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  1. Re: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    Sherry --

    Keep in mind that a trill is a rapid back-and-forth alternation between two adjacent scale notes. If you're playing something that's from the American folk, Celtic, oldtime, or bluegrass...
  2. Thread: Tax Day Cometh

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    Re: Tax Day Cometh

    Sorry, but there are no exemptions in the U.S. states from sales tax if your income is below a given level.
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    Re: SIMPLE Editing Software for PC

    Sherry -- In Windows, use the "Video Editor" program that comes free with the operating system; it's by far the simplest. You can trim the video with that. You can also add text, titles, etc....
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    Re: cheap peg winder

    Definitely NOT a cheap string winder, but simply the best string winder, ever: Frank's Cranks (http://www.frankscranks.com/). NFI. Soft, contoured nylon head that won't damage the finish. Ball...
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    Re: Double Stops with Radiused vs. Flat Fretboard

    Well, writing for myself, I do not find it harder to execute double stops on a radiused fretboard.
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    Re: Bobelock arrow case

    On my opinion, the Bobelock case is unnecessarily long, placing the accessory compartment above the peghead, rather than under the neck, as it is for most other cases. The extra length makes it...
  7. Thread: Chris Thile

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    Re: Chris Thile

    Mandolinstew: Look here: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/155335-New-Chris-Thile-album

    You can always search the forum using the search box before posting. It's easy!
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    Re: Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    If you seek the gloss and shimmering color of real Mother of Pearl, then this strikes me as the way to go. The parts of the button that actually contact the knob post and screw are made of a fairly...
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    Re: Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    I would warn you both off of using mother-of-pearl buttons. I have direct experience with these on some high-end Waverly tuners. Mother of pearl is comparatively brittle, and the buttons made from...
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    Re: Atypical top wood?

    Traditions are not merely a consequence of blind adherence to older precedents: they tend to exist for perfectly good reasons. The traditional topwood for a mandolin is spruce (there are several...
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    Re: Glue for case modifications?

    Most kinds of contact cement will work for fabric and foam, like Weldwood or 3M. These cements stay rubbery, which is what you want, rather than some glue that gets stiff and hard.
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    "Intermediate" basically means "in between." In this case, it's in between being a beginner, who is just starting out, and being an advanced player, who's comfortable with most musical situations...
  13. Thread: Tone Guard!!

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    Re: Tone Guard!!

    Thanks for noticing! The mandolin in my avatar is a Pomeroy #8, made by luthier/fiddler Don Paine in Glenwood Springs, CO. It's a beautiful, one-of-a-kind inlay showing a hummingbird hovering above...
  14. Thread: Tone Guard!!

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    Re: Tone Guard!!

    Well, technically, the Tone-Gard is not perfectly symmetrical -- the main part of the Gard is, and so are the upper attachment prongs, but attachment prong at the very bottom (by the tailpiece) comes...
  15. Thread: Tone Guard!!

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    Re: Tone Guard!!

    Well, it's spelled "Tone-Gard," not "Tone Guard." That's with a hyphen, and no "u" in "Gard." Maybe that's why you're having trouble getting more info about a purchase?

    Tony Pires' website for...
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    Re: Is it possible to get this tuned to GDAE?

    According to Aquila's website, their set ("Red series") is designed for mandolins, nor mandolas. Also, they specify Baroque or "Historical" mandolins, as opposed to modern ("country") or...
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    Re: Is it possible to get this tuned to GDAE?

    Well, 17" is very close to a typical mandola scale length (which is 16.5"), but it is pretty far away from a typical octave mandolin scale (20"-25"). If you want to tune your ukulele in musical...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    Wiping down the neck may help to prevent the build-up of residues (finger oils; grease; dirt) on the mandolin neck. However, there is little evidence that doing so will prevent you from wearing...
  19. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    Gee willikers, Jeff. The used instrument market is filled with mandolins that are rather badly marred because the the owner brushes (or plants) a pinky on the top while picking, yet refuses to use a...
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    The film Dark Waters retells (with a number of Hollywood embellishments) the true story of a lawsuit against DuPont, for their pollution of a Virginia river with PFOA (perfluoro-octanoic acid), which...
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    First off, those Space Shuttle gaskets (O-rings) that failed during the infamous Challenger launch were made from something called FKM, which is a polymeric fluroelastomer. This is not the same...
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    Hate to disagree (sorry!), but PTFE (poly-trifluoroethylene), also known as Teflon (R), is NOT a carcinogen. Where did you get that information from? You should not spread disinformation and scare...
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    Re: 80/20 Bronze Strings

    In my experience, 80/20 bronze is quite a bit brighter than phosphor bronze, giving a sort of "brassier," or sharper, sound. The tone from phosphor bronze is warmer, to my ears, and much richer. ...
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    Re: Shipping Calton Mandolin Case

    This is a tough one.

    Unfortunately for us, they just don't seem to make cartons the right size that are easy to come by. You have a few options. (1) Find a music store in your area and ask them...
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    Re: XT we barely new ya!

    The Mapes strings, at only $6.00 a set, which come in any gauges that you specify, are an incredible bargain (NFI). They also come coated for greater longevity -- supposedly, with "Appalachian...
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