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    Re: Shipping Costs

    Are you all not insuring these mandolin? Using a rider from another company? Anything under $100 is a steal!
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    Re: cheap external pickup

    The stick on external pickups are not great.
    I'd go with the JJB Mercato that has a carpenter jack. Install the pickups with blu-tack and you'll be good to go, no drilling required and easily...
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    Re: Need some advice.

    Actually, R&B stuff can be played on mando and fit. The trick is... you MUST understand how the rhythm guitar(s) function in that genre. There a lot of guitar backup figures which are on the top...
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    Re: A request of builders

    I would like to add this. Outside of a very few high end builders, most builders are not fantastic at everything. Whether it be frets, finish, fit, creating a specific sonic quality, following a...
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    Interesting...I’ve always found the Elixirs (which I think are nickel/bronze) as a little darker and quieter than the D’Addairio phosphor/bronze strings. For a brighter mandolin (like my Eastman 315)...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    I thought of sliding the tabs the length of the string but I figured that would leave gum on the entire string. Looks like that is not a problem, but it still doesn't solve the problem of gum on the...
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

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    Here is my father with his 30s F style Chicago mando, circa 1935. He paid $25 for it through M-W catalog. Reverse scroll looks similar to the one shown in the catalog photo above
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

    Thanks for posting about this mando NickR. I too have one of these treasures. My father bought it from Monkey Ward in the mid30s, for the reported price of $25. I started playing on it in the late...
  9. Sierra Hull on guitar, "everybody's talking"

    https://youtu.be/wbb0uW0k8pI



    https://youtu.be/wbb0uW0k8pI
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    The Ruhland neck is custom. Matt used a mandolin I used to own that now lives in Portland as a template and then modified the neck it to be a little less deep. The Ruhland neck turned out slightly...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I would say the Yaybahar. Apart from the fact that they are not commercially available, I can imagine that there are a fair few people one might have difficulty persuading that what one is producing...
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    Re: Late 30s Regal/Wards F hole archtop

    This changed my mind about cheap old Mandolins.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlfYqIY-jyQ&fbclid=IwAR1cg-Q5JXe8Q0nbu0LeCdR8GT-4EyZdNTnTecNR1VDoK8TjljC3mhQOom8
  13. Re: Curt Mangan Monel medium string price increase?

    IMO the best string for tone and price is the Dunlop DMN1140 nickel wound.

    https://www.elderly.com/collections/category_mandolin-family-strings/products/dunlop-dmn1140-mandolin-set
  14. Thread: Mile Twelve

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    Mile Twelve

    I saw Mile 12 last night ,this was the third time in as many years and was amazed at how incredible they were and great they have become .
    Everyone of them are truly amazing musicians who complement...
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    Re: basic recording setup

    I use an iPhone. Smartphones probably do the same, The quality is great for the amount of work involved.
    I haven’t tried multiple tracks but it seems easy enough with garageband, it strips the vid...
  16. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    So far, none of my customers have asked for a flat fretboard. I've done compound radiused fretboards entirely, flattest was 10" at the nut and 14" at the bridge, the most extreme was a 4" radius at...
  17. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I thought one of the themes throughout the series was the cyclical nature of country evolving/morphing/blending with other genres, then eventually getting back to it's roots. If the series has any...
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    Re: Mojo on beloved Daley mandolin

    Rick,

    Keep that pjnkie trimmed & rock on!

    -craig
  19. Midnight on the Water-10.Anniversary of my Pomeroy A2 Mandolin

    Back in 2009, I had Don Paine build me a Pomeroy A2 mandolin.
    It has become one of my favorite instruments.
    I especially like the sound it has with flatwound strings.
    ...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I am pretty cut and dry about Virzi's. I dislike them in F5's and like them in oval hole mandolins. However, there is a real conundrum here. The only reason I like them in an oval hole is because...
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    Re: Web based backing track tool?

    Thanks bigskygirl! :mandosmiley: It's good when apps have the option to work offline. :)



    That sounded like something I needed to try, :grin: so - after reading yours and others' advice here -...
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    John Denver playing mandolin

    Hey guy and gals,

    I stumbled across this video this week and thought I would share. I hope you enjoy.
    https://youtu.be/rCVpI4eXfcY

    ...trouble embedding again...sorry...
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    Mandolin Orange on WGBH

    Everything about this is great but who cares what I think. I will let the video and music do the talking...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdP8S0uKP5U

    Thanks,
    Dem
  24. Re: Natural plant based resins in oil-based varnish

    Long ago I used a local adaptation of the fulton varnish, using Pinyon pine sap (pinus edulis engelmanii) and linseed oil cooked to 275+ degrees outdoors, colored with crushed hematite from a...
  25. My New Northfield Artist 2A a Mind-blowing Success

    Thanks to all the great experience shared in my last thread, I decided to pursue a locally available Northfield Artist 2A. Words cannot describe how incredible this instrument is. Its voice is just...
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