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    Default Thanks to Rob Meldrum!

    Many thank to Rob for his (free!) ebook on Mandolin setups. Itís yours for the asking (rob.meldrum@gmail.com).

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    Default Re: Thanks to Rob Meldrum!

    Even if you don't want to do setup stuff yourself, it is a "must read" for any mandolin owner.
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    Just send an email to rob.meldrum@gmail.com with "mandolin setup" in the subject line and he will email you a copy of his ebook for free (free to all mandolincafe members).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HonketyHank View Post
    Even if you don't want to do setup stuff yourself, it is a "must read" for any mandolin owner.
    Yes to this. If you get a feeler gauge and a six inch ruler, you can tell for yourself what shape your setup is in.
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    Time well spent reading it even if you have no intent to do the work, you can speak intelligently to the luthier when you need something done.
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    Great book.
    In a similar style as the book:
    What is the thickness of a quarter? A dime? Euro, etc? (wikipedia.com)
    How many placed together will squeeze under the fourth string at the twelfth fret?
    If they squeezed under the fifteenth fret a month ago and now with thunderstorms outside the house it’s the sixteenth fret, what does that mean?
    What’s your preferred range?
    Thanks Rob.

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    I had a strange phenomona happen last winter. We had for three weeks a very wet spell for this area. For two weeks, my mandolins held almost a perfect tune. My theory was they had absorbed all the moisture they could, and that stabilized the wood. Contrast that with the recent three day 100 degree dry spell where my mandolins went flat a half step. 95% of the time, it is a happy perfect medium. Wood is not static. I usually get away with a slight winter tweak, then back in the spring.

    It must be a constant battle for touring artists. I know in some areas people have summer and winter saddles for their guitars. It is important to understand mandolin geometry for yourself so you can do the minor tweaks yourself. That is what Rob's book will do for you. I'd like to see him do an advanced version on fret leveling, the icing on the setup cake.
    Silverangel A
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    1913 Gibson A-1

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