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  1. Re: My new Myers pickup seems to have very low output, is this ri

    The clue is in the Amazon advert. It says “Compatible with almost any musical instrument” but that doesn’t mean that it’s also compatible with almost everything you might want to plug it into.

    The...
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    Re: Just an observation

    In the UK there are laws about this type of thing - you have to have someting on sale for a particular length of time at the full price before you can claim it to be discounted by a certain...
  3. Re: looking for nylon string instrument 4 strings tuned in 5ths,

    I have a concert sized uke and assumed that tuning it to GDAE would result in too many string breakages. I bought a set of Aquilla Nylgut strings for mandola tuning (CGDA) umpteen years ago but I've...
  4. Re: How important is having the original hardshell case?

    Exactly, I ordered a Martin D18 in 1974. When I picked it up, I took my old case to bring it home in.

    Interestingly, the Martin cost me £190. Two years later I got a Calton case for it and that...
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    Re: Strange tuning machines

    They look like a solution looking for a problem to me!
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    Re: Celtic Mandolin Builders

    Jimmy Moon and Tom Buchanan are two more from the UK.

    If you’re looking at Fylde, bear in mind that Roger “Barry” Bucknall still insists on putting a fret marker on the ninth rather than the tenth...
  7. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    I assume you’ve never tried to get a set of mandola strings off again?
  8. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    Amazing the things some people are prepared to put up with! String changes are easier on my 1914 Gibson; you’d have thought things would have improved in the intervening 106 years.

    Should have...
  9. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    Doc - I last strung a slot head guitar over 50 years ago and I’ve avoided them ever since. I’ve been restringing mandolins for almost as long, so I should know what I’m doing by now, but, as far as...
  10. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    You could also weld the loop to the pin and then there would be no way it could slip off!

    We’re not talking rocket science here, its only a mandolin tailpiece. Yes, you can use a capo, you can use...
  11. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    Nice to hear from somebody else who dislikes the Collings tailpiece. They’re even worse on the mandola.
  12. Re: How important is having the original hardshell case?

    I suppose this subject begs the question of whether vintage mandolins were always sold with an “original” case. In my experience, mandolins and guitars have only come with cases in recent times. Go...
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    Re: Location , repeat 3 X..

    Silica jell.
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    The greenish oxidisation of the frets alongside the pickguard is typical of gassing celuloid. I had a similar problem with my old ‘76 Ibanez but it’s never been a problem with either of my Gibsons....
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    Re: Loar era snakehead mandola tailpiece

    At some time in it’s history it’s clearly been owned by someone with a bad case of MAS and they stamped numbers on all their instruments so they could kepp track of them. I can’t imagine why Gibson...
  16. Re: Thomas Buchanan 10 String , 5 course Mandolin / Mandola

    Yorkshire is just over the hill (a pretty big hill!) from me. As they say in these parts - “You can always tell a Yorkshireman, but you can’t tell him much!”.
  17. Re: Thomas Buchanan 10 String , 5 course Mandolin / Mandola

    Don’t have one, not played one for some years but I don’t think there’s much wrong with them if you’re looking for a flat topped instrument at a reasonable price. After all they are built in the town...
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    Apart from custom built jobbies, the nut has been too high every new mandolin I’ve ever bought. The excuse is that it’s easier to take some off than to put some back. Unfortunately, the “set-up” in...
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    Re: Humidifier for Mandolin/Case

    I doubt your new case will come with a humidifier. My Ameritage is the only case I have which did (I didn’t buy the case, I bought the mandolin which came in it!) and Ameritage are pretty up-market -...
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    Re: Is this a mandolin??

    It was last strung as a Uke - look closely at the bridge.
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    Re: Humidifier for Mandolin/Case

    My Ameritage case came with a hygrometer and a humidifier. No idea what the humidifier is - it’s a solid block of something in a round plastic box that you soak in water every two months. Clearly...
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    Re: Is this a mandolin??

    You may want to spend an hour or so wading through this site - https://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/index.htm
  23. Re: Happy 70th birthday today to Mike Kemnitzer of Nugget Mandoli

    Only four years and a day youger than you know who; and we all know who builds better mandolins!
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    Re: Kimble or Duff F5?

    Interesting to hear that people think that a Kimble might sound “brighter”. When I bought my ‘08 A5, it was that or a Heiden A5 and I (and my wife!) thought the Kimble sounded “mellower”.

    I’ve...
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    Re: 1921 Gibson F-4 in the classifieds

    According to the ad. it’s either $130 or $7750 depending upon whether you’re looking at the picture or the text. Take your pick!
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