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    Salem Oregon Jam, July 31st.

    Our Jams will start up again after our covid vacation. July 31st. Oak Grove Grange is again available to us as host site. We will meet at 6pm and still maintain reasonable social distancing. GPS...
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    Re: New Mandos in the Round

    Moxhe-----you went back into the archives with your topic. I still play both instruments (have given one to my daughter but she lives just down the street so I get visitations). I would be glad to...
  3. Thread: Removing Lignin

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    Re: Removing Lignin

    John----It may be timely to do a trial---two like tap tuned sound boards, one treated and one untreated---if you find any of the seminal research let me know.
  4. Thread: Removing Lignin

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    Removing Lignin

    What would be the outcome of removing lignin from tone wood? Researchers, as reported in New Scientist, 6 February 2021, reported that the recent discovery that lignin can be made transparent by...
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    Tuning Uke to GDAE--Success!

    Success---acquired a set of Aquila Nylgut Uke strings (Soprano Fifths) and am now able to play with mando chords. They sound great and the E string holds its tuning. The scale length of the soprano...
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    Re: Chop vs ringing clarity

    Build for clarity----mandos were likely originally built for their range and voice and features as a string instrument. Chopping likely came out of their use as instruments used in bluegrass, folk,...
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    Re: Chop vs ringing clarity

    This reminded me of when I worked in a prominent, well respected fly shop. Customers would come in and waggle (kick the tires) a fine graphite rod and seek information on how well suited the rod...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Tukano--what is your aim in building with two tops? What is gained? I have tried to reason it out but my brain cannot grasp the advantage. Please post an explanation.
  9. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    Kudos to Sunburst! I have often wondered why I have been so slavish and diligent in removing wood from the top of an F or A to then add more mass back in to the top while installing braces. This...
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    The Gael, Mandolin Tabs?

    Any suggestions for access to The Gael from the movie The last of the Mohicans? I cannot read notations and rely on tabs. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Happy to see that other builders are using a rod from the head block to the tail block. I have found that when I have used the same that my projects hold tune amazingly well. I suppose that the rod...
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    How To Attach Photo?

    I am flummoxed---how do I post a photo of my recently built mando? Help Please
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    Tonewood Guitar Amp?

    Have any of our mando players tried using the Tonewood Guitar amp on any of their instruments. I am a noodler that gets my kicks from playing at home, by myself, in the dark, with no audience (well,...
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    Marty Stuart's Mando

    Just watched Marty Stuart playing This Little Light of Mine on a Youtube clip----Noticed that his Gibson had a top with various names scratched into the surface---I am assuming these names are of...
  15. Re: Salem,Oregon-Bluegrass/Newgrass/Country/Blues/Americana

    WE are getting a good turnout for the Sunday Jams at Oak Grove Grange---we meet again on the 9th of February and then again on Sunday the 23rd. Refreshingly, all genres have been welcomed.
  16. Salem,Oregon-Bluegrass/Newgrass/Country/Blues/Americana

    We meet every other Sunday at Oak Grove Grange at 5:30pm----2680 OakGrove Rd. NW

    January 26, February 9, February 23, March 8, March 22.

    All are welcome to play whatever moves your soul.

    For...
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    Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    Cary Fagan---OP---the width of grain, whether wide or tight, does not always relate to tonal quality. Often, a wider grain top can be remarkable---perhaps the subjective observer will tend to find...
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    Re: New White Face mandolin

    Cobalt-----love those mangos! Painted Mandos, not so much. I do not like anything that hides the inherent beauty of well chosen wood.
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    Re: New White Face mandolin

    IMHO----not a fan of painted mangos. Wood grain is interesting and I love the warmth...however, you may be on to something! Perhaps we can take all of those beautiful valued antique violins and...
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    Re: Has Anyone Built a Cigar Box Mandolin?

    There are a plethora of instruction videos on Facebook that will lead one through the building process. Also, there are several solutions to solving the problem of "cave-in" on your instrument. ...
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    Re: if you could build your own madolin.

    Wow!!! Where to begin? Why would you invest a small fortune in acquiring exotic woods for your very first imaginary build? Perhaps, not always, first builds usually will be less than perfect. The...
  22. Re: Local spruce + tonewood suppliers in the Adirondacks?

    Try Gilmer's in Portland, Oregon for a huge selection of woods. Their spruce is quality.
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    Re: Stew-Mac style A kit build

    Nice mando---now play the heck out of it. Did you stain the top?
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    Re: Necks

    No---consider that each string has tension that varies but is roughly 22 pounds per string times 8 or about, give or take, 180 pounds of pull. That pull is essentially two anchored ends against the...
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    Re: What makes Chop?

    I love chopping on the 2 and 4----and singing harmony. Was told early on that a mando can serve as the snare drum.
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