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  1. Re: searching for tech for Mandolin set-up

    Hey, pjjoy1:

    Nice to have you on the Cafť. This is a great site full of mandolin addicts just like you. :-)

    I don't know specifically what's going on in Boston, but I do know Phoenix Mandolins...
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    Dan Voight - Mandolin Lesson

    Hi, Everyone:

    Just a quick note to report and I suppose celebrate a mandolin lesson I had with Dan Voight a week or so ago. I saw Dan advertise lessons on Facebook, and while I was aware of his...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    I also was a bit surprised when they suggested Brothers in Wind Gap, and don’t know how they found it. I can speculate it had to do with the owner’s experience in Martin’s repair shop, where he...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    Agreed!

    Itís reasonable to think a place that produces a high number of instruments with a bunch of dealers would be tough to get in touch with, or characteristically impersonal due to the sheer...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    Thanks for sharing, man. I agree they have a unique tone. Iím using J75s and donít find mine lacks bottom-end. It also handled higher action and quite straight neck very well, which stiffened things...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Nice thread....

    I definitely like a fundamentally loud mandolin, but I rarely play it to get all the volume it has. As long as it cuts through a jam and has the sweetness when played a bit softer....
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    Re: Fun observation

    That is fun!

    I wish I had my first playable mandolin, which was an Alvarez A-100. It wasn't fancy, and didn't sound so great, but it played really easily and was a huge step up from the Stella I...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Hey, Folks:

    Yes, I noticed the tailpiece lid was up. That does contribute to the buzzing, but also happens when it's secured.

    I just posted another thread about Collings helping me out and...
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    Mandolin Lesson with Aaron Weinstein

    Hi, Everyone:

    I just want to share that I had a mandolin lesson (via video conference) with Aaron Weinstein a few weeks ago, and it was a wonderful experience. Of course, Aaron comes with a...
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    Thank You, Collings

    Big shout out to Collings for working very closely with me the past week to figure how to address a buzzing issue on my MT2. The folks there were polite and responsive, and I'm happy to say they...
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    Re: Visit to Carter Vintage Guitars

    Great study! Im a torrefied MT lover myself. There’s just something wonderfully crispy about the tone, eh?

    Also... I had a 2016 MT prior to my current, and it was a wonderful instrument. Although...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Hi, Everyone:

    Thanks for your encouragement and wisdom. I was turned some relief into the neck last night, further than I had been turning it to date, and it helped a bunch. It didn't solve it...
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    Mandolin Close Ups

    Buzzing everywhere.... Truss rod is just about full on straight, with slight relief. Iím thinking itís saddle string slots or nut slots, although a local luthier said itís the hump where the neck and...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Hey, Everyone:

    Thanks so much for all of your attention to my mandolin buzzing woes. :-)

    I finally took it to a local luthier today to see what he thought and he said the following:

    1. Hump...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Hi, everyone:

    I realized today it’s the first fret wire! I tried to look through from one side to the other between my strings and fretboard and couldn’t see past the first fret wire, then it all...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Hi, Everyone:

    Seems it’s including the E strings today, now when fretting just about anywhere, more predominantly in the A strings. The G and D strings sound great,

    I ran across this tonight...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    True enough!

    With respect to Stiver and Bluett, I’ve found that Warner, Bob Kane (Hershey), and Jeff Hoestetter (Red Lion) are gems as well. Thanks to your suggestion, I contacted Jeff to see...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    It’s true! No excuses I guess.
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Yeah, I’m getting the humidifiers going too. Thankfully, my basement is at about 50% seven or eight months a year, so I can work with that, but I rank the humidifier in a smallish room otherwise.
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Thanks so much for the information. I mean, I tightened it until it would easily turn any more then stopped. The strings feel stiffer for sure, and the buzz is just about gone, although I hear it...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Is one purpose of relief to help address buzzing?
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Hey, Everyone...

    Thanks again for the tips. It got worse, so I ended up tightening the truss rid the whole way a d raised the action a little bit, which just about solved it. I’d say 99%.
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    Re: Will Kimble mandolins are....

    I played a Kimble back in the mid 00s at IMBA and it was absolutely awesome. It still sticks out in my mind as one of thee best mandolins I've ever played.
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    Re: Heiden vs Northfield GOM

    Great points. I agree that I want them all. :-)

    For me, it’s also worth noting Collings has some mystique to it, which I think is due to when the company hit the market and who plays them....
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    Re: Heiden vs Northfield GOM

    Interesting.... I was able to play two Pavas recently, also next to two Northfields, and I liked those Northfields more. I don't have anything bad to say about Pavas. The strings on them seemed a bit...
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