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    Re: Tuner Recommendations

    Hmmm. That might explain why them banjos never sound quite right. :whistling:
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    Re: Tuner Recommendations

    Peterson are fantastic when it comes to tuners. Highly recommended. The stroboclip does not show the octave however.


    Not sure how one would use a tuna' fork to tune a mandolin, but I hear banjo...
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    Re: Bevel on a mandolin

    I've done bevels on guitars - here's a recent pic from my workbench (since we're doing a show & tell :cool:)

    For an arch top mando there's a couple problems that I can think of.
    - The soundboard...
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    Re: CITES Question

    The main show stopper that I found trying to ship a guitar to the US about a month ago was that no carrier would insure it unless you are paying well in excess of 1k for shipping.
    I believe a few...
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    Re: A guitar bodied mandocello

    Thank you - sounds like 650-685 is the range then. Need to measure the blanks are long enough before committing to 685 though.

    Is there a practical benefit in using individual guitar tuning...
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    Re: A guitar bodied mandocello

    On a serious note, would you say there's a big difference between 685 and 660 scale length for a mandocello, and would 660 work reasonably well?
    Did you keep the nut & 14th fret width and bridge...
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    Re: Tight Waverly's

    Finish line teflon bike chain lube does wonders on the gears.

    Ironically, I found it pretty useless for lubing bike chains.
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    Re: A guitar bodied mandocello

    What's the benefit of putting the ball ends into the tuning machines?


    Just kidding. :cool:
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    It's a good idea to clean your fretboard every time you grease your truss rod bearings.
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    What?
    You're supposed to change strings?!
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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    You can't really see it in the videos, but I hear he's got 10 fingers on each hand.
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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    I'd want to play everything on them, but in reality it will probably end up in more capable hands of a local player who'll think that it suits his style.
    I am aware that some of the mando technique...
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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    I've cut the wood up for one 4-course and one 5-course - now just need to put it all together 8)
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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    Thank you very much folks, that gives me some food for thought.
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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    Thank you very much - quite a selection of instruments you have!
    5 in fifths would be preferable, but I'm a guitar luthier, so don't want to overcomplicate the first half a dozen cittern builds...
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    Re: Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    Don't all rush to reply at once by the way :grin:

    Having just re-strung my mando, the only downside of a 5-course that I can see is that there's an extra course to string up and keep in...
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    Octave mando 4 or 5 courses?

    Howdy folks.

    I am starting to build a couple octave mandos and can't decide whether to go for 1 4-course and 1 5-course, or just make two 5-course ones. Both will be about 56cm scale length, so...
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    New builder questions

    Howdy folks,

    Hoping for some advice on building A-style mandos.

    I usually build flat-top guitars, but I have recently strung up my first Loar-style "A" mando in the white and I am very pleased...
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