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    Re: Review: The Iwamoto mandolin #118

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  2. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    I think the Kentucky KM250 (or 252, 256) are the sweet spot for a great beginner to intermediate mandolin.
    Less than $500 with setup from a reputable dealer. All solid carved woods, radiused...
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    Re: Review: The Iwamoto mandolin #118

    https://youtu.be/eRj3bp2nrH8
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    Review: The Iwamoto mandolin #118

    I contracted with Takeshi Iwamoto in February 2020 to build a mandolin for me.
    http://www.acousticworld.com/mandolin.html

    I've been posting on the progress of the build process and you can check...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    If you want to remove the video embed, feel free.
    Here's a link for anyone who wants to see the video:
    https://youtu.be/VPjTimH47qY
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    Re: Humidifier for Mandolin/Case

    I use Oasis OH-26 for all of my mandolins and they do a great job here in CO
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00HWM9GRM/
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    I love my Collings MT2-O. Super comfortable to play, great sounding, and beautifully finished.
    I think in general, oval hole mandolins are good for the styles that you're wanting to play. I play...
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    Re: Northfield Calhoun

    I played one in Gryphon Strings and liked it.
    Not quite as good as the Collings Waterloo, but half the price.
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    Re: Elderly Beginning Mandolin Outfit

    I'm feeling pretty elderly too these days. And that's exactly what I wear!
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    Re: Crack Repair Ebony Fretboard

    I hate to say it, but I think the problem is deeper than that.
    I think the entire instrument is separating.
    Is this a crack in the top, underneath the fingerboard?
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    Yes I do. The builder said that it can probably be buffed out after, or if I intend to leave it there, that it won't be seen. I'm going to check it every few days.
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    D- That's very kind of you to say. Thanks.
    It is super comfortable and easy to play. That was my experience with the one I played at Dusty Strings and this one does not disappoint.
    The only issue...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    https://youtu.be/VPjTimH47qY
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    Here it is outfitted with a matching maple McClung armrest from Doug Edwards at Hill Country String Works.
    http://hillcountrystringworks.com/armrest5.html
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    It arrived today!
    Beautifully built and sounds great!
    Came with a nice foam and canvas case, similar to Guardian and Gator cases, made by Hosco Japan.
    186492...
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    Re: Refinishing a nice mandolin

    You might try knocking the gloss down on the neck instead of a full speedneck.
    Tape off the headstock and heel and use scotch-brite to bring it to a satin.
    You can always shine it up again if...
  17. Re: Introduction and my new to me Gibson Fern

    Welcome!
    Beautiful mandolin and a great story.
    Once Covid restrictions are lifted, check out the bluegrass jam at Moon Stomp in Tokyo hosted by Takeshi Iwamoto, mandolin player and builder.
    I just...
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    Re: Waverly for Doyle Lawson F-5

    If you're looking for some superbly engineered and beautiful tuning machines, check out Alessi. Which are also not cheap!
    https://alessituningmachines.it/collection/mandolins/
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    Re: Mandolin Pandemic Isolation Mission

    Welcome! And thanks for the info.
    I'd get the setup checked out if you're having playability issues. Could need adjusting to help you get the most out of the instrument and make it more comfortable...
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    Re: Irish tenor banjo

    +1 on the Gold Tone Cripple Creek IT. I have the 19 fret model and it is quite good.
  21. Thread: Tremolo

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    Re: Tremolo

    Those are terrific videos! Thanks.
    I would add a 4th way to modulate volume. I often just change the firmness of my pick grip. Holding it tighter for more volume, and softer for less, while keeping...
  22. Thread: Tremolo

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    Re: Tremolo

    That's a good lesson for learning and increasing tremolo speed. I would add that often it is desirable to play "unmeasured" tremolo so that you are not necessarily accenting the beat. It can give a...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    I've been waiting patiently and watching the progress since Feb. Another week is not a big deal. Should be here by Friday. I'll post a video and a review when it arrives.
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    Re: Budget 2 point A style mandolin

    This
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/155634#155634
    Morris 2 pt archtop with McClung armrest and gigbag for $975.
    You'd be hard pressed to find a better deal than that.
    186380
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    Re: Tailpieces

    Check out Allen tailpieces.
    Some of them will be direct replacement with the screw holes and a nice upgrade.
    I like the TR2.
    https://www.allenguitar.com/tpcs.htm
    You can get it in satin nickel...
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