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    Re: Mandolin in the Hospital???

    I have taken instruments into the hospital to play for friends and it was much enjoyed. Decades ago the hospital actually paid me to play, they took money off my hospital bill. A friend of mine and I...
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    Re: Raising 12th fret, worth it?

    If you have a small straight edge that will only cover 3 frets see if it rocks on the 13th fret. sounds like it is high. A fret level may be in order, or maybe a tap on the 13th fret to seat it if it...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    My name is Daryl, this is my brother Daryl and my other brother Daryl. Remember that sit com?

    No wonder I quit watching TV decades ago.
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    Re: Bowlback action

    The shim will work fine, many folks do it. You may find if you live where it is humid part of the year you will be able to remove the shim during those times. If your mandolin stays stable that shim...
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    Back in the day when you were looking to purchase a hand saw you picked your saw by how it sounded playing it. The better the sound the higher quality and consistency of the steel.
  6. Re: Using cheaper mandolin for extensive practice.

    I agree with Allen, I play because I like the sound of my mandolin. If you get a lesser mandolin for practice make sure you like how it sounds. I don't think I would play very much on an instrument I...
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    Remember JB if you refinish it, it very well will change the sound. I personally would make it sound and not worry about the makeup. Seeing as you like the sound now, and it may take awhile for it to...
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    Re: DAWG picks. YES, they work

    I used Dawg picks for a while, then went to BC. then to M100 Wegen and now a custom Wegen the triangle style made thinner for me, I got tired of thinning them myself.
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    Perfectly fine by me. Years ago, ok decades ago, I had my choice of two teens Gibson mandolins. One very pristine, the other well worn, both at the same price. I chose the well worn one as it sounded...
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    I was playing with friends today for another friend who was paralyzed a few years ago. We play for him every Tuesday and are starting to come back now that we are all vaccinated, especially him....
  11. Re: Is The Note On The 5th Fret Of Your Mando’s “A” String a “D”?

    Another thing that hasn't been mentioned. If you have tall frets and press harder with one finger (the one that frets the 5th fret for instance) you could easily press too hard and cause that note to...
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    No, a speed neck simply has the finish removed, or not put on in the first place. It is sealed or oiled, but not finished so your hand doesn't stick.
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    Re: Ferrules for a Kalamazoo KM-11

    You could also saw one of the stumac that are too big. Use a jewelers saw and cut one fine cut thru the ferrule, hopefully it should then crimp and be small enough to fit. Put the cut on the top away...
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    I have both V and C necks and like them both. You should not be putting your thumb on the point of the V, it's not a guitar. Thumb should be placed on the G side flat of the V. No need to grip hard...
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    Re: Dr. Arm for Mandolin

    I use them. Had them on for a while then took them off. One of my mandolins was uncomfortable where my arm went across it so I put it back on. The other developed a blush in the finish, when playing...
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    Re: Boomerang Banjo Mandolin

    When you get strings don't put heavy mandolin strings on it, it is a banjo after all. Banjos don't have heavy strings. I use two sets of tenor banjo strings 10-28.
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    Re: How high do you go

    There are a few tunes that I like to add some color and play the melody in 3 or 4 different places on the neck. In those instances I will go to the 15th fret.
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    Re: Finally built one for myself

    Very nice, and about time don't you think. :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Cleaning a fretboard

    I like a 3M scotch bright pad, the white one. It is quite fine and will polish the frets and clean the fingerboard. If it hasn't been done in a year or two I use fingerboard oil sparingly.
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    Re: Eastwood Mandocaster Bridge Peoples...

    My electric mando has only two saddles. Only 4 strings, but two on a saddle. To get them to intonate I set it correct for one string, then filed a round notch to move the next string back until it...
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    Re: Strings with no loop & no ball

    The technique for classical is similar to a clove hitch. The bind on the string/rope keeps is from slipping. The more tension the more pressure to keep it from slipping.
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    Re: Eastwood Mandocaster Bridge Peoples...

    Poor design and drilling one hole instead of two. That's all I can think of.
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    Re: Strings with no loop & no ball

    You could tie a bowline, it would give you a loop that won't slip.
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    Re: A very water-damaged bowlback

    Floods have a lot of mud, muck and slimy grime. It would be a ton of work and not sure anything would stay glued after sucking all that into the wood.
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    Re: Dull and Lifeless

    Yes CB you are right and the first thing I would check in that case is intonation. The bridge may have moved slightly, or the action changed because of weather changes.
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