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    Default I think something's wrong with my mandolin.

    Last night, my band played an outdoor event in Hamilton, Montana. It was about 55 degrees when we started playing at 5, and was about 42 when we finished at 9.
    I knew something was odd when I pulled my 1919 Gibson A2 out of it's case and checked the tuning, only to find that it was perfectly in tune, even though i had played a 2 hour gig the night before. I thought that it would probably go out of tune once it acclimated to the chilly weather, but no. Despite the fact that we took 2 breaks where it sat on a stand, then got warmed up by my holding it, it stayed perfectly in tune the whole night!
    Do you think that I should get it checked out to see what's wrong with it...?
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    Default Re: I think something's wrong with my mandolin.

    I think you should see an audiologist and see if anything is wrong with your ears, or check the accuracy of your tuner! LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Soper View Post
    I think you should see an audiologist and see if anything is wrong with your ears, or check the accuracy of your tuner! LOL.
    Well, it was out of tune the night before...
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    Oh man, I just hate when that happens. Here I get the tuner all warmed up and ready to go. Figure I gotta turn each tuner a good quarter to half turn, then, oops, too high. Back down and tune back up again. And it's all spoiled when the mandolin is smack dab in tune. Go figure.

    But, if you have to do something, go make sure it has enough widget oil in it. On a teens Gibson, they can get a bit low after getting cold. The figured it out later, and so I have to worry about it running over on my 1929 A Jr.
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    Something must be wrong with mine also ! It doesn't sound as good as Ricky Skagg's mandolin !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    I wouldn't worry too much. It is just a glitch. These things happen. Now if it were a banjo it could be a very serious symptom.

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    I've never played a mandolin that stayed in tune for a whole song.

    The real trick is to make it sound like you are always in tune.(Dawgism)

    Or something like that.

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    Mandolin is Italian word for ' out of tune '

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    "I play mandolin...
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    If I have too...
    I guess..."
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    I had my mandolin stay perfectly in tune for two weeks last winter. Thankfully it came to its senses.
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    Pete Seeger,David Crosby,and Tim O'Brien are just a few people I have heard/read say,"We tune because we care."

    Short scale length on a fretted instrument made of organic material with a moveable bridge and strings that stretch a bit when plucked fortissimo=needs tuning. Also round wound strings being pulled thru a hard nut/bridge material can cause problems with tension between the nut and the tuning posts. And yet we love the mandolin and beating them into submission.

    It all sounds a bit masochistic really.

    Ihope to own a carbon fiber mando someday.

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    Random. Heat/cold, Humid/arid... Sometimes all the expansion and contraction just works out right. Most of the time it doesn't though.
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    Can't believe that someone hasn't mentioned this yet, but you clearly need to buy another mandolin... so you can A/B them and find out what's wrong with the first one.

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    My 23 AJr Snakehead has stayed tuned to CKRE since the day I got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Winn View Post
    Can't believe that someone hasn't mentioned this yet, but you clearly need to buy another mandolin... so you can A/B them and find out what's wrong with the first one.
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    Default Re: I think something's wrong with my mandolin.

    Did you play the lottery?

    On the rare occassion mine doesn't need tuning, I feel luck is on my side and that I should rush to the store and buy a Powerball ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Rosett View Post
    Do you think that I should get it checked out to see what's wrong with it...?
    No, I think you should sell it to me. Immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColdBeerGoCubs View Post
    My 23 AJr Snakehead has stayed tuned to CKRE since the day I got it.
    Sorry, what is CKRE tuning?

    Edit: (Oh, a radio station? Was this a joke? duhhh, sorry.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhergert View Post
    Sorry, what is CKRE tuning?

    Edit: (Oh, a radio station? Was this a joke? duhhh, sorry.)
    It’s one stop below Rflat or a radio station outside of Cleveland. I forget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Rosett View Post
    Last night, my band played an outdoor event in Hamilton, Montana. It was about 55 degrees when we started playing at 5, and was about 42 when we finished at 9.
    I knew something was odd when I pulled my 1919 Gibson A2 out of it's case and checked the tuning, only to find that it was perfectly in tune, even though i had played a 2 hour gig the night before. I thought that it would probably go out of tune once it acclimated to the chilly weather, but no. Despite the fact that we took 2 breaks where it sat on a stand, then got warmed up by my holding it, it stayed perfectly in tune the whole night!
    Do you think that I should get it checked out to see what's wrong with it...?
    Are you sure it's a mandolin? Something just doesn't sound right. You were awake, right, not asleep and dreaming?

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    A few years ago, on stage just before a gig, one of the pro-level mandolin players that we've had the honor of being in our band with us looked at me as he was trying to tune his mandolin, knowing I was also working at playing mandolin on the side... He said [slightly paraphrased] "Man are all of these things such a [difficult experience] to tune???"... Coming from him this was pretty telling. I just grinned and nodded.
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    Default Re: I think something's wrong with my mandolin.

    One time I bought a mandolin on the internet. I was thrilled when it was shipped to me across 3/4 of the country and arrived perfectly in tune . . . then I played half a song on it and ruined the thrill . . .

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