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    Re: Removing pick guard (glued?)

    Clean it up, and just leave it there! It's not blocking or hindering anything, and -- who knows? -- you might want to replace the pick guard someday, for example, if you find yourself damaging the...
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    Re: Hypothetical Wierd Question ?

    In general, the smaller the hole, the more the bass content. The presence of both f and oval holes in one mandolin would probably lead to a fairly tinny sound, under the circumstances. The sound...
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    Re: Finger joint fusion?

    Well, speaking in general, bones spurs (if these are the problem) can sometimes be trimmed with surgery, but if the loss of cartilage is the real underlying problem, then there exists no practical...
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    Re: D'Addrio picks?

    See this thread for a comparison with the BlueChip CT55 pick: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/149031-D-Addario-s-new-Chris-Thile-signature-mandolin-pick
  5. Re: D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    Well, that thread title didn't even manage to spell "D'Addario" correctly (makes searching hard)! :grin:
  6. D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    I recently got in one of the new Chris Thile signature mandolin picks from D'Addario (Model 2CA7-01CT), which are currently retailing for $25 apiece. That's fairly expensive for a single pick, but...
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    Re: Why do people only sell the great ones?

    So, OP, you'd rather see an ad like this?!

    For sale: Mandolin, F5-style. Undistinguished in every way. Still playable, but fairly high action, especially up the neck. A few frets are worn and...
  8. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    Like the OP, I also live in the Bay Area, near Gryphon. I had an occasion to visit Nashville a few years back (to deliver a talk), and while I was there, I had the privilege of making a pilgrimage...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    If your flatwound strings are buzzing at proper pitch, as you report, then the chances are good that they are hitting against the frets as they vibrate. This could occur if they are under lower...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    +1. This is absolutely correct. You can't buy overproof (high purity) alcohol (ethanol, that is) in certain states, like California. They do sell a watered-down version of Everclear in California,...
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    Re: do many fo you mix strings

    No, not many folks do this. First off, the A and E strings are generally all steel (with rare exceptions for the A), and sound pretty much the same in all brands, provided that the same gauges are...
  12. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    I'd certainly consider something by Pomeroy (Don Paine), Andrew Mowry, or Dan Voigt.
  13. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    EBay will sell you rubber grommets. You can buy these in a batch of 20 (from China) with free shipping for just $3.00.
  14. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    I'd recommend going to a music store that sells some high-end mandolins, as well as budget instruments like your Eastman. Spend some time and play them. Especially try playing some challenging...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Actually, I'm afraid that your recollection of these experiments is not quite right. Yes, some of the very same brain areas 'light up' in fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) studies where...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Sorry, but I cannot agree that the consensus of opinions expressed on the MC is mainly explained by some kind of "observation bias," namely, that people will tend to report whatever works for them...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Ah, the madness of human perception! We manage to fool ourselves all the time, and that's a fact. If you happen to believe that something will change the tone of your instrument, then it absolutely,...
  18. Thread: Itzbin Reel

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    Re: Itzbin Reel

    Here's an arrangement (both TablEdit and PDF versions are attached). Enjoy!

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    Re: Weighty Question

    Well, I would tend to doubt very much that the weight (i.e., the added mass) of the ToneGard makes much of a difference. The ToneGard attaches to the mandolin at its rim, using three tubing-coated...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Unfortunately, simply "feeling" the mandolin's vibration using your hands or body is no way to assess the loudness of the instrument. And your ears cannot necessarily be trusted in such cases, either...
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    Re: Tied notes in TablEdit - How?

    Are you tabbing something for the fiddle? The reason for the inquiry is that slurs are a violin thing -- they indicate successive notes played with an uninterrupted bowstroke. There is no such...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Next, folks will be asking about what kind of strings Lloyd Loar used on his mandolin. I am pretty confident that today's options for both picks and strings are equal to -- and likely better! --...
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    Re: Upgrading a tailpiece

    To reiterate the advice already given, it is highly unlikely that changing your tailpiece will do much of anything to improve the sound of an entry-level, LM-375 Loar. The contribution of a tailpiece...
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    Re: Pelican Vault 730 as a Double Mandolin Case

    Yes, that Pelican case looks like it will certainly work if you plan to check things as luggage, and need to transport two mandolins (not sure why you need two, though). I would say there's not much...
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    Re: What does this notation mean?

    The three horizontal bars through the single stem of the group of note generally indicate that these notes are to be played as a tremolo. However, the written footnote countermands that, and...
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