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    Re: Fret Size Opinions

    if you have a heavy left hand, the large fret wires will lead to sharpening the note v. the smaller.
    If you are accurate and make clean notes with the small stuff, you'll surely have no problems...
  2. Thread: Informal Poll

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    Re: Informal Poll

    I would have paid $5k for a Gibson Sam Bush then as I would now. Bonus points if it's signed by Derrington or Harvey!

    That remains the only f-model that I'd like. (Closet fan boy from decades...
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    Re: Do You Play ALL of Your Mandolins Regularly?

    . . . ummm? Now?

    Yes!

    f-d
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    Re: Just bought my first mandolin!

    re: Mandolin-looking objects. You want solid wood and hand-carved. Plywood mandolins steam-pressed to give an arched-looking instrument are cheap and look, "Right." They are just different. Solid...
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    Re: looking for a travel mando

    I've carried my pancake Flatiron all over the place! Then again, I've carried my 1920 A3 all over the place. (I'm a geologist.)

    They both have wide(r) nuts.

    f-d
  6. Re: The Flatiron F-Festival in Mandolin Cafe Classifieds

    <OOps>

    f-d
  7. Re: The Flatiron F-Festival in Mandolin Cafe Classifieds

    brand new it was likely >$1K.

    f-d
  8. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    Dave Cohen compensated the nut on my 1920 A3. That fixed my intonation problem.

    Just love your new Gil! Well done! Sounds great too!

    183852

    f-d
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    Re: Sam Bush playing something other than Hoss?

    . . . and he has Jethro's A5!

    f-d
  10. Re: Want flat fretboard, at least 1 1/8" nut width. Suggestions?

    I'd imagine that for $400 or $500 bucks you could sand the radius out and get a refret?

    I'd shoot for a Sam Bush Gibson, but I'm a fan boy!

    I'd love one of Hamlett's mandolins!

    f-d
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    Re: Thomastik medium on Eastman MD305?

    yes the Heavy set has a wound A string. Thomastik strings last a long time. Then again, I'm not a big string changer!

    I use the medium set on my flat-top (not always, but they are well suited for...
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    Re: Thomastik medium on Eastman MD305?

    I like the heavy set for arch-top mandolins. The mediums are too light!

    f-d
  13. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    hahhhaahhaa - geologists write papers!

    f-d
  14. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    very happy with my Muth (Adi/maple)

    very happy with my Cohen (redwood/walnut)

    Would certainly consider Hamlett.

    Waiting on Wayne; however. . .

    f-d
  15. Re: We have a 3-way race: Collings vs Pava vs Gilchrist

    well done! Perfect oval hole!

    Then again, I'm not a fan of the hybrid ovals and a big fan of the Model 1!

    f-d
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    Son in law has my original '84. Gave it to him as a wedding present!

    Immediately bought an '83. And, yes, it does have the five-latch case!

    Still love these mandolins!

    f-d
  17. Re: Article: The Mandolin Store Moving to Tennessee

    surprise no more!

    f-d
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    Re: Flying with a mando

    Never retuned/detuned any mandolin for air travel. Always fly with my mandolin; however.

    f-d
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    the notation informs your ear. Muscle memory makes your fingers produce the sound. It's like singing.

    f-d
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    Re: Strap recommendations?

    Wal-Mart. get three 72" shoelaces and make a pigtail braid. Voilla!

    f-d
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I've owned my 1920 A3 for 35 years. Bought it from the original owner when I was living in Blacksburg, Virginia. During the time I've owned my A3, I've also owned a black snake and an a2z - both...
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    Re: Need advice on selling Flatiron mandolin

    I'd think pricing much over $500 a bit aggressive. It's a post-Gibson, truss-rod pancake. The color option is cool; however.

    I'd liken the $700 price point to those that are pre-Gibson and those...
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    let your ears get used to it.

    f-d
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    Re: What's The One That Got Away?

    . . . like I really want to relive such feelings. . .

    f-d
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld string weights

    They are flat-wound strings. Regular strings have a diameter that includes gap from the wire being round rather than flat. I think for an f-hole, arch-top, I'd start with the 154ST (what was...
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