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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I appreciate your insights Drew!
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Thank you Ranald, if you misunderstood my reasons for asking, certainly other people did too, so it was worth it to clarify. My best to you all.
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Just to be clear, my question ("why are instruments off-shored like this?") was exactly in the opposite spirit of protectionism. It was more in a concern about worldwide ecology and fair labor. ...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I have no question about quality here. But, why are instruments off-shored like this?
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    Re: Schaller tuner replacement

    Thank you! That, by itself, is enough for me to hear... This is a good time to wait.
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    Re: Schaller tuner replacement

    Mike, does Grover still sell the Gibson-Grover tuners or any exact drop-in replacement tuners?
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    Re: Schaller tuner replacement

    Thank you Mike...

    Just to be clear, related to my questions, my 2002 F-9 uses old-style Schaller F-style worm-under tuners; probably everything else you mentioned still applies.

    And FWIW, I did...
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    Re: String change frequency

    There are some people who just don't like the sound of new strings. I have some friends who barter for old strings, who will offer money for them, and who will tie broken strings whenever possible...
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    Re: Schaller tuner replacement

    Thanks for posting. I'm glad to hear the GrandTune are a drop-in replacement.

    My F-9's original Schaller set has what appears to be a longer knob-shaft for what would be the 1st string of the...
  10. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    I'm mostly known for banjo playing, then lately double bass. I also play at Dobro, but I'm really just a novice with it. In comparison with banjo and double bass, I'm almost never found playing...
  11. Thread: No motivation

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    Re: No motivation

    JamKazam...

    It is much better than not jamming! Online jamming may not be perfect, but what jam has ever been perfect?

    JamKazam does do best with a wired ethernet connection to a router, and...
  12. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    My experience may be different, but once I made my main-playing mandolin mine by spending years playing and tweaking setup with it, and finally by having it modified to suit my tastes, it became a...
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    Or a Gitolin???

    From the fingerboard cut and the lack of binding in key locations I'd guess it's a basic A-9 allocated with 6 strings and painted interestingly.
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    If it had been me, it would be because I'm trying to play Salt Creek. :grin:
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    L-O-V-E ala Nat King Monroe.

    Really.

    (Me on either mandolin or banjo, wife sings and plays guitar.)
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    You've been more than patient, and it's good that you contacted him. If you have any further issues after he sends a new one, you've got plenty of good suggestions here.

    It's especially good...
  17. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    That's how my F-9 looks inside the scroll. Not completely hollow, but there is some space there. I used to think the points had some space hollowed out too, but nope.
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    It's important to look at period-specific Gibson mandolin markets to understand the popularity of the scroll.

    Historically, there was a ping of intense mandolin interest from the late 1800s to the...
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    Re: Heads up for you Mandolinists with Cats

    We are a cat-friendly home (to say the least, we are a multi adopted-cat home). Kidneys are a major source of problems, especially for post-adult neutered male cats. Females (neutered and not...
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    Re: Easiest Strings to Play?

    Another option for the flat-wound feel is the D'Addario FlatTops (EFT-74). The wound strings are Flat-Topped -- originally wound with phosphor bronze round-wound and then ground flat. They have...
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    Re: Strings for Nerve Damaged Hands

    Cross tuning (aka spit tuning) on a mandolin is more than open tuning. It's specifically turning your four course mandolin into an 8-string mandolin. Meaning, you can potentially tune each string...
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    Re: Strings for Nerve Damaged Hands

    Frank Wakefield is known for cross-tunings, among other mandolin techniques. Might find some YT cuts of his. I don't know which of his songs he cross-tuned, but others here might be able to share...
  23. Re: $59,000 Reward for Missing Gibson Shipping Ledger

    It was kindling for the Norlin "Get To Know You" barbecue.
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    Re: Rogue mandolin has no braces

    With the Rogue it isn't the wood that counts. It's the thick poly-plastic finish. Really.
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    Ironically, just after your original post here my son (who is single and lives in his own home in a nearby town) reported that he had received a positive test result, after he had tested about 10...
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