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  1. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    Oh for crying out loud! How do you suppose symphony orchestras, with violas and cellos all tuned C-G-D-A manage? You think having an E string vs a low C makes a difference in the keys you can play?...
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    Re: Mandocello question

    Here is a video of when I restrung my Eastman MDC805 mandocello as an OM. As Stevo said, you're already 3/4ths of the way there. You don't have to redo any bridge or nut slots just to try it out. ...
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    North Cascades Bluegrass Festival

    Anyone else going? I'm working till 6:30 Friday evening so I won't get there until Saturday morning. I'll likely be in one of the least desirable dry camping spots in an old 25' Airstream. Drop by...
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    Re: K&K Pickup Question

    What is the issue with your "current piezo pickup which does the job, but it obviously suffers in terms of quality"? The K&K is also a piezo. Do you need a new output jack? Is there something...
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    What it "comes down to" is the mandolin is an octave higher than guitar, so of course it doesn't sound the same! A tenor singer doesn't sound like a bass singer! What you'll find (if you try) is...
  6. Re: Soliciting suggestions for my next mandolin (or not)

    I have a sweet Morris hybrid F4 with western red cedar top. Custom built in 2010. I have 2 WRC mandos, one WRC octave and a redwood mandola and redwood mandocello. I've found both tonewoods to...
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    Re: Playing a five string vs a four

    Just like guitar, you don't have to play all the strings on every chord. Picture a standard first position 3 finger G on mandolin - X523. On a 5 course C-G-D-A-E instrument this is XX523. Now...
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    Re: Zero Glide Nut System

    Also not trying to offend, but if your mind is already set on doing this based on the mfrs literature, why even ask about it here?
  9. Re: Balancing practice between two instruments...

    When I started mandolin 11 years ago I found my guitar and fiddle playing improved. There are many multi-instrumentalists out there at the amateur and pro level who sound great on eveything they...
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    What if there were people capable of reading notation and tablature and could play by ear and improvise? Everytime I read one of these "degree-in-music-but-lost-without sweet music" posts I think...
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    Re: Question about Acoustic Amps and PreAmps

    Ummm, no. 1 megohm = 1 million ohms. Just like 1 kilohm = 1000 ohms.
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    Re: Bridge "leaning" toward peghead

    Couple things - I always lube the nut and bridge slots with nut sauce or at least graphite. I use a jig to fit the bridge feet to the top. In the case of my 10 string Hardanger viola the height of...
  13. Thread: Fruition

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    Fruition

    Fruition string band from Portland has become my favorite now. I've seen them live 3 times and they are the best. Better than the Dead. Better than anyone. You should check them out if you're a...
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    Re: Blue Chip meltdown

    I'm glad folks like their blue chips. I bought a couple a few years back and never really "got" what was exceptional about them. They were fine but I liked the feel and tone with my Wegen M200's...
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    Re: Out of the mainstream

    I met Howard "Sonny" Morris at a monthly old time fiddlers jam (he lives about an hour down the Columbia river from me). A lot of people around here play a Morris, so I got to try several. They're...
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    Re: Ventura Two-Point Mandolin

    Cool looking mando! One of my friends has an old Ventura guitar with a similar 'burst.
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    This has been hitting the used guitar market as well. As us aging boomers are downsizing, retiring, financing hip surgery, etc. there is a glut of good quality used instruments on the market. The...
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    Re: Sound Ports, are they any good

    My Tom TJ Jessen F5 was originally built in 1998. He recently reworked it, including adding soundports before I bought her last year.
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    I like how I can better hear what I sound like...
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    Re: Best way to attach K&K pickups

    blu-tak putty.
  20. Re: what kind of glue for sound board transducer?

    Over the past 10 years I've mounted JJB PPS-200 SBT's in 20 instruments using blu-tak putty. It holds secure, never dries or hardens, does not adversely affect the acoustic or amplified sound and...
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    Re: An Observation on Humidity and Tone

    Wood loses more moisture as a result of RH lowering than by atmospheric pressure lowering. In the real world, air temperature drop usually accompanies elevation gain so this tends to raise RH while...
  22. Thread: Arm rest

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Arm rest

    I've built a couple arm rests and modified several to fit deeper bodies on 'dolas, OM's and mandocellos. You can buy longer barrels:

    35mm
    40 mm

    Or you can buy 1/8" brass rod and cut it long...
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    An Observation on Humidity and Tone

    The conventional wisdom is that wooden stringed instruments sound muddy when over-humidified, and tone improves as they dry out. Its been a struggle getting and keeping my instrument room at 35% RH...
  24. Thread: Pick ups ?

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Pick ups ?

    I've installed the JJB PPS 200 in quite a few of my own and my friend's instruments: two mandolins, a resonator mandolin, a banjolin, 2 violins, 2 violas, a mandola, 2 octave mandolins, 4 guitars, a...
  25. Re: So...what would you do with an octave mando?

    I think you can do almost anything on an OM that you can do on a guitar. (Wow some of these videos are pretty old!)

    Pretty good fit on bluegrass:


    I think the 5ths tuning lends itself very...
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