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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    I've used and still have both. I prefer my flat straps made of thick leather. The braided Levy and Lakota Leathers straps I have are too soft, especially the end that attaches to the end pin or...
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    Re: Blues Mandolin Song Choices

    Check out Rich Delgrosso, Gerry Hundt and of course Jim Richter for ideas and inspiration.
  3. Re: A newbie player looking for an affordable entry level mandoli

    I guess I'll be the first to break it to you - forget what you know about guitar pricing when it comes to mandolins.

    1. There is about a 100 or 1000 to one ratio of guitar players to mandolin...
  4. ISO: Case that Fits a 1930's Regal Resonator

    I realize there are several sources for building or repairing cases. What I'm asking about here is experience finding an existing or currently manufactured case to fit one of these old instruments. ...
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    Re: Don't let those mandolins get thirsty

    The heat doesn't dry out the air (it doesn't actually remove moisture). It lowers the relative humidity because warmer air is capable of holding more water, so in order to keep the RH the same you...
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    Re: Repertoire suggestions?

    The Django Fakebook. Free download.

    https://geosci.uchicago.edu/~archer/jazz_band/sheet/fakebook_django_2008.pdf
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    Re: Siminoff Straight Up Strings

    Tried them. Couldn't tell any difference from regular J74's. If you like mellow as opposed to bright, try Martin monel strings like I have on my Morris F4.

    I put a set of DR Rare strings on my...
  8. Thread: Best Armrest

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Best Armrest

    I bought a Cumberland Acoustic armrest for my first mandolin. Really not comfortable at all. I have an off-the-shelf Doug Edwards on my F5, plenty nice and comfortable. I based a couple of home...
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    Re: Opinion on nickel vs. gold aesthetics

    I prefer the look of nickel to gold. I also like dark tuner buttons. I can tolerate ivoroid buttons ok but really don't care for pearloid. I recently replaced the tuners on my Eastman MDC805...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-1050 vs Northfield F5S

    Only because this is your choice. There are several US builders who can build a great A or F style for this budget. Two I've personally got great sounding, great looking, professional quality all...
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    Re: Resonator mandolin repair

    I was not able to lift the cone out of my 1934 (or possibly earlier) Regal resonator mandolin, even after carefully cutting through the glue/finish/dirt seal formed around the rim with a scalpel. I...
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    Re: Resonator mandolin repair

    I have one of these from the early 30's. The original tailpiece was broken, so I replaced it with this scalloped one from StewMac. Sure I had to drill some new small holes but it better distributes...
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    Re: favourite strings

    I just started using DR Rare strings on my F5 (phosphor bronze). Wow they are great! Lots of volume with sweet tone. I do like monel strings on my F4 and my archtop guitar.
  14. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Violin was my first instrument. Then came guitar, then bass, then many years later mandolin followed by all members of the mandolin family. Mandolin is my main instrument in a band setting. ...
  15. Thread: Thick Picks?

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Thick Picks?

    I like a minimum of 2.0 mm. I use this thickness on mandolin, my banjolin, resonator mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and guitars. The thick blue chips have a darker, warmer tone. ...
  16. Re: what strings do you recommend for a rigel mando ?

    I was one who could never really tell a difference when going from one brand of phosphor bronze or 80/20 bronze strings to another. J74, coated, earth tone, straight up, pretty much all sounded the...
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    Sonny Morris can build you one. About half the cost of those previously mentioned.
    180741

    That's my own homemade pickguard.
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    Re: Converting Mandolin to Mandola

    I went the other way, kind of - took a 16.5" viola and added an E string for a 5 stringed fiddle. D'addarrio makes a helicore long E string for just this application.
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    Re: Stiff tuning pegs

    Just to clarify - these are geared tuning machines and not simple pegs (like on a violin), right? In that case a little oil like 3-in-1 out of a dropper is fine. There are other great lubricants...
  20. Re: Help me find a mando for my 10 yr old daughter

    Ok everyone else thought this too, don't say you didn't. It is meant in fun as a musician joke. "They're both professional musicians? Good thing you got used to supporting them early on...."
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    Re: Geek Pre-Amp question OHMs

    Here's my take on it as a former navy electronics tech who dealt with a few signal attenuation problems due to improper impedance matching issues:

    At every interface in a signal path, the greater...
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    Re: Did someone say PICKS?

    Shown - actual pick assortment of your average player who can't believe anyone would spend $5, $10 or $30 for a pick....
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    Re: Wintergrass Headcount

    Welcome! You realize this thread was about a get together 15 years ago - I don't know if there is anything cafe-specific for Wintergrass 2020. We had a similar mando tasting that Martin put...
  24. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I missed a few episodes while working nights. Going back and streaming them now. I've really enjoyed it. One thing I like is how every artist they mentioned or interviewed seemed to get painted in a...
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    I'm also a classically trained violinist. I took up bluegrass fiddle as a teen with lessons that were 100% watch, listen, play, repeat. Some 40 years later when I took up mandolin those fiddle...
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