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    Re: F-Style vs A-style ergonomics...

    I started out playing mandolin with a preference for f styles as many newbies do (and many seasoned pros). It didn’t take long for me to discover I could get a much better A style for the same money...
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    Re: Update From The Mandolin Store

    The Mandolin Store is absolutely running! Zach Vance has stepped in for his father while he recuperates and the store will continue to offer the very best prices and personal service. I’ve bought 3...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    In addition to the benefits already stated above, I find that an armrest helps offset the weight of the headstock. Especially on an F5 shape with a tonegard on.
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    Me three.

    Per his advice, I use a dab of Tri-Flow.
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    AFAIK the main difference is sides of Rigels are curved so bend the mounting points, to suit. then slip the tubing sections over them again ?
  6. Re: Of your favorite instruments that qualify for this site...

    I have two mandolins that are in playable order right now, both are F-style and both are setup pretty close to identically. One would cost quite a bit to replace today, the other was quite...
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    Has anyone used the Elixir mediums on a Kentucky KM-1000? That is what I am looking to use them on.
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    Re: Caterina Lichtenberg‘s On-line course

    I'm a subscriber as well. The course is well structured, with each new concept clearly explained and demonstrated. Studying classical mandolin opens up a whole other world of possibilities on the...
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    Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    "lose" grip means that you have not managed to maintain the grip.
    "loose" grip is when you don't hold it tightly.

    Sometimes, the spelling does matter! :grin: Anyway, too loose a grip will lose...
  10. Thread: Ellis A5?

    by Br1ck
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    Re: Ellis A5?

    Don't forget, every used Heiden, Kimble, Ellis, Gilchrist, Montelione, et al, is a rejected instrument by someone. Thankfully, there is no recognized best brand in the world, except perhaps a Loar.
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    Re: What can I expect in quality from upgrade?

    I'm interested to see what you think after you play the Northfield. I have an Eastman MD315 and MD505 and have been wondering how much better a Northfield might be for me. General consensus seems to...
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    Re: Mandolin Set Up Ebook and Mandolin Users

    Even if your mandolin is well set up, it's comforting to measure action for confirmation, and the info is something you should have available.
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    What’s going on with my Mandolin neck?

    Is this a normal amount of curvature, is it in need of a truss rod adjustment, or is this some deeper issue?

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  14. Thread: Strap Advice

    by Rev Tim T
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    Re: Strap Advice

    + vote for Lakota's. They are amazing - super soft - beautiful - I really like the braided ones.
  15. Re: Spy Photos - New Bare-Bones Kentucky F Mandolin

    Caleb, a lot of professional pickers wanted the fancy designs so they would be noticed while on stage, gold plated instruments with fancy inlays and a sunburst finish was the "In thing" years ago,...
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    Re: Review and comparison 'The Loar LM-700 VS'

    I have not seen Ivan post anywhere in this thread. As almeriastrings noted above he is NOT Ivan (and then there was some rant about not being a banjo player. :) )
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    Re: How do you get better at the mandolin?

    I'm self-taught so far, just over a year. IMO, if you can read music a bit and have a decent ear, and have already been playing tunes, then it's time for those "boring" technique drills.

    I...
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    Gibson's standard fix all back then and really...

    Gibson's standard fix all back then and really since Loar left was a quicky Lacquer overspray to shine it up a bit.
    I've seen jobs where they didn't even cover up the holes and oversprayed the...
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