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  1. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    I maybe in the minority, but I like a pick thinner than 1mm. I get better sound out of all my mandolins with a thinner pick. A BC 35 is not thin enough and I don't like how my G string sounds. May be...
  2. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    Two people can play the same mandolin, one will be much louder than the other because of technique. I agree with Jim get some lessons specifically about pick technique.
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    I have been using the same 58 Shure mic for somewhere around 40 years now. Put a new ball on it as the old one was looking bad, but otherwise it still keeps working. This has been in terrible...
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    Re: Screamin' CL deal on a (very worn) F2

    Sue, your link doesn't work, well for me at least. Congratulations on the F2.
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    Re: Screamin' CL deal on a (very worn) F2

    Looks like a good deal for you Sue, hope it works out for you.
  6. Thread: GHS N270 Strings

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    Re: GHS N270 Strings

    The mandolin with N270's actually plays easier than the N250's mandolin. The action can be lower on the heavier strings, at least on that mandolin I am able to get really low action and it plays very...
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    You could put it face down and clamp the neck to the bench. If you have a wooden faced vice with leather over the wood you could clamp the neck in the vice. Since you won't be using clamps on the...
  8. Re: Mandolin > K&K Twin Internal > Grace Bix - Help please

    I used to use a Schertler years ago, but it fed back way too easily. A mic would have worked better. My K&K sounds very good, it's not a mic, but still sounds very good.
  9. Thread: GHS N270 Strings

    by pops1
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    Re: GHS N270 Strings

    The wound strings are the only difference, plain strings are the same. I have been using the N270 strings since before they were selling them. I was lucky and was in on the trial for these strings. I...
  10. Re: Dead Sounding Strings - Do I have a bridge issue?

    Mandolin tops are not all the same, even from the same builder. All bridges need to be fit to the top of the mandolin, yours definitely needs to be fit. If your shop doesn't know this, they do not...
  11. Thread: mildew in case

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    Re: mildew in case

    Vinegar will kill mold and the smell will dissipate in a short time. The sun is good as it also kills mold, I would use both.
  12. Re: Mandolin > K&K Twin Internal > Grace Bix - Help please

    I have a K&K into a RedEye. The sound is really nice, and I don't have any top noise. I have a finger rest/pickguard, and I have one piece we play that requires a percussive tap, the finger rest is...
  13. Re: Mandolin > K&K Twin Internal > Grace Bix - Help please

    Electronics works with a factor of 10 so 1 meg to 10 meg will work, but the mandolin twin is 1 meg and you will get better sound at 1 meg than if you go into 10 megs.
  14. Re: Advice/Suggestions on characteristics of an ideal mandolin st

    I have posted this before, but will again. This is a simple way to secure a strap, with some amount of adjustment, without a lot of strap hanging down. You can move the anchor point to the treble...
  15. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    Yes, two sets of tenor banjo strings. I use a 10-28. Sounds good and doesn't put too much tension on the head and neck joint.
  16. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    Tukanu, it sounds good, I think better that the Flatiron, and they get a lot of praise around here. Thanks for the sound file.
  17. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    Yes, I am curious as to how it sounds. It looks Great.
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    Re: Jug Band Music in New England

    Love it Sue, who wants to start a jug band?

    Try watching Red Dwarf for something non musical space crazy.
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    I tried holding my mandolin like you are, and it would hurt my finger in the same place if I were to do it any time at all. I would agree to work on changing the position of your hand. As soon as I...
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    Re: vintage mandolin bridge replacement

    I have made several bridges like you are going to make. I do them all with hand tools. I am not saying to not buy the scroll saw, but I wouldn't use it for this purpose. A small hand saw and chisels...
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    Re: vintage mandolin bridge replacement

    Steve if you measure the string height at the 12 fret, top of fret to bottom of string. Now how much do you want to lower it? If you lower it 1/32" you will have to make your bridge 2/32" shorter to...
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    John, here the humidity in the summer can get 100% and regularly is in the 70's-80's. Winter it dries out with heat and can get in the 20's or lower if you don't humidify. I dehumidify in the summer...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    You can do either, and be comfortable doing both. I like a strap and it's necessary for me when standing. Unless I am home sitting in a relaxed chair, I still use a strap sitting. It keeps my...
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    You are right, you won't get any air with a transducer, but then I don't hear the air acoustically either. No transducer will match a microphone, but I do get a good sound, only solid good sound...
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    I have K&K pickups in my mandolin and they sound great. I use a FireEye preamp. I also didn't install the pickups the normal way. I don't trust the tape, but it is a warmer sound, so I glued tape to...
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