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    Re: Just Ordered my First Mandolin, Advice?

    read back in the immense archives, here , is my advice ..
  2. Re: Made a Bone Saddle for my F4. Big Improvement!

    Got a Fossil Walrus Tusk one for my '22 A4 , years ago .. Alaskan, Arctic Creatures. :whistling:
  3. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    There is an even lighter set 9-13-20-32, than the light 10-15-24-36.

    lighter strings reach pitch at lower tension . so won't force the bridge to be pushed down as much with a given head...
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    Re: Bridge Saddle Sag?

    FWIW if you did not know Fossilization is a slow process where organic materials are slowly replaced by minerals,
    and after some time (thousands of years perhaps) the piece is more stone than...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    No. I dont when seated .. One benefit a Tone Gard offers is the back's resonance is not dampened holding it against the body ..
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    Re: Looking for something darker and throatier

    a Mandola .. :whistling:
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    Several got Re-frets ..

    You want to sign up, in advance, for my Estate Sale?
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Texas? might be some gun cases big enough like for multiple prized double barrels,

    just have to re upholster the inside with suitable plush covered foam ..
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Consider getting a padded case cover, that combines your 2 existing hard cases into one stack,
    Sewn Locally, with your desired shoulder straps,.. ..

    ;)
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    Says Q: "would prefer fiberglass, and fairly durable in a sub $300 price range"..

    A: let us know when you get that dream time machine built, to find pre 1960 prices ..

    :whistling:
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    Re: Mandolin Cafe hats

    I Wait for Woolen ones with Ear Flaps for winter..
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    Re: New case for a F2?

    The New Eastman fiberglass may be the right thing.. elongated head area for F4, F5..
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings

    D'Addario has their EFW -74 string
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    Re: Straps for A style

    Which strap, comes up as often as 'best' chain oil does on bicycle forums ..
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    Re: Reunion Blues A/F Bags

    Generally when minus the scroll & lap point A in an F Case has extra space..
    When I lived in SFO in the 80's , a friend was their leather cutter, they were in the Mission district.
    he got ...
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin

    Piccolo mandolins were like 12" scale or less & cgda an octave above a viola, as I recall ....

    I got a Pocket Mandolin I Brought with, on a Pub Crawl bike tour on the British Isles a couple...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    I got my 1922 A4 re-fretted at Portland Fretworks ..
    It got a fingerboard leveling while the frets were off. $400. + new strings.

    :cool:
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    Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    Q: Why do Mandolins have 8 strings ?

    A: It increases the odds that one of them are in tune..

    :whistling:
  19. Re: Tear drop or pear-shaped A style--what's your preference?

    My Life has gone pear shaped long ago .. :popcorn:
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    Re: Mandolin Case Storage Solution

    I Just pack a Closet ..
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    Re: Gold-plated Eastman mandolin tailpiece...

    Even switching from smaller footprint tail piece like Allen MR to TR , a larger one,

    & plugging - re drilling the jack/end pin hole is covered up by the larger tailpiece foot print..

    MR...
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    Re: No love for old Martins?

    Used to own a Martin Bowl Back .. top looked like their flat backs .. cant top, same pick guard shape, just a bit smaller ..

    (speculating) perhaps both types were made at the same time, the flat...
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    Re: Gibson A2Z refret with larger frets??

    Fretboard leveling as part of a re-fret has been part of the job on 2 different mandolins..
  24. Re: Modern Cases for Vintage Gibson F Oval hole Mandolins.

    FWIW have a V1 Eastman FG A5 case ,.. string packet for spares wil lay behind the head (Even smaller than V2 mentioned above.)

    \Digital tuners are pretty darned small .. thought Elderly was...
  25. Re: Endpiece for nonlooped strings, without having to make knots

    Consider a Custom Fabrication of a tailpiece, like the tuning pegs on the other end,..

    you would secure the string by winding it around several times to secure it.. a capstan as it were .....
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