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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    Monel is a nickel-copper-iron alloy. It has most of the strength of steel but excellent corrosion resistance. It exists to make the seawater pipes we used on my submarine. Multiple sections of...
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    Re: Room humidifiers and distilled water

    I'm running two evaporative humidifiers with paper element wicking filters. These do plug up with hard water and last maybe 2 - 3 months.

    The minerals get caught in the filters and stay there. I...
  3. Re: Octave mandolin e-string general question

    All plain steel strings are - wait for it - plain steel. So your unwound E's and A's are pretty much all the same, whether your strings are phosphor bronze, 80/20, monel, aluminum bronze, etc.

    I...
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    Re: Mandolin stands

    Another vote for folding Cooperstands. I keep one in each case. My instruments hang on the wall in my climate controlled music room at home. At a jam, gig or festival is where I need a stand.
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    They're not as *popular* as the ubiquitous D'addarrio's, but the best phosphor bronze strings I've tried are Curt Mangan. Best tone and sustain of any I've tried.

    DR Rare are also very good.
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    Re: Your Wegen Pick

    I'm a big fan of the M200. Probably my second favorite pick in the world, and I've tried nearly all of them. My current favorite pick is the Gravity Gold Axis made of PEEK.

    I also like the...
  7. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    Mrs. Mandobart knew I liked playing music (fiddle and guitar) when we met almost 40 years ago. Due to my job as a submarine reactor operator in the USN I wasn't able to spend much time at all on...
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    Re: Eastwood Mandocaster--low volume E course

    I use .013's for the E's on my Mandobird. And have an Almuse aftermarket pickup with adjustable poles. And I shimmed up the whole pickup.
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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    I was lucky to get into OM about 10 years ago (at 47). I started with a Michael Kelly Octave Plus which is ok, but not in the Eastman quality range. I did some mods to help the tone and playability,...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    I don't know what you are thinking. My F5 and F4 mandolins, banjolin, resonator mandolin, electric mandolin, 10 string mandola, F4 and F5 octave mandolins and 10 string F4 mandocello are all tuned...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    You are very much mistaken. Guitars can come in 0, 00, 000, parlor, orchestral, dreadnaught and jumbo sizes, but they're all tuned the same. But mandolin family instruments can be mandolinetto,...
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    Re: Octave strings options?

    Based on the title I'm assuming you're looking to use octave pairs vs unison strings on a mandola. There are two simple ways to do this. I end up posting this a few times every year:

    1. The...
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    Re: Eastman Comfort Comfort

    I have bought or made armrests for most of my guitars and mando family instruments. To me they are much more comfortable than any binding edge.
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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    Going from low humidity to high is not likely to cause damage. A neat thing about mandolins is they can be carried on the plane. If you check it as baggage it will spend several hours in the VERY...
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    Re: HELP with tuning

    Yes you can. I tuned my old 6 string F-C-G-D-A-E. It is approximately the same scale as my two mandocello's, one of which is a 10 stringer (C-G-D-A-E). I just bought individual guitar strings the...
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    Re: Golden Age Tuners on old Gibson

    I just read Frank Ford give this same advice to someone on another forum. I wouldn't have ever thought to do it on my own.
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    Re: A good Slaid Cleaves song for 2021

    May I suggest an Americana podcast like freight train boogie? Bill Frater has been putting out an hour long podcast every two weeks or so for many years.

    Its where I first heard Slaid Cleaves,...
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    Count me in. I prefer natural wood over any kind of stain, especially a yellow to black or yellow to red sunburst. Funny how natural tops are pretty standard for guitars but we got stuck with all...
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    A good Slaid Cleaves song for 2021

    From one of my favorite songwriters (so he's pretty much unknown) Slaid Cleaves:
  20. Re: Changing Left-Hand positions on the mandolin

    I hold the mandolin in my left hand just as I was taught to hold a violin 47 years ago. The wrist should be straight. There should be plenty of daylight shining between the neck and the web on your...
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    Re: ? Changing strings

    I've always done the wrap-poke-tension-trim method. I change one pair of strings at a time and clean the fretboard, nut, headstock, bridge and body under each pair of strings while they're off.

    I...
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    Re: 6-on-a-plate 12 string tuners

    I ended up going with Grover mini rotomatics ($110 new for a 12 string set) with ebony buttons (about $25 each for 2 sets of 6). When I pulled the old tuners off I saw the headstock had once been...
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    Re: Avoid marking the top of your mandolin

    Why not just break the "planting" habit? You'll get a much better pick stroke by being able to fully use your wrist.
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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    Oh jeez this is beginning to look like a well-known guitar forum where there are 2 - 3 humidity posts per day......

    A hygrometer is like a watch - when you have more than one you never really know...
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    Re: Upgrade tuners for 1980s Washburn A

    I just put Stew-Mac Golden Age A style tuners (for newer standard post spacing) on 2 1930's instruments - a Stahl banjolin and Regal resonator. Neither of these had bushings originally so I added...
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