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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    Indeed! I remember seeing a concert where Grisman was playing with one of his quintets and he was floating around riffing and chording, sometimes 2-3 feet away from the mic and everything was...
  2. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    Two things to consider:
    • when changing the strings, lube the tuners themselves. There are friction points between the post and bushings, the ends of the worm gears and the brackets, and the bottom...
  3. Thread: Jabota

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    Re: Jabota

    I've put it down for flooring in two bedrooms (Lumber Liquidators pre-finished) and it works great in that application. In 3/8" thickness it's extremely rigid. I haven't tried thinning it down to...
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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,...
  6. 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: Any Thoughts on Eastman Trutone Finish?

    And I will add possibly louder. I've refinished a few mandolins whose finishes weren't holding up or where structural work required addressing the finish. Some were varnish and one was 40 year old...
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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...
  9. Re: Eastman Tailpiece Replacement Available for Free

    I went through the same experience (same model, same post) and they shipped me a new one, didn't even ask if I was the original owner. Of course it took a few weeks, coming from China. I have a James...
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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...
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    Re: Seeking Octave Mandolin Plans and Advice

    Here's from "The Irish Bouzouki" by Niall O' CallanŠin and Tommy Walsh from 1989 "currently unavailable" but used copies are out there. No full sized plans. A lot of history, musicians, chords, bios...
  12. 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...
  13. Re: Advice on buying a new mandolin? Been playing for 15+yrs

    I am currently caretaking an Eastman 515 for a friend who recently passed away and it is a very powerful mandolin. I think you'd need to jump up to the $3k range to surpass it.
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    Re: Hamlett Pick-Off!

    Hey, can you turn that thing down!

    I listened with studio grade headphones and that is an amazing mandolin you've got there. Who needs a scroll? It's scary to think what it will sound like in a...
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    Re: Looking for something darker and throatier

    That clarification does help. It sounds like one of the more modern oval hole mando's would fit your pallet (unless you want it for bluegrass)
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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: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    Rubners. I think these were $160 when I bought them a few years back. Assuming they're made in Germany?

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    Re: Vice grip fingers

    Mandolin tolerances are much tighter than guitar due to the doubled strings at high tension. Ideal first fret clearance on the E strings is 5-6 thousandths, roughly two thicknesses of typing paper,...
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    Re: Why is my action so high?

    I agree with Ed's advice. It appears there's still more relief than and mandolin needs. Another 1/4 on the truss rod night have you in ideal action territory. If you're happy with how it plays, no...
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    Re: No frills vs fancier mandolins

    Thanks for this clarification. It was a long time ago that I read about the deflection measuring (which I had never heard of before). I've never had a chance to tour the Collings plant which would be...
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    Re: Binding has cracks when mounted

    I've only used ABS once. It was on an oval A that got a black finish anyway. I put it on with a fresh batch of Luthier Merc's binding cement that did the job well. After scraping back, I don't recall...
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    Re: No frills vs fancier mandolins

    "How much better it sounds" is a subjective evaluation. Collings' instruments are famous for their impeccable fit and finish, consistency, and reliability. Sonicly, they've mastered the tone profile...
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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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