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    Re: Possible year/make

    A detail that can be telling to some are the tuning gears themselves, on the back of the headstock. Some early European gears (maybe specific to a country and/or timeframe) are distinctly different...
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    Re: Am I asking too much?

    My '63 Kay guitar sits by the computer giddy with glee, having learned of a kindred spirit. What's that? Yeah, the super-light electric strings DID stop your neck & body from collapsing, tone be...
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    Re: New Kentucky Home

    Thus, the reference to Frets.com! Do note that archtop instruments, whether guitar or mandolin, follow much of the same logic, so there's much to be learned there. Hey, it's an adventure!
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    Re: New Kentucky Home

    I'll second the vote for Rob Meldrum's free e-book, a fantastic service to the mandolin community!

    MANY decades ago, when Santa Clause brought me the Kay parlor guitar that I learned on, I didn't...
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    Re: Are Lilliputians allowed to sell on ebay?

    Good friend of mine was a graphic artist, way back when for Time with lots of re-touched Princess Diana, and later for Topps, the baseball card folks (plus football and other sports). A major issue...
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    Hey, you talkin' to me?? (Not like over-thinking is a favorite hobby or anything...)
  7. Re: Looking for a clip-on tuner that works well in daylight...

    In my experience, the NS-Mini keeps tuning even as the battery weakens AND the display dims - even if not enough to be obvious. Maybe just try a new battery? FWIW, it has beecome my go-to tuner for...
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    Re: Storage: Case vs Hanging on the Wall

    Good instruments stay in their cases, while others alternate between 3 wall hangers, plus 2 for gig bags, but that includes mandos, guitars, and/or bass guitars, based on the current need.

    This...
  9. Re: oddball (pseudo?-) resonator w. amusing "professional" setup

    ... which must have been "Cathedranol". What a cringe-worthy name; makes me think catheter, ethanol, and Drain-o, all at once!
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    Re: Kentucky KM180S

    You might not hear it yet, but I hear about 75 folks out there silently thinking, "Yup, good choice!"

    In my experience, your starter will most likely become your hazardous-duty instrument, that...
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    Re: Mandolin of unknown origin

    Other than the soundhole, the body details (arch, gutters, binding, neck attachment) are native mandolin, while the general outline seems influenced by the pineapple ukulele.
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    Re: Leon Redbone - RIP

    In his first appearances on Saturday Night Live, I assumed that it was either Zappa or a well-disguised SNL regular, since most of them are uber-talented anyway. He will be missed.
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    Re: Lateral Upgrade?

    In my experience, most artists, particularly of the musical variety, whether players or builders, DO believe that their most recent effort is their best to date, the culmination of everything they've...
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    Re: practice advice: speed vs repetoire

    VERY well said!

    When I first got into mandolin jamming, and later mandolin & guitar in a mandolin orchestra, even after decades of rock & folk that I grew up with, it sometimes felt like "jumping...
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    Re: Lateral Upgrade?

    If the group is small enough, it's easy to ask someone to switch instruments for a while - assuming you've established that you're not an ape who's gonna damage theirs. The different perspective on...
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    Re: practice advice: speed vs repetoire

    Pushing to play faster, on its own, is often an exercise in frustration, sort of like lifting weights that are too heavy to lift... it's just not gonna happen. At worst, it causes you to "practice"...
  17. Re: Circa 1930 Vega 8 string- 39 inches long

    Rickenbacker guitars' two-level pickguards DO look classy, IMHO, but this good measure? Maybe not so much.
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    What I don't get is that many are impressed by tuners that "lock on" to a note easily, when all that really means is that the tuner has a wider tolerance of inaccuracy that a less-steady tuner might...
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    Re: Struggle to get dola sounding...mellow

    PICKS are the fastest way to change the sound of most fretted instruments. In general:
    - thicker and rounded = mellower sound;
    - thinner and pointier = more treble, and maybe thinner, sound.
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    Re: Help me use this diminished lick

    Another context? It's what's normally played -on piano- in the old black & white pre-talkies, just as Snidely Whiplash is tying Liza Belle to the railroad tracks, with a steam locomotive fast...
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    Re: Case modification

    Hey, atsunrise: Nice job!



    My solution, as for others here, is a 3-racket tennis bag. My 8-year-old Head bag is both insulated and waterproof (other than the zippers, but how muck leakage can...
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    Re: Leave leather strap on?

    The primary problem is/was with the (no-longer-common?) vinyl straps, or some related plasctic, that react with certain finishes (or maybe most finishes), turning the area brown or black. Not so...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    THAT is the definitve answer!

    But since the question was asked from a "converting guitarist" viewpoint (where most of us started, BTW), I can personally state that it makes no difference. My...
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    Re: Used beginner mandos

    Absolutely! Lots of starter-level instruments around here. Not worth the effort of selling, but lots of loans out to friends & kids that went on to bigger, or at least better (hey, this IS a mando...
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    Re: 1923 Martin?

    Peronally, yes. As noted, not a steal at US $892, but one north Jersey dealer often has a decent one or two in the $900 range. Got my '54 on eBay 8-10 years ago for under $500, but the eBay photo...
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