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  1. Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    D'Addario used to make the Martin Bluegrass fiddle strings, and it is my gut feeling that gauges of strings within sets, like light and medium, are a key to understanding who may be supplying the the...
  2. Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    If you ever have seen strings being made, the process includes drawing the wire to the appropriate diameter, then wrapping the wire. All strings have drawn centers then they are wound with another...
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    Re: Hairline Cracks under Fretboard

    I'd guess they were finish cracks but can't really tell.
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    Re: Parchment Farm Blues

    You've got similarities to Mose's vocals in yours nice job. This is one of his tunes not the old blues.
  5. Re: Open Back / Old Time Banjos - Comparisons to Mando Builders

    Those look like Glenn Carson inlays. He does the best job. I have a Fielding banjo that Glenn did in the inlay work on. I have one he is making for me now from a banjo Will Fielding started before he...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    One night in the store where I used to teach, several musicians gathered to discuss banjos. Banjo players have the same types of discussions. The one person there who had lutherie experience finally...
  7. Re: Clarification on Finger to Fret assignment

    There is an important rule that no one seemed to have mentioned. You have to know what the rules are before you break them. That way there is a discipline to your work. Without discipline there is an...
  8. Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    It has been my observation that when import prices rise so do domestic product prices. It is all a matter of what will the market bear.
  9. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    I used to be a regular customer but have not been for over a year now. Their prices are high and not everything they sell is top notch. I've found tools that were equal to or better elsewhere by...
  10. Re: Routines for keeping your technique in shape

    Like the coaches keep saying, "we've got to get down to the fundamentals."
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    Re: Pomeroy workshop photos

    Nice photos. I had my eye on that mando when you bought it. It looked good but I bet it sounds great. Hope to see you one and get to play it then.
  12. Re: New Player - Kentucky KM-150 vs KM-250?

    The KM-150 is a solid mandolin for the money. I used to teach in a music store and once in awhile we'd get one in that was amazing for the money. That CNC cut was just what that wood needed to sound...
  13. Re: Ry Cooder isolated mandolin Love in Vain

    No mandolin but here is the original by J.B. Lenoir. Powerful stuff.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBO_bGHL3kQ
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    Re: From A Jack To A king

    Here's a good chance to fine tune your ability to learn the melody enough to sing it and then find those notes on your mandolin. That will give you a cognitive tie in between what you hear and what...
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    Re: harmonic dampener grommets

    Perhaps if one is playing the whole instrument, then one would get a full tonal response and have the instrument under control. This has been my experience on mandolin and other string instruments. I...
  16. Re: Epiphone MM-30: Should I Improve It, Or Upgrade?

    Get the best instrument you can afford. One with the wow factor if you can. If it were an all solid wood mandolin there would be some room for improvement. Since it is not, keep it, sell it, trade...
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    Re: George Frayne (Commander Cody), RIP

    How about "Lost in the Ozone Again"?
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    Re: GHS N270 Strings

    I've got a student with a very nice handmade mandolin that only uses N270's.
  19. Re: A few more questions about an Eastman 305

    The 305 is a real workhorse and sounds good with a variety of strings. They actually sound as or better than the nitro finished mandos of higher numbers in the line. An Eastman rep told me once that...
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    Re: Intonation woes

    Or the use of a good tuner to check pitches at all of these locations.
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    Re: Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    I have found them to be long lasting through some mighty hot and humid SC gigs. They are starting to show some wear after many months but still are staying in tune pretty well. They are past their...
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    I think there is more difference for the player. I don't hear any glaring differences in my speakers. It is a very good sounding mandolin regardless of the pick. I might like the clown barf at least...
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    Re: mandolintab.net

    All I have ever gotten that site was Irish Washer Woman, for no reason. It is a dead site on both of my browsers.
  24. Re: How fun, I met my mandolin instructor - Sharon Gilchrist

    Could she fix the rattle in my ears too?
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    Re: The case of Cedar Creek Cases continues.

    Never had a problem with offensive smells from a TKL case, but Superior cases and many others yes. I put a smelly soap bar in the case to mask the odor. I have found that leaving the case open for a...
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