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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    Hi,

    My wrists have never felt sore even although I play for several hours every day. I am interested, however, in finding a technique that will let me maximise my chances of becoming a better...
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    Re: Fifths Tuning on Tenor Uke

    Jacob,

    What string set have you found best for CGDA and do you know what gauges they are? I have seen Aquila 31U described as for Concert CGDA recommended, but that set dont say what gauges they...
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    Fifths Tuning on Tenor Uke

    Hi,

    Found quite a lot on this topic, but not the specific question I want to ask.

    Looking to tune a tenor uke to fifths tuning using the Aquila 31U Concert set for CGDA, although I might take...
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    Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    Hi,

    Question for the teachers and/or advanced players. I’ll try to explain as best I can.

    I always sit when playing. If practising or playing properly (as opposed to sitting on the sofa...
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    Re: Electric Mandolin Build Help?

    Hi Magnus,

    That’s the first time I’ve been aware of hearing a 5 string octave. Thought that it sounded excellent. Would be interested to see the 4 string in action, if you have a similar video....
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    Re: Celtic Mandolin Builders

    Hi,

    Joe Foley in Ireland seems to have had a good reputation for a long time.

    Regards,
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    Thais Meditation Massenet

    Thought this was played beautifully. Amazing how many great players there are out there that I’m totally unaware of. He makes it look so easy.


    Regards,
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Hi,

    Mike Black is another maker who is very influenced by the Gibson mandolins of that era. He based his A5 on the Griffiths. I’m always surprised his mandolins don’t attract more attention. I...
  9. Re: Lowering Insert (Saddle) on Non-Adjustable Bridge

    Hi,

    Thanks for all the advice, much appreciated.

    I managed the task fairly successfully. I went with the sanding the bottom of the insert route. The slanting top and compensation at the A...
  10. Re: Lowering Insert (Saddle) on Non-Adjustable Bridge

    Hi,

    I think to modify the top would be much harder to someone of my limited ability as the top is compensated with the bass side being higher. See photo. If that’s the advice I wait until I can...
  11. Re: Lowering Insert (Saddle) on Non-Adjustable Bridge

    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies. Not done it before, but some good guitar videos online. Should be manageable if I go slowly, now that I know approximately how much to take off.


    Regards
  12. Lowering Insert (Saddle) on Non-Adjustable Bridge

    Hi,

    Tried to research this, but could not find answer. One for the luthiers or mathematicians!

    Thinking about sanding the bottom of the bone saddle on my Sobell to lower the action marginally....
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    Re: The Don Stiernberg Quartet - New Release

    Hi,

    If you listen to the recent Beer and Mandolins podcast with Don, he talks about which mandolin was played on which tracks.

    Regards,
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    Re: Nigel Gatherer's Mandomania interviews

    Hi,

    That was an interesting watch, thanks for posting. I started the mandolin in the mid-90’s and had lessons from Nigel for a few years, so it triggered a lot of memories.

    I remember going to...
  15. Re: The Ranieri Method: full introduction and tremolo, by Ralf Le

    Hi Rob,

    I watched it and enjoyed it just out of general interest, but it is mainly for the bowlback classical player.

    Regards,
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    Re: Slot tuners Stiffness Problem

    Hi,

    Thanks for all the replies. I cleaned up the tuner components and tried the trick with making a cylindrical insert for the tuner post holes. Only did this for the outer holes as I did not have...
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    Re: Bridge Placement

    Hi,

    Thanks for those replies. Just what I needed to hear to answer my concerns. What a great asset we have with the Mandolin Cafe.

    Regards,
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    Bridge Placement

    Hi,

    Looking for confirmation that when a zero fret exists that the bridge should be placed based on twice the difference between the zero fret and the 12th fret. Just picked up a mandolin where...
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    Re: Slot tuners Stiffness Problem

    Hi,

    Got the tuners off and will clean overnight. The tuner post holes do not seem too bad in terms of distortion, that is the holes are circular with no great wear. They do however seem...
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    Re: Slot tuners Stiffness Problem

    Hi,

    Yes, as Ray said it does not really deal with slot head tuners, although obviously the theory is similar. I’ll take the tuners off and give them the Paul Hostetter treatment to make sure there...
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    Slot tuners Stiffness Problem

    Hi,

    Anyone provide any help for the following problem?

    Got a 1940s French mandolin. The tuners were extremely stiff when the mandolin was tuned up to pitch. Took off the strings and the tuners...
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    Re: tunes for electric mandolin

    Hi Dave,

    I’m getting into electric more these days. My choices reflect my opinion that a solid body electric mandolin (5 string in my case) is always going to sound as much guitar as mandolin.
    ...
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    Re: Dynamics for a beginner

    Hi,

    I was hoping for some more answers on this question from some better players than I am.

    I remember many years ago when I lived in Edinburgh I would go round the “folk” pubs to listen to...
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    Sliding into Notes

    Hi,

    I'm trying to learn more by ear these days. The specific tune I'm learning at present is Crying as played by Julian Lage.

    My question is whether there is a general rule of thumb when...
  25. Re: Jeremy Keith (founder of “The Session”): Blarney Pilgrims pod

    Aidan,

    Interesting listen. Thanks for posting.

    Regards,
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