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    Re: Collings Headstock and string winders

    Not the least expensive solution, but I'm a big fan of Frank's Cranks.

    https://vtoddyates.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/img_1450.jpg
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I dislike armrests on mandolin or guitar. I perceive them as both visually and ergonomically clunky.
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    Re: Apollo picks -- another option for you

    Charley, all three picks are very close in thickness. For practical purposes they are 0.075". The micrometer was not more than 0.002" from that at any place where I measured them. They're all the...
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    Re: Apollo picks -- another option for you

    Like most things, pick shape comes down to preferred tone and playing style. My favorite is the Blue Chip TPR, about 0.075" thick. I couldn't tell you exactly why, but that shape just fits me best....
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    Re: Apollo picks -- another option for you

    A little background... I have fairly dry skin, but still don't have any trouble hanging onto my favorite picks. Some people like to have rougher pick surface for "traction" but that's always made a...
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    Re: Apollo picks -- another option for you

    If that question is for me, both the multicolored casein pick and the off-white PEEK picks are from Apollo Picks.
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    Re: Apollo picks -- another option for you

    I've tried a couple of the Apollo picks and liked them a lot, though I much preferred the casein to the PEEK. I made a short video on guitar, but my impression of them on mandolin was much the same....
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    Re: Preferred wire cutters?

    I primarily use an old pair of Kleins for routine changes. I keep a Planet Waves set in my case when I fly. Easily replaceable, but as above, no one has ever even asked me to open the case.
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    Re: My wife gifted me two mandolins for Christmas!

    She's not alone - not that she's right about not being good, but that she's a tough critic when it comes to her own work. That pushes us to be better, but we can also discourage ourselves. Just...
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    Re: What’s going on with my finish? (NMC)

    Same finish but in satin, which is the same finish they use on the necks of most Standard Series guitars.
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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    Mario Proulx used to make "indicators" from a piece of hardwood and spruce. If I recall correctly the hardwood was something about the size of a long paint stirrer, maple, cherry, something like...
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    Re: What’s going on with my finish? (NMC)

    They used a C.A.B. (cellulose acetate butyrate) on gloss top guitars and full satin necks at the time, still do actually. They don't use "poly" finish on any guitars, other than the older Sigmas...
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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    You can't vote on the truth, so multiples don't really prove anything. The inexpensive ones that claim 1% accuracy are making claims are simply impossible. I use professional grade versions at...
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    Re: Guitar backstripe question

    D-18's have a thin rosewood rosewood strip (never celluloid) between the back halves. Martin center strips are always the full thickness of the back, rather than being inlayed part depth. Because...
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    Re: Mandolin stands

    My choice is the Hamilton KB-38. I've used my original one since the 90's and have couple later ones that seem just as good. Here's a photo of it with a guitar, but it adjusts down so that it fits...
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    Re: Irish bouzouki damaged in transit

    Yes they are. They always are. Solid wood top and back plates, and sides, in acoustic instruments are too thin to to be otherwise. They're often difficult to see on the unfinished wood inside the...
  17. Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    I do not put stickers on vintage cases. While I have several vintage instrument and I don't particularly baby them in terms of play and travel, I do try to avoid alterations that are not clearly in...
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    Re: Brekke vs Traditional Bridge

    I bought a 1999 Big Sky new. It was then, and to this day is about the best Weber I every played. It's outlasted a few other more expensive mandolin, and it's still my #1. As good as it was with...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    I hear that a lot, but it seems most people experiencing that are taking packages to the stores to ship, paying for packing services, or paying for high declared value. Oversized boxes increase cost...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    Not quite..... In that example the driver was paid $400 for his time. Without a doubt the total cost of transporting the organ was many multiples of that.
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    Certainly there are examples of bad handling caught on security cameras and posted on YouTube, but I'm not at all sure that's the norm. A musical instrument is relatively delicate compared to the...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    A few random thoughts, none of which help the OP now.....

    UPS does not sell insurance. They will allow you to pay more for "declared value", but the terms of service clearly spell out that it is...
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    Re: Sierra Hull has a Patreon!

    Guess I should come out from under the rock more often. I read the thread title and thought it was a new mandolin builder. Really. :(
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    Re: CF Martin Mandolin Serial Number 2604

    I asked a Martin historian to take a look at the serial number. Here's what he sent me.


    This mandolins is a little more interesting that it appears. This is an example of a prototype 000...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    "Is this how it starts?"

    Perhaps I missed it, but I didn't see a succinct answer to the original question. The answer is, "Yes!" :-)

    Congrats! The Strad-O-Lin is especially cool.
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