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    Re: Strap Button Washer

    This particular size isn't real common, doubtful the big box stores would have them. I got them from a seller on eBay. Just search "7/8 OD X 3/8 ID X 1/16 thick" and you'll find them. Re the Fender...
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    Strap Button Washer

    Grolsch-style rubber washers are great for holding leather straps to a guitar strap button, but they're too big in every dimension (especially thickness) to fit well on a mandolin strap button....
  3. Re: Ellis Deluxe Mandolin #110 - scam sales on eBay and elsewhere

    That mandolin—same pics and description—was listed on eBay back in February 2020. I kept screenshots of the auction.
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    Re: Calton Cases - in pictures

    Looks great, thanks! They finally nailed it!
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    Uplifting instrument Recovery Story

    And a very happy ending:

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-07-22/the-mystery-of-a-stolen-rare-cello-has-a-surprise-ending
  6. Re: Left Hand Form When Playing Ukelele Tuned in Fifths.

    I've experimented recently with CGDA tuning on uke and have had better luck with a concert instrument than tenor. Not only does the concert sound better—more resonant due to less string tension—it...
  7. Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Yes, thank you!
  8. Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Assuming you're playing a tenor uke there, strung with a low G set of strings? That's what I'm working with, but only able to get mine down to C-G-D-A (which is cool because same as cello) but...
  9. Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Bravo, what a great idea! Sounds wonderful. Gonna pull out a uke and give it a try!
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Isn't it also possible that the accumulated last 10 years of high-end mandolin building has put downward pressure on Loar prices since their height? To name just one of a handful of builders, almost...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    I found Debra Chen's "Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist" to have many practical solutions for reading on mandolin (even if you aren't addicted to Tab).
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    Re: Che Apalache

    I'd heard OF these guys, but last night I actually HEARD them at a friend's house concert here in Los Angeles. I was blown away on so many levels. They're in town because of their Best Folk Album...
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    Re: A Willing Vessel

    Mr. Vessel seems to be killin' these days. This beautiful ivory A-3 styled octave mandolin is equally impressive (friendly 20" scale too!):

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/149510#149510
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    Re: Loar’s Loar!

    I played that Loar for a minute when I took Siminoff’s F5 building class in the summer of 2015. I'd never played one before, so I didn’t have a sufficient base of experience to judge it among other...
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    Re: Hilary Hahn: Hearing her live

    I saw her perform the same piece at a Prairie Home Companion performance a couple years ago in Pasadena, CA, not long after Chris Thile took over hosting, and it was absolutely breathtaking....
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    So pleased to see another fine builder working in this style! As to bracing, my understanding and experience is that (all else equal) tonebars will provide a more focused and projective sound, while...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    When I saw the announcement I thought about the original vs. Waterloo question too, but imagined the Collings-built instrument would smoke the original in terms of build quality, sound, and...
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    Re: Mandolin missing 46 years

    A quick look at Spann reveals the only FON with "4091" in it to be in the 1940-1945 range, and it's a 1941 F-5, but with a "G" prefix, not "Y". In the Serial Number chapter, however, Spann shows...
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    Re: Campanella Due

    PS - if you search back to 2008 you can find Joe Cleary's original post from when he finished that one and was about to take it to a show or festival!
  20. Re: Article: Weber Mandolins Winter NAMM Yellowstone Celebration

    Woo hoo! Guess I can never say "I never win anything" again!

    Now let's see, F14...that's like 9 better than F5, right?!?

    Many thanks, Scott, and to Mandolin Cafe and Weber Mandolins!

    Totally...
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    Re: Eastman Octave

    I ended up selling the Eastman octave in favor of a boutique build. Great instrument, though! Had I kept it I likely would've gone with the Rubners. I don't recall the source but was able to confirm...
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    Re: Eastman Octave

    Here's a couple:
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    Re: Red Bear picks

    I've had one or two used Red Bears, and bought two new ones and sold them. I like them a lot, but you cannot get any precision in thickness. Their light, medium, and heavy thicknesses all vary enough...
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    Re: Eastman Octave

    Couldn't help myself, had to do some tweaking. Decided I'd go ahead and try the heavier EJ72 mandola strings. Glad I did, as they add definition and heft throughout the range—as noticeable on the E...
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    Re: Eastman Octave

    One word: scissors. Done.
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