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    Re: Loosening strings

    If there are no issues with the instrument, there is no problem leaving it tuned.

    Should an issue occur and the instrument is under full tensions for months, it could make things much worse. <--...
  2. Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Something that is wired for a headphone jack. A regular mic will not work on an iphone without an adapter.
    The Peterson version that John linked to is likely a good choice for that very reason. :)...
  3. Re: What to look/listen for when mandolin shopping?

    A lot of your list is setup related. While a great setup is ideal, you don't necessarily want to rule out instruments that might just happen to have the action on the low side or some other setup...
  4. Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    Another vote for just getting a clip-on mic/pickup and sticking with Strobosoft. Strobosoft is really good. Whatever you are using, you want readings from the bridge, not the headstock. There is not...
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    Re: Tools that you use.

    I have had a bit of an issue with collecting/making tools. I can't leave things alone and always look for a better way... That said, 95% of my tools go mostly unused.

    I have the stewmac gauge. ...
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    Re: Eastman 514 vs Eastman 515

    Big dofference in tone. They both sound like mandolins, but that is about the only thing in common. For the record, I prefer the tone of Oval hole mandolins in a solo setting. Within a group,...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    Seth,

    Both of these situations are inexcusable... A perfect example of bad business... I do think it is important to differentiate between management and random employees... It is entirely...
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    Re: The Weber Build Part 1

    I received the email, and then promptly overlooked it while attending to customer emails... Glad you mentioned it. Great read!
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    Re: Frets and Acoustics

    Frets do come into play in regards to tone. A portion of that will be how well they are seated. Some will be the crown.

    Higher frets allow you to focus more downward force on the strings since...
  10. Re: New Mandolin Day: Epiphone MM-40L Masterbilt

    No hands on experience with the mandolin, but I can verify that AMS is not a dropshipper
    (more like the MF business model). They have a large warehouse a couple miles from my house. It is on my...
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    Re: Build Question

    There are a lot of variables here.....

    If we take family and friends out of the equation and we are simply building a mandolin to sell, a good portion of the value will depend on the final...
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    Re: Mandolin Secutity

    I really like the strategy of leaving decoy items around.

    A jewelry box filled with costume jewelry AND a big stack of money. Something like 200,000 in Vietnamese Dong. Then a large expensive...
  13. Re: Shipping an instrument in January

    Winter is the peak for instrument sales and all shops around the world have them shipped in. It is normal to ship in Jan. :)
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    Re: Eastman MD915-BD?

    Every Eastman has a delay with production! haha

    I sold a few of the blond 915 models back pre 2012 (when they dropped blond as a finish option. I would assume the latest ones are nicer.

    I...
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    Banjo Love from Google

    I was quite suprised to see this on Google this morning!

    173934

    I know, I know, we are talking about Banjos here... Still pretty cool though! I haven't paid a lot of attention lately... how...
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    Re: What's gong on with my mandolin?

    That should be pretty quick to indentify in person. Find the most offensive note (best if an open string). And keep playing it while touch tuners, the tailpiece, other strings...

    Once you rule...
  17. Re: Question about Playing in Cold Weather

    https://winterwondergrass.com

    Some of you may have heard of it. ;) We have a pretty cool Festival here (they also do it in Colorado and Vermont):


    You might recognize a few of the names on...
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    Re: A deal on a Kentucky Km 272

    That is funny! I am surprised no one picked it up for a tennis racket! haha
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    Re: Is the nut wider on The Loar?

    All of The Loar's are specced at 1-1/8", but the F styles have consistently run a little wider than that. They also have more girth to the neck than average. Not by much on recent versions. THere...
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    Re: A deal on a Kentucky Km 272

    The big box stores having been selling Kentucky below cost off and on for years, but just lately it has really ramped up. I actually dropped the brand because of this. Not whining about it, but...
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    Re: RIP - John Baxter of Mandozine

    John's reached spread far beyond those that had the privilege to call him friend. Mandozine was a significant contribution to the community.

    RIP
  22. Re: Buzzing on g string mostly, please help

    If changing your fretting technique stops the buzzing, it does sound like this is you. The wound string are more prone to this if not fretted cleanly. So I would suggest it at least some part, you...
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    Re: Bad sounding notes

    Sound like you have a resonate mandolin (generally a good thing), You may have to actually mute the strings with your fingers while playing :)

    You may be able to lesson it, but again, a resonate...
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    Re: Whatís happening here?

    Agree, that the fresh strings are probably just bringing out a characteristic of your Mando.
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    Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

    HappyTurkey day all! Or in our case, chicken and Thai soup day! :)

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