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    Re: A request of builders

    Agreed to all three of those plus one more, for the person listening be an active listener and try to understand what's being said. Way to many peoiple hear what they want to hear and not what's...
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    Re: A request of builders

    I understand the instrument may not be set up as far as height goes to everyone's liking but that is completely different than sending one out with an unfinished or poor set up. Unfinished and poo is...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    Threads almost never go as expected it may seem like it for the first few posts then something triggers something else and the tangents are acquired!
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    Exactly as Sunburst says. Might work might do nothing. I am not knowledgeable enough to know if itnis varnish or not which is why I would have just tried ina small spot. But as has been pointed out...
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    Re: A request of builders

    I read a thread a few months back or so that stated clearly the individual believed that most builders could do great work but are terrible at fretwork because it is s different skill set. To me,...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    NA here and certainly was awake then. I don't sleep much.
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    I would nbe tempted to use some alcohol on one small spot and see how the existing finish softens and or moves, smoothout. Then a noce french over that. All depending on what the first test did with...
  8. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    I still want an emando but have an experiment in mind to try with my audio interface and the ramp option. I can mic my oval-A and send it back out to my pedals and guitar amps. I am curious just...
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    Re: Pick “spinning” while strumming

    I hold my picks closer to the edge so that the contact between the thumb and finger tends to trap the pick.
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Type in metronome on Amazon. They range fro 16$, got mine on sale for closer to ten on up even some swinging arm types for 35 on up. The one I have as a dial and you turn it to the bpm you want itnis...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Do you have a smart phone or tablet? There are a ton of metronome apps. A metronome is not expensive at the music store either, for a good basic one.
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    Re: Need a safe wall mount mando holder

    They have a lock for the front of the Hercules as well so someone can't just take it down, and they make one with larger rubber pads just for Mandolin and Uke necks. I have two and I like them for...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    I was just being goofy, I actually work with some lasers in some of the industrial equipment I work on, we are moving away from them for cost reasons and becasue of the hazards with it, now using...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    Money! HAHAHA, I have looked ay some. I wonder how well one would work handheld.

    I already bought the mdf!
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    Seems in this case it was all “operator error” I will give it another shot using the advice here. Seems I was just being to picky and cutting to close with the wrong idea of initial finish quality.
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    My blade was probably still too coarse but it was the finest I had and I was trying to move faster because of the melt. Thanks, guys. I actually do not have a spindle or belt sander. I do however...
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    Plexi for templates

    I was going to make some templates from plexi but I have had no success cutting it. Fine blade on a band saw not smooth enough chipping. Slow speed saber saw very fine blade no joy cracked the piece....
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    I should know better than to ask questions you have just given me
    An entirely new subject to research. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a tenor banjo or arched top banjo. I am completely...
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    I do not have a bowed instrument but prefer no fretboard dots but I like side markers.
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Jill you did this last tune on YouTube with a banjo also, what banjo is it? Sounded really good also.
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    In searching around there are some really low pressure guns out there that my small home set up could run. I need to research more but it may not be that expensive to get into spraying.
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    In my shops, we have the air systems spec'd so that all drops pull from the top of the main and it is a closed-loop system but these shops are big industrial and doing more than just spraying they...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    GREAT! I just realised these are all on youtube so I subscribed. Maybe now I can learn some!
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    I have worked on so many industrial spray booths and I can say with absolute certainty that every time I had to rebuild a system it was for lack of maintenance, which includes cleaning, and lack of...
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    Re: basic recording setup

    I first started with a Blue Snowball which worked amazingly well with Garage Band. My level of playing needs no more but as Bricks said you suddenly start finding more gear laying around and you look...
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