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    Re: Pets with Mandolin-related names?

    Our Goldendoodle, who we lost earlier this year, was named Tremolo. When people asked my why, I said that the only way I'd ever have a tremolo that anyone would admire was if I had a good looking...
  2. Re: Eastman MD515 Mandolin with Schertler Products Giveaway

    Very generous offer. Someone will be getting a very special Christmas present.
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    Re: Free V-Picks - Right Here

    Cool! Count me in.
  4. Re: In search of red teens F4 bought at Renningers in Florida in

    Without a serial number it will be really hard to know that a given mando is "the one." Maybe someone will know the history of their mandolin well enough to trace it back to the 1989 sale. If you...
  5. Re: Question(s) for other lefties who play righty...

    Interesting finding. My conclusion, based on this report, is that ultrasound can increase the rate of left-handedness. But that's a long way from the conclusion that left handedness is...
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    Re: High-strung Mandola

    This.

    Mandola scale lengths vary quite a bit. Use this as a starting point and then position the bridge so that the note when fretting at the 12 fret matches the pitch of the harmonic at the 12th...
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    Do you have a citation for this? It doesn't fit at all with my understanding of hand dominance or neuroplasticity. I'd be happy to revise my understanding of these issues if there's credible...
  8. Re: Howe-Orme on eBay.. "kissed by the angels"

    The plainer one Jim mentioned looks pretty much the way it should. The fretboards were no longer elevated by that serial number, as best as I can tell. The earlier one has all of the problems...
  9. Re: Howe-Orme on eBay.. "kissed by the angels"

    Well, as others have already noted, the one with the "adjustable" bridge is certainly not original (bridge and tailpiece wrong) and the description is incorrect in a couple of respects (the "E H Co"...
  10. Thread: Ragtime

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    Re: Ragtime

    What a fascinating thread! When I think of ragtime, players like Rev. Gary Davis or Blind Blake come to mind more readily than Scott Joplin (although his compositions are outstanding, to be sure). ...
  11. Re: Best piece of advice you've learned here at The Cafe

    Well, it's a small, specific thin but it's proved to be a great tip -- how to wind strings when changing them. I learned here to wrap the string around the post and then pass it through the hole in...
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    Re: Portable digital recorder suggestions...

    Another vote for the LS-10. I've gotten excellent results using it with a mini-tripod. It's rugged, compact, versatile, and the recording quality is excellent.
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    Re: Intra-course intonation problem?

    This may sound odd but I had this issue once and eventually realized that the callus on my finger was sufficiently asymmetrical to push one string in the pair more aggressively than the other,...
  14. Re: when you send a mandolin UPS or FedEx,...

    What I've found works well is to put some cardboard baffles in with the peanuts. That way, separate sections filled with peanuts are sort of walled off and the case can't shift so that it ends up...
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    Re: Putting a strap on a bowlback?

    Most bowlbacks have tailpieces that have a raised ridge stamped into them. So, of you look at the butt end, mandolin face down, the tailpiece has a flat section that comes to a decorative point...
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    Re: Martin or Gibson

    Late to the party, I realize. The comment about neck angle is important. My Martin 0-17T needed a reset and benefited enormously from it. As most of you probably know, a neck reset isn't...
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    Re: Tenor tuning survey

    Tenor banjo: GDAE. Tenor guitar:DGBE. I don't play much tenor anymore but when I was playing Irish dance music on tenor guitar, I found the Chicago tuning to make the stretches a lot easier. My...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio also played tenor and ukulele before taking up six-string. Although Nick had a Martin 0-18T signature model in his honor, on the earliest recordings, he actually used...
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    Re: My new National All-Maple NM1

    Very nice!
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    Re: Martin tenor guitar truss rods?

    Dan -- I haven't and I've actually wondered the same thing. I would assume a spruce top would be louder than all-mahogany but would lack that earthy mahogany tone. Mine isn't a particularly loud...
  21. Re: Anyone familiar with 1930's Dobro mandolins?

    I have a Regal equivalent of the one in the classifieds. The fact that the action and intonation are good is a big plus. Those are often problems on these things. I remember a salesman at Gruhn's...
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    Re: Martin tenor guitar truss rods?

    My '45 Martin 0-17T has an ebony rod in the neck. I guess it was built before the war-imposed restrictions on metal use were lifted. I've had the neck reset due to geometry changes but the neck...
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    Re: Vega Model 201 - Sweet sounding mandolin

    I really like the early Vega mandolins. They have a very sweet tone and are well-built instruments. I often find that I prefer the tone of the mahogany to the rosewood examples, actually, despite...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Darryl Wolfe!

    Round number -- thirty, already?

    Happy birthday!
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    Re: Help with a Howe-Orme

    That's not a Howe-Orme. American Conservatory is a Washburn line.
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