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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Thanks for chiming in. As I originally posted, there is no truss rod. I've owned this banjolin over 4 years. Never had this buzz before, so I consider it unlikely that after being buzz-free for...
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    Billy Joe Shaver

    I've loved his music for years. This one is my favorite.
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    I just shimmed the D's in their nut slots with a shim cut from an index card. Still buzzing. I'm able to sometimes stop the buzz by applying hand pressure to the D tuner shaft buttons axially,...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Strung up with new Ernie Ball light gauge (E's are .009; A's are .013, D's are .022; G' s are .034). These strings are very long, but I always wrap a few times around the post, wild end through the...
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    Buzz on Open D Strings

    I know this subject comes up periodically. I have a 1930-something Stahl banjolin with a square dowel neck. No truss rod in the neck.

    Never had a string buzz on this instrument before. I just...
  6. Re: Looking for a Sweet Sounding Roundneck Resonator Guitar

    There is a happy ending to this old thread. Picked up a Gold Tone Paul Beard signature round neck resonator guitar a couple weeks ago. I just noticed the reflection of other instruments in the...
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    Re: Eastman tuners

    I replaced the OEM tuners on my Eastman MDC805 mandocello with Schaller Grandtune's. The rollers aligned perfectly (spacing and size is standardized) but the new Schaller bushings were slightly...
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    Re: Port Orford Cedar as a soundboard

    Western red cedar is also not a true cedar, being a member of thuja and not cedrus.
  9. Re: The waiting begins: order in for Clark Octave

    One of the big highlights of Wintergrass for me for the past several years is visiting with Austin Clark and Andrew Lowry and playing their superbly built instruments. I've played many of Austin's...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Good info, but I disagree for a couple reasons:

    1. These are the strings the builder recommended.

    2. I use 13's (mediums) on several guitars, with a .036 D, on a 23" - 25" scale. Same...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    I currently am using flat wound electric guitar strings on my OM. Recognize that the plain steel strings really are about the same from brand to brand and style to style - the E strings from a...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    I have a 21" F4 OM with an Allen tailpiece that takes ball end strings. I use guitar strings, I buy them as singles from my local music store:
    G - .048"
    D - .040"
    A - .024" (wound)
    E - .013"
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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    If an acoustic amp (like my Carvin) has a high impedance (HI Z) input, no preamp or DI is needed. I have a RedEye but I only use it when plugging into a system with low impedance input.
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    Re: Mandocello Amplifier Thoughts

    My Carvin AG300 is great for all acoustic instruments, particularly for mandocello and upright bass. Its essentially a 3 way powered speaker. Lots of great features.

    I'm not sure Carvin still...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I've shared this story before, but its been a while. I picked up mandolin completely by accident.

    My neighbor across the street and I had been getting together to pick tunes for a few years. I...
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    Re: new: Northfield neck rest!!!

    And me like an idiot all these years just holding my instruments on my lap while changing strings....the money I could have spent buying one of these in every style and shape....
    ;-)
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    My 1930's Stahl banjolin has a square dowel set into the neck heel, with opposite end screwed in place from the outside of the rim.

    I set mine up for modern low action by both plugging and...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    I am pretty good at sight reading notation for mandolin or fiddle (at tempo). I'm a lot slower on guitar. I'll confess I never spent any time with tablature.
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    Re: Help me narrow down my search

    I only made it through the first 3 pages in the classifieds here before I found several F style Northfields and a couple Collings in the $5 k and under range. Not to mention vintage Gibson's as well.
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    Re: Replacement Tuner Buttons

    The Amazon ebony buttons arrived from China. They didn’t quite fit so I spent some time with a drill and tiny file. Here are a couple pics of side by side ebony and pearloid:

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    Re: Octave pairings?

    I didn't know that term for it but its also how I've strung my 10 string mandola, OM and 10 string mandocello. These instruments I have all use a zero fret so the nut slots can accomodate a variety...
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    Re: New kind of to site

    Djsmith you joined 12/8/19. Good to have you here!
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    Re: Octave pairings?

    That's what I do. My OM has an Allen tailpiece that takes ball end strings, and I use octave pairs on the G, D and A courses. I make up custom sets from individual guitar strings. I've got flat...
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    Re: Octave pairings?

    This is dead simple, two ways.

    1. To tune an octave higher, halve the diameter. So your octave G would be .023 and the octave D is .016.

    2. Even easier, use a spare A tuned to an octave G....
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    Re: Replacement Tuner Buttons

    The buttons are only slightly looser when slipping over the shaft. Once the button screw is hand tight the tuners function just as before. I never epoxy anything that's meant to be removable (and...
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