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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    And it isn’t just for three string harmonies. Some fiddlers feel that a less extreme slope on the bridge makes it faster and easier to jump between pairs of strings. Plenty of fiddlers use a...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Actually, the reason more classical violinists use one fine tuner and fiddlers tend to use four fine tuners is due to the kind of string used. Gut and synthetic core strings can be easily tuned with...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I’m sorry this thread has become an argument over notation... BUT, I do have a few comments, lol (and fiddle is actually mentioned).

    First, in my experience with casual musicians in the folk and...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    And 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, and 7/8! :)
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    I was startled recently to see her playing a different banjo! Her old Goodtime was still in the frame though. :)
  6. Re: Open-back banjo recommendation for a mandolin player?

    I had a Pisgah Wonder. 25.5 scale, 11 pot. It was a gorgeous instrument with flamed maple that highly appealed to these mandolin eyes! I liked the shorter scale. I think I would have preferred the...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I tried Helicore on the Glasser and to me it was a definite step in the wrong direction. More boxiness. I have generally liked Helicore strings. I thought the Evah Pirazzi Green sounded much better...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I had heard good things about the Larsens, so was disappointed in how they sounded on the Glasser. (I had plenty of warnings about the Glasser’s sound, lol, but the lure of a carbon composite violin...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the improvement of the Glasser using the Evah Pirazzi strings. The Glasser still can’t compete in tone and volume with my wooden violin, but the difference isn’t as...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Yes, I tried Helicore on my Glasser carbon composite violin and it was a step in the wrong direction - even more of a boxy sound, and loss of volume. (I have been playing Helicore quite a bit, but...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Another difference in the fiddle world vs mandolin/guitar/banjo world is the lack of brand awareness. Nothing on the headstock to show that you have that “amazing instrument.” I imagine that makes it...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I posed a question on the Fiddle Hangout to see how common it might be for “fiddlers” to buy expensive violins. I understand that there are always folks with disposable income or professional players...
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    Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    After two years of immersion in the mandolin world, this past six months I’ve been reacquainting myself with banjo and fiddle. Here are some observations about the mandolin world vs the fiddle world:...
  14. Re: Custom James tailpiece for Rattlesnake mandolin

    Beautiful! Lister made a tailpiece for my Kimble last year. I always have to pause and admire that tailpiece when I pick up my mandolin.
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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    I put a Cumberland bridge on an American-made mandolin and it made a significant improvement. Based on that, I put a Cumberland bridge on my Eastman MD315, but couldn’t tell ANY improvement in that...
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    LOVE blondes, especially Collings honey amber. Collings seems to have an endless supply of the most gorgeous wood for their honey amber backs.
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    Do you recognize the armrest? Yes, it’s one of yours! I have two other beautiful flamed maple McClung armrests on other mandolins but thought the ebony model would look good on this mandolin. (Today...
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    Thanks!

    He used a plain James tailpiece.
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    He showed me some designs and I chose one for the cover and one for the body piece. He was willing to customize the designs, but I loved what he already had. The biggest issue was whether to go gold...
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    Re: Banjolin tailpiece replacement

    Looks cool!

    Although this has eight strings, structurally it is a banjo. I would recommend posting this on the banjo hangout site to maximize the possibility of getting good advice. They’re used...
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    I did some hunting on the Internet and found this site. They made my strap. (And Kevin from MandoMutt just confirmed the info.) https://leatherandbraid.com/custombraiding.html
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    I know that Kevin from MandoMutt told me at one point who made it, but I can’t find the text or email. I’m asking him if he remembers.
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    I love this strap, too. Bought it used from MandoMutt. I like the knots, but I also like that it cinches down tight to the endpin.

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    Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    Weldon Lister engraved tailpiece on my Kimble 2 point! (THAT is an understanding wife, lol.)
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    Re: Why is Low humidity a problem?

    Lots of good info online about humidity effects on wooden instruments. Here’s one article from Taylor guitars: https://blog.taylorguitars.com/using-a-guitar-humidifier-and-other-guitar-humidity-tips...
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