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    Re: Early Gibson - Lefty conversion

    A Gibson will convert to lefty just fine. A new nut and new saddle. I am sure you can buy a saddle, but every mandolin should have the saddle intonated to the instrument. A fine tuning does make a...
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    Re: Para DI fix/help quack?

    I am thinking a good setup is in order. Does it loose volume on the treble strings when played hard acoustically?
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Power tubes and the phase inverter tube will make the most difference. If the amp is old you may want to check the filter caps too. If they go they can fry your amp. They also have a shelf life of...
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Looks great, but a little pricey.
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    I bought a folding chair with a 2" padded seat and a curved back. It was way too tall for me so I started cutting the legs 1" at a time until I got it where it was the right height. Now it is...
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    Re: Tuning up a Traditional Brekke Bridge

    I use paraffin for lubrication as opposed to candle wax. Works well. Candles made out of beeswax will hold moisture, paraffin will not.
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    Re: Fret sprout question

    I'm with John, it is a perfect time to file the fret ends and eliminate the problem in the future. This is fairly common in the life of an instrument, unless it is kept in a very stable environment.
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    I don't know if i read the original joke, but even if I gigged at the same place 7 days a week I would take my instrument home every night. As a matter of fact I have played the same place 6 days in...
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    I agree individual tuners would most likely work better, but I think they would be heavier. An f model mandolin has a headstock that is usually too heavy already. I also like the looks of the plate...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    You are correct for a preamp that is really a preamp. A preamp to boost a microphone for instance, is a real preamp. Most interface units for matching a piezo to a PA are not really a preamp, but...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Yes, unless the mixer has a HiZ input.
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    Not quite true. When I replaced the tuners on my 22 decades ago there were no other tuners with the correct spacing. Since I didn't want to modify my mandolin, I modified the tuners. Since the...
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    Re: Dremel - IKEA Flexible LED Light

    While I have not used LED lights for tools, I have used a fish aquarium pump for blowing dust away from the dremel. A fitting on the dremel to point the air at the tip. the small flexible hose...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Like to be clear here. The preamp does not boost the signal, it's not what it's for. It should have a different name. In fact a lot of preamps for piezo pickups actually lower the signal. The...
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    And very glad you are too. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    I do see it when I do that, but it's still hard to see. So truss rod is most likely there.
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    I don't think so Mike, it looks like the screws are there, but no cover. No sign of a truss rod either.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I have used a lot of different preamps over the years, I have been using the RedEye for several years now. It is simple to use, has a good sound, and a boost switch. I added a mute switch in mine,...
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    Re: Is my truss rod broken?

    It may take a couple of days for the neck to move. I don't put relief in mandolins, not the same as guitars. I have very low action and no relief and love the way it plays.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I would prefer without equalization on the instrument. Whatever preamp is on an instrument will be of dubious quality, while you can have a much better quality peamp that is external. You can also...
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    Re: Mandolin - Resonator by Republic

    I would ask for a phone number and call and discuss the transaction. In person would be best, if possible.
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    Re: How many Mandolins to own

    Oh My, I need to sell 4 or 5.
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    Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white get it?

    Well if natural is what you want, leave whatever doesn't steam out and call it character. It is old after all and should have some character.
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    Re: moving my collection to Europe

    Are you moving alone, or are other family members going with you? If you can carry two, so can all other family members. Take your favorites and bring the rest the next trip. Just a thought.
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    Re: Eastman El Rey 'weak E pickup' hack

    I have tried several of these fixes with a Fender electric mandolin to no avail. I finally ordered an Almuse pickup and solved the problem. I also put a resister/capacitor network on the volume...
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