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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    Above the 15th fret, the fingerboard on an A5 or F5 model is supported by the fretboard extension (a separate, glued-in piece) and not by the neck itself. One many budget models, and also some...
  2. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    NO, not necessarily redrill! The James tailpiece was designed so that it can be carefully bent (at a thinned region, near where the main tailpiece body joins the vertical mounting bracket) to get...
  3. Re: Talk me out of replacing an ABS nut with a bone nut

    Changing the nut will only affect the tone of open strings. SO: Play your open strings. Then play them fretted. Is there a significant difference in the tone that you can hear? If so, then...
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    Re: sanding/scratching picks for better grip

    Believe it or not, if you peel an orange and then try grabbing your pick, you'll find that your grip will improve, and be much less slippery. Also, washing your hands makes quite a difference. There...
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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    Aaaagh. But the OP sought to remove his pickguard because he found it more difficult to plant his pinky on it, being used to planting his pinky directly on the top! So now, we have folks wanting to...
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    Re: Weber Bitterroot Cedar Top

    I once owned a 2006 Weber Yellowstone F5 with a Western red cedar top, which I purchased used on the Mandolin Cafe. The Weber Yellowstone model was a step up from their Bitterroot. Cedar wood has a...
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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    By the way, these Ferraris all sport mudflaps! Sw-e-e-e-e-t!! :))

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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    De gustibus non est disputandum. Of course, you're entitled to an opinion that pickguards are unattractive. And of course, you should feel free to remove them from any instruments you may own. You...
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    Re: Removing a pickguard/fingerrest

    If you're soliciting advice, you really should specify what make and model of mandola you own! Posting a picture or two would certainly help. Not all pickguards attach in the same way. Some, like...
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    Re: Pomerory - Don Paine

    Some of the early Pomeroy F5 models by Don Paine featured beautiful, elaborate inlays on the headstock. Also, he had special tailpieces made up by a jeweler, made from solid sterling silver, with the...
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    Re: What is Andy Irvine playing in this video?

    Looks like a Sobell cittern (octve mandolin).


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mb_iK32KlM
  12. Thread: Scalelength?

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    Re: Scalelength?

    For whatever it's worth, the Weber mandolins have a scale length of 14", and not 13-7/8" and not 13-15/16". The total range of all these values is just 1/8" = 0.125". I doubt that most most would...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    I'm glad to hear that you really like your newly acquired 1917 A4!

    If the pickguard on it has not deteriorated in over a century, then that's great -- it is probably stable. Not all pickguards...
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    This is an American tragedy. Thile elevated mandolin playing to an entirely new level, and he brought the music we all love to a wide audience. It was such a pleasure to tune in to his program. I...
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    Re: Deterioration due to closed case

    Some new cases are known to "outgas," producing volatile chemicals due to the oxidation or curing of materials found inside, like urethane-based foam, certain plasticizers found inside plastics, and...
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    Re: Different Kinds of Wood

    Different tonewoods have very different properties of density, stiffness, durability, and workability. They also have very different availability, which not only addresses the growing regions, but...
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    Re: New builds final Set-up Help?

    On a short-scale, high-tension instrument like the mandolin, tiny differences in the measurements can lead to big differences in playability -- and in the sound. In my opinion, you would do well to...
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    Re: Aluminum tuner button question

    Yes, the top of the famous Washington Monument in DC is capped by a 9-inch pyramid made of solid ... aluminum! In the early 1880's, aluminum cost over a dollar per ounce (about $30 today, adjusted...
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    Re: Carter Vintage Guitars on GibsonTV

    Actually, Howard Carter is the archaeologist who discovered King Tut's tomb. Both Howard and Walter Carter can rightfully claim to have discovered genuine treasures in their time!
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    Re: Carter Vintage Guitars on GibsonTV

    Carter Vintage Guitars is amazing, and Walter and Christie Carter are sympathetic, knowledgeable people. Even an interview conducted by a clueless, walking cliche like Mark Agnesi cannot detract...
  21. Thread: ToneRite Issues

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    Re: ToneRite Issues

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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    I'm flattered -- and truly honored! -- to have been listed as one of your mentors. As a university scientist, I've mentored a good many students over the years, but never have I thought of myself as...
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    Re: Lacey Act Questions

    Read this first: https://www.fws.gov/international/permits/by-activity/musical-instruments.html

    This document, straight from the U.S. government, should answer many of your questions:

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    Re: Bridge Placement

    Yes, the bridge needs to be placed -- as a starting point for further adjustment! -- at the place where the 12th fret bisects the length of the open string. With a normal nut (which acts as a...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    The topic of string break angle over the bridge has been fairly extensively discussed in the MC Forum before. I would suggest checking out this thread right away:
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