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  1. Re: Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale man

    Regarding the Thomastik 164 - I emailed Thomastik, and asked whether I could use these strings on my 16.5" mandola.
    This was the reply:

    "Please note, our set Nr. 164 is designed for a vibrating...
  2. Re: Building a tune-o-matic bridge for acoustic mandolins?

    Marty - wow, I was not aware these existed.
    Regarding the weight - perhaps it could be made out of Titanium, or some other light and strong material?
  3. Building a tune-o-matic bridge for acoustic mandolins?

    Ok, perhaps it is a stupid idea, but why?

    On most electric guitars, adjustment of bridge height and separate intonation for each string is very easy. As you know - the bridge is made of metal and...
  4. Re: Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale man

    Thanks for the replies.
    I have a few questions:
    DougC -
    Are you sure about the gauges of the TI 174W? I read in another place that it is 15, 21, 34, 49. I wish Thomastik would publish their...
  5. Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale mandola

    I read several very similar threads to this one, but got somewhat confused.
    So -
    I have a mandola with a 16.5" scale length, and a distance of about 21.5" from string loops (on tailpiece) to nut....
  6. Re: Mandolin Shops or luthiers in Bangkok, Chaing-Mai or Hanoi?

    Ok, now that I am in Vietnam, I found in Hanoi the "Hao Nam" street. It is quite a long street, all covered with musical-instrument shops.
    You will not find many non Vietnamese-made instruments, but...
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    Re: Flatwound strings for 17'' Mandola

    I have not tried myself, but in Elderly's website they claim that Thomastik 164 and 174L have almost the same gauges, while the 174L have way longer strings with more distance between the loop and...
  8. Mandolin Shops or luthiers in Bangkok, Chaing-Mai or Hanoi?

    Ok, I know it is a long shot:
    I am going for a trip of one month+ to Bangkok, Chiang Mai (Thailand), and Hanoi (Vietnam).
    Are there any interesting shops for mandolins or mandolin luthiers there?
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    Re: Need help identifying Mandolin from Ukraine

    Like rsohlich wrote, this seems to be a non-expensive Greek 4-course bouzouki. I don't know the maker.
    I play the Greek bouzouki and it is an amazing instrument.
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    1. How long should sealed (unopened) strings last?
    I had sealed D'addario 0.010 and 0.011 high-carbon strings for a few years. When I opened them they all had black corrosion spots. Since then I am...
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    On my Romanian mandolin I don't have dots on the side, only on the fretboard. As I played this mandolin most of my life, I am used to leaning forward and looking at the fretboard. On my classical...
  12. Re: (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    So... the problem was fixed, at least temporarily (tfu tfu... hope it stays "fixed"). Thank you very much Jonathan!

    I used Jonathan's method to test whether I have current flow when no cable is...
  13. Re: (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    BTW - as far as I understand, most active pickups use a stereo jack in order to determine when a mono cable is plugged in. A mono cable shorts out two of the three stereo connections, and thus the...
  14. Re: (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    Thank you Jonathan,
    I measured it per your instructions, and the meter shows 1.1 ma whether the cable is connected or not, mandolin volume on 0 or max.
    Note, that the mandolin sounds fine when I...
  15. Re: (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    I keep my mandolin always unplugged unless I am actually performing with it, about twice a month for a few hours. The previous battery (which I changed today), lasted for only 3 months with almost no...
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    Re: Source for single Thomastik strings?

    I often order Thomastiks from Schneidermusik in Germany. They have Thomastik sets and single strings and the prices are cheaper than in the US.
    I don't know what the shipping rates are to the US, as...
  17. (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    I perform with the Godin A8 mandolin (satin finish).
    Mostly I play Greek Rebetiko, Balkan, Irish and Medieval music.

    The problem is that while acoustic mandolins often look romantic, ancient and...
  18. (Godin A8) Pickup battery runs out very quickly

    I have a Godin A8 mandolin.
    When I just received it, 4 years ago, the pickup battery lasted for over a year. I was playing it amplified very often then, through all rehearsals, at least 5 hours a...
  19. Berlin - any interesting mandolin luthiers or shops?

    I will visit Berlin (Germany) during 12-19 of June.
    Are there any interesting mandolin luthiers or musical-instrument shops there?
  20. Re: Godin always used Richlite for A8 fretboards?

    Thanks Multidon, this article from Peghead Nation indeed seems to be what I wanted and I guess ebony was the material used for the A8 fretboards at my time of purchase.
    I also magnified a picture of...
  21. Godin always used Richlite for A8 fretboards?

    I have a Godin A8 mandolin that I bought new on 2015.
    I just now read that Godin is using Richlite for the A8 fretboards.

    Does anybody know if my A8 from 2015 has an Ebony fretboard or it has...
  22. Re: Radiused fretboard with straight bridge on a Kentucky

    I really like Thomastik mandolin strings and use them on all my other mandolins as well. On this Kentucky KM-272, the Thomastiks don't buzz, while the original strings that came with the mandolin...
  23. Re: Radiused fretboard with straight bridge on a Kentucky

    Colorado_al - could you please add a photo of your radiused bridge on the Kentucky KM-272?
    This will help me, as Elderly says that the Kentucky dealer insists that the flat bridge is how Kentucky...
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    Re: free set up guide

    Was this (cool) Setup Guide ever updated?
    I think I have one from around 5 or 6 years ago... it does not include fret leveling, for example.
    should I get a new copy?
  25. Radiused fretboard with straight bridge on a Kentucky

    I just bought a new Kentucky KM-272 mandolin from Elderly. I think Elderly have "pro-Setup" it.
    While the Action looks quite low, the strings feel tight. I changed the original strings to Thomastik...
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