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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Heaven just got a little cooler. RIP Ivan.
  2. Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    A violin's effective range, because of its bowed nature, extends far further up the fretboard than a mandolin's.

    You can play up the fretboard, and a lot of music has been written utilizing the...
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    I'm pretty sure it's not intended as solely acoustic. All his other instruments are (amazing) deconstructed to a pretty significant degree, so I think this is his deconstructed acoustic.
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    Nothing, really. It's a completely different structural concept. Both can work, but it's a little like comparing a tractor to a Ferrari. Both are powerful, but different approaches.
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    Re: Tacoma mandolins

    Tacoma mandolins were the best mandolins available from a factory under $1000 until 2003 or so...
    The main reason was that they came well -- actually beautifully, set up. And so they sounded and...
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    I call them (at least the top one) "zero downforce bridges". I think I got that from a GAL publication, not sure who coined it. Of course the downforce is not exactly zero, but probably a pound or so...
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    Re: its only a Dollar..

    Hmm, that's a good find. But doesn't have the flat top near the heel. it's more like this Epiphone...
    https://reverb.com/uk/item/2504670-epiphone-mm50-e-2014-blonde-f-model-mandolin-mint
    Yep,...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    If you use a sound level meter in front of a bunch of different mandolins, you will be amazed how small the differences in actual sound output level are. As has been said on here many times,...
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    Re: its only a Dollar..

    dblepost
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    Re: its only a Dollar..

    It's not a Gibson. So many wrong details. And Ping tuners?
    180570180571
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    Re: A request of builders

    On the other hand.... bad fretwork makes it really easy to make customers happy!
    I hope I'm not one of the builders being talked at here, I'd like to think not. I have a policy that any mandolin a...
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    Re: Rubner tuners are back

    I just dropped in a set of Rubners to replace the Ping tuners on an Eastman octave mandolin. Perfect fit, I didn't swap out the bushings because I know the Eastmans are pressed in pretty tight and...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    What was going on on May 25, 2019?
  14. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    I've used all of the usual varnishes on very similar mandolins (lacquer, french polish over shellac, french polish over oil varnish, poly, modern waterborne varnish) and have not been able to see any...
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    Re: What is this wood figuring called?

    Those are called "medullary rays". They are rays which are arranged like spokes of a wheel in the tree, and are important to transfer water and nutrients between inner and outer areas of the trunk....
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    Re: But it said it was a Gibson!

    #playauthentic
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    Re: Need a safe wall mount mando holder

    Hercules is what you want. I had many instruments on the wall, using Hercules wall mounts during an earthquake. My 1931 Duolian, not on a Hercules, fell on me while I was sleeping and woke me up. All...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    Unfortunately, a laser would be very dangerous to use handheld. The laser is invisible, and just like a flashlight bounces all over the room off of any shiny surface, the laser bounces all over the...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    Two words....

    La
    Zer

    More seriously, here's what you should do:
    Make an MDF template. Then tape your acrylic to the MDF. Then flush trim the acrylic to the MDF.
  20. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    The real selling point of the Mag-IC probe is that you don't have to separate the magnet every time you take a reading.
  21. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    Not exactly. It lets you click on a photograph and note the last measured value. But taking the photograph, and syncing up the location on the instrument with the measured location on the instrument,...
  22. Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    I was a Suzuki kid. Not one of the good ones, though I had great teachers... learning to improvise was very difficult, but has helped my overall musicianship immensely.
    Anyone who's a really good...
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    The longer the scale length, the more help you need. A violin is a short scale, and you can't really see the markers that well anyway, so you might as well learn how to play in tune. By the time you...
  24. Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    +1 to Jim's suggestions, especially Irish/Celtic. It's quite challenging enough and has some really interesting melodies and progressions, almost baroque in many ways. I think old Johann Sebastian...
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    Re: Rubner tuners are back

    https://www.rubnertuners.com/hauser-style-for-guitar?category=A%20Style%20Mandolin%20Machines
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