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    Re: PBS documentary on the history of Bluegrass

    There will be a different show on PBS, airing (and streaming) on August 30 about bluegrass music, called Big Family. This is not to be confused with the upcoming Ken Burns documentary on September...
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    Re: PBS documentary on the history of Bluegrass

    To clarify: The much-anticipated new documentary from Ken Burns, scheduled to air on PBS, starting September 15 (check your local listings for times; these are different in different places), is...
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    Re: 20 inch OM intonation and setup?

    Yes, the action looks to be on the high side. Try lowering it and see if the problem goes away. If not, you might have some frets that are slightly off.
  4. Re: High end Northfields versus other $8-12k mandos

    True, these folks endorse Northfields, and they probably get their instruments for free or at a large discount. And true, the Northfields are genuinely fine-sounding mandolins. However, when I've...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    Well, I agree that a Hoffee is not for him, but be fair. The OP asked us what travel case we use. "What's your travel case"? is the title of the thread. "How do you protect your travel mando when...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    I use a Hoffee. There are many threads on travel cases to be found on the Mandolin Cafe. I'd suggest checking them out; there's a lot to learn and there are many opinions.
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    Well, violin strings are held at much lower tension, and they are quite different from mandolin strings! I am not aware of any mandolin strings that have multiple core strands, nor any that contain...
  8. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    "lose" grip means that you have not managed to maintain the grip.
    "loose" grip is when you don't hold it tightly.

    Sometimes, the spelling does matter! :grin: Anyway, too loose a grip will lose...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    It's probably worth making one more comment about "flexible" strings, and possibly misleading claims or misconceptions. As we have seen earlier, the fretting effort required (as well as the effort...
  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Sorry, but it has never been true that private companies "can do whatever the heck they want." On the contrary: private companies are bound by applicable U.S. laws, just as the rest of us are. As it...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    I think this idea is just a bit mistaken (sorry). See the diagram below. To have the same mass-per-unit-length, and therefore to have the same tension when brought up to pitch, a hex core needs to be...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    Round cores make a lot of sense for use with flat windings, to keep the overall string profile round. Furthermore, flat windings tend to wind much tighter up against the core, with less tendency to...
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    Re: mayhem in the music room

    All the theories so far seem to indicate that the mandolin must have been picked up and REPLACED ON ITS HANGER after the damage occurred. That had to happen with human intervention, even if the...
  14. Thread: New Strap!

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    Re: New Strap!

    We are waiting to hear about how the tone of your mandolin improved once you put the new strap on. :))
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    Re: Interesting billboard

    :)) Yeah, I totally agree -- I'm not worried, either, about possible infringements by your avatar with "The Guild" on it. I'm also not worried about that Kewadin Casino billboard, and don't think...
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    Re: Interesting billboard

    Not quite. I'm afraid that defense doesn't necessarily get you off the hook, at least technically. Changing the Guild logo to something that they never actually used in their advertising could still...
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    Re: Interesting billboard

    Yeah, and your avatar shows a headstock photo of a your Guild guitar, displayed in a public forum. Was this an authorized use of the corporate logo? Does it gnaw at you a little, I wonder? Methinks...
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    Re: Solved a buzzing problem on my Ratliff

    Yes, Loctite works very well for preventing rattle from tuner button screws.

    Also, if you have Waverly buttons that fit fairly loosely on the shaft, and particularly if those buttons are made from...
  19. Thread: Beware EVOs

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    Re: Beware EVOs

    Some reports of changes make sense to me. By that, I mean that I can understand how a change might affect the mandolin's tone, at least in principle. Such changes involve things like adding or...
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    Re: Can't Find a Post!

    You got some bad advice, in my opinion. Clearing out your browser or phone history should have no effect, to speak of, on phone battery life. These data are stored, and not refreshed, and they are...
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    Re: What gauge for 1st course?

    You may be asking for just a bit too much by tuning a high-carbon steel string to E5 over a 17" scale length. The required tension over that length will definitely break a conventional 0.010" or...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    That expression is certainly one of my favorites, and it's a popular one, but it wasn't coined by Bill McCall. Interestingly, it says the exact opposite of the original quote, due to Raymond...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    My goodness. No one here is infantilizing, belittling, or mocking you, so please get over that. No one is demeaning experience, either. This is a serious forum and our responses have been...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    Of course I read your post. And of course physics embraces simple models that tend to capture the essence of more complex phenomena. But writing as a professional physicist, your model does not...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    Writing as a physicist, achieving a loud mandolin is certainly a matter of physics, but I cannot agree that it is a matter of "simple" physics. In fact, I only wish it were that simple. Alas, it is...
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