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  1. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    What do you recommend to avoid a splotchy spruce stain? I thought of using a light wash coat of shellac prior to staining. Will the stain take over shellac?
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    Re: Burtenshaw Mandolin #15...

    It's beautiful! I'm going to finish my current project with Tru Oil. How many coats did you put on it to get that lovely shine?
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    Re: Strap recommendations?

    +1 on Sully Straps and Long Hollow
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    Re: Left hand position

    I just watched the videos and can recommend them. They are super easy to understand and clearly explained. I am beginning to focus on my pinky, and I expect these exercises will really help me.
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    Re: What case for my Kentucky KM500

    I found that a Travelite worked great for my KM500 with tone guard and arm rest. It's great for most purposes, but if you're going to be travelling with it other than by auto, I'd get something like...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I listened to the three tracks, and I much preferred the sound of the 1909. It seemed much more resonant and deeper in tone. All three tracks and instruments are lovely. Thanks for including the...
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    Re: Picking / strumming wrist

    FWIW, my experience may be of some help. Don't assume it's tendinitis unless your doctor has diagnosed it.

    Last summer I started feeling what I thought was tendinitis in my fretting wrist. I...
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    Re: Bought this on Ebay, HANDMADE J.W BRADFORD

    Very cool design. Close enough to traditional but enough creativity to be very attractive. I love the elegant line from the body to the neck.
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    Re: Finally Completed!

    Lovely! I would imagine it's got dulcet tones. You should be proud.
  10. Thread: italian spruce

    by Rdeane
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    Re: italian spruce

    I own a Collings MT2 with Italian Spruce top. It has wonderful clarity, sustain and just plain sounds wonderful. I can't speak to appearance, as my MT2 is a cream top.
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    I found that I tended to focus on the mandolin and not play my guitar. I keep trying to remind myself to play both, but in my case I need a lot more work on mandolin. That focus on mandolin skill...
  12. Re: New Vessel Octave- my homage to the whiteface era

    That's a beautiful mandolin! I'm a sucker for white face, and an octave is even better.
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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    I bought a brushed nickel shell style James off the classifieds here. I haven't installed it yet, but darn if it doesn't look like brushed gold to me. Is it just my eyes, or did thhey make gold...
  14. Thread: Best Armrest

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Best Armrest

    I love my McClung on my MT2. For my first build I decided to make my own and I'm pretty pleased with it. It wasn't hard, and I could tweak it to my desires. It was in padauk and turned out quite...
  15. Thread: Best Armrest

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Best Armrest

    I cannot recommend highly enough the quality of the McClungs and the customer service from Hill Country String Works. I got a wild cherry armrest from him in gold finish for my first mandolin in a...
  16. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    I was surprised on Monday to hear the new offering on my Bluegrass Junction channel in my car. I love Dolly, and I think having a channel for her for a period of time is fine; I just don' want to...
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    Re: Case/Gig bag for F style mandolin.

    While the Travelite is not a gig bag, it is lightweight, has straps, and is an excellent all around case. Not the case for airline travel, but if that isn't how you transport your instrument, a...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-505 vs Loar LM-600

    My first mandolin was a KM 505. It was a good starting instrument, and is a keeper if MAS doesn't raise its head. Haven't played a Loar, but I can recommend the KM 505. In my case MAS got a hold of...
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    Re: Pain in Fretting Hand?

    I have been dealing with pain in my wrist (fretting hand) and thumb as well. I am resting it more (knocked off playing for 2 weeks), ibuprofen and icing, focusing on technique, and just started...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    I na.ed my first build, an IV kit A style, Grizelda, which means endless patience. I definitely needed endless patience to get through to completion. My Collings MT2 is a cream top with Italian...
  21. Thread: Hearing Aids

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Hearing Aids

    I almost cried the first time I played my mandolin after getting my hearing aids, because my very good mandolin sounded tinny and jangly, and I was so disappointed. I eventually adjusted to hearing...
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    Re: Attaching pickguard w/ velcro

    Your wife had a great idea. I use the Command products extensively in my RV, and it has yet to damage any of the wallpaper/panels. I hang pictures, knife racks, spice racks, etc. successfully and...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Yes, after you play an MT2, assuming you like the tone and playability, you really do have your mandolin dreams crystallized and defined as compared to a lot of other mandolins.
  24. Re: 10 high end guitars seized by Moose & Goose, find good homes,

    If I were the school district administration, I'd sell them and net the substantial money they will bring. Then I would buy good, student grade guitars for schools to use. They would get a lot more...
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    Re: Index finger pain

    I'm 71 and experiencing pain in my left pointer finger as well as pain in my left wrist (I'm a right handed player). I just got some 150mg CBD cream and have been using it 4 times a day for 2 days. ...
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