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    Re: Ball end strings for an electric mando?

    I use Fender 2250L Nickel plated steel ball end mandolin strings on my Mandobird VIII...I like the sound and playability.
    Rob
  2. Re: Local spruce + tonewood suppliers in the Adirondacks?

    I've bought some nice figured maple at Lakeshore Hardwoods https://www.lakeshorehardwoods.com in Pulaski but I haven't actually been to their showroom yet. They've come down to NJ with the...
  3. Thread: NJ/NYC Suburbs

    by RobH
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    Re: NJ/NYC Suburbs

    Jeff, I highly recommend Barry Mitterhoff's Jam Class starting May 6 in Springfield NJ https://letspick.org/class-pages/bm-2019-05/ You will meet pickers at all levels at the class, and Barry is a...
  4. Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra Spring Concert May 5th

    The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra will have their spring concert "MANDOLIN AND THE MOVIES" on Sunday, May 5th at 3 p.m.
    Auditorium of Bloomfield Middle School
    60 Huck Road, Bloomfield, NJ 07003...
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    Re: Warped Flat Back Boards

    I think Dan Erlewine has the answer you are looking for
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0emWxl67tF0
    Rob
  6. Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra Holiday Concert Saturday, 12/15

    The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra will have a free Holiday Concert
    Saturday, December 15th at 1 p.m.
    Bloomfield Public Library Little Theater
    90 Broad Street, Bloomfield NJ 07003
    Free Concert,...
  7. Re: Looking for a hard case that works with Tone-Gard

    Check out Crossrock Fiberglass cases. They have a lot of room..they even come with an extra pad at the bottom near the tailpin. I also have a Travelite and the Crossrock has more room..a toneguard...
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    Re: Neck block/ Fretboard extension support

    I use a Dremel 1/2 diameter sanding drum on a flex shaft (or flex shaft attachment if you have that) so I can get in parallel. I also have a foot switch so I can control the speed. I do most of the...
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    Re: Spindle Sander for Binding Thicknessing?

    I have used an oscillating spindle sander to get sides down to .80 and I had pretty good control of the thickness using the 3" drum. I would think you could do binding but I would start with 80 grit...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Also if you want to play a lot of songs in relative minor keys you need to know the key of Bb to play in Gm, F for Dm and Eb for Cm.
    For example Lonesome Moonlight Waltz in Dm
    Rob
  11. Thread: Pick guards

    by RobH
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    Re: Pick guards

    The Epiphone Mandobird has a pickguard. Do you mean a raised finger rest or a replacement? It has a shallow neck angle and doesn't really need a fingerest, but if you need a replacement , you can get...
  12. Thread: bending lacewood

    by RobH
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    Re: bending lacewood

    I second the idea of veneer and lamentations. Check out classical guitar maker J.S. Bogdanovich. He wrote a book on making classical guitars and has a web site. All of his sides are laminated....
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    Re: Case Covers - Suggestions?

    I have a Prince double tennis racquet case that fits a Weber branded A case perfectly. It's waterproof and has a small zippered pocket, handle and strap- not a lot of extra room but some of the...
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    Re: Dudenbostel Dovetail Neck Jig

    I'd like to revive this discussion because I'm also curious about using a straight dovetail. Should the back be glued on first and does the button act as a stop? if not how is the neck held at the ...
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    Re: R.I.P. Paul Kantner

    My wife and I were in NYC a few years ago (I think '07) and we stopped into the Whitney Museum to see the show Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era. I saw a small sign that the Jefferson...
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    Re: Graduations for A-style oval hole mandolin

    I have the Antes Arched A-2 Plan. Plan # MNP 04. They sent you the wrong plan. you should return it for the correct plan, but beware the plan does not have top & back graduations, it has general...
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    Re: Looking for these brackets

    Look for chin rest fittings. These are actually viola fittings...slightly taller and will fit a mandolin side: http://www.dov-music.com/search2.asp?pg=1&stext=viola%20chinrest&stype=all The single...
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    Re: Beginner lessons in NYC?

    Brooklyn is the new Manhattan! Try Jalopy http://jalopy.biz/store/catalog/index.php?cPath=25_31
    Rob
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    Re: New Stewmac/Red Diamond Kits

    The plate carving is definitely think enough to make an oval hole, but you will need to use a raised fingerboard with a 15th fret crosspiece that is what the kit comes with.
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    Re: New Stewmac/Red Diamond Kits

    I built an A5 kit about 10 years ago and I'm very happy with the quality, and am current building an F5 (not quite a kit but out of Stew Mac parts). The top and back plates are pre-carved but are...
  21. Thread: Epi Mandobird

    by RobH
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    Re: Epi Mandobird

    I recently bought an Orange Micro Crush amp, it's really small and has a 4" speaker and a built in tuner. It also has a headphone jack, so I can practice with my Mandobird anytime and not disturb...
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    Re: Avi Avital - Vivaldi

    Avi Avitel will be playing in NYC Thursday, March 12, 20157:00 PM
    WQXR Presents Vivaldi with Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra ...
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    Re: mando-centric luthier in central NJ?

    Pete Becker is in central NJ. You can see his resume here: http://goldenageguitars.com/pedals-accessories/repairs/
  24. Thread: Solo Artist..

    by RobH
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    Re: Solo Artist..

    Check out Jesse Cobb's CD Solitude. It's solo mandolin and it's terriffic.
    Rob
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