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    Arm rest. Not necessary
    Tone guard. Not necessary
    Use them if you want to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
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    This looks like it may be a "Leo's Wood" model. Here's a link to his page:

    http://leoswood.com/armrests/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by randybrown View Post
    This looks like it may be a "Leo's Wood" model. Here's a link to his page:

    http://leoswood.com/armrests/
    Those look very nice but mine looks a lot more contoured. I believe that Joe Cleary makes them specifically for his mandolins. Here is one from his site:
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    I would add that there's absolutely no way I'd deface a beautiful instrument by unnecessarily screwing a large piece of plastic onto it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordonjackson83 View Post
    I would add that there's absolutely no way I'd deface a beautiful instrument by unnecessarily screwing a large piece of plastic onto it.
    Not that it matters so much, but I don't think I ever saw a plastic armrest for mandolins. Mine is ebony and every other one I have seen is made with some sort of wood with cork or some protective material on the surface that touches the top. It uses violin chinrest hardware. Having said all that, it is only recently that I am using ones on some of my mandolins but I don't need them. Most of my other mandolins do not have them. OTOH though I could probably play a fiddle without a chinrest I always opt to do it with one.
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    Weber armrest tailpiece is the best device.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMatt View Post
    Weber armrest tailpiece is the best device.Click image for larger version. 

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    Feels great, looks great, low profile, no clamp. Winning.
    It does look great but requires replacing the tailpiece. I don't mind the clamps. Same as my violins.
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    Ha ha, Jim. They're not plastic? My mistake, I had no idea! My mandolins are of the so-called Celtic variety - nothing added!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordonjackson83 View Post
    Ha ha, Jim. They're not plastic? My mistake, I had no idea! My mandolins are of the so-called Celtic variety - nothing added!
    No problem. I never had one on any of mine until I bought that Campanella. i actually like it but don't need it.
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    Like Gordonjackson I also play a mandolin of the "Celtic" variety and have no armrest. What I do use is one of those stretchy toweling wristband that you see tennis players and other sportspeople use as sweatbands. They're comfortable and stop disfigurement of the instrument from sweat etc and you don't get a line on the inside of your wrist from the edge where the top meets the sides. Oh, and they're cheap as well. Just an idea.

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    I like mine.
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    I found that armrests made with violin chin rest clamps can't be installed on mando with tone guard as manufactured.
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