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    Re: Feedback on a magnetic pickup

    Magnetic pickups that are not potted well are prone to feedback. When it is secured to a top, and the top is vibrating, it can be prone to feedback at higher volume. Piezo pickups are also prone to...
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    Re: Best stage pedal for live mandolin

    Brentrup, K&K twin, Red Eye. I get compliments all the time on the sound of my mandolin, it works for me.
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    Re: Yet another string winder thread

    Never use one, just technique when putting on new strings. Been discussed several times here. Slotted headstock is the only time I use one, and for me that is on a guitar.
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    My lacquer instruments show almost no wear. My main mandolin, a varnished instrument, shows a ton of wear. It also sounds much better. I think there is a significant wear difference between the two...
  5. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    The plain steel strings will be the same in pretty much every set of strings, so if the E strings are bright you may want to try a heavier pick. If you can get used to it, I used to prefer it. a...
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    Re: Anchor a finger on the pit guard or not?

    I don't plant, but do brush. I can play both ways, but prefer to brush. When I don't a guard I curl my fingers sometimes, but leave them out most of the time. I try to not touch the top when I let...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    That reminds me of a quote from a teacher long ago. " If ignorance was bliss you'd be in a peaceful state for the rest of your life".
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    Play it some more, it may take time to adjust to the new fretboard. If after a while you still can't deal with it, change it if you like the sound enough to keep it. I have an old Gibson with an 1...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    I don't think playing at home distresses an instrument as much as hard gigging. I was playing around 4 hours a day at home and gigging lots. The home playing is much more controlled and I don't think...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    I think it is easier to go to violin after mandolin. It's less to learn on the violin, and you can focus on intonation and bowing.
  11. Thread: Stable Cracks

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    Re: Stable Cracks

    Cracks appear for a number of reasons. I have glued cracks that have been stable for 30 years. I guess you could call that a stable crack. Tops and backs are joined without cleats and are fine, you...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    My varnish finish shows lots of wear. Not like a distressed instrument, I use an arm rest and pickguard. I think the environment you play in makes a difference too. Lacquer finish is much more...
  13. Thread: Washburn M-1/SB

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    Re: Washburn M-1/SB

    If the string height above the 1st fret is too high, which I think it will be, there is no need to disturb the nut. You should be able to simply file for the proper string gauge as you bring it down...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    If an instrument is built in a low humidity environment it can tolerate that environment better than one built in a more humid environment. A lot of people who have to deal with humidity and dryness...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I totally agree Mark.
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I agree Mark, excessive humidity can damage and instrument, especially glue joints. Here in the midwest we have humid days, and nights that can get to 100%. Days can get in the 60's on a good day and...
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    Poll: Re: Solid Wood Acoustic Environment/Storage

    I have played outdoors in a snow storm in temps in the 30's and played on a river cruise with temps in the 90's and humid. As long as you don't open your case that is below freezing in a 90 degree...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I wouldn't worry about over humidification, unless you are putting something wet in your case. Natural humidity from the environment I don't believe will damage you instrument. Setting it out in a...
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    Re: Humidity control, ay ay ay

    I live in the midwest, high humidity in the summer. I also play on a river cruise weekly on the Mississippi River, very high humidity. I burn wood for heat in the winter. I try to keep the humidity...
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    Re: Finish Flaking off on Neck

    I would take all the finish off and make it into a speed neck. It would be very comfortable and you won't to worry about the finish anymore. It will also not be stick if you play in humid conditions.
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    Re: Gibson Master Models

    Well it gives you more time to play music, always looking for the positive.
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    Re: Gibson Master Models

    You can still work while getting Social Security, it just take the pressure off to work all the time. It's not a cure all for a good business income, but does help. I took it about 10 years ago at...
  23. Re: G Strings on Nearly New Eastman 805V-2022 Model

    I have all my mandolins set very low with a very low action, they sound strong and solid, not tinny. I don't think setting a low action with most any adjustable bridge is going to hurt your sound....
  24. Re: G Strings on Nearly New Eastman 805V-2022 Model

    If you moved the height of the strings, a lot, then I would set the intonation. If your G strings are not intonating properly they can sound weak.
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    Re: "A" strings don't stay tuned

    If the strings are going flat it isn't the nut. It could be the winding slipping on the string, sometimes it is not as secure as it should be. Are the loops getting smaller than the E strings? It...
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