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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Heaven just got a little cooler. RIP Ivan.
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    I call them (at least the top one) "zero downforce bridges". I think I got that from a GAL publication, not sure who coined it. Of course the downforce is not exactly zero, but probably a pound or so...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    If you use a sound level meter in front of a bunch of different mandolins, you will be amazed how small the differences in actual sound output level are. As has been said on here many times,...
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    Re: A request of builders

    On the other hand.... bad fretwork makes it really easy to make customers happy!
    I hope I'm not one of the builders being talked at here, I'd like to think not. I have a policy that any mandolin a...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    Those are called "medullary rays". They are rays which are arranged like spokes of a wheel in the tree, and are important to transfer water and nutrients between inner and outer areas of the trunk....
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    Re: But it said it was a Gibson!

    #playauthentic
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    Re: Need a safe wall mount mando holder

    Hercules is what you want. I had many instruments on the wall, using Hercules wall mounts during an earthquake. My 1931 Duolian, not on a Hercules, fell on me while I was sleeping and woke me up. All...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    Two words....

    La
    Zer

    More seriously, here's what you should do:
    Make an MDF template. Then tape your acrylic to the MDF. Then flush trim the acrylic to the MDF.
  9. Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    I was a Suzuki kid. Not one of the good ones, though I had great teachers... learning to improvise was very difficult, but has helped my overall musicianship immensely.
    Anyone who's a really good...
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    Re: Rubner tuners are back

    I've said this a lot. Most people's response is to say... "Oh yeah, cool. Of course you mean, EXCEPT for Waverly's?"

    Nope, not what I meant.
  11. Re: Classical Guitar to Tenor conversion questions

    You can use a clothes iron on the fretboard to remove it without scorching. Might want to put a couple slightly damp paper towels between the iron and the frets for steam and to protect the iron....
  12. Re: Classical Guitar to Tenor conversion questions

    John Lawlor, arguably the best living tenor guitarist (or for sure the best living jazz tenor guitarist) plays a six-string tenor guitar.
    Work out the string gauges to match, between the four...
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    Re: basic recording setup

    I don't know, I started with a USB mic and Audacity, and ended up with an AudioBox USB interface, Reaper, and some basic condenser mics. It's good enough that I've never felt the need to upgrade. My...
  14. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    To visualize Phil's point, it is not feasible for it to be a cone... the geometry gets really awkward. Instead we draw it so the it's like a cone, but with one edge of the circles aligned instead of...
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    Re: basic recording setup

    Get something like a Blue Yeti and then use Audacity. Audacity is free, just make sure the Yeti is selected as the microphone you want to use in Audacity after you plug the Yeti in by USB.

    After...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin History

    To keep you going until someone who really knows this stuff comes around: http://www.sobellguitars.com/how-i-started-my-first-cittern/
    Also google "Andy Irvine waldzither".
  17. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    So far, none of my customers have asked for a flat fretboard. I've done compound radiused fretboards entirely, flattest was 10" at the nut and 14" at the bridge, the most extreme was a 4" radius at...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    Nothing new under the sun...
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    Re: Ridiculous ebay post of the day

    If you want a mandolin you won't soon outgrow...
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    To photograph shiny things, you don't shine light on the thing. You light the environment, which is reflected in the thing. A sheet with a light source aimed at it, placed as close to your object as...
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    Re: Tonegards

    And that's what's always been odd to me. Conventional wisdom among luthiers and buyers alike is that you want to minimize structural mass of the instrument that isn't essential to producing tone....
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    Re: Potential USA Recesssion?

    That does seem to be the case. It's a nice silver lining, but we all still get soaking wet in the rain before we see it. I think we can appreciate what we have from the hard times that came before,...
  23. Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    Luthiers balance tone and playability constantly.
    Body size, neck length, string selections, and other major geometry considerations are all balances between ergonomics and the physics of the tone....
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    Re: I am totally bummed out

    That is a bummer. But remember, that best jam you participated in is the reason for playing an instrument. If it's a really valuable instrument, then it's worth having it repaired properly. If not,...
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    Re: Tonegards

    Every mandolin I've seen, from Washburns to Kimbles, that had a tone-gard have significant impressions where it was mounted to the instrument. It may not damage the finish, but the wood gets indented...
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