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  1. Thread: Double Standard

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    Re: Double Standard

    Of course, the meanings of words can change slowly over time -- and sometimes, even more quickly. That is part of the the nature of a living languages. For example, the word "gay" carried a very...
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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    Yow. Well, let's go to the computer and see: a 0.049" diameter C string at a ~13-7/8" scale length (the standard mandolin scale length, not the mandola scale length) will be under just 16.4 lbs of...
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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    Get a mandola. Contrary to what you wrote, they are not THAT hard to come by. On the contrary! I just went to the classified section of the MC and I counted over 20 of them for sale, right now! ...
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    Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Oh, c'mon!! This is just Internet trolling. Shame on you. You seem to be trying to get a rise. Folks on the MC really shouldn't take the bait. Of course, you're welcome to dislike the aesthetics of...
  5. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    I would push back against this, at least a little. I don't think it has anything to do with employing lawyers or sharp business practice. On the contrary. BlueChip is simply patenting an original...
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    Re: diminished value from a repair?

    As other have said, NO, this is not exactly what we would refer to as a "cracked headstock." And NO, it is certainly not "structural" either, as it in no way affects the straightness of the neck,...
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    Re: Song books for women?

    No, you don't really need to find a song book with entries in "women's keys." Besides, there ain't no such thing! A contralto will tend to sing in a completely different vocal range from a soprano,...
  8. Don Stiernberg Quartet cited as a best jazz recording of 2020

    The Chicago Tribune ran an article on July 7 naming their picks for the best jazz recordings of 2020, to date. Among their choices was the Don Stiernberg Quartet album, "Straight Ahead (Mando...
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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    Above the 15th fret, the fingerboard on an A5 or F5 model is supported by the fretboard extension (a separate, glued-in piece) and not by the neck itself. One many budget models, and also some...
  10. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    NO, not necessarily redrill! The James tailpiece was designed so that it can be carefully bent (at a thinned region, near where the main tailpiece body joins the vertical mounting bracket) to get...
  11. Re: Talk me out of replacing an ABS nut with a bone nut

    Changing the nut will only affect the tone of open strings. SO: Play your open strings. Then play them fretted. Is there a significant difference in the tone that you can hear? If so, then...
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    Re: sanding/scratching picks for better grip

    Believe it or not, if you peel an orange and then try grabbing your pick, you'll find that your grip will improve, and be much less slippery. Also, washing your hands makes quite a difference. There...
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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    Aaaagh. But the OP sought to remove his pickguard because he found it more difficult to plant his pinky on it, being used to planting his pinky directly on the top! So now, we have folks wanting to...
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    Re: Weber Bitterroot Cedar Top

    I once owned a 2006 Weber Yellowstone F5 with a Western red cedar top, which I purchased used on the Mandolin Cafe. The Weber Yellowstone model was a step up from their Bitterroot. Cedar wood has a...
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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    By the way, these Ferraris all sport mudflaps! Sw-e-e-e-e-t!! :))

    186771

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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    De gustibus non est disputandum. Of course, you're entitled to an opinion that pickguards are unattractive. And of course, you should feel free to remove them from any instruments you may own. You...
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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    If you're soliciting advice, you really should specify what make and model of mandola you own! Posting a picture or two would certainly help. Not all pickguards attach in the same way. Some, like...
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    Re: Pomerory - Don Paine

    Some of the early Pomeroy F5 models by Don Paine featured beautiful, elaborate inlays on the headstock. Also, he had special tailpieces made up by a jeweler, made from solid sterling silver, with the...
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    Re: What is Andy Irvine playing in this video?

    Looks like a Sobell cittern (octve mandolin).


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mb_iK32KlM
  20. Thread: Scalelength?

    by sblock
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    Re: Scalelength?

    For whatever it's worth, the Weber mandolins have a scale length of 14", and not 13-7/8" and not 13-15/16". The total range of all these values is just 1/8" = 0.125". I doubt that most most would...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    I'm glad to hear that you really like your newly acquired 1917 A4!

    If the pickguard on it has not deteriorated in over a century, then that's great -- it is probably stable. Not all pickguards...
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    This is an American tragedy. Thile elevated mandolin playing to an entirely new level, and he brought the music we all love to a wide audience. It was such a pleasure to tune in to his program. I...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    Some new cases are known to "outgas," producing volatile chemicals due to the oxidation or curing of materials found inside, like urethane-based foam, certain plasticizers found inside plastics, and...
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    Re: Different Kinds of Wood

    Different tonewoods have very different properties of density, stiffness, durability, and workability. They also have very different availability, which not only addresses the growing regions, but...
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    Re: New builds final Set-up Help?

    On a short-scale, high-tension instrument like the mandolin, tiny differences in the measurements can lead to big differences in playability -- and in the sound. In my opinion, you would do well to...
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