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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Snark.
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    Re: How to search through a big PDF?

    Yes, and it works great for big files, too. See post 10.

    To make an index, I'd normally say create a spreadsheet, but with 7,500 tunes, that wouldn't be practical. So hitting Find still seems like...
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    Re: How to search through a big PDF?

    xxx
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    Re: How to search through a big PDF?

    'Zackly. That's the arrow I mentioned.

    I've used it to search entire books. The length of the PDF (or any other text) doesn't matter. If you want to know how many times someone says murder in...
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    Re: Pickup options?

    Good idea, but it costs too much to be an option.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    There's not much space between the bridge and the top.

    It's starting to sound like I should just try a different adhesive. Next time I'm out and about, I'll get a package of those little blue...
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    Re: Pickup options?

    Yes, I've had several endpin jacks. They're good. It's not what I'm looking for now, though.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    Yes, the JJB is the same type of pickup. And like yours, mine mars the mandolin's finish. That's why I want to get something else.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    Yup! As I said in post 1, it works fine. The problem is that the sticky round pickups remove the mandolin's finish.

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    Yes, I know. My last mando had a Tapastring jack.
  10. Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    The wood doesn't know what the metal weighs.

    Why do you think the difference you're hearing is because of the tuners and not the bridge?

    PS - I always sound better when I've been cleaned.
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    Re: Pickup options?

    Yeah, they're great. That's what my last mando had and what my current dread and two resos have. But I want to be done with drilling out endpins, so I'm hoping to figure out an agreeable external...
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    Re: How to search through a big PDF?

    It's easy.

    Open the file.

    On a Mac, hit Command F.

    On a PC, I think it's Control F. (If that doesn't work, look for Find in your control panels. It's definitely somewhere.)

    The Find...
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    Pickup options?

    The JJB clamp-on external pickup I got a while back isn't working out. It sounds fine, but the mando finish looks a little bit worse every time I remove the little round things you stick on at the...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    And not just in music! Cesar Chavez said the three rules to organizing are: repetition, repetition, repetition.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    The number varies, but I've heard advice like that. It's probably good advice for those who can pull it off, but it boggles me. Twenty-five? I've been playing guitar regularly since '68, and there...
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    Re: Gibson Snakehead A Junior

    Love my snakehead Junior. Who needs a bouzouki when you have a bazooka? Congrats!
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    Re: The cure for MAS

    Yeah, this is a one-in-one-out (OOIO) house, too.

    But lucky for me, I'm in the same situation as Librarydog: My mando and guitars all do it for me better than anything on the rack. With mandos,...
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    Re: Recommendations For Headphones?

    I don't know the model. I do know:

    - Closed-back will give you getter isolation. That's an advantage. The disadvantage is that you won't know if you have a phone call or someone's a the door.

    -...
  19. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Welcome, Isaiah!

    I'm not a pro, just a guitar slut who accidentally fell into mando a few years ago.

    My genres are a lot like yours: folk, blues, old-school country, Americana, garage rock. And...
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    PS -

    Oh, yeah, and I just remembered one Richard Thompson tells:


    A husband and wife are out Christmas shopping. They have separate lists, so she's at one end of town, he's at the other. It's...
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    Sorry, can't narrow it down to one. Managed to get it down to two, though:


    Q: What's the best pickup to put on a banjo?
    A: A Ford F-150.

    Q: What's the difference between a viola player and a...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    I wasn't born with the memory gene, so I practice improvising.

    No tune I play sounds the same way twice. Which is fine, because my goal isn't to copy anything. It's to make songs sound good. So...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Yup. Preamps, amps, and PAs are all better places for EQing than onboard controls.

    Get an instrument that just has a quarter-inch jack to plug your cable into — or get a good clamp-on jack.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Good! You're narrowing it down!

    Get the Godin. Great, great Canadian company.

    By the way, calling them electric misled me. Both are acoustic mandolins with onboard pickups.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Same here. They sound great, and they're engineered to not need a lot of adjustment. Closest thing to plug-and-play you'll find.
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