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    Re: Dobro repair

    Check the cone assembly One way to chase down a buzz in a resonator instrument is to remove the coverplate and string it back up with the resonator assembly exposed. Then while plucking the...
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    Re: Non Mandolin Jazz

    Vibes have a limited sustain that reminds me of the mandolin, so I think they are worthy of study. Try this one from a Rosenberg Trio album that features vibes: ...
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    the mysterious slipping string

    A guitarist friend complained that his .012" high E was occasionally and unpredictably dropping in pitch. I checked the tuner capstan and gears, and the ball-end tailpiece attachment - nothing...
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    Re: Top 10 (12?) choro to learn

    In practice I always return to these exciting pieces:
    Gostosinho
    Bole Bole
    Murmurando
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    Re: National innards

    Just the place for Frank Ford's Spanish heel reset scheme. Saw it off and rebolt it, using the same bolts.
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    National innards

    a bit of a surprise to see what's beneath the cone of the modern National mandolin:

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  7. Re: Solace - A Mexican Serenade by Scott Joplin (1909)

    good choice of a Joplin piece, gorgeous at that tempo
  8. Flores and Packard, The Happy Mandolin

    I did a dreadful thing yesterday. I was trying several old tape players on a setup to digitize two cassette tapes of Tony Flores and Billy Packard. My player had crapped out, so I was back and...
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    Re: Bill kleppinger 6&7/8s string band

    The most complete story of the 6 7/8 is the liner note essays from a 1956 Folkways LP that Paul cites in a 2008 post. The liner notes can be downloaded from this page:...
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    Re: dust bunnies

    Tone balls! The first one I saw was about the size of a golf ball, and had that same compound structure. It reminded me of an image of a uranium atom from an old physics book. Awhile ago I heard a...
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    dust bunnies

    anybody ever see these inside a mandolin?
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    Re: May Jazz tune of the month: Body and Soul

    Having fallen behind on my clarinet practice and being caught unawares a few times, I recently hit on an exercise for visiting all the keys: I play Body and Soul a couple times in Db, then again in...
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    Re: marking strips for joint fitting

    Carbon paper is dark blue, as I remember, and sort of crinkly. The stuff I saw was very black and looked to be stiffer than carbon paper, which wouldn't withstand much tugging I suspect.
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    marking strips for joint fitting

    I have seen video of someone using a black paper strip to pull through the heel/body joint, marking the high spots. I use cloth-backed sandpaper in this way, but I'd rather make that the last step,...
  15. Re: Double neck guitar/mando in Country music

    Sure, Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams, out of the Colorado Front Range. Greg Schochet on double neck.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHhPw0GX3kw
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    Re: Tenor Banjo Rebuild

    Off topic, but interesting and apropos of the goatskin/vellum head:

    I'm reading a biography of Thomas Edison, whose projects were important in the sequence of devices that led from his phonograph...
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    Re: Nylon string advice

    You probably mean .4mm, not .04mm, which is thinner than a human hair!
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    Re: CAD/CNC question: anyone using ASPIRE?

    Autodesk's Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM package that offers a free "startup license" for any business making <$100K/yr. It is very powerful, and well supported by a user forum hosted by the...
  19. Re: Feeler gauges for measuring string height question

    The problem with feeler gauges is that they must be held perfectly parallel to the string and perfectly tangent to the fret. A better choice is a wire gauge, e.g. a piece of (unwound) piano wire. ...
  20. Re: Stroh Guitar, ukulele. Gramophone-Horn- Resonator

    Credit where credit is due:
    The transducer that converts diaphragm vibration to sound waves in air goes back to Edison, I believe. The diaphragm of the "reproducer" that is linked to the needle of...
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    Re: Eddie Condon

    I believe Eddie Condon played mostly plectrum guitar and banjo: 26" scale, tuned CGBD. Mike's original impression of a very long scale in that first video seems right. In the suitcase quartet it's...
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    Re: Steel string ukulele

    I made a steel strung resonator octave guitar at the behest of a guy in Panama. Don't know what kind of music he plays.

    I was skeptical about the project - he wanted a dark finish (on brass) and...
  23. Re: Tailpiece needs repair - suggestions appreciated

    I vote for solder on the underside. You could try soft solder (~350-450 deg.F). Scratch away the plating around the posts, and flow it over and around the ends. But the heat you'll need even for...
  24. Re: Are there any Classical Mandolinists in the Vancouver BC area

    A good place to start might be Bruce Clausen, who posts in some mandocafe forums.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/member.php?7104-Bruce-Clausen
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    Re: stain on hard maple

    thanks, that should work for me
    john
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