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    Re: Lacey Act Questions

    Read this first: https://www.fws.gov/international/permits/by-activity/musical-instruments.html

    This document, straight from the U.S. government, should answer many of your questions:

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    Re: Bridge Placement

    Yes, the bridge needs to be placed -- as a starting point for further adjustment! -- at the place where the 12th fret bisects the length of the open string. With a normal nut (which acts as a...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    The topic of string break angle over the bridge has been fairly extensively discussed in the MC Forum before. I would suggest checking out this thread right away:
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    Re: Help with TEFView

    Does it happen for every *.tef file that you open, or just for this one? This particular file may have been saved with "oboe" as the preferred instrument, so the program is just reloading the saved...
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    Re: James Tailpiece Opinions

    The James tailpiece is one terrific accessory. It's extremely well-designed. It looks like traditional Gibson-style tailpiece with a removable cover. But under the hood, it's a wonder. It's solidly...
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    Re: a guide to instrument valuations

    At the risk of sounding argumentative, I just don't think it's that simple. Sorry. Musical instruments are not like used cars, and there is no "bluebook" value, so to speak, based on some simplistic...
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    "Reverse lock" refers to (1) winding the part of the string that's passed through the tuner hole 1/2 turn in the reverse (i.e., opposite) direction to the intended wraps, then (2) passing that end...
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    Re: paddy on the turnpike

    For an absolutely mind-blowing, virtuoso adaptation of "Paddy on the Turnpike", listen to the version developed by the late, great Vassar Clements, who called his version "Avalanche."
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  9. Thread: Music Software

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    Re: Music Software

    +1 You will learn much more about the mandolin, and about music in general, if you undertake to make transcriptions yourself from MP3 or other digital recordings. Slow these down as much as need...
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    Re: Removing pick guard (glued?)

    Clean it up, and just leave it there! It's not blocking or hindering anything, and -- who knows? -- you might want to replace the pick guard someday, for example, if you find yourself damaging the...
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    Re: Hypothetical Wierd Question ?

    In general, the smaller the hole, the more the bass content. The presence of both f and oval holes in one mandolin would probably lead to a fairly tinny sound, under the circumstances. The sound...
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    Re: Finger joint fusion?

    Well, speaking in general, bones spurs (if these are the problem) can sometimes be trimmed with surgery, but if the loss of cartilage is the real underlying problem, then there exists no practical...
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    Re: D'Addrio picks?

    See this thread for a comparison with the BlueChip CT55 pick: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/149031-D-Addario-s-new-Chris-Thile-signature-mandolin-pick
  14. Re: D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    Well, that thread title didn't even manage to spell "D'Addario" correctly (makes searching hard)! :grin:
  15. D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    I recently got in one of the new Chris Thile signature mandolin picks from D'Addario (Model 2CA7-01CT), which are currently retailing for $25 apiece. That's fairly expensive for a single pick, but...
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    Re: Why do people only sell the great ones?

    So, OP, you'd rather see an ad like this?!

    For sale: Mandolin, F5-style. Undistinguished in every way. Still playable, but fairly high action, especially up the neck. A few frets are worn and...
  17. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    Like the OP, I also live in the Bay Area, near Gryphon. I had an occasion to visit Nashville a few years back (to deliver a talk), and while I was there, I had the privilege of making a pilgrimage...
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings = Noisy Mandolin

    If your flatwound strings are buzzing at proper pitch, as you report, then the chances are good that they are hitting against the frets as they vibrate. This could occur if they are under lower...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    +1. This is absolutely correct. You can't buy overproof (high purity) alcohol (ethanol, that is) in certain states, like California. They do sell a watered-down version of Everclear in California,...
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    Re: do many fo you mix strings

    No, not many folks do this. First off, the A and E strings are generally all steel (with rare exceptions for the A), and sound pretty much the same in all brands, provided that the same gauges are...
  21. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    I'd certainly consider something by Pomeroy (Don Paine), Andrew Mowry, or Dan Voigt.
  22. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    EBay will sell you rubber grommets. You can buy these in a batch of 20 (from China) with free shipping for just $3.00.
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    I'd recommend going to a music store that sells some high-end mandolins, as well as budget instruments like your Eastman. Spend some time and play them. Especially try playing some challenging...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Actually, I'm afraid that your recollection of these experiments is not quite right. Yes, some of the very same brain areas 'light up' in fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) studies where...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    Sorry, but I cannot agree that the consensus of opinions expressed on the MC is mainly explained by some kind of "observation bias," namely, that people will tend to report whatever works for them...
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