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    Re: Best bet on a road trip

    I once was advised to wrap instruments that would be left in a car in a "space blanket" with the silverside out. This helps reflect the heat.
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    Re: Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    Another vote for Nevr-Dull.
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    I put a set of Grover 309's on my Eastman 305 and am completely satisfied. The posts lined up perfectly, and I did not change the bushings. The screw mounting holes lined up, for the most part. I...
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    Re: Setup Workshop?

    Check out Rosa String Workshop on youtube. He has done many videos of setting up various mandolins.
  5. Re: Open-back banjo recommendation for a mandolin player?

    I currently have a 12" Pisgah Dobson (26 1/4"sacle) nut width is 1 3/8", an 11" OME XXX made in 1973(26 1/4" scale), and a short scale State banjo that was built in the 1920's to which I added a 5th...
  6. Re: Drop - in tuner upgrade for Eastman 305?

    I put a set of Grover 309's on my Eastman305. They drop in to the post holes perfectly, but all the screw holes don't line up. The good news is that you only need to add one new hole/side (if I...
  7. Re: Eastman MD 305 unbox - thanks all, I'm a satisfied customer.

    You summed up my feelings towards my Eastman 305 very succinctly. Glad you like it. I've had my for about 1.5 years now, and still think it is a very adequate mandolin. No plans to upgrade, yet.
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    Mandolin Donation to Veterans

    I just wanted to pass along a "good news" story. A month ago I was looking for some instruments to donate to a local veterans organization in the hope of getting some of them started playing. A...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    The old time world has a few that might be considered standards: Whiskey Before Breakfast, Cherokee Shuffle, Angelina Baker, and Saint Anne's Reel. (IMHO)
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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    Not about a mandolin, but "Clapton's Guitar" is a great book about Wayne Henderson and building a guitar for Eric Clapton. Lot's of very interesting guitar history, especially Martins, and...
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    Re: HELP with tuning

    I agree with Allen. I play guitar/banjo/mandolin and my wife plays a tenor guitar. I like the tenor guitar sound. We often play and sing at assisted living facilities, as well as our old time jams...
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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    NDO. I bought an Eastman 305 from TMS a little over a year ago. I found the setup to be very good. I did do a very minor re-fitting of the bridge as there was a tiny sliver of light visible under...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Medley12,
    No, you are not alone. I like Bluegrass, but I play mostly old time fiddle tunes, which can also be played pretty quickly, but they are intended to be dance tunes, so playing faster than...
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    Re: Banjolin tailpiece replacement

    You could probably get by with a standard 5-string "no-knot" tailpiece. Just put both strings of each pair on a single post. The bridge will take care of the spacing.
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    Re: Eastman MD305 = AMAZING!

    I agree with the OP on his description of the MD305. I bought one about a year ago, also from TMS(great store, great service), and have enjoyed it. I have tried several different sets of strings,...
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    Re: Leaning Toward Old Time Fiddle Tunes

    Red7Flag,
    Here is a list of some of our favorite old time jam tunes. Enjoy!! Almost all of these are available on YouTube in one version or another.

    Favorites (Nov. 2020)

    Angelina...
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    I Need a Favor

    I have been thinking about this posting for about a week, and figured I would post it while everyone is in a holiday mood.

    I am associated with a local veterans wellness center here in...
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here on MC. I have been playing the mandolin for about a year now, and have benefited in so many ways from this site. Thanks for your contributions.:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Mandolin purchase advice for a new player

    My vote would be for the Eastman MD315. I purchased an Eastman305 from TMS just over a year ago as my first mandolin. It is serving me well. TMS did a good setup, and it plays and sound fine, and...
  20. 1963 Gibson Tenor on Richmond VA Craigslist

    Here is a link to the ad. I have no financial interest. Just thought someone on this forum might be interested. They are asking $750. ...
  21. Easy small modification to Eastman 305 fretboard extension

    It turned out that my "sweetspot" for picking on my Eastman 305 was right over the end of the fretboard extension. Unfortunately, this resulted in a lot of annoying noise from the pick hitting the...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    It was about a year ago that I picked up the mandolin. I already played backup guitar and sang a bit of country and bluegrass stuff. Also played clawhammer banjo in an old time group that has a...
  23. Re: Ukulele Chords Played on Mandolin: Something is Wrong

    If I understand your dilemma correctly, yes you just need to use mandolin chord shapes to play each as shown on your music site. If the guitar chord is "G" then you use a mandolin "G" chord shape on...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    Fatt-Dad,
    Check out www.fretwellbass.com. They are located in Staunton. They have used basses starting around $1,100. I would reach out to them and see what they have to offer. They were...
  25. Installing Grover 309N Tuners on an Eastman 305......It was easy

    This morning I decided to install the Grover tuners I purchased a couple of weeks ago along with trying a set of Elixir lights on my Eastman 305. I like most everything about the Eastman, except the...
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