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    Re: Eastman Octave MDO-305

    It's cast and solid.

    I would save your cash unless you want to use ball end strings (or if you just don't like it).

    Pete
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    It could be lots of things: type of pickups, impedance (how “hot”) of pickups, types of pots, capacitors, wiring, etc.

    To solve it, I would put a boost pedal as the first pedal for the Mando.
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    East Tennessee State University has a Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music Studies Major. They also have a Jazz major program.
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    Re: Expensive mandolins

    Expensive and "great sounding" are subjective. Beautiful is also subjective.

    I said that I would never spend over $1000 for a guitar or $1500 for a mandolin. That resolution was broken several...
  5. Re: Third string out of tune below the fifth fret

    Looks like the compensation is way off. Those are all wound strings. The bridge should step up from the C (farthest towards the neck) to the A (closest to the neck) instead of the up-up-down-up...
  6. Re: Third string out of tune below the fifth fret

    Check if your bridge saddle is turned around.

    Since the issue gets worse the more you move towards the bridge I would guess that's where your issue is.
  7. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    I would tell her to listen to a couple of sets before joining in. Get a feel for how the Trad people are playing, listen to how and where they emphasize notes, and then join in.

    Pete
  8. Re: Bouzouki built for under $1k? Any thoughts?

    I don't think that you're going to find anyone to build you a bouzouki for less than $1k.

    I think that the best deal in bouzoukis is Phil Crump (http://www.pwcrumpco.com/index.html). His zouks...
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    Re: Triplets Pick Direction

    When in doubt, play more downstrokes.
  10. Re: Smith Creek F-5, H-5 and A-5 Plans/Drawings

    Wow! Thanks for posting these.
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    Re: The Don Stiernberg Interview

    You always found those good notes, Donnie. When are you coming West again?

    Pete
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    Re: Flatwound strings for 17'' Mandola

    There are flatTOP mandala strings readily available. D'Addario EFT76 are a flattop set with .053 .035 .024 .016. They have an even higher total tension than the roundwound strings, so I usually stay...
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    Re: Carbon fiber mandolins

    If anyone can make a composite mandolin that gets past the "buy with the eyes test", it will be Marty. His sense of design is amazing in both visual and acoustic properties.

    Embedding wood,...
  14. Re: Mandola and Octive Mandolin Parts for Kits I had made

    I would just sell them with out the hardware. I usually just upgrade the tuners and tailpiece anyway.
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    Re: Flatwound strings for 17'' Mandola

    Not flat wound, but you could also try D'Addario (or other) Octave Mandolin strings (EJ80). 46-32-22-12 string gauges. These will be lower tension (but not floppy) so, less bright.

    Just a note:...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    I am so sorry to hear this, Ivan. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    Have you talked to your doc about Lyrica (Pregabalin) for the never pain?

    Pete
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Damn. I just got my MAD under control.
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    Re: Adam Steffey is Back

    Cool!
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    Re: Help identifying a Wegen

    That's one of the hand, reshaped Wegens that you use to be able to get from Greg Boyd. They have disappeared from the web site, but maybe you can get them by calling.
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    Re: Brekke - How Low can it go?

    You could completely remove the ebony wedges in the bridge to ensure that the saddle is as low as it will go.
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    Re: Best string/mandolin match-ups?

    I like D'Addario EFW-74 (flat wounds) on my Gibson A-1. I also use them on my 1923 B&D tenor banjo. I usually circle back to D'Addario EXP-74 for everything else. I'm still trying different sets...
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    Re: Mandola Hard Cases

    When talking to Tony Pires about a mandola Tone Gard, he told me that there are no "standard" size mandolas. Each person/manufacture builds them slightly different. Some are constructed using the...
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    Re: Mandola Hard Cases

    Just to confirm a couple of things: Neither Eastman or Weber will sell you a case. The best case I was able to find for my mandola was a soft case from Gruv Gear. Their Large Uke Gigblade will fit a...
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    Re: Putting fret markers on "binding"?

    Try posting without being a jerk.
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    Re: Brutal Finger-Eating Tuning Machines!

    Your strings might be binding in the nut slots (as well as issues due to cheap tuners).
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