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  1. Re: Octave mandolin - F holes or an oval hole?

    What is the preferred tonal response? The difference would be the same as with a regular mandolin. I read where John Reischman had a carved top/f-hole octave octave mandolin and found he preferred a...
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    Re: Rubner Tuners for old Gibson A

    Don't Rubners have a boss on the plate that requires a countersink on the back of the headstock at the post hole? If you do not wish to modify your mandolin, these tuners are not what you want.
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    Re: Compressor?

    For what you describe, I agree with those suggesting you are barking up the wrong tree. I can see no positive use of a compressor with an acoustic mandolin.

    "I can say that there is a tendency...
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    Re: Bridge Adjustment Question

    How often do you find yourself wanting to make this adjustment? For me, twice a year at the most. Remove the pickguard, dial in your adjustment, reinstall the pickguard...
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    Re: Two questions about Big Mons....

    The tuners are likely decent as I have not heard many complaints about them on any mandolins from this manufacturer. Whenever "problems with tuners" is mentioned, I always suggest making sure the...
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    Re: Gibson A2

    Huzzah to any and all who apply some ingenuity, available scraps and a little spare time instead of running off to Screw-Mac.com! Nearly every one of the "genius" jigs, fixtures, and specialty tools...
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    Re: Washburn mandolins

    I saw Jethro Burns do a solo set around 1980...if he wasn't the funniest person ever to open his mouth and a highly musical and entertaining player, the horrible, tinny, grating sound of his Washburn...
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    Re: Waxing the mandolin

    " Rosa String Works...uses paste wax and gives the mandolin a coat of wax...says this helps the tone of the mandolin."

    This sounds utterly preposterous

    I have an old can of Johnson paste wax...
  9. Re: String Gauges for Neck Without Truss Rod

    Whether of not "truss rod" is a technically accurate term for a non-adjustable reinforcement built into a stringed instrument neck, it is a thing.
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    Re: Jack Tottle's book

    Damn! I wisht I hadn't'a posted this now...anytime that pig Jeff Bezos gets richer off of anything to do with me I experience guilt, regret and remorse and increased disdain for him. I usually look...
  11. Re: Does Gibson have a website for it's mandolins?

    "Retool" to build more mandolins, or retool to no longer build mandolins?
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    Re: Spruce-different species

    There must be a published list of cute phrases for use on internet forums...
  13. Re: String Gauges for Neck Without Truss Rod

    When you state "does not have a truss rod", do you mean no reinforcement of any kind added to the wooden neck, or do you mean no ADJUSTABLE truss rod? My experience is that most folks mean an...
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    Re: Binding- searched forum

    Binding is there to absorb the blows incurred by clumsy oafs like me who knock the edge of their instruments into practically everything. If I had one of those Campenella mandolins, the edges would...
  15. Re: Does Gibson have a website for it's mandolins?

    The Mandolin Store seems to sell new Gibson mandolins...phone them up and ask Dennis or whomever is running that store now.
  16. Re: Tour the Gibson Mandolin Factory? - this week - other cool si

    Isn't Dave Harvey a member here? Message him.
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    Re: Vintage Gibson Playability

    Whilst I dig early, rural blues for its primitive nature, it is not difficult to hear that guys like Yank Rachell are working with rough-playing, un-tunable, cheap, poorly set up instruments. For my...
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    Re: Upgraded to Ratliff Country Boy

    I am pleased to see your move to an instrument from a US instrument builder. I see so many domestic, hand built mandolins offered affordably in our classified ads, nearly every day, that it seems...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson Playability

    I suspect that if you are used to an old A4, even with the modernizations you list, if you got your hands on a high-end Gibson or Northfield, you would swear someone had greased it
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    Re: I'm amazed by the Tone Gard

    I use a tonegard on 1920 and 1924 Gibson mandolins with no detrimental effects to the finish of either one, both of which have varnish finishes.
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    Re: Case weights

    I have no exact figure but from owning a Mark Leaf guitar case, I can tell you they are not light. However, such is the weight of good protection...I would not worry about throwing one containing a...
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    Re: Jack Tottle's book

    Likewise, when his "Backroad Mandolin" LP came out, there was an enclosed sheet of instructional material for the tunes on the record and I was on that like a cheap suit! Thanks, Jack, for your help...
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    Jack Tottle's book

    I was surprised to see this is still in print!

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/194817#194817

    My first mandolin was a Harmony Monterrey, purchased from a friend for $50. He sold it because he...
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    Re: Road Trip Part II

    "But I’m absolutely not doing anything until after I start up in person mandolin lessons after the first of the year.

    If I’m going to pay money for a really nice mandolin then I want to be able to...
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    Re: Strad-O-Lin T-Shirts!

    I just put in for mine!
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