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    After wrestling with my first string change I decided to make a jig to hold Betty Lou, my mandolin. Probably been done before but this was a fun, quick project. I just used some wood I had laying around. It could be done using 3/4 ply and some 2x4 scraps.

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    Neat! I'll bet it could be adapted to handle mandolin OR guitar, and for more than just changing strings. I already feel the wood moving in my basement ...

    At first, I thought that you'd composed "Lively Music to Change Strings By"!
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    Coo! I have always just used a couple of pillows of appropriate size.
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    I use a violin repair stand.
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    Now that gives me some ideas! Very cool.
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    Historically these were made out of wood. I never found a wood one but I grabbed this one many years ago. I don't remember paying this much for it.

    https://www.internationalviolin.com/...-cradle-holder

    https://www.metmusic.com/tools/cradl...inviola-cradle

    A pretty basic wooden cradle

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    Are the clamps lined with cork? I'm making one of these myself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    Are the clamps lined with cork? I'm making one of these myself!
    Yes, every contact point has a cork lining.
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    I’ve never used any form of jig or even a table when changing strings. I simply do it on my knees whilst sitting down, occasionally resting the wide end on a carpeted floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pgambon View Post
    After wrestling with my first string change I decided to make a jig to hold Betty Lou, my mandolin. Probably been done before but this was a fun, quick project. I just used some wood I had laying around. It could be done using 3/4” ply and some 2x4 scraps.

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    Nice work.
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    You can add some bells and whistles...
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    Personally I just use a piece of carpet and one of these bunny ear rests.
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