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    Re: Very strange intonation

    Not to discount any sage advice that has already been suggested, but is it also possible that the saddle is mounted on the bridge backwards so the intonation compensation is reversed?
  2. Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    A few observations...

    Season changes means changes in humidity either directly related to outside weather or due to household heating/AC changes... The area the OP lives in may be experiencing...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Since this is a banjo-bodied instrument, I'd also be looking at every hook and nut set, every shoe bracket and screw, everything on the body that could be loose and need to be tightened, plus any...
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    Re: Fret popping up on my new mandolin

    From the picture it looks to me more like the binding was shaved unevenly, revealing the fret tang there at the side of the fingerborard more than the other frets. As has been suggested, if the fret...
  5. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    As far as the margin of error is concerned, that has not been my experience. But I'm actually sure that preferences like these are an acquired taste; the fact that we have many different -- yet...
  6. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    I have come from years of experience playing banjo. For me the original fine frets on my 2002 F-9 were extremely uncomfortable to play. Plus they wear very fast if a person plays a lot. When my...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    But, how did they sound?
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    The nice thing about banjo jokes is that the same jokes are used for just about every other (obnoxiously played) instrument; the only difference is that the instrument names are changed to protect...
  9. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    As early on as possible, it's important to identify your goals:

    If your goal is to play with people who play by using western musical notation, learn to use that.

    If your goal is to play with...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    In my experience with bluegrass (about 50 years), a well made banjo, a well made fiddle and a well-made Dobro are probably the loudest acoustic bluegrass instruments...

    That said, with great power...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    Not that it's the solution that the OP is looking for, but after 8 years of heavy use the ebony full-sized pickguard on my mandolin shows only some very light scratches in just the right light, but...
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    Re: Pinched Nerves and Hand Tremor?

    About 10 years ago I had C3-C4-C5 fusion surgery due to degenerative disc disease. This was coincidental with, but not directly related to a bout of GBS that I was experiencing at the time. I did...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    Yes, worth mentioning, as much as I like having and playing double bass, they are big, fairly awkward to move and relatively fragile, and as such, challenging to store and transport. There are...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    I'd also recommend a full-on 3/4 or 4/4 double bass. If a person is seriously interested in that voice and quality of sound, nothing else will ever satisfy, because a standard double bass is the...
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    Seriously, particularly this year, if someone goes missing from our community it's natural to hope they're ok.

    I take this thread, and most threads here in the Cafe, at face value.

    We miss...
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    He'll be back when he comes back to his senses.
    :))
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    Re: Minimal contact arm rest

    Love the violin edges on that mandolin Jim!
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    Re: James Tailpiece Review

    I'm an old string lover, cleaning them every time after I play, I keep strings for years -- decades if possible -- and I really prefer the tone of old strings...

    That said, my experience with...
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    Re: Finally: a signature quote

    Sounds pretty much like the mainstream western music world, even today. That ability to ignore anything that doesn't apply directly to either orchestral or jazz music is still pretty amazing.
  20. Thread: Timing issues

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    Re: Timing issues

    That's great Allen, I appreciate you putting this into words better than I could have... And I agree about the Carter charm in that respect.

    Sometimes, but not always, a person can follow the...
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    Re: Hand Lotion and Strings

    Also, if lotion gets into the windings of your wound strings, the lotion will not only deaden them by itself, but it will attract lint and dust which will further deaden the strings. For non-wound...
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    Re: James Tailpiece Review

    I spoke to Bill James about the material when I purchased mine from him, he said it's made of bronze.

    While I agree about an improvement in tone, even if a person uses the exact same strings...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I appreciate your insights Drew!
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Thank you Ranald, if you misunderstood my reasons for asking, certainly other people did too, so it was worth it to clarify. My best to you all.
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Just to be clear, my question ("why are instruments off-shored like this?") was exactly in the opposite spirit of protectionism. It was more in a concern about worldwide ecology and fair labor. ...
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