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    Re: Microphone recommendations

    In my experience, pointing a mic at a guitar soundhole on a live stage is asking for trouble. When I played in a dance band, I followed the recommendation of aiming for the 14th fret, coming up from...
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    Re: Microphone recommendations

    While I've not had actual experience with the mic's your considering, they are all high quality and I expect they'll faithfully reproduce the sound of the instrument you put them on. Mandolin is a...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Yes those skinny frets wear grooves pretty quickly. Be prepared for sticker shock when you consider a refret. Hopefully you can get 1 level and dress out of them before they have to be replaced. When...
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    Re: Sanding sharp bridge edge

    Great advice here already. I'll add that I'm a big fan of Cumberland bridges and have put them on 4 of my builds. However, the Eastman mandos I've been in contact with had a big sound and sounded...
  5. Thread: Bench Heights

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    Re: Bench Heights

    I think traditionally, old world benches were lower because the major action processes were done by hand. Hand planing and sawing require you to bear down on the work and a lower surface better...
  6. Thread: Applying stain

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    Re: Applying stain

    Ah yes, the scraping of binding, ugh. I have taken to using the special pinstriping tape that automotive people use, it bends on curves nicely. It seems like that no matter how carefully I bed the...
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    Re: Recommendations For Headphones?

    Another Sony MDR 7506 user here for decades. In the previous century, they were a staple in studios. Unfortunately, the ear pads are terrible (come on Sony!) but there are nice after market...
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    Re: Nut File Size vs String Size

    If that were the case, you wouldn't see experienced luthiers spending $100 on a set of nut files. The V-shaped nick is an invitation to string binding in the slot, especially with wound strings. It...
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    Re: High Action Help!

    I would recommend you get your mandolin to a tech/luthier who's experienced in mandolin set-up. Truss rod for relief and bridge height are things you may be able to deal with yourself, but nut slots...
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    Re: Stewmac Golden Age tuners

    The jumping pitch is definitely a symptom of binding in the nut slot and likely not related to the tuners at all. I did work on a mando with those tuners the client had put on because he like the...
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    Re: Nut File Size vs String Size

    0.003" isn't enough to worry about IMO. On the wound strings especially it helps to have an extra thousandth or two to avoid binding.

    Here's a thorough treatise on the subject, especially helpful...
  12. Re: Is the Eastman 505 all that much better than the 305?

    Grover 309s are available for A models as well and they are incredibly smooth and easy to use. I worked on an Eastman 515. While the wood grain was not conventional at all, the sound was well...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    I use a 3 reamer I got from Luthier's Merc a long time ago. I ream the peghead until the bushing is a little over 1mm shy of seating and put a sharpie mark on the reamer as a reference. Then I press...
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    Re: Para DI fix/help quack?

    The Red Eye is one ≤$200 preamp that gets good reviews for interfacing with K&K in the acoustic guitar world.

    Of course, the sure fire solution to quack (and for a more natural tone) is a quality...
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    Re: K&K jack for an A5

    This is what I did when installing one in a Collings for a client. I screwed the tailpiece down to a big hunk of 4x4 hardwood and drilled it out on the drill press with cutting oil. Not for the faint...
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    Those are the same two picks I've been relying on for some time for both mando and D-18, something about how they respond is better than everything else I've tried. My new D-18 is adi topped and I'm...
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    Re: Crossrock Vintage wood case

    It's a nice looking case with shoulder strap/backpack straps. My concern would be the fit. 10.8" wide inside is going to leave a lot of flopping around space for most mandolins.
  18. Thread: Shure sm57

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    Re: Shure sm57

    Dynamic mic's are picky about how close you are. If you like to move around while you play, Audio Technica makes a clamp on with a goose neck that sounds pretty natural. It's a small diaphram...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    Indeed! I remember seeing a concert where Grisman was playing with one of his quintets and he was floating around riffing and chording, sometimes 2-3 feet away from the mic and everything was...
  20. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    Two things to consider:
    • when changing the strings, lube the tuners themselves. There are friction points between the post and bushings, the ends of the worm gears and the brackets, and the bottom...
  21. Thread: Jabota

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Jabota

    I've put it down for flooring in two bedrooms (Lumber Liquidators pre-finished) and it works great in that application. In 3/8" thickness it's extremely rigid. I haven't tried thinning it down to...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    SM57's are bomb proof but very range sensitive and not the most natural sounding IME. In a bar or loud room, probably perfect. I much prefer a small diameter condenser. They sound great from 6-10"...
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    Re: Bevel on a mandolin

    I think it's highly unlikely to happen, at least with an archtop mandolin. For one, the mechanics of mandolin are quite different. The top is thicker in the middle and thinnest around the perimeter,...
  24. Thread: Shop questions

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    Re: Shop questions

    My shop is 16 x 36 and I find it plenty adequate, especially since it also accommodates my bicycle and electric guitar habits as well. Everything in my shop, including the 400lb tablesaw is on mobile...
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    Re: Any Thoughts on Eastman Trutone Finish?

    And I will add possibly louder. I've refinished a few mandolins whose finishes weren't holding up or where structural work required addressing the finish. Some were varnish and one was 40 year old...
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