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    Re: Cricket Fiddle mandolins?

    I think I may have replied personally to the OP, but for the benefit of others who may search or stumble across this...

    Yes I have some experience with Tom "TJ" Jessen and his Cricketfiddle...
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    Re: 10-string mandolin

    I have 3 10 stringed instruments by Tom TJ Jessen (Cricketfiddle). A custom 10 string Hardanger 15" viola (5 top strings, 5 sympathetic understrings). It's a viola vs violin because of the body...
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    Re: pickup jack question

    It sure looks like the usual Switchcraft style jack where the strap button nut should screw off counter clockwise, exposing a thin jam nut that also screws off counter clockwise, after which the jack...
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    Re: Tenor ukulele

    Mim's Ukes. Best selection and service around. I got my Martin T1K ukulele from Mim. Strung up with Worth strings it will more than meet your criteria.
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    Re: Any experience with Mapes strings?

    I've tried most of the string brands out there on my mandolin-family instruments and my guitars (though I've never tried Thomastik). I've not yet tried Mapes on a mandolin.

    Last year I bought a...
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    Re: My lovely new Morris A5

    Sonny is a member of our local Old Time Fiddlers Association. I've picked a lot of tunes with him and played a LOT of his mandolins (and some fiddles) over the years. They are consistently good. ...
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    Re: Information on Michael Kelly Mandolin

    I played a used cedar top MK F4 at my local music shop many years ago. They were also asking $600. It was very playable and had a real nice tone. Unlike many others from that brand it was...
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    Re: Information on Michael Kelly Mandolin

    I really wouldn't compare the two. They're not in the same league. MK's are in the Rogue/Rover/Ibanez/Saga league. Beginner instruments for those who aren't sure they'll stick with mandolin.
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    Re: PEEK Pick by EML Picks

    I do have a couple 2.0 mm thick Apollo PEEK picks. Nik was very easy to work with and prompt on filling my order. They are just as good and have the same properties I like as the Gravity Gold picks.
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    Re: PEEK Pick by EML Picks

    I have several blue chips and Gravity Gold PEEK picks (old tan color - the new colored gold are NOT the same) for both guitar and mandolin. The only thing I prefer on my blue chips is the bevel.
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    Re: Mandolin Tail Pin

    Tapered end pins have been in use on guitars for over a century. I have one on my Martin HD-28. My Eastman E2OM-CD also came with one. Of course all my fiddles and a couple of my mando's have them...
  12. Re: Can anyone top this amount of Blue Chip pick wear?

    Vespel is one of many engineered compounds used in industry. It's used as "soft" (as opposed to metal) seat material in many valves in my power plant that get exposed to steam, high temperature/high...
  13. Re: Can anyone top this amount of Blue Chip pick wear?

    I think Matt Goins would be interested in seeing this pick. He'd probably swap you straight across for a new one.
  14. Re: Old-style taipieces with covers: threat or menace?

    On all my mandolin family instruments (8 now) only one has the old style sliding cover stamped tailpiece. I don't know the brand - it came on my 2010 Morris hybrid F4. It's never given me any...
  15. Re: Anyone tried this mandolin-friendly guitar tuning?

    I once tuned my old beater 6 string to a modified mandocello all 5ths tuning:
    F-C-G-D-A-E. For the C through E I used the same gages as my 10 string mandocello. The low F was a problem. The...
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    Re: Sitka vs. Red Spruce in mandolins

    As a resident of the PNW I was very curious about WRC. When I bought my Cricketfiddle F4 octave mandolin part of the reason was the WRC soundboard. Then I had Sonny Morris build a hybrid F4 for me...
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    Re: Gold Tuner Knob Screws?

    I have some that might fit. I bought a few sets of gold Grover rotomatic and mini rotomatics to replace some tuning machines on a couple instruments. I put ebony buttons on them which came with...
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    Re: K&K Pure preamp issues advice needed

    ".....LOT more pick/handling noise and a slightly less wholesome tone...." compared to no preamp, your old preamp or just when using the K&K Pure without the boost?

    I still have an old K&K Pure -...
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    Re: Anything in Central WA state?

    We had lots of magic rain. Here in the Tri any day under 90 F after June 1st is a blessing. I've lived here over 27 years (so long I got to calling it home) and never seen it so green.
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    Re: Anything in Central WA state?

    I had a great time at Goldendale! Met up with old friends, made some new ones. Rain and wind at times, nice and sunny other times.

    Just a reminder MCTAMA is hosting our camp n' jam at Sacajawea...
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    Re: Anything in Central WA state?

    I'm planning to head there today if I can get out of work early. Otherwise I'll be there tomorrow (Friday).

    Forecast shows 30 - 40 % chance of thunderstorms today between 5:00 and 7:00 pm. ...
  22. Re: This just showed up in my inbox re: Gibson guitars

    My brother the state prosecutor informed me quite a while ago that most of these "adverse possession" legends are pure urban/suburban folklore and fantasy. No court of law denies the legal owner's...
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    Re: Flatiron A5 Jr Strap Button Installation

    I've found the combination of a Lakota Leathers mandolin strap and the short scale of my mandolins, mandola and ukulele obviate the need for any neck heel button. I just run one end of the strap...
  24. Re: This just showed up in my inbox re: Gibson guitars

    Though I don't condone counterfeit or blatant knock-offs of established products/brands, I don't agree that a knock-off costs the original producer any sales. Many people that buy the knock-off...
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    This crosses my mind whenever I think about royalties on intellectual property. Authors can get paid every time a book they wrote is sold. Top actors sometimes get a percentage of box office...
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