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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    I have bought or made arm rests for every banjo, mando family instrument and guitar I have except for my new HD-28. I find a nice smooth arm rest is much more comfortable than the instrument's edge....
  2. Thread: Humidity

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Humidity

    Yes. Wood absorbs moisture from the air and expands. I don't think 81 F and 78% RH will damage it. The only way to bring things back to "normal" (~76 F and 45% RH) is with air conditioning.
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    Re: Weber Bitterroot Cedar Top

    I have 2 western red cedar mandolins - a Morris hybrid F4 with a single transverse brace and a Cricketfiddle (Tom TJ Jessen) F5. Both are plenty loud, warm and sweet and have lots of sustain.

    I...
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    Fiddle Tune (and more)

    Just ran across this link from a friend on the Acoustic Guitar Forum. Lots of tunes!
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    Re: Comfy in our new RV

    As I originally posted, 2021 will be our 25th maintenance and refueling outage. Half of my summer will be spent working 12 hours every day, 6 days every week. I'll miss most of the festivals.
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Tips

    See if you can find lessons online from Sarah Jarosz or Sierra Hull. Both women are fantastic OM players and Sierra at least has pretty small hands.

    Also look at stretching/flexibility exercises....
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    Re: Comfy in our new RV

    Pulling my old '87 Airstream to bluegrass (or gypsy jazz) festivals is just about my favorite thing. Every odd year (2015, 2017, 2019, etc.) I spend all of May, June and part of July working 6 days...
  8. No mandolin content: Question about finish on Martin Guitar Neck

    I posted this on a guitar forum, but got absolutely no response. So I'm trying here as there are a few guitar players on the cafe.

    I bought a mint condition HD-28 right before everything shut...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    If we're lucky.....many people never experience getting old. I'd like to get a little older yet.
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    I'm in the minority regarding Bluechip. I have bunches of picks made of all kinds of materials, ranging in thickness from about 1.00 mm up to 3.00 mm.

    I frequently run through them to see if my...
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    Hard Times Bluegrass Festival

    Just got confirmation recently that yes, its on this year! Hard Times Bluegrass Festival near Hamilton, Montana.

    I've never been before, but all other festivals in the NW have been cancelled into...
  12. Thread: Tailpieces

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Tailpieces

    I have 4 mandolin family instruments with cast Allen tailpieces. I really like how sturdy and simple they are, plus allow using ball or loop end strings.
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    Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    Mine is #184
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    Re: D'Addario Monel sets

    I've wondered about this for a while, and once contacted both D'addario and DR strings about this. Both replied back that across their string lines, the plain (unwrapped) strings are all the same...
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    Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    Here are some pics of my Morris, built in 2010:

    Under construction
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    Brand new
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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    About 12 years ago I took up mandolin with a 30+ year background on violin (classical and bluegrass) and guitar. Quite honestly, when I picked up a borrowed mandolin those old bluegrass fiddle tunes...
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    Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    I have a Morris hybrid F4 - arched cedar top and arched maple back. Elevated radiused fretboard with a 14 fret body join. Warm tone, rich lows, lots of sustain.

    Sonny can build to your choice of...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Ummm, that's a very thin pick. To most (for mandolin at least) 1.0 mm is thin pick. 1.5 mm is medium. 2.0 mm and up is where thick starts.
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    Re: Looking For Morris Tuners

    My Morris has Gotoh tuners. I just replaced the pearloid buttons with ebony ordered from Luthier's Mercantile to dress it up a little.
  20. Thread: What is MAS?

    by Mandobart
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    Re: What is MAS?

    If you saw all my stringed instruments you'd know I have some type of IAS. But no MAS, currently. I've got my go-to Cricketfiddle F5, Morris hybrid F4, old Stahl banjolin, old Regal resonator...
  21. Re: Advice needed on K&K mandolin twin pickup install

    I've installed K&K and JJB twin piezo pickups in 4 fiddles and many f and oval hole mandos. You don't install the pickups through the tail block. The best way is to install them during the build. ...
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    Sonny Morris built exactly what you're describing for me in 2010. It took about 4 months and cost $1500. I believe it would cost more now but the time frame is likely still the same.

    I played...
  23. Re: Do you know of an easy, safe program to convert wav files to

    You need to get LAME, another bit of freeware that plugs into Audacity. When I first got Audacity many years ago there was a link for LAME.
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    Re: Wintergrass 2020

    I just got the email today. Its a real personal blow to me - Wintergrass is the highlight of my year.
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    Re: Cool Stuff to Watch When not Playing

    Seen some of those - just watched the DVD of "The Last Waltz" again recently. I'll check out the other suggestions, thanks!

    I have the audio out from my TV optically coupled to my old stereo...
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