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    Default Re: tonguards ..do they really work?

    Just got one for my 2000 Weber Bitterroot and it works splendidly. Way worth the cost.

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    If even the finest mandolin needs a Tone-gard to sound its best - and many on this thread say this is true - does this suggest that there is an inherent flaw in traditional mandolin design? If I'm spending big $ on a mandolin, shouldn't I expect an instrument that does the job without additional hardware? Could there exist a mandolin with traditional looks that needs no extra component to produce maximum volume and tone?

    A fascinating discussion.

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    Default Re: tonguards ..do they really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tate Ferguson View Post
    If even the finest mandolin needs a Tone-gard to sound its best - and many on this thread say this is true - does this suggest that there is an inherent flaw in traditional mandolin design? If I'm spending big $ on a mandolin, shouldn't I expect an instrument that does the job without additional hardware? Could there exist a mandolin with traditional looks that needs no extra component to produce maximum volume and tone?

    A fascinating discussion.
    The tonegard allows the back of the mandolin to vibrate freely. It doesn't make your mandolin sound better than it inherently does, it prevents it from sounding worse from the back being muted by your body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_al View Post
    The tonegard allows the back of the mandolin to vibrate freely. It doesn't make your mandolin sound better than it inherently does, it prevents it from sounding worse from the back being muted by your body.
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    Does it work? Yes.

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    The tonegard allows the back of the mandolin to vibrate freely. It doesn't make your mandolin sound better than it inherently does, it prevents it from sounding worse from the back being muted by your body.
    Right! Your mandolin will sound just as good if you hold it away from you while playing. Of course, few play that way, so the Tone-Gard works well.
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    Yes! Worth every penny.
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    I'm a believer! Works great on my Collings MT2.

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    I think the general consensus is that it works.
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