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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    “Sub-woofers” are the modern reicarnation of a very old acoustic principle - a friend of mine built one back in the 1960s.

    The principle is that, unlike most audible frequencies, very low bass...
  2. Thread: Gibson inlays

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    Re: Gibson inlays

    - seems that it was previously auctioned in 2000.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    I wonder if that’s the same one - look at the position of the “Gibson” inlay. I notice that the auction one is also being discussed here -...
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Apart from the inlay; particularly the strangely placed “Gibson”, it looked right to me too. We don’t see many high end vintage Gibsons for sale on this side of the pond. Wondering if it might turn...
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    What do we think of the inlays on this one which sold recently? https://www.bellmans.co.uk/sales/sussex-antiques-sales/nov2020/view-lot/1270/ (Can’t post images easily - I’m working on an iPad) The...
  6. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Working? That brings back dim and distant memories! Let us know how you get on.
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    Re: Collings mt-1 and mt-2 serial numbers

    My mandola was built in 2016. The label is signed but, with all the other printed confusion on there, it’s impossible to say who by.
  8. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    That would be Neil Silverman. Most wound strings nowadays are made with hexagonal cores but ones with round cores can sound better (more mellow). The winding on hex, cored strings however grips the...
  9. Thread: technique

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    Re: technique

    Yehudi Menhuin was clearly well versed as far as technique is concerned, however, when he was playing jazz, Stephane Grapelli said “It’s OK but it doesn’t swing.”.
  10. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    I’d be tempted to leave the third strings off.

    John Jorgenson gives the impression that he can play anything! The last time I saw him, he was finishing the concert with his “big number”; which he...
  11. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Eagle’s custom gauge sets - https://www.eaglemusicshop.com/prod/mandolin-strings/eagle-Puretone-pick-your-own-custom-mandolin-string-set.htm - are now called “Puretone”; they used to be made up from...
  12. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Belinda - you don’t need to order strings from the US (the only reason to do this would be if they were cheaper - don’t forget shipping, taxes and duties). You’ll probably find something suitably...
  13. Re: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    I’ll say it again - one of my favourite sites - https://www.engrish.com/category/instructions/
  14. Re: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    Nothing new there, many years ago, I installed a transparent plastic cover on a graphic equaliser; which was intended to stop people fiddling with it, and which simply involved fitting two allen...
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    Re: How Long do your J74Strings last?

    They last me for ages but it’s entirely a matter of opinion as to when you think your instrument would sound better with a new set.
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    Re: Compensated bridge question

    Does a 1/8", guitar style, saddle need to be slotted?(!)
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    Re: questions about Washburn m1sd

    Richlite is probably OK on new instruments but I can’t help but wonder whether it’ll hold up as well as wood in the long term - wear and tear, repairs, fretwork, refretting etc.
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    Re: questions about Washburn m1sd

    Yes, Danelectro. I always remember a friend of mine saying “Clive brought me his “new” electric guitar round last week to do some work on and the top’s made of hardboard.”
  19. Thread: OM strings

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    Re: OM strings

    Apologies if you already know this but, just to avoid any confusion, an “octave mandola” as they’re sometimes referred to in the UK are almost exclusively known as an “octave mandolin” in the US. (In...
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    Re: questions about Washburn m1sd

    Quite a few years ago, one brand of electric guitar topped their instruments with “masonite”. In the UK it’s known as “hardboard”.
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    Re: questions about Washburn m1sd

    Many instrument builders are using “Richlite” for fretboards which is a trade name for a particular form of engineered wood. As for an “alternative bridge”, this is clearly not the same as the other...
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    Re: Bill Bailey has taught himself Mandola

    You don’t if your other thirteen mandolins all have dots on the 10th fret! Trouble is that Roger is a guitar builder who builds the odd mandolin/mandola/OM.
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    Re: Bill Bailey has taught himself Mandola

    Spotted that one the other day; it’s featured in the Fylde newsletter. Pretty poor standard of playing and pity he hasn’t also taught himself to tune the thing. I also wish Fylde would learn to put...
  24. Thread: Wet Tuning?

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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    No, it’s supposed to make an instrument sound more in tune than if you tuned the strings to an equal temperament. There are numerous mathematical explanations for this which, in 50 years of playing...
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    Re: Clipping/Cutting Excess String

    To go back to the original post, although I don’t use them myself, it is possible to use a pair of pliers to trim string ends. Most pliers have a feature which, unless you’ve been told about it,...
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