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  1. Re: Looking for thoughts and opinions about a bowel back mandolin

    Welcome to the Cafe. I can't speak to the bowlback as i have no experience with that company. I would say you would be better off getting a good setup on your The Loar. They are solid instruments...
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    Re: 4 string or 8 string that's the question....

    For me double strung strings is part of the sound and the technique that makes a mandolin a mandolin.
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    Re: App for Lyrics and Chords?

    Just an FYI, I had a problem in the past with malware being attached to Choridie.
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    Re: Cleaning crud on a 1930s mandolin

    How well is the bridge fitted? Is the height good? Does it need better compensation? If so, a new bridge may be called for. If not, not.
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    Re: Another Shopgoodwill Gibson A-3

    No you aren't donating to a charity. The person who gave them the mandolin donated and could use the selling price to take a tax deduction.
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    Re: Minimum bench plane size

    The general rule for joinery is that a plane can edge join boards up to three times its length, so no problem. As John Kelly said above, a shooting board can be a big help.
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    Re: Inherited Prestige 8 string - year made?

    In the 60's and 70's a lot of Japanese instrument factories made instruments for the trade. That is they made instruments which they labeled as requested when ordered or left unlabeled, allowing the...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    While I agree with this, I think you would need a pretty huge truss rod to be effective on an upright bass. That may have influenced builders decisions.
  9. Re: How to blend/smooth transition of nitro to bare wood

    You could lightly sand it to feather the finish. I would check with whomever is going to do the speed neck before applying any finish.
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    Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    As everyone has said, mandolins go out of tune. You may also want to check that the strings are properly installed and not slipping on the posts.
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    Sunburst gave very good advice. I would add that you should check the bracing and bridge pad to make sure they aren't loose also. A lifting bridge can deform the top enough to cause those problems.
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    People change strings on their mandolins?
  13. Thread: Chord Questions

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    Re: Chord Questions

    My understanding is the inversion depends on the lowest note and the other variations are voiceings.
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    Re: Heilp ID my The Gibson Mandolin

    There are two posts on the same instrument. Maybe a moderator can combine them?
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    Re: Help ID my The Gibson Mandolin

    That is a nice mandolin.
    There are several Gibson experts who will comment but here is a start. It is one of several "A" models. The "A" refers to the body shape. Different models had different...
  16. Thread: Chord Questions

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    Re: Chord Questions

    Not to cloud the issue further but a lot of what we work with are chord voicings, not just inversions. Much of music theory assumes a piano (or an orchestra). On mandolin we have to use what we can.
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    Re: Help me identify this mandolin!

    While I agree that we shouldn't scare people off, the idea that an instrument can be identified by having "The Gibson" on the headstock is silly. If that was all it took there would have to be only...
  18. Re: Naprawa bowlback mandolina gaetano vinaccia 1921

    I am interested in why you think it is Sitka. I think it would be unusual that an Italian maker imported Sitka spruce in 1921. There was a good supply of spruce available in Italy. Also Sitka...
  19. Re: Naprawa bowlback mandolina gaetano vinaccia 1921

    Spruce or pine, what ever the top was made of.
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    Re: More Neck Questions

    I have not watched this video but I have seen videos where he ruined instruments. As I said in a different forum,I wouldn't let him touch an instrument more valuable than a plastic uke. I wouldn't...
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    Re: Odd vintage Gibson electric

    That finish looks really clean for a 30's mandolin. I suspect the logo is a decal applied to a no-name mandolin.
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    Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    I agree with pops1; without a truss rod and with an existing bow, heavier strings would be a risky proposition.
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    Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    First the easy one; stripping the poly isn't for the feint of heart but it will make a big difference. you could try just rubbing it down with a fine Scotchbrite pad.
    Usually the inexpensive imports...
  24. Thread: Chord Questions

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    Re: Chord Questions

    Triads are three notes. Chords can have up to seven notes. Even with three note chords you have three inversions and six different voicings before you even get into octaves. Throw in non chord...
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    Re: octave pedal or multi-effect pedal?

    If you have a piezo pickup you probably will need to have a preamp before the peddle to get impedance matching or use your amps effects loop. If you don't like messing with things, I would steer...
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