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    Re: Road Trip III - classic Eastman 815/v

    Sure, paint your house and it's worth more, so you pay more taxes, because you wanted to keep your house looking good and from falling apart.
  2. Thread: weak 'E' strings

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    Re: weak 'E' strings

    I guess I would go thru the setup first and check to see they aren't pinching in the nut or saddle. I am curious of the mandolins you have had. Do others think the E strings are weak?
  3. Re: Tapastring vintage Jack and internal K&K pickup

    I have used the Tapastring several times, always with K&K pickups. If you can solder you can easily change from 1/4" to the Tapastring. If you don't solder much do some practicing. I gig with mine...
  4. Thread: weak 'E' strings

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    Re: weak 'E' strings

    I don't like heavy picks on my mandolins. I have Wegen's made less than the 1mm, which is the thinnest they offer.
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    Re: Was just gifted a 1906 mandolin

    The seam shouldn't be a hard fix, and the pickguard simply has a piece underneath that has deteriorated, you didn't show the rest of the guard, so I can't comment there. I would have that...
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    Re: I want to build a mandolin

    Way to go James.
  7. Re: Humidity different in same 10x10 room with humidifier in plac

    My wood stove is between my humidifier and my gauge. I still have 50%. Maybe i should check the bathroom, but the humidifier is only turned half way up and runs part time on low so I think effective....
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    Re: Fitting a Cumberland full contact bridge.

    A sharp flat knife, or a chisel will do nicely.
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    Re: Fitting a Cumberland full contact bridge.

    I use a scraper until get close. Slide it on the sandpaper just to see the marks on the foot, then scrape. Repeat until you get close and then use the sandpaper. Be sure to scrape level or you will...
  10. Re: Humidity different in same 10x10 room with humidifier in plac

    If you look at them at the same time they may read different, but humidity is capillary so it will even out. My humidifier is in the bathroom, but I monitor the humidity in the kitchen. I am sure it...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Mandolin Cafe

    +10
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    Re: Road Trip III - classic Eastman 815/v

    Since the 815/v was such a good deal maybe you could trade your 514 for the 815. It will cost you some extra, but you may come out paying what you thought you would have to pay. Seems like you really...
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    Re: Fiddle Tunes with History?

    As I read this I am reminded of others such as- Booth Shot Lincoln.
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    Re: Fiddle Tunes with History?

    John Brown's Dream was for the abolitionist who was hung for inciting a slave rebellion at Harpers Ferry, before the civil war.
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    Re: I want to build a mandolin

    I prefer to work with hide glue, but as Richard says there is a learning curve. If you go with titebond get the original.
  16. Thread: Mandolin Parts

    by pops1
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    Re: Mandolin Parts

    I would make your own bridge from a blank of ebony. It will have to be fit to the top anyway. It will also benefit you making your own to get the intonation right for the 10 string. If you made the...
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    Re: Buzzing and humidity on MDO 305

    The humidity in which the setup is made is the humidity of the shop in which it is done, and the area on the country that the shop is in. If it is sent to a different climate then after time to...
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    Re: electric mando / amp pairing

    A 5 watt amp is going to distort quite easily. You may change the preamp tube from a 12AX7 to a 12AY7 and see if you like the sound better. It will still distort easily, but will be warmer. It is...
  19. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    Truss rods started in late '21 and early '22. All the Loar improvements except the headstock and nut width were the same. An adjustable bridge was also on these early mandolins along with a truss rod.
  20. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    I have a '22 with a truss rod, paddle headstock and wide (1 1/4") nut. It sounds great. I actually prefer the look of the paddle headstock to the snake, it looks more like it should to me.
  21. Re: Fretted notes on E strings out of tune even though open strin

    I wouldn't worry about slacking the strings for a month or so, it shouldn't be a problem.
  22. Re: Fretted notes on E strings out of tune even though open strin

    Does this persist up the neck? It could be the nut slots are not filed so each string exits the nut at the very end of the nut. If you lift your strings you may see a shinny spot where the string...
  23. Thread: String Bending

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    Re: String Bending

    I have use string bending quite a lot in the past. It is an effect, not to change a note 1/2 step up. It took me a while to bend both strings the same, you need to press firmly on the fretboard...
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    Re: Know what this is? It keeps staring at me!

    I am still mostly wood, with an electric heater if I have to be gone. Not sure how many more years I have left cutting wood, and hate to have to deal with the heat from anything else, just not the...
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    Re: Has anyone tried the KNA UP-2 pickup?

    There is effects loop send and return, use the send to the amp. If your amp has an xlr you could use the normal xlr to the amp. If you want phantom power instead of battery you could use the xlr to...
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