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    Default Re: My Tone Gard review. Get one for your mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hanson View Post
    If I could buy one here in the UK I'd get one today.

    Why does nobody sell them here ?

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    Oh well, So much for the 'You Guys Should'.. , thing , contact the company about ordering 12 ,
    and then re selling them over there?



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    Okay, I am now a believer in the sound difference - today while practicing, I held my mandolin away from my body a bit, and then played in my regular position. The difference in volume was astonishing! But I am not sure I want a tone guard on my mandolin, fears of damaging the finish come to mind. I will consider the benefits of changing my position, or perhaps this will be my incentive to lose weight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadysSolo View Post
    ... incentive to lose weight!
    When I was in my 20s and 30s I always wore a piece of leather over my belt buckle to make sure that I didn't scratch the back of my instrument as I played. It was effective, but a bit of a nuisance.

    When I reached my mid-40s I noticed something changing. My stomach muscles declined in their ability to hold my belly in. I really didn't like that, but it did, and continues to this day to hold my instrument away from my belt buckle sufficiently to prevent scratching. It is effective, but a bit of a nuisance.

    I do use ToneGards on both of my F-style mandolins though. ToneGards come with tubing and leather covering the mounting contact points, and the new tubing will not damage finishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kylejames View Post
    I have a tone guard that I was using for my old mandolin, but it seems like its a bit too small for the new Pava. Has anyone else found that they have to use one of the larger tone gard models for a Pava?
    I found that the VintageGard that I had bought for my snakehead (and that I use on my Hester and Black) was a better fit on the Pava that I once owned than the SunriseGard that I have for my Passernig. I suspect that Tom Ellis used an old Gibson A-style as the basis for his A5's and that Pava Knezevic worked off of that same template.
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    Anybody know if tone gards fit big muddies?

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    PM TonyP, He can make one to fit.

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    Old thread, new thoughts on the Tone-Gard . . . I've had one on the back of my old Gibson for decades, but it recently went missing. Just contacted Tony for a replacement. I believe in them unreservedly - for the sound AND - - protecting the finish on them hot gigs where the mando is sticking to your sweaty shirt. Sorry for the graphic content, I played a hot gig last night and was not happy to see the milky film on the back of my old A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Patton View Post
    AND - - protecting the finish on them hot gigs where the mando is sticking to your sweaty shirt. Sorry for the graphic content, I played a hot gig last night and was not happy to see the milky film on the back of my old A.
    Hi Will, a long time ago the Providence Mandolin Orchestra was invited to play an outdoor gig in CT on a very hot, humid day. The "dress code" was black pants and white shirts. The varnish finish on my old my old F was milky by the end of the gig but worse was the nasty red stain it left on my white shirt which never did wash out. At least the milky finish on the mandolin did eventually dry out in a few days so take heart that it is not permanent. Stay cool and good to hear from you.

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    Lots of comments.
    My own experience: Beneficial on some mandolins but not on all. I experienced no benefit on my Stiver or on a previously owned Collings. I do use one on my Kentucky KM- 950 where I detect a noticeable improvement. I experienced an improvement on a previously owned Kentucky 304 but not on a previously owned Kentucky 305. Yet, on my granddaughter's 305 I see an improvement (both 305's compared side by side).
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    Len - “Dress code” really? I doubt whether anyone would be able to afford my fee if it involved a derss code! Then again, if I don’t want to play somewhere, I don’t need to.

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    Agree with both the keeping finish good and the ToneGard not working on some instruments. On my Strad-O-Lin, nothing. Yes, though on my Brentrup and Gibson A Jr.

    Know I mentioned this in other threads, but years ago when I was exclusively a guitarist, ended up ruining a shirt AND the finish on the back of a vintage Gibson J-45 due to the heat and my heavy sweating.
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    Also helps protect against belt buckle rash. Found out the hard way. I was hesitant to use the one I have. A couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t paying close enough attention and put some belt buckle scratches in the finish on the back. The Tone Gard is on the mandolin now and I did notice a difference in volume. It is noticeably louder, at least from behind the mandolin, which helps when you have old ears.
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