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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    I think the main reason worm-over is the common setup is it offers more room for left hand when playing in the low frets. It moves the tuner button farther away, while keeping peg shafts as close as...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    Sitting too high in the nut seems certain. Try the visual deflection test I suggested. It should look about the same, whether you are fretting from open to first fret, or (holding down first fret)...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    Nut looks high to me. If you have a feeler gauge the clearance at the first fret for the C pair should be around .010" or so. Visually, observe what deflection you see when holding down the first...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    The bridge could, I presume, be angled more. But the effect of bridge location is mainly in the higher frets, while the first few frets are barely affected. Much more likely a cause is too high nut...
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    Re: Dialing in live sound-monitors, mics etc

    Why not continue using the dynamic mic for the house sound but a pickup for your own monitoring? The JJB contact piezo is very inexpensive.

    (Personally I use an undersaddle pickup, careful...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Steel strings, like the wire E all violinists use, require fine tuners. Even fiber-core strings like Dominant can benefit.
    That said, there are pegs carried in metal sleeve bearings one can install....
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    Re: Gear for Electric Mandolin

    Lots of love here for Quilter amps like the (admittedly pricey) MicroPro. I played through one at a jam with my electric and was impressed. I used the overdrive channel for a smidge of clipping,...
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    Re: Any Café Members in Northern Virginia?

    If you insure it for a substantial amount UPS will bury it in a nest of bubble wrap and it will arrive in perfect condition. I've shipped guitars with them. Four mandolins from England arrived at my...
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    Re: Fishman m300 mandolin pickup

    I find a sharp cut at around 1K is sweet for almost all mandolin pickups. Mainly this is because the top is acoustically weak in that range so a pickup that is inappropriately flat in response will...
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    Re: A Question for the Theory Geeks

    The chart is perfectly sensible and readable. I would notate it exactly as you did.

    Ab minor to G major is a cool move and not illegal.
  11. Thread: Intonation

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    Re: Intonation

    This effect adds to it but is reduced arbitrarily to zero with an extremely low nut. I tested that by lowering strings to barely useful height, and still got sharp readinngs.

    A shortening offers...
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    Re: Intonation

    It doesn't mean anything to say A is in tune, as it has to agree usefully with all other notes. You could as well tune the C to a standard and then ensure the others agree usefully.

    If there were...
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    Re: Intonation

    You can't draw definite conclusions with testing each fret with a strobe tuner for best results. Peterson sells a app for smartphones for $9.
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    Re: Getting static suddenly

    "Static" is not well defined, but I guess you don't mean AC hum. My Ryder would make scratchy noises as my fingers brushed the pickguard, or appropriately named scratch plate. I glued ordinary...
  15. Re: Did LR Baggs make a mandolin pickup 30 years ago?

    Baggs did make a bridge pickup, Don Stiernberg's Nugget has one, as does Drew Emmitt's. Both sound fabulous with no special EQ. You may be lucky and have the same model. They do not sell one now,...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Donnie gives us a long list, Bill Frisell says learn one tune. Both are correct, you have to start with one tune, but you have to learn lots of tunes. The first tune will show what the basic idea...
  17. Re: Octave mandolin e-string general question

    The amount of down-force on the bridge affects the top's response, and a high-tension string might constrain top movement. Singles at JustStrings (GHS) cost 50 cents each between .013 and .015"....
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    Benjamin's advice is good.

    It's a good product, looks to me. You won't waste your money.

    As a general rule, to practice a particular rhythm you need to play or sing it slowly enough that the...
  19. Re: Fender FM60E 5 string electric mando intonation...

    Gauges for the C should be between .048 and .056. I liked the larger one for my 5-string but use .048 for 10-string. For some players, light strings deflect too easily and bend sharp, but normally...
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    Shenandoah Medley from 5x 2

    I updated my medley, which was first inspired by Bill Frisell's CD "Good Dog, Happy Man". I follow a version of Shenandoah with Frisell's title tune, and then add John Scofield's "The Boss's Car"...
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    Re: Round Bevel vs Speed Bevel

    My Dunlop Ultex picks are beveled symmetrically. I tried rounding the edge and it loses a lot of interesting tone. I can darken tone as needed by angling, but need the sharp edge for brighter tone.
  22. Re: What is the name of the piece Mike Marshall is playing?

    I might be wrong but it sounds more as if he is riffing on a generic chord progression. Because Mike is so musical he can riff beautifully on anything.
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I have always been a one-instrument player, only one guitar in my rock days, only one viola in orchestra days. I own two acoustic 10-strings from the same maker and two electric 10-strings. This only...
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    Re: Why is Low humidity a problem?

    Arched instruments especially are sensitive to humidity causing dimensional change. This should not be a problem if everything shrinks or expands equally. In lractice I find all modern instruments...
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    Re: Setting up a new Asian-made four string

    The basic principles apply. Go to emando.com for string sets and info.

    I would ensure the nut is low enough -- with such a short distance to the next fret the deflection angle is steep, risking...
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