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    A Successful Failure

    Last night I decided to give up on my reconstruction of a guitar-body tenor uke/octave mando/mandola that I've been working on for years. I owe a great debt of gratitude to many of you--too many to...
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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    I tried to tune my 5 string banjo to GDAE and CGDA. Didn't work. I'm not that great with moving from to instrument or tuning to tuning, so maybe it just didn't work for me.

    But I think there...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Hey, listen, I do compliance work for businesses, and even though I have decades of experience as a regulator, my compliance clients almost ALWAYS know more about the law than I do. And they're also...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I had this problem for a while. It was so bad that I found a physical therapist in Atlanta who had experience in dealing with--get this--stringed instrument musicians. It seems that he'd done PT...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    DaveGinNJ: It's true that the rise of Amazon (and Walmart, and Sams, and Costco) have coincided with the demise of small business. But the reason Amazon, Walmart, Sams, Costco et al are rising...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    I'm a lawyer, I used to worry for The Man, and I used to play banjo. There are a lot of people who would say that that ship sailed a long time ago.
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    Re: Issues with converted mandocello

    My take? Whatever you paid for it is a sunk cost. No sense in regretting it. You thought you were buying a mandocello, but you were buying an experience. Now you have two years of experience with...
  8. Thread: Time to build?

    by belbein
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    Re: Time to build?

    It doesn't take me any time. I walk into my shop and time disappears.

    Anyway, you're asking the wrong question. "It" doesn't take any time. You take the time. If you want to build one in...
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    Kudos to our administrators and moderators

    The administrators and moderators of fora like this have a thankless job. They have to deal with all of the difficult people in the community. And no matter what call they make in a difficult case,...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    I am a bit of a student of graphic representations of data. The thing about graphic representations is that they are always lies: they're both too general/oversimplified, and too specifically...
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    Man. You must'a grow'd up rich if your neighborhood had cups not beer bottles hanging on the tree!
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    Re: KM200S Setup / Bridge Height

    Funny you should mention all of this, because one of the next steps in my reconstruction of a ukemando I'm rebuilding is to set the bridge. And unfortunately, I don't believe that the bridge height...
  13. Re: Center line and neck dovetail offset... Am I in trouble?

    You guys are no fun. If there's no fight here, I'll have to go back to work.
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    Re: Another in a long line of stupid questions

    Thanks. I've never used a capo, even with banjo, because I didn't see the difficulty of just transposing the chords to another key … particularly when you realize that all of the chord forms occur...
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    Re: Changing strings--winding and leaving?

    RE: electric string winder

    I don't know if I should admit this publicly, but I use a manual one from my misbegotten banjo days.
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    Re: Hypothetical Wierd Question ?

    "universe-ending apocalyptic singularity that would collapse the universe"

    right now, maybe not a bad thing
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    Re: Arrangements for Tenor/Mandola?

    It'd look kind of funny to use a bow worth my mandola or tenor, though.

    Seriously ... great idea, thanks.
  18. Thread: New tenor

    by belbein
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    Re: New tenor

    I just recently bought a Kala Tenor. It was the same price. Absolutely GORGEOUS sound. Two members of my family came out of their rooms and asked: "What is that? It's beautiful!" And it wasn't...
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    Re: Ragtime arrangements on a Tenor Guitar

    Not so fast. Pete Seeger recorded it and made it an anthem. Woody Guthrie is who Pete Seeger got it from. But WG never wrote any music that I know of--he took melodies from other people's songs...
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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    Mirwa, that first post of the hole in the side is a beautiful repair. I'm very impressed.
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    Re: Can This Be Saved?

    Sorry if this is a dupe post, the first one disappeared. Unfortunately, in the first one, I revealed the meaning of life. But that's gone now. And all that's left is repairing mandolins.

    I'm...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    It could be USPS incompetence, but given the absolutely abysmal and wholly unprecedented weather, it's entirely possible that it's that. We had to cancel three trips to Florida to pick up our new...
  23. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    I used to play music with a close friend who was a guitar player. I found I was always frustrated because I kept losing the beat. I thought I was an idiot, that I'd never be able to play, that I...
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    A couple of things are going on. The first is that like many of us, you're an old fart and like many of us, when you got into music we didn't have internet. So when the guitar and banjo wonks got...
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    Re: What makes a "lefty" mandolin a lefty?

    No, no, no. It supported Eugene V. Debs 5 times.
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