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    I bought one of these for the violin
    . and I tried it on the mando just for kicks. It works pretty well, the investment is not too big .

    http://www.hkstrings.com/USA-ACOUSTA...est_p_392.html

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    Default Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    How does that attach to the instrument and what is it made of?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    It works by static electricity so you just pop it on any place you want and take it off when you're done with it you just can't get any grease on it that's about it

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    Default Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    This looks like it would dampen the vibrations just like your belly. How does it not mute the back of the instrument?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L View Post
    This looks like it would dampen the vibrations just like your belly. How does it not mute the back of the instrument?
    I assume it is made of an open-cell foam, so it would not be like putting a dense substance (flesh) against the back? Dunno, I don't have one, don't use Tone Gard either. I would think this is a lot lighter.

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    I second what David L said. But I guess it's possible that a porous material might mute the back vibration less than pressing it against your belly. Now I gotta go see if I have a chunk of open-cell foam lying around...

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    Default Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    Tone Gard seems to work great.. for that ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by j. condino View Post
    Considering their relative densities, I’d be a lot more concerned about my liver than my belly.
    Better still why not just wear this, you could go to a session and wouldn’t even have to carry it.
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    You could just hold your mandolin away from your belly as I do or go on a diet !
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    You could just hold your mandolin away from your belly as I do or go on a diet !


    I find, especially if i am tired, like at a festival, that this is neigh on impossible. ToneGard for me.

    Much easier than giving up cheeseburgers.
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    I finally managed to give up cheeseburgers but I still need help.

    I’m actually concerned about fretboard cleanliness.
    -do you know of any products that will remove a five course meal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon DS View Post
    I finally managed to give up cheeseburgers but I still need help.

    I’m actually concerned about fretboard cleanliness.
    -do you know of any products that will remove a five course meal?
    Car wash !
    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 was wondering why my mando got so much quieter over the past 8 months. I knew the pandemic made some people loose their taste and smell but I didnt realize it made mandos quieter too.
    No matter where I go, there I am...Unless I'm running a little late.

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    OK, it's a third of the price of a Tone-gard but I'll still take the Tone-gard. The Tone-gard is more robust. I do appreciate the issue though.

    https://www.tone-gard.com/
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    I held off getting a Tone-Gard for many years, thought they were silly. I finally gave one a try this year. I gotta be honest, it really makes a difference. I am a convert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Flynn View Post
    I held off getting a Tone-Gard for many years, thought they were silly. I finally gave one a try this year. I gotta be honest, it really makes a difference. I am a convert.
    I had the same experience. In my case i was confusing it with ToneRite, which is an entirely different product for an entirely different purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    You could just hold your mandolin away from your belly as I do or go on a diet !
    It has nothing to do with how big your belly is. I’m 155 pounds and don’t have a big belly, yet the ToneGard still does wonders for the sound of my Mandolin.
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    The Tone-gard is the only mandolin gizmo that I endorse and that's because they work.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    The Tone-gard is the only mandolin gizmo that I endorse and that's because they work.
    Makes a big difference where/how you hold your mandolin and physical anatomy ! I had one but no difference in sound with or without . To prevent any marks on the finish I wrapped the prongs with thin micro-fiber which worked ! Finally sold it !
    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 have a Tone Guard on most of my mandolins. The difference in tone is noticeable.
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