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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Or drill a few holes and hint to 3 friends that "It's based on Loar's resonator design that was, ya know, quashed by that hushed-up lawsuit." In 20 years, it could become legend for, as you said,...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    When I was 10 in '56, we took a 3-week family driving vacation to visit the grandfather that I mentioned in Denver. At the time, many diners had free postcards by their cash registers, I presume in...
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    Re: Help with Timing

    I'll be foolish enough to take a stab at a brief answer, which is what you're probably expecting, keeping in mind that a truly VALID answer would require several volumes of analyzing the dozen or...
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    Yeah but... she makes up for it by sounding authoritative. Guess I'm gonna have to buy white gloves to play my '17 A-1!
  5. Re: What's the origin/lyrics of this song: All Around the Mountai

    Yup, it's called "folk music", or more properly "folk tradition". It works like this: you sing a song to me and 5 friends; we each sing that same song, with our own mistakes and/or "improvements" to...
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    Re: Altering Original Tempo

    ... and whether it's the first pint or the fourth!
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    Nicely said!

    Are you sure that the "bow" is ALL in the neck"? Being an old Kay guitar (I assume flat-top?), there's a good chance of body distortion as well, where the end neck block has rotated...
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    Re: personalised mando strap

    Check out Sully's Straps if you like beautiful leather, either new or "vintage"; NFI.
    https://sullysstraps.com/

    Personalized? I doubt that he'll do your name in sequins, but yours will certainly...
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    Re: Jimmy Gaudreau

    One of my all-time favorites!
  10. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    Not to sidetrack too much, but maybe worth saying (especially as those who don't know Floyd Cramer also don't know from "Hi-Fi"!) :

    A grace note (sorry to duplicate the nomenclature) is a lead...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Huh? The question sort of implies that "the public" is impressed by high-end mandolins, which I highly doubt is accurate, at least among the several hundred million NOT currently registered as Cafe...
  12. Re: Do you ever sing the notes of a tune while you play it?

    When I finally got serious about learning the fretboard AND about being a tolerable (or at least predictable!) singer, I'd sing the names of the notes as I played the tune. Clunky at first, but it...
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    Re: Explain This Chord

    I may detect some additional confusion:

    Some folks, mainly beginners & the uninitiated (no slight intended; we've all been there), think of the "highest" string(s) as the pair closest to the...
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    Re: What does FFcP mean?

    Maybe not directly. But indirectly, the stretches involved in FFcP will ease almost everything you might want to do on a mandolin fretboard.

    Do remember to hold each non-fretting finger over its...
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    Re: Three Beginner Questions

    Just like, given enough time, handling/playing wear will make a glossy finish matt, usually in patches.

    For those who worry about aesthetics, a compromise that some have suggested is buff a matt...
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    Re: Are Lilliputians allowed to sell on ebay?

    Good friend of mine was a graphic artist, way back when for Time with lots of re-touched Princess Diana, and later for Topps, the baseball card folks (plus football and other sports). A major issue...
  17. Re: Grateful Dead's - China Cat Sunflowew Lesson

    Hey, you talkin' to me?? (Not like over-thinking is a favorite hobby or anything...)
  18. Re: Looking for a clip-on tuner that works well in daylight...

    In my experience, the NS-Mini keeps tuning even as the battery weakens AND the display dims - even if not enough to be obvious. Maybe just try a new battery? FWIW, it has beecome my go-to tuner for...
  19. Re: oddball (pseudo?-) resonator w. amusing "professional" setup

    ... which must have been "Cathedranol". What a cringe-worthy name; makes me think catheter, ethanol, and Drain-o, all at once!
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    Re: Lateral Upgrade?

    In my experience, most artists, particularly of the musical variety, whether players or builders, DO believe that their most recent effort is their best to date, the culmination of everything they've...
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    Re: practice advice: speed vs repetoire

    Pushing to play faster, on its own, is often an exercise in frustration, sort of like lifting weights that are too heavy to lift... it's just not gonna happen. At worst, it causes you to "practice"...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    What I don't get is that many are impressed by tuners that "lock on" to a note easily, when all that really means is that the tuner has a wider tolerance of inaccuracy that a less-steady tuner might...
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    Re: Struggle to get dola sounding...mellow

    PICKS are the fastest way to change the sound of most fretted instruments. In general:
    - thicker and rounded = mellower sound;
    - thinner and pointier = more treble, and maybe thinner, sound.
    ...
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    Re: Help me use this diminished lick

    Another context? It's what's normally played -on piano- in the old black & white pre-talkies, just as Snidely Whiplash is tying Liza Belle to the railroad tracks, with a steam locomotive fast...
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    Re: Case modification

    Hey, atsunrise: Nice job!



    My solution, as for others here, is a 3-racket tennis bag. My 8-year-old Head bag is both insulated and waterproof (other than the zippers, but how muck leakage can...
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