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  1. Thread: Upgrade

    by DHopkins
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    Re: Upgrade

    Whatever they're making off this web site ain't enough. I think the fact that it normally run so smoothly belies the work going on in the background.
  2. Re: If you think changing strings on a mandolin is a pain...

    I built a hammered dulcimer several years ago. Never again. I don't play it a lot and, fortunately, the strings are still in pretty good shape. Tuning a hammered dulcimer is perhaps a more...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    Bill, there was an error on my part. They are .26, not .20.

    From what I gather, the physical properties of the flat wound strings are different to the extent that it caused the noise problems. ...
  4. Thread: Compressor?

    by DHopkins
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    Re: Compressor?

    Someone gave me a Behringer compressor some time ago and I gotta tell you, all those controls are very daunting. The manual didn't help much,
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    Don, I believe Breedlove recommended D'As on both of my Breedloves when I first bought them. Mine were made in Bend, OR, and neither are made any longer (or even in this country). While both of my...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    D'Addario, EFW74, .11, .15, .20, .36

    Normally, .11, .16, .26, .40

    The G strings were not a problem; only the other three sets

    This may be moot since I 86'd the strings with no intention of...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    Nope, that was OK, too.
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    Jeff, this wasn't just different tone, it was no tone. The accompanying vibration against the frets was more than I could take. I did notice that if I moved my fingers around between the frets I...
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    Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    Last week, I changed strings on one of my Breedloves. It's the American-made Legacy FF, about 8-9 years old. I put on a set of flat wound strings to try them out. Never again.

    I couldn't get a...
  10. Thread: Grommets

    by DHopkins
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    Re: Grommets

    AlanN, try this:
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  11. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    Just for the heck of it, I went on eBay looking for the grommets. They were anywhere from 24 to 75 each. I mostly use leather shoestrings but the grommets I have were a nickel apiece at my...
  12. Thread: Grommets

    by DHopkins
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    Re: Grommets

    Yeah, that's a problem with them. Leather lacing won't do that. Actually, I use both but the leather is less of a hassle.
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    Re: Tyler Mountain Strings

    Mapes strings end up with a lot of different names, many of which you already know.
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    Re: Flying with a mando

    I've never heard of that. What would be the benefit of loosening the strings?
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    Re: Lightweight Octave Mandolin Cases

    Cases for octaves are virtually non-existent. When Eddie Blevins built my f-style octave, we looked around but found nothing. For protection's sake, I didn't want a gig bag. I had a case custom...
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    Re: Removing LR Baggs Radius and Reinstalling

    VHB looks like it's industrial strength and might be a bit of an overkill.

    Now, I can only blame you guys because you brought the subject up. As I said earlier, I have an L R Baggs on my Gibson. ...
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    Re: Bill Monroe's Actual Pick and Phone Number

    I'll bet you can't reach him at that number now.
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    Re: Happened to you?

    У меня были странные звуки, но я никогда не слышал Радио Свободная Европа на русском языке.

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    I've had strange noises but never Radio Free Europe in Russian.
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    Re: Removing LR Baggs Radius and Reinstalling

    I've had an L R Baggs on my Gibson for several years now. Every 6 or 8 months or so, I'll remove it for a D&C (dustin' and cleanin'). I've used the same "putty" all those years. Further, when it's...
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    I diversify. My Gibson is glossy and silver. My Breedloves are matte and gold. And, my Blevins custom octave is Tru-Oil and gold.

    I'm like Yankees1, though. I kinda like glossy and gold.
  21. Thread: Grommets

    by DHopkins
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    Re: Grommets

    Quickest and easiest. I buy mine from a little "we have one of everything ever made" hardware store right up the street.
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    Re: Sticky armrest?

    Nuthin' but leather for me. Never a problem and no marks or residue.
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    Re: Mandolin ToneRite on guitar?

    Before you liberate your ToneRite, try it between the bridge and tailpiece. That's the way I did it with my octave and it worked great.
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    Re: Anti theft GPS info?

    Just how any mandolins get stolen such that we need to spend hundreds of dollars to prevent it? Well, there's only one listed in the classifieds and this is a gathering place for mandolin pickers. ...
  25. Thread: Best Armrest

    by DHopkins
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    Re: Best Armrest

    A small edge touching the instrument is all that's necessary. Like Philphool indicated, anything more is going to act upon the vibrating surface and will likely affect the quality of sound.
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