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    I thought my setup was pretty good and I have no had any issues prior. After changing my strings two weeks ago I am now getting buzzing on the A strings only. I replaced the strings with the same one's I was already using (D'Addario EJ74's 11-40). Any thoughts on what to look at/try?

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    Default Re: buzzing after string change

    Lots of questions...

    Is this fret-buzz? Can you identify the frets where the buzzing is occurring? Do you have worn frets?

    Did you change anything besides the strings? ie: Truss rod tension? Bridge location or height?

    Strings do take some time to stabilize but by now they should be plenty stable. If the buzzing is due to frets and they're worn at all, I'd guess either you crossed a threshold with your playing the new strings over the last two weeks, or your truss rod took a breather when you had less string tension against it, and now you need some relief adjustment.

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    It's "that" time of year as the weather changes, getting drier and cooler, your top has sunken a bit. Assuming you have an adjustable bridge, try raising the saddle a 1/4 to 1/2 turn on the adjusting wheels. Let the top settle a while and see if the buzz disappears. If not, try another fraction of a turn until the buzz disappears. This is done in small increments, no large changes should be needed. Good luck,

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenf12 View Post
    It's "that" time of year as the weather changes, getting drier and cooler, your top has sunken a bit. Assuming you have an adjustable bridge, try raising the saddle a 1/4 to 1/2 turn on the adjusting wheels. Let the top settle a while and see if the buzz disappears. If not, try another fraction of a turn until the buzz disappears. This is done in small increments, no large changes should be needed. Good luck,

    Len B.
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    Len,
    I think your theory is correct. I have not done anything yet, but we've had a warm-up and increase in humidity and the buzzing seems to have stopped, although probably temporarily

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenf12 View Post
    It's "that" time of year as the weather changes, getting drier and cooler, your top has sunken a bit. Assuming you have an adjustable bridge, try raising the saddle a 1/4 to 1/2 turn on the adjusting wheels. Let the top settle a while and see if the buzz disappears. If not, try another fraction of a turn until the buzz disappears. This is done in small increments, no large changes should be needed. Good luck,

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHopkins View Post
    99 yesterday, 100 the day before. We have the opposite problem.
    Yuck...but it's snowing a lot in Montana...note ideal either
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    I am no expert but I had a buzzy string on my mandolin and replaced it. No more buzz. Something wrong with the string. I could isolate the buzz to a single string.

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    Hi All !
    Since I’m new to Mandolin and it’s setup, I have encountered a few issues with my Loar LM310F. First off the action was so high it made my fingers burn like fire, so I lowered the action. While doing the loosening of the strings, the high E broke. Replacing the strings was no issue other than with trial and error finding the right action, the E Strings continue to break. I’m now on my 4th set of E strings.Then there’s the intonation which was also way off. Now with the action lowered the only string buzz I have is on the E. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesbilly View Post
    Hi All !
    Since I’m new to Mandolin and it’s setup, I have encountered a few issues with my Loar LM310F. First off the action was so high it made my fingers burn like fire, so I lowered the action. While doing the loosening of the strings, the high E broke. Replacing the strings was no issue other than with trial and error finding the right action, the E Strings continue to break. I’m now on my 4th set of E strings.Then there’s the intonation which was also way off. Now with the action lowered the only string buzz I have is on the E. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated !
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    As for seasonal weather changes...yesterday's it was in the low 60's, in three days we are supposed to have a low of -6 F! Gotta love fall in Montana
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    I've yet to do a setup that didn't break e strings. About three slack to taught cycles is all I get out of them. I buy separate e strings six at a time. Also make sure the holes in your tuner posts have a smooth entry point. More than once I've had to file them smooth. It's water under the bridge, but your experience points out why you should buy from a forum sponsor. Likely your nut could be cut deeper too.

    Do you know someone or have a good stringed instrument shop where you could try mandolins with good action? There will of course be a sore finger stage, but no bleeding allowed.
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    Thank you for that. Yes about three goes is the limit and yes I have ordered more singles to replace what’s in the garbage. Finicky things these mandolins.

    Here’s to experience !
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