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  1. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    That tan line at bridge is due to it being offset. It’s way off-center toward the treble side, and the slots (if cut?!) appear to be accommodating the offset. Eric’s likely correct; it was used...
  2. Thread: Nut width..

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    Re: Nut width..

    The “normal” width isn’t really an industry standard, as you’ve noticed. I measure outside edge to outside edge of the fingerboard at the very end. The nut itself can vary within a narrow range as...
  3. Thread: Punch brothers

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    Re: Punch brothers

    Even hearing CT count off “1-2-3-4-5, 1-2-3-4-5”, finding the timing within the tune was … challenging?! But it made me recall Danny Carnahan’s take on “The Otter’s Holt” which is in 10/4. If you’re...
  4. Re: String Gauges For Cittern, changing Unisons to Octaves

    The general rule of thumb is one-half the diameter of the fundamental string. The two instruments I have strung this way are both *slightly* under half the diameter.
  5. Re: Need you to rebuild a special 50's Gibson mandolin-just a nec

    Might’ve been simpler to post the link: https://reverb.com/item/37817259-gibson-custom-randy-wood-a-5-mandolin?show_sold=true and say “Are any of you willing to fix my mandolin?” ;)
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    I did some digging and found this story. Although it’s sad, it paints a nice picture of who Ken Donnell is. I think this merits mention to the Cafe’ family....
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    Re: Nylon String Mandolin?

    I’m using a concert uke tuned GDAE with LaBella 900 Series Gold Nylon Polished Classical guitar strings. For this tuning, I use strings 6,4,2, & 1, which are .042w, .032w, .031p, & .028p. Bends and...
  8. Re: Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator vs Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator

    There’s a short thread from 2010 here: https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/boss-ac-2-vs-ac-3.686188/
    The final poster says the model 3 is far superior in modeling.
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    Wondering if the internal mentioned was one of Ken Donell’s MiniFlex mics? Still available … https://www.miniflexmic.com/
  10. Re: GDAE tuning for an established six string guitar player?

    Your question made me realize that I don’t really approach OM/tenor and guitar in the same way. My guitar playing has typically been classic rock & singer-songwriter music, with solos & the...
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    Re: Top and back run out

    There’s a short thread here: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/109030-Runout
    … and another link: http://www.lutherie.net/frankford.runout.html
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    Re: Strings for Octave Mandolin

    Go here: http://emando.com/shop/strings_zouk.htm Lots of choices, and the service is excellent. As noted on the page, the default is ball-end; you have to choose loop-end. :)
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    Re: Tension/strings on a BR 40-T

    I’ve been using 42w 32w 23w 14 on mine since March of ‘20. (After all of my experimenting with instruments, tunings, scale lengths, etc., I’ve had to make a reference list to keep track!) :)
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    Re: A couple odd tenors on ebay

    Thanks for the samples, Huck! To borrow from Crocodile Dundee “Yeh, you can play ‘em, but they sound like $#17!!”
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    I’m curious as to the general locale of the OP, considering the use of the word “timber”. Australia and thereabouts seem to have several exotic species. That being said, I’ll guess Brazilian...
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    Prestige was a 60s/70s Teisco/Kawai brand. :cool:
  17. Re: We the Kingdom Rocks Freebird, My Girl, Coldplay and Chris To

    GoldTone F6 Manditar. The trapeze tailpiece & six tuners caught my eye.
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    Eastwood Mandocaster through a Marshall stack.
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    Re: Home Built Mandocello

    +1 on flatwounds from emando.com. Helped me to tame the brightness & volume of a Pono octave. Also using a half-set of his flatwound mandocello strings as an experiment on an Eastwood tenor guitar,...
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    Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad

    1985 or thereabouts. Boys of the Lough’s “Open Road” & Gerald Trimble’s “First Flight” albums - through Elderly Instruments’ catalog, if memory serves. I couldn’t get “Calliope House” out of my head!
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    Re: Harmonic Suppressor

    I have one on a Weber Yellowstone octave, and it suppresses harmonics efficiently and attractively. :)
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    Re: Raising 12th fret, worth it?

    Is your mandolin the fan-fret 10-string pictured in your Avatar?
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    Re: Octave mandolin finished.

    That’s a beauty, Mike. A real beauty.
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    Re: Is it possible to get this tuned to GDAE?

    I have a concert uke (15” scale) strung with LaBella 900 series Gold strings, in GDAE, using strings 6421 respectively. Don’t know if they’d work at 17”, but it’s worth a try.
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    Re: 2018 Frank Tate tenor guitar!

    Well done; both the aquisition and the music!
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