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    Re: Room humidifiers and distilled water

    I use several venta ultrasonic humidifiers without problems. I have used an evaporative one and had problems with mold.
  2. Thread: Aaargh . . .

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    Re: Aaargh . . .

    Unfortunately I think many companies give their designers disincentives to consider repairs. Apple is one of the worst offenders. In general, our society has a tendency to ignore the option of...
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    Re: Fretting sharp on the 12th fret E string

    A bad string, a high 13th fret, or the bridge moving are the most likely reasons. Since it is time for a string change, I would do that first. You can check for a high fret by using a straight edge...
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    Re: Machine tuning - bushings don't fit

    Worst case scenario is you plug the existing tuner holes and drill ones for your replacement tuners.
  5. Re: Making a bridge setting jig - good idea or not?

    Mandolins typically don't have glued on bridges. Otherwise I don't understand what the jig offers that a ruler and a tuner won't do.
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    Re: Fretboard Frets Question

    Alternatively you could have it fretted to a key like a dulcimer. That would greatly reduce it's usefuness and bring it's resale value close to $0.00.
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    Re: Bindings and strings.

    You can use calipers or a good engineering ruler to measure as with wood shrinkage it is unlikely to be a standard size. It is generally safer to go with lower tension strings on older guitars.
  8. Thread: Hello everyone

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    Re: Hello everyone

    Hi.
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    Re: Preferred wire cutters?

    I have a Planet Wave string winder that has a string cutter built into the handle. Works for me.
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    Re: Phone Holder for Music Stand

    I have an inexpensive phone holder in my car that clamps onto the air vent fine. It should work. Just do a web search for "car air vent phone holder" and you will find several options.
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    Re: Practicing Mandolin with out a mandolin....

    I have with upright bass. I look at chord charts and come up with walking bass lines. I try to visualize where the notes are as I do it.
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    Re: Anyone heard of Westminster Mandolin?

    To me a 50%0price drop is a big red flag. It could be worth the money but I doubt it. If you decide to sell it down the road you would have a hard go of it.
  13. Thread: Going backwards

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    Re: Going backwards

    it is a common experience. Rather than putting it down for a while I would suggest try practicing something different. Maybe try doing some sight reading or finger exercises, working on more...
  14. Re: peate mandolin binding on edge of fingerboard loose

    Another option is acetone which softens most binding material to the point that it will stick. Some rubber bands and a splint of wood can hold it in place.
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    Re: Alternative tunings?

    There are string tension calculators available on the web. If you use the numbers from standard tuning you should be able to get strings that will give you the tuning you want at close to the same...
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    Re: Alternative tunings?

    You may have to get some different strings or assemble your own set of strings but otherwise I don't see any thing to stop you.
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    Re: Difference in Custom and Base

    I think that any good builder will make a very satisfactory base model. I think the idea of having something made exactly the way you want it and that it will be unique is very appealing to many...
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    Re: What is a "Selected Spruce Top"?

    Since select has no meaning in this case, I would assume nothing based on it. If an ad doesn't,t say it is a solid top, back or sides I would assume they are laminate.
  19. Re: Giuseppe Scanga, ca. 1900 builder/repair in New Jersey

    Palisades Avenue runs from Fort Lee NJ to Jersey City, going through several towns along the way. Jersey City is the biggest of them and the one with the most commercial/industrial activity and thus...
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    Re: flatwound strings for Gibson Mandobass

    Thanks for the suggestion
    I looked at the D'Addario website for the Helicore's and saw that they seem to offer them only for the 3/4 scale and smaller. My mandobass is closer to the full scale (4/4...
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    Re: flatwound strings for Gibson Mandobass

    cuck3 beat me to it. I would suggest joining and starting a thread to ask.
    As for the suggestion of Labella Supernil, like most nylon core strings, these are intended to give something of the...
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    Re: difference with ukulele

    Pictures as well as measurements can be a big help.
  23. Re: NMC, but for users of the California State Library in Sacrame

    I expect a lot of people passes att he time without it making any records.
  24. Re: NMC, but for users of the California State Library in Sacrame

    First I am seeing this too. Have you tried this: https://www.loc.gov/newspapers/?all=true&c=25&dates=1800-1899&fa=location:san+francisco%7Csubject:san+francisco&st=list
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    Re: flatwound strings for Gibson Mandobass

    I don't have any recommendations but would suggest that you use a string tension calculator if you are looking at different kinds of strings. F lat wound strings frequently are of a higher tension. ...
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