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    Re: Some instruments take time to sell

    I said in a post a while back that when I build a new mandolin, I don't care if it sells. I build them to be fully saleable and fully competitive with anything on the market. And I advertise some of...
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    Re: Tuning question

    On the mandolin, when I tune the strings down to pitch, I usually have to go back through and tune everything up again slightly. I think tuning down to pitch releases tension on the neck causing it...
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    Re: Tuning failure

    Looks like you already did what I would recommend, but it bears saying anyway. If there is any question about the note or the octave to tune to, google how to tune the specific instrument. There are...
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    Re: Binding problem, any help?

    A photo or two might help.
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    Re: Embedded YouTube videos not playing

    Thanks. I can't find the one it happened with the other day, but I'll post if it happens again.
  6. Re: Introducing the Haywood Mini Camper Suitcase Travel Mandolin

    Getting ready to throw this one in the suitcase again. and travel for a week.
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    Re: Embedded YouTube videos not playing

    I'll mention this now. I have no trouble seeing and watching the video posts on my computer and android, except those posted by member Mandolin Cafe. No problem on the phone, but on the computer...
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    Re: Music "Stand" Challenge

    Repurposed stuff. This is an electric guitar stand holding the top portion of an old Hamilton wire music stand that I rarely use.

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    Re: Trim Braces Before or After Gluing?

    The biggest down side I see is that if the chisel slips you risk gouging the very thin side and risk a side split later on. I keep the top of the brace flat so the clamping is even. I contour the...
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    Sometimes overlooked is the the common problem that if you practice by yourself or with just one other person, when you play with others in a group you will have to adjust to what is likely a bit...
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    Re: Bluegrass on PBS

    David, it looks like GPTV 8 and PBA 30 are not carrying it tonight. Plenty of Appalachian Rising, though.
  12. Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Talk with music store owners about giving you a lower consignment fee to get started with placing an instrument or two in their store or on their internet site. Some won't budge on their fee, but...
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    Re: Strings and setup

    It depends on the mandolin and how it is set up currently. There may be no noticeable effect. I don't know what you are playing, but I suggest the odds are very small that you will notice a setup...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Yeah, it's a never ending debate.

    I continue to look for that unbiased human being and for that mechanical sound collection and measuring device (especially microphones) that was designed and made...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    The question you asked in the original post brings to mind the scientific experiments done over the years in the field of psychology and perception. Using all of the tools available for measuring...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    I suspect reporting success and failure is the same here as anywhere else. Folks are not generally so keen to report that they tried something and that it made a situation no different or worse,...
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    Re: Charlie Brown Christmas medley

    Pulled out my old book yesterday for my annual piano effort at Christmas Time Is Here, Linus And Lucy. and a couple of others. Don't know why I've never thought of trying these on the mandolin or...
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    Re: filling fret wear

    The fellow in the video has the tools for leveling and crowning frets and he apparently knows what he's doing. Safe to assume he can also replace a fret. He also knows what he's doing with a...
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    Re: Fret markers

    I've seen them in both positions on mandolins. The oldest mandolins I own all have them at the 10th fret, so I think it is partly traditional. I've built them both ways and concluded that the dots on...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    The damage I see with instruments that have been in "storage" for a long time is most often due to low humidity and temperature changes. That is, they spent a long time in a case in an uncontrolled...
  21. Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    Every once in a while you can find a set of those tuners for sale. The big problem is that a knob may break. or the gear may not hold a string in tune. I believe you are better off to put modern...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Views about Loar thickness graduations ultimately come down to beliefs. My experience has led to a belief that I've not read anywhere, so here it is in a nutshell. Mr. Loar had some kind of a degree...
  23. Re: And Now for Something Completely Different. Gong Master Sven

    I've had one for several years. Same make and model as in the video, but the more "standard" 32" orchestra size. I've played larger and smaller ones, but not the 80". Use of the gong is a very...
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    Re: Light bulb test of top plate

    Before posting a photo to the Cafe, I save it to my computer, run it through a photo editor (usually a free online editor or collage maker), save it on my computer and upload that file. It preserves...
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    Re: A request of builders

    As Wrenchbndr indicates, whether new or repair, fret work is slow and tedious work. Translation - expensive. There are so many factors that can leave a new build not quite right or that can develop...
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