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    Re: Monroe's strings

    Re the old thread - I bought a junker mando a number of years back, and in the pocket of the original case I found a bunch of old Gibson individual mandolin strings, and an old orange Gibson string...
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    Re: Monroe's strings

    Thanks, pop1 - I do that pretty often, though I'm old enough so that actually looking in the mirror is getting dangerous! I'm afraid that when I do comparisons that way, I play in such a way to...
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    Re: Monroe's strings

    Thank you Charles E.! Look how old that thread is - nearly 18 years! Answers a lot of my questions, from folks who would have the real scoop.
    I saw Monroe on stage many times, and more than once he...
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    Re: Monroe's strings

    Thanks, Charles E. I knew those existed, have been around for a while, no? I wonder whether Bill M. ever used them.
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    Re: Monroe's strings

    Thanks for the input, pops1 and goose 2. I'm thinking I do like the tone of the lighter set better, but wonder if I lose significant volume. When we get out of this quarantine thing I want to get...
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    Monroe's strings

    Please forgive me if this has been covered a lot already.
    I'm wondering what string brand/gauges Bill M. used. I imagine that for a lot of his career he used anything and everything that was free...
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    Re: Preferred wire cutters?

    Right, Andy Miller. Be sure you buy a cutter that's intended to cut steel wire, not just soft copper wire. You'll wreck the soft wire cutters in no time.
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    Re: Heiden Artist Plus A model mandolin

    Beautiful playing, Shaun, and a fine-sounding instrument.
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Wow - some band! Sierra and Stuart killing' it.
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    Re: Grandpa Jones' mandolin (?)

    Thanks for posting this clip, Allen. Very sweet old-time duet.
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    Re: Grandpa Jones' mandolin (?)

    Hmmm - run away.
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    Re: Not your typical mandolin video

    Well, that was completely amazing and wonderful! Thank you!
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    Re: This just came up on Reverb 'The Hogan'

    Looks pretty classy - anyone out there played one of his F-5s?
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    Another method would be to glue the sandpaper to your hand and sand-as-you-play...:grin:
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    I agree with DavidKos - not a good idea to rest any part of your hand or wrist on the bridge of your instrument. But many players brush the bridge slightly, using it as a "depth gauge" to pick more...
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    If there's a real edge where your picking hand rests, just take a piece of 200 grit sandpaper and carefully round it off a little. Even a very slight round will make it more comfortable. I've done...
  17. Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    I second what David L said. But I guess it's possible that a porous material might mute the back vibration less than pressing it against your belly. Now I gotta go see if I have a chunk of open-cell...
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    Re: Where To Find a Mandolin

    I agree with those folks saying that setup is crucial to a beginner. Many guitar-oriented businesses don't know how to adjust mandolin actions.
    My pet peeve is string height at the nut - many...
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    Re: Brekke vs Traditional Bridge

    I'm no expert on Gibson mandolins, but didn't early A-models come with solid ebony bridges? Which brings up the question - has anyone here who has one made the swap to an adjustable bridge and...
  20. Re: C.J. Lewandowski has been diagnosed with COVID-19

    Get well soon, C.J. I love your music. (Saw you at Joe Val)
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    What is the "F" cylinder head?
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    There'll be a shortage of artichokes in my house!
  23. Re: Looking for a repair person, north Jersey, NYC

    Ian Davlin of Lark Street Music in Teaneck has done exquisite work on several of my instruments. I recommend him highly.
    And Lark Street has many wonderful old and new instruments.
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    f-d - yep, the 544s always needed kingpins by the time you got them used. Those '60s Volvos were hard to kill - great engines and trannys, but quite a few annoying weak spots that were correctible...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Thanks, Mike, you got me off the hook. I hated the one 144 I owned. Always something electrical wrong with it.
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