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    I just received three arm rests from Hill Country Stringworks. What a wonderful addition to my mandolins! I also use arm rests for my guitars (Pierce) and love the way those feel as well. I have to give a big shout-out to Hill Country Stringworks for these arm guards. Just a fabulous product and those folks are really easy to order from and work with.
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    Good to hear -- I've been thinking about getting an armrest myself, and I've heard nothing but good things about the armrests you mention.

    Out of curiosity, though, what do people think of the Cumberland Acoustic armrests? The McClungs seem to be out of stock when I look at the website, at least as far as I can tell, while the Cumberlands seem to be readily available.

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    I got my McClung armrest yesterday from Doug at Hill Country and my playing has improved 25% overnight! Beautiful items with handmade quality all over them.
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    I have received a couple of McClung armrests from Hill Country in the last month or so. Beautiful work, and top notch service and attention from Doug. I am very pleased with them!
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    If you are looking for a good arm rest, Cafe member soliver does custom work for a very fair price. I'm very happy with the olive wood rest he made me.

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    FYI, it looks like I’m still making McClungs. So far everything I’m making is sold before it can be posted on the website. I’m unable to provide custom stuff at this time. When the weather clears up I’ll be painting the house and we have a few trips planned this year. The website will show what’s available when I get caught up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miltown View Post
    Good to hear -- I've been thinking about getting an armrest myself, and I've heard nothing but good things about the armrests you mention.

    Out of curiosity, though, what do people think of the Cumberland Acoustic armrests? The McClungs seem to be out of stock when I look at the website, at least as far as I can tell, while the Cumberlands seem to be readily available.
    I added a Cumberland Acoustic armrest to mine a couple weeks ago. It looks ok, but they seem really small compared to all the others. I don't think its made any difference other than changing the look of the Mandolin. I think I'd prefer a larger armrest if I were to do it again.

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    I absolutely love my McClung armrests and custom TRC from Hill Country. Doug does an awesome job, obviously why they are now hard to get. But to Doug: I am on the hunt for another mandolin so I am hoping you get your painting and traveling done and get back to making arm rests!

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    I asked Doug for a curly maple McClung, unfinished, as I am Bruce Weber build me a new two point and I will have them finish it to match the two point. I have had a ebony McClung on my Yellowstone for 7 years now and I love it.
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    Got a Cumberland arm rest too, and I thought, "wow, these are really small." Added felt underneath for better clamp adjustment - its low end would not tighten down otherwise.

    Might be just me: that edge presses on the arm, and more so in different playing positions. After a while the thumb goes numb. Would like it better if the arm rest was had a more gentle edge and more length. It sure is 'twinkie sized' in comparison to the McClung photos.

    Edit: When looking at the McClung, there is more surface to support one's forearm, which widens towards the down-side. This may be a better option for arm support.
    - The Cumberland armrest has such a minimal forearm resting area.
    - I got into mandolins too late to get a Mahogany armrest ... /le sigh

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Miller View Post
    Added felt underneath for better clamp adjustment - its low end would not tighten down otherwise.
    Most armrests use chin rest clamps spaced for archtop mandolins, not flat tops. This is why Doug at HCS asks for the rim width when ordering. I'm sure Steve could have made the same adjustment.

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    Edit: When looking at the McClung, there is more surface to support one's forearm, which widens towards the down-side. This may be a better option for arm support.
    The angled slope of the McClung is the point of the thing and why they are so popular with a certain subset of pickers. It puts the forearm in a preferred position compared to those that seem to be mostly for protecting the top.

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    Yep, I just got a Cumberland armrest, and it's definitely designed to protect the top of your instrument, and not so much to lift your arm very far off of the mandolin's body. Excellent for what it's designed for, but it definitely seems to have a different function than the McClung.

    I'm glad I have the Cumberland, but I still want to try a McClung. I'd try to make an armrest myself, but I'm a strong proponent of the division of labor -- that, and I'm pretty much incompetent with any and all tools.

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    I have a McClung on both of my good mandolins, and I absolutely love them.
    Beautiful wood, beautifully finished, awesome shape, awesome function, and they just feel great under the arm.
    I recommend them to anyone who needs an armrest.
    I have had ones from two other sources, and they don’t come close.
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    i have and love McClung armrests on both of my mandolins. Not sure why others are using them, but I was having forearm pain and tingling in my right hand that was making it hard to play. I began to wonder if the sharp edge where my arm rested on the mandolin top was the cause of my problems. Who knows for sure, but the symptoms went away within a couple of weeks of adding armrests. I have been pain/tingling free for 2 years!
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    Thank you for your post Doug. I’ll keep checking your site with my fingers crossed :-)

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    I just ordered two mahogany arm rest from Doug, thinking about also getting an ebony one with a fish, with the cross in it if he has any in stock. the McClung is the BEST arm rest design out there. I sure hope Doug has a son or a grandson to take over for him when he decides to just hang it up & retire. which would be a great lost for all of us to lose such a Great craftsman.

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    plain ebony on the way with the two mahogany's. he has no inlay fish in stock.

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    Was on there last night and dd not see any mahogany arm rests for sale. :\
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    James go old school & pick up the phone & call him.

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    Okay, when I get a day off. Don't think he'd like me calling at midnight.
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    Email works well with Mr. Edwards too. I’ve corresponded with him on multiple occasions, always a great experience. He may also be traveling if you don’t see a quick reply. In any case, the outcome has always been well worth the nominal wait. I have multiple McClungs and got a pick box this year too. Can’t begin to describe how awesome that little pick box is. Hill Country rocks! Chris Reily
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    Thanks for the awesome support! But I need a time out. This thread has overwhelmed me and I need time to process what I have from February. I’ve pretty much sold everything I’m working on and created a back order on future armrests. I’m currently not answering the phone but you can leave a message. I’ve not had much time to get to all the emails but will eventually.
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    I ordered a Cumberland armrest for my A style. I got it in Rosewood with chrome. These are smaller, true, but very comfortable and produce the same result. I have used one in the past. The Hill Country Stringworks armrests are beautiful and I hope that in the future I will get the opportunity to order one when they have a chance to catch up with the demand.
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    Steve Smith sent my Cumberland arm rest literally overnight. It arrived and it was beautifully made. Fits perfectly and looks great. These are smaller than the McClung, but they serve their purpose. They do not become a major feature but lift my arm off of the surface of the mandolin to free my wrist movement for relaxed picking. I like the rosewood and the finish is impeccable.
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    I have McClungs on 4 of my mando family instruments and an extra ebony one sitting in a drawer. Guess I need to buy another mandolin to put it to its intended use. Thanks Doug for your great product.

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