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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    SM57's are bomb proof but very range sensitive and not the most natural sounding IME. In a bar or loud room, probably perfect. I much prefer a small diameter condenser. They sound great from 6-10"...
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    Re: Bevel on a mandolin

    I think it's highly unlikely to happen, at least with an archtop mandolin. For one, the mechanics of mandolin are quite different. The top is thicker in the middle and thinnest around the perimeter,...
  3. Thread: Shop questions

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Shop questions

    My shop is 16 x 36 and I find it plenty adequate, especially since it also accommodates my bicycle and electric guitar habits as well. Everything in my shop, including the 400lb tablesaw is on mobile...
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    Re: Pickguard Mountain Brackets

    I have made narrow fingerrests for my main player mandos. It started out as a solution to a pinkie planting issue, but now I just like having the reference point. Unlike a pickguard, they are set...
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    Re: Any Thoughts on Eastman Trutone Finish?

    There's been a lot of discussion on this topic (naturally) over on the Eastman Guitar Fans forum. It turns out there was confusion on when Eastman switched over and some buyers got the new finish...
  6. Re: Looking for advice on best mandolins around 5K

    I was in Elderly Instruments this summer and had the chance to play Northfield mandos for the first time. The F5-S on the wall their sounded better (surprisingly to me) than the Big Mon. It even had...
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    Re: Eastman needs new strings

    After struggling with quality control issues with DA (after using them for 20 years) I switched to GHS A270 or A260s. I don't mess with coated strings because my sweat chemistry isn't bad like some...
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    Re: I went and did it!

    I thought about taking up banjo but didn't want to alienate all my music friends.:grin:My 50 year guitar habit has finally topped out (hopefully) with a Martin Custom Shop D-18.
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    Re: Looking for something darker and throatier

    I know the feeling. I carved the back on one of my A-5s to get that nice throaty growl in the lower striongs for Celtic music. It's not the best matchup for bluegrass though. I'm betting that if you...
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    Re: New Northfield A5 special coming my way

    Wow Rob, that's spectacular! Is that a soft V neck?
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    Re: New Northfield A5 special coming my way

    I had exactly the same experience a month ago at Elderly. The $3500 Northfield F-5 blew away the Big Mon (surprised me) and a $5k Collings gloss A
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    Re: Back contours for an A5

    Someone more knowledgeable will likely chime in. From what I've read, the back graduation is left a little thicker in the area approaching the neck block. This is both a structural and tonal...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    I'm not a scientist but I can tell there is a real, if subtle, difference. Otherwise some high level musicians wouldn't specify it on a custom built instrument. I suspect it does have to do with...
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    The 80/40 gauge of wire is widely used and accepted in the mandolin world. Some players still prefer the sound of of the traditional 0.050" wide wire. With a softer attack it can have a more delicate...
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    Re: Trip To Dusty Strings Today

    I was at Elderly Instruments a few weeks back buying a Martin and finally had a chance to play a Northfield. The $3500 F-5 model blew away everything else on the wall, even a Big Mon and a $5k...
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    Re: Adjusting the nut - Eastman mandolin

    0.020" yikes! My new Martin guitar came with the slots that high and I couldn't cut them down fast enough. On mando, I would classify that as "unplayable". When I set up a mandolin, I aim for 0.005"...
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    Re: Newb's first day

    Welcome LRDave and congrats on your first musical adventure! You're in the right place. I would echo Pittsburg Bill's recommendation of getting a professional setup even though it seems like a lot of...
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    Re: How Much Difference Do Speakers Make?

    Computer speakers are generally going to be inadequate in bass response and imaging. Bonafide studio monitors are going to be way more $$ than you want or need. Near field powered speakers would be a...
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    Re: Kentucky 2013 finish help

    It makes the instrument look older than it is, which is a plus for some people. I'd just polish it up and consider it part of the instrument's mojo.
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    Re: Protecting mandolins from changes in climate

    Get a hygrometer and keep close tabs on the relative humidity. When it drops below 40% use case humidifiers and keep your mandolins in their cases when not in use. Depending on the heat source, you...
  21. Re: What's your preferred staining or dying method?

    I also use Transtint dyes. As Sunburst warns, you definitely need to test each mix on scrap. Dye soaks into the grain of the wood pretty much instantly (as opposed to stains that can lay on top) so...
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    Re: NMD and a little story

    Nice story Sheila, It's a good illustration of the caption over you avatar.

    Reading it brought me a flashback of my three year old firstborn daughter (now 27) playing my mandolin on a strap like a...
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    Re: D string intonation

    Hey, it gives you that warbling tone for free, no need to buy a chorus pedal!:)) Seriously, I'm betting on the string too. Seems highly unlikely a nut slot could be high enough to alter the...
  24. Thread: Mohawk Lacquer

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Mohawk Lacquer

    I second John's suggestion of of using the tech line to pick the brains of people who know the product line, especially considering you want a solid color.

    BTW, I haven't used Cardinal products,...
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    Re: OM Flat Top Bridge

    I have a flattop OM and built an ebony bridge (nonadjustable) for it so I could stagger the compensation. I found the E string to be too muted so inlaid a piece of bone in the to of the bridge for...
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