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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    D'A EFT74 4th and 3rd courses, D'A custom gauge stainless steel 2nd and 1st courses.

    I like the FlatTops 4 & 3 courses for their flat wound feel and their phosphor-bronze resonance. I didn't like...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Nashville, Tennessee.
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    Yup, the wound A course lasted about a week for me, then the winding broke through at the flatpick area.

    I really prefer plain stainless steel for courses 2 and 1.
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    Sounds like the essential mysteries of life. :grin:
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    David, not to beat a dead horse, but your flatwound gauges and tensions are significantly lower than the other strings except for your 4th course (G). Those lighter mid-range and treble strings...
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    Re: This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    Hey, at least they're still being useful! We should all be so lucky.

    :grin:
  7. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    I'd also be a little wary about recent mandolins of any maker that have had multiple owners in a short period of time, although that by itself may not indicate a problem... I'd be asking about...
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    Re: do many of you mix strings

    I mix, but I mix for string tone since I routinely use a non-standard tuning on mandolin. I use DA EFT-74 8-7 (G 0.039) and 6-5 (C 0.026) with DA custom 4-3 (E 0.017) and 2-1 (G 0.015).

    I...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Yes, but Loar's team was not only making mandolins. It's probably more appropriate to count all the instruments that Loar signed during his time at Gibson to get a more comparable number.

    And,...
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    Re: In case or on stand?

    In the cases. All my instruments, whenever not being played.

    This isn't to say cases have a perfect safety record either, but they are safer than unprotected on an instrument stand.
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    Re: Should I be insulted?

    Nice. I hope you enjoy and get a lot out of this! Are you going to wish you still had your MK to bounce around?

    We have been going a week early to Grass Valley for the last few years, where they...
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    Re: Should I be insulted?

    I think it's a frequency thing...

    My cats love it when I practice double bass.

    Pull out the banjo or the Dobro and they start getting antsy.

    Pull out the mandolin and they leave or...
  13. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    French polish comes to mind. I've never used it, my last finish work was in the late '70s using hand-rubbed alcohol stain, spray booth, sanding sealer and lacquer (in that order), but I've been...
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    Re: mike for fiddle uses needs no power

    (I do also like AT, I have one of their LDCs. I don't have any experience with their dynamic mics though.)
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    Re: mike for fiddle uses needs no power

    I'd be looking at the Sennheiser e608 or one of the other mount variants of this gooseneck mic.

    I really like Sennheiser dynamic mics in general, they're my favorite for tone reproduction of all...
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    Re: James on my J.Bovier

    Very nice! I sure also like my James!

    Did you have to re-drill?
  17. Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    Playing backup is a tremendously good way to learn to play with both beginners and and advanced players. With beginners it reinforces your timing and teaches you how to keep timing straight with...
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    Re: Tailpiece pressing on top - effect?

    If you are using a stamped tailpiece, it is possible that it is bending with string tension, especially if you're using higher tension strings with your mandola work. I've seen tailpiece bending...
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    Re: Tailpiece pressing on top - effect?

    You can bet it has an effect, but whether a person can hear the effect depends on how serious the tension against the top is.

    Do you get rattle from that area?

    Have you determined if this has...
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    Re: Grammy Mandolin Siting

    Not my preferred genre, but to the millions of especially young people who watched that show, it's priceless mandolin exposure...

    I bet today there are lots of people asking "Was that little...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    So in light of some other things that are happening with my hands since the onset of winter, I'm pretty certain the "high string under the index fingernail" situation that inspired my pick-holding...
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    Re: Mr. Compton on the right hand.

    Thanks for posting, very encouraging to see we're not alone.

    About 20 years ago after about 30 years of playing casually together, my wife and I decided to do everything in music that we could,...
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    Re: Picking / strumming wrist

    Mine started for the first time as this winter set in... The joints in my hands have always been strangely sensitive to cold, and I know my family tends towards arthritis in the hands and large...
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    Re: Why carve a plates outside first?

    Respectfully, and not to take away from your answer regarding carving the outside of the top first, but I'm guessing that you're just citing violin family instruments as an example, as someone could...
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    Re: Screws for tuner buttons

    One of the Michael Kelly mandolins that I purchased during their blow-out sale was missing a tuner screw. I wrote to them about it and they sent me 3 or 4 of them. I've used them all since then,...
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