craftsman and a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended.
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    Re: How to choose a mandolin teacher

    If I was an established instructor I think I'd be insulted by the idea of a complete novice player with no musical knowledge somehow thinking he might be able to 'audition' me for a task I could do...
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    Re: Paul Shippey Tone Mandolin

    That's a beautiful instrument. I bet it sounds great.
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I had EVO gold frets installed on two, totally different instruments. I've never regretted it for a moment, and can't begin to understand how they have had such a negative effect on the OP's mandolin.
  21. Thread: chords.cc

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    Re: chords.cc

    Well done Jeremiah. A great resource. There are, of course, other places to find chords, but this might be the simplest to navigate, best laid-out one I have seen.
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin

    I would be careful not to concentrate on the c-f element to the extent that you don't take sufficient care with the parts that are not carbon fiber. I speak from experience of a builder who supplied...
  23. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    Alex Orr does a better job of summing it up than I ever could have. Thanks, Alex.
  24. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    Agreed. There is a lot of interesting content, but the premise it tries to build on is quite ridiculous.
  25. Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    Interesting article in a publication where a story about bluegrass might come up once every few decades.

    It strays into areas that will get the thread closed down very quickly if you insist on...
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