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    Re: Can I get-rid of the end-pin on Godin A8?

    So, as many people here wrote that the endpin is not supporting the tailpiece, I decided to remove it.
    The endpin had a thick rubber washer between it and the tailpiece. I am not sure whether that...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I love the Thomastiks and use them on all my mandolins for 35 years now. Much better than other flat-wounds - less buzzing and crackling, strong balanced sound, keep for a long time and even bring...
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    Re: Eastman El Rey 'weak E pickup' hack

    I had a similar problem on my bouzouki with the Bass string being too loud (through the magnetic pickup). I replaced the nickel string with phosphor bronze (which is much less responsive to...
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    Can I get-rid of the end-pin on Godin A8?

    The question:
    Can I remove the end-pin from the tailpiece of my Godin A8 mandolin, or is it needed in order to keep the tailpiece in place?
    BTW - this is not the original Godin A8 end-pin, it is...
  5. Thread: Shure sm57

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    Re: Shure sm57

    I performed for a while with microphones (usually the 57/58s), however, I got lots of feedback on noisy stages and switched to mandolins with built-in pickups which worked much better for me. I'm...
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    Re: Mandola Flatwounds for Eastman MDA315

    The 174's are long enough for my 17" mandola, so there should not be a problem to put them on yours.
  7. Advice about Greek Mandolins from The Bouzouki Shop Polydorou?

    Anybody experienced with mandolins from "The Bouzouki Shop Polydorou" in Athens, Greece ?
    These mandolins are supposedly made by D. Polydorou, which is the same as the name of the shop. Their back...
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    Identification please

    A mandolin left from an old relative. Sounds great, by the way. Action just a bit too high.
    Can someone help identify when and where it was made?
    Is it worth any money?

    188033
    188034
    188035...
  9. Re: Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale man

    Thanks Strabo, that's good to know.
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    Re: Gig bag for mandola?

    Thanks AllenHopkins, I checked the bags you recommended.

    > My mandola's a bit bigger than yours

    Actually, my mandola is wider, so unfortunately it doesn't fit into these bags. Its width is 31...
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    Re: Gig bag for mandola?

    Thanks a lot Multidon and Chuck, the Tenor/Traveller bag indeed comes the closest so far, but it is still 2 inches too deep. I suspect my instrument will bounce inside.
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    Re: Flatwound strings for 17'' Mandola

    Amos, what did you end-up using? (I have the same problem)
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    Re: Gig bag for mandola?

    Thanks Chuck, you did nice work there, but I am already using an electric-guitar gig-bag in a similar way to what you suggest.
    I would really prefer a much smaller, snug-fitting gig-bag. Besides...
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    Re: Gig bag for mandola?

    Thanks Tom, but even their catalog mandola gig-bags (inappropriate for my instrument) cost $228, don't know about custom-made.

    My mandola is not such an expensive instrument to justify such...
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    Re: Gig bag for mandola?

    Thanks Mandrian, but your suggestion is still rather big... a 780x380x85 mm bag for a 730x310x75 mm mandola leaves quite a space inside.
    Especially the width...
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    Re: Gig bag for mandola?

    Thanks, but their bag is too big. Their length is 87cm and width 38cm, while my mandola's length 73cm and width 31cm (as written above).
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    Gig bag for mandola?

    I searched online but could not find any gig-bags of approprite dimensions for my mandola.
    Some bags were way too large. A few were too small (a common problem was only 30 cm diameter/width).

    The...
  18. Re: Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale man

    Margora - I bought the Fisoma strings you recommended (BTW - Carl from Lord of The Strings was very helpful and friendly - great guy!)
    There is a weird thing - the sound of the C string is very...
  19. Replacing Tuning machines with non-standard distance between pegs

    I have bought a Mandola made by a Vietnamese luthier. The instrument is nice but the tuners are quite bad (some brand called "Yibuy"). I found them to be selling on Ali-Express, and here is a link:...
  20. Re: Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale man

    Regarding the Thomastik 164 - I emailed Thomastik, and asked whether I could use these strings on my 16.5" mandola.
    This was the reply:

    "Please note, our set Nr. 164 is designed for a vibrating...
  21. Re: Building a tune-o-matic bridge for acoustic mandolins?

    Marty - wow, I was not aware these existed.
    Regarding the weight - perhaps it could be made out of Titanium, or some other light and strong material?
  22. Building a tune-o-matic bridge for acoustic mandolins?

    Ok, perhaps it is a stupid idea, but why?

    On most electric guitars, adjustment of bridge height and separate intonation for each string is very easy. As you know - the bridge is made of metal and...
  23. Re: Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale man

    Thanks for the replies.
    I have a few questions:
    DougC -
    Are you sure about the gauges of the TI 174W? I read in another place that it is 15, 21, 34, 49. I wish Thomastik would publish their...
  24. Recommendation? Light/Medium Strings for CGDA 16.5" scale mandola

    I read several very similar threads to this one, but got somewhat confused.
    So -
    I have a mandola with a 16.5" scale length, and a distance of about 21.5" from string loops (on tailpiece) to nut....
  25. Re: Mandolin Shops or luthiers in Bangkok, Chaing-Mai or Hanoi?

    Ok, now that I am in Vietnam, I found in Hanoi the "Hao Nam" street. It is quite a long street, all covered with musical-instrument shops.
    You will not find many non Vietnamese-made instruments, but...
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