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    Re: Kentucky KM-1050 vs Northfield F5S

    Only because this is your choice. There are several US builders who can build a great A or F style for this budget. Two I've personally got great sounding, great looking, professional quality all...
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    Re: Resonator mandolin repair

    I was not able to lift the cone out of my 1934 (or possibly earlier) Regal resonator mandolin, even after carefully cutting through the glue/finish/dirt seal formed around the rim with a scalpel. I...
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    Re: Resonator mandolin repair

    I have one of these from the early 30's. The original tailpiece was broken, so I replaced it with this scalloped one from StewMac. Sure I had to drill some new small holes but it better distributes...
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    Re: favourite strings

    I just started using DR Rare strings on my F5 (phosphor bronze). Wow they are great! Lots of volume with sweet tone. I do like monel strings on my F4 and my archtop guitar.
  5. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Violin was my first instrument. Then came guitar, then bass, then many years later mandolin followed by all members of the mandolin family. Mandolin is my main instrument in a band setting. ...
  6. Thread: Thick Picks?

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    Re: Thick Picks?

    I like a minimum of 2.0 mm. I use this thickness on mandolin, my banjolin, resonator mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and guitars. The thick blue chips have a darker, warmer tone. ...
  7. Re: what strings do you recommend for a rigel mando ?

    I was one who could never really tell a difference when going from one brand of phosphor bronze or 80/20 bronze strings to another. J74, coated, earth tone, straight up, pretty much all sounded the...
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    Sonny Morris can build you one. About half the cost of those previously mentioned.
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    That's my own homemade pickguard.
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    Re: Converting Mandolin to Mandola

    I went the other way, kind of - took a 16.5" viola and added an E string for a 5 stringed fiddle. D'addarrio makes a helicore long E string for just this application.
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    Re: Stiff tuning pegs

    Just to clarify - these are geared tuning machines and not simple pegs (like on a violin), right? In that case a little oil like 3-in-1 out of a dropper is fine. There are other great lubricants...
  11. Re: Help me find a mando for my 10 yr old daughter

    Ok everyone else thought this too, don't say you didn't. It is meant in fun as a musician joke. "They're both professional musicians? Good thing you got used to supporting them early on...."
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    Re: Geek Pre-Amp question OHMs

    Here's my take on it as a former navy electronics tech who dealt with a few signal attenuation problems due to improper impedance matching issues:

    At every interface in a signal path, the greater...
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    Re: Did someone say PICKS?

    Shown - actual pick assortment of your average player who can't believe anyone would spend $5, $10 or $30 for a pick....
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    Re: Wintergrass Headcount

    Welcome! You realize this thread was about a get together 15 years ago - I don't know if there is anything cafe-specific for Wintergrass 2020. We had a similar mando tasting that Martin put...
  15. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I missed a few episodes while working nights. Going back and streaming them now. I've really enjoyed it. One thing I like is how every artist they mentioned or interviewed seemed to get painted in a...
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    I'm also a classically trained violinist. I took up bluegrass fiddle as a teen with lessons that were 100% watch, listen, play, repeat. Some 40 years later when I took up mandolin those fiddle...
  17. Re: Trillium Octave Internal K&K twin spot “sweet spot” location

    I've installed twin head piezos in over 20 stringed instruments - fiddles, mandolins, mandola, octave mandolins, mandocellos, banjos, guitars, upright bass. In each case it sounds great to mount the...
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    Re: Ideas for a mandolin, $500-1,000

    His actual name is Howard Morris but his friends all call him Sonny. He introduces himself as Sonny. We jam at our local Old Time Fiddlers club.
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    Re: Ideas for a mandolin, $500-1,000

    Sonny Morris lives near me, and I've played over a dozen of his mandolins and fiddles. All are consistently great bang for the buck. NFI.
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    Re: Jam etiquette

    Wow, 12 or 20 people in a jam is too many IMO. If there is available room its a lot better to split into two jams of 6 to 10. If you can, arrive early next time and just ask one of the regulars how...
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    Re: Parting with a beloved mandolin

    I couldn't bring myself to sell an instrument if I was already regretting the decision. I've only sold instruments when I had already replaced it with something much better and I knew I wouldn't...
  22. 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?...
  23. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I don't get the comments of the mandola occupying the guitar's range but the mandolin doesn't. A mandola shares 3/4ths of the mandolin's range. I play violin and viola, as well as mandolin and...
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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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    Re: First Mando Buying Advice

    Since you've been a musician for a while, you probably already know the results of getting a cheapo "mandolin shaped object." I wasn't aware of this when I bought my first inexpensive mando (also...
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