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  1. Re: String Gauge Difference and Effect On Intonation

    I had been using D'A EFT-74s on my 1916 F-4 for years and liked the sound a lot except that it sounded too similar to my F-5 style mandolin (with F holes) also strung with EFT-74s. When the EFW-74s...
  2. Re: Quick and dirty electric mandocello conversion

    The right hand spacing looks to be pretty tight to my eyes (hand?) like you were more focused on placing each pair over a pole piece on the pickup. I'm no expert but my understanding is that the...
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    Re: Collings coversion

    I'm not a Facebook kinda guy (geezer) but will give it a try. Got your PM with your # and hope to talk to you over the next few days. I gotta figure out the logistics of being without my #1 mandolin....
  4. Re: Quick and dirty electric mandocello conversion

    It'll be more interesting once the OP gets the string spacing sorted out....

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Collings coversion

    You do some very fine work, Jacob. Might you be interested in a head stock repair on my mandolin? Send me a PM one way or the other so we can chat. Thank you very much.

    As it looks today (yuck)...
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    Re: Eastman MDO305 Octave Mandolin

    I say, go for it!!! I don't own an octave but $750 isn't going to add much to your future house. Think of how much it will add to your overall joy in life.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  7. Re: I'll See You In My Dreams - Django transcribed for mandolin

    Thank you Jordan for the transcribed solo and John for the rhythm chords. Quite useful indeed and now the work is cut out for several of us.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    '56 F-12 f hole gets D'A EFT-74 Flat Tops, the '16 F-4 oval hole gets D'A EFW-74 Flat Wound and 2002 Duff H-5 gets D' EFT-76s when I can find them, otherwise D'A EF-76s. Guitars?? I'll have to...
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    Re: Madera M200 mandolin.

    If it doesn't say "solid" spruce, it's safe to assume that it is not solid but rather laminated spruce consistent with instruments at this price point. If it were solid spruce, they would say so in...
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    Re: New member saying Hi

    Thanks David!! I saw this post while at work earlier today and didn't have access to my home computer. Welcome lescaster!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Recommendation for an electric?

    Asian made Telecaster shaped 8 string, 2 pickup electric mandolin available in many different brand names. Mine is the Morgan Monroe offering. It's ideal for your needs playing it unplugged late at...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    That usually takes you on the hunt for the next "good one" :))

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    DGtryin said "my assumption is that the primary reason for one to assemble a "collection" of mandolins is to create a variety of sounds and types of music.

    Correct-a-mundo sir, different sounds....
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    Re: Strings and setup

    I found the J-75s were tougher on my left hand, with sore fingertips and finger cramping after a bit of playing, and that's with fairly low action. I like the Flat Tops better for more comfortable...
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    Re: Garcia guitar Grisman mandolin

    Dawg on the 'dola....yummy ;) Thank you!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  16. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    Ace Hardware has them in stock for about 20 cents each. Get the smallest ones.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Mandolin Bridge Woes

    No, the compensations look fine....hmmm gotta give it some more thought.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Mandolin Bridge Woes

    My first suspicion is that the bridge saddle is on backwards (easy mistake for someone not familiar with mandolins). Try flipping the saddle and retuning and also you may want to get Rob Meldrum's...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Paul Duff lists the Virzi tone producer as an option on his builds. He built one into my H-5 mandola. Sounds lovely indeed!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  20. Thread: 75 Gibson F-5

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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    Consider the re-voicing alone rather than adding in the cost of a refinish. It can be far less expensive than the 2 or 3 grand Brick mentions above. I sent my '56 F-12 to Randy Wood back in 2008. It...
  21. Thread: Mike Black A4

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    Re: Mike Black A4

    Hey Bucket, that beats "cutting bait" every time. You look very happy and it's a gorgeous mandolin. Congrats and Merry Christmas!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  22. Thread: 75 Gibson F-5

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    Re: 75 Gibson F-5

    I hope I am not giving you a glimpse into the future regarding the binding but here is a picture of what my 70's era head stock looked like when I first acquired this mandolin about 18 years ago....
  23. Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    I am not left handed but once helped a left handed friend convert his A style Ibenez mando to leftie. The 2 areas of most concern are the bridge saddle and the nut. They will be mirror images of...
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    Re: Magnetic Pickup Advice

    Jonathan Mann uses DiMarzio dual blade humbucker pickups that have a single coil pickup footprint. Just another option...

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Eastman gig bag on sale again...

    Me too, it was $15 plus another $6 or $7 for the shipping. At ~ $22 total it is a great bag!!

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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