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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    Well that is a huge bonus. Pays to buy an instrument under warranty it seems.
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    I just checked my two Collings mandolins. They both pretty close to 50/1000 at the 12th fret on the G string maybe a tad lower on the E string but not much. I measured the action with a vernier...
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    Re: Unusual Suspects

    I agree with all of the above sentiments about Collings MT-O and MT2-Os. All great instruments and both stand out in a jam setting. I have just bought one thanks to my sister helping me out with a...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Good systematic advice above.
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    You need to put some slight relief into the fretboard. As someone mentioned 1/4 turn at the time of the truss rod nut at a time is all that is needed to adjust it. Dial it back slightly to see if...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    I had an issue with fret buzzing on the A and E strings when my Collings MT was in Galicia. I raised the action which helped. I did not touch the truss rod.

    Now back in a drier climate in...
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    All good sentiments being expressed here. MAS in remission is a good thing if you are really happy with your mandolin(s).

    I for one have narrowed my tastes and will only countenance a trade-up to...
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?


    With the gaggle of great mandolins in your stable would you even need to contemplate another mandolin purchase?

    For myself I like to sit on the sidelines and watch all sorts of interesting...
  9. Re: Emory Lester playing oval holes, Gibson A and Capek A

    Emory shows you don’t need a F-hole mandolin to play bluegrass. I love the way he switches playing styles to show off a mandolin.
  10. Re: Northfield Model M Mandolin: the end of the line & worth the

    I wish I still had it. I had to let it go finally along with a Collings MT gloss top - both were very fine mandolins. I enjoyed playing it a lot. It was good in a jam session. In fact both were...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Sorry to hear Ivan’s passing. I wish the best for his family.

    I enjoyed the private messages about mandolins with Ivan.
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    Re: Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    Brilliant review Kevin. I enjoyed reading it. Your thoughts and opinions mirrored mine although I have never tried a high end Gibson Master Model. I did try a Sam Bush Gibson slightly lower end...
  13. Ad bumping up - standard practice now?

    I have been following the mandolin ads for a little while. I have noticed that a practice of ad bumping is occurring. I thought that this practice was frowned upon in the cafe.

    Sellers should...
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    Re: CBOMS in Ireland


    I highly recommend Ruben Bada's bouzouki. I have an X-braced small bodied bouzouki which is wonderfully rich and varied in tone. Ruben is on Facebook so you contact him via messenger. ...
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    I am just wondering if this thread really belongs to the Videos and pictures section of the Cafe. There is no doubt that Matt has a following and good luck to him.

    Sorenson mandolin pictures and...
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    Re: Binding laminate

    Dale - what works with gluing strips of ABS binding together?
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    Re: Collings MT2 - Dixie Hoedown

    Great sound Kevin. Your picking action picks a really good tone with the MT2 - one of the best I have heard on lots of MT2 yourube videos.
  18. Re: The Soul of Epirus - Petroloukas Halkias & Vasilis Kostas

    Brilliant and emotionally moving. Thanks.
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    Never had a problem with USPS. Their tracking system works well with international parcels. I prefer them to anyone else because of price and reliability.
  20. Re: Alternatives to celluloid binding in Europe

    I am ordering some cream ABS from Rothko and Frost. I am going to laminate Cream (0.06") + Black (0.02") + White (0.02") to make up my binding strips. I have decided to go away from Celluloid...
  21. Re: Alternatives to celluloid binding in Europe

    There is this for WBW in 0.08" width. Any good?
  22. Re: Alternatives to celluloid binding in Europe

    Hi Hogo, You are right about the staining of maple. It is very hard to find I B W like you say. Tavy's post refers to a good source in the UK but again the height of the binding means you need some...
  23. Re: Alternatives to celluloid binding in Europe

    I might use maple offcuts for a cross piece at the 15th fret. Right width and height. Thanks for your suggestions everyone.
  24. Alternatives to celluloid binding in Europe

    I am looking for alternatives to celluloid binding here in Europe. I need some ideas where I can purchase the alternative binding materials from.
  25. Re: F5's from $3000-5000 worth considering - Sept '19

    First of all what tonal type of mandolin you are looking for? This is a very important criterion. Mandolins in that price range should have sll of the attributes ticked off suchas build quality,...
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