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    Over the Waterfall on Six Instruments

    Hello all,

    I took some time out to record a little bit of music for the first time in over two years, so I thought I'd share it here. Hope you like it!

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    Re: New Punch Brothers album - All Ashore

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjPJo74RSLg

    Punch Brothers also released this tune from the same live session, "Three Dots and a Dash." Great piece in six-eight time that cycles both the...
  3. Re: My First Octave Mandolin - Design & (Hopefully) Build Thread

    I'm not entirely sure on what the European distinction for an octave mandola entails, but if it's anything like an octave mandolin (tuned GDAE, one octave below mandolin), then a 17" scale length is...
  4. Re: My First Octave Mandolin - Design & (Hopefully) Build Thread

    I had figured it would have to be opaque to reach that hue and luminosity, which I'm completely okay with doing even if it loses the grain since there is precedent for that. Gibson and Collings'...
  5. Re: My First Octave Mandolin - Design & (Hopefully) Build Thread

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    Finally got around to a full color render of the "Mint & Chip" Mandola. This file still had the short headstock flare--that was changed after the file upload--but other than that 1/2"...
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    It looks like he tends to reserve X-bracing for F-hole instruments, though. Gil mentions certain options that he doesn't make available for oval holes specifically to avoid a tonal imbalance that...
  7. Re: My First Octave Mandolin - Design & (Hopefully) Build Thread

    Also just for fun, I thought about how I would re-interpret an H4: proportionally it's closer to a Gibson Style O guitar, especially with the large scroll, but with a more subdued point on the treble...
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    Re: Sam Bush discusses " Hoss"

    Man, I could've sworn I heard that tune somewhere else before, and after a bit of digging...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1wJLSe962E

    I first heard a version of it in a tycoon game...
  9. Re: My First Octave Mandolin - Design & (Hopefully) Build Thread

    Thanks, that was a good catch, Marty. It was drawn as 1.5" from the nut to the lower flare on my octave plans, but I remeasured and it was misdrawn as 1.0" on the mandolas, so you're dead-on with the...
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    Thanks for the information regarding the top plate and fretboard shelf of the Gibson mandolas; I'll be sticking with a close-running shelf rather than an elevated fretboard based on the bridge height...
  11. Re: My First Octave Mandolin - Design & (Hopefully) Build Thread

    Ever just sit at your desk at 3 in the morning and wonder why the heck you're making things more complicated than they need to be? I asked myself this tonight, and in response, I revised the drawing...
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    Thank you for the feedback, I've been using it to guide my revisions to the design. Attached is my current iteration that I'm tinkering with. First thing to be changed was the silhouette; the...
  13. Re: What's a Good Mando for a Beginner for $400 or Less??

    To stay in the $400 budget new, I'd recommend a Loar LM-220 or Kentucky KM-156. The Mandolin Store carries both at $399. Both have specs listed as solid, hand-carved spruce top and solid maple back...
  14. Re: Difference Kentucky KM250 vs KM252 vs KM256

    Within the KM-25X and KM-27X series, a model ending with 0 has a yellow sunburst, 2 has a pumpkin top, and 6 has a dark reddish brown finish. Can't say for certain but there's a chance that the...
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    Re: Column: Where is Bluegrass Headed?

    Okay, that is the most fascinating statement of Gen Y's musical retention I've ever seen.

    Because that's, uhh... that's not how time works.
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    Re: Column: Where is Bluegrass Headed?

    Edit: Seen this exact talking point before and don't feel like digging too deeply into it again.

    I'll enjoy "untrue bluegrass" on my own time.
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    A couple more questions I forgot to ask:

    The body as measured on the first draft of the plans is around 17" long from neck joint to tailpiece and 13" wide at the waist. Approximately how tall does...
  18. My First Octave Mandolin - Design & (Hopefully) Build Thread

    As a preface, I have no idea what I'm doing or if I'll be able to do it. But I suppose there's no harm in trying.


    After almost a decade of playing mandolin and seeing all of the incredible...
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    Re: Should one be swayed by nut width??

    The only time I tend to feel a difference between a standard and wide nut mandolin is when I try to fret both the D and A course with one finger for a partial E chord; it's slightly easier when the...
  20. Re: Fret Wear from a Mechanical Engineer's View

    Again, more good feedback to read here.

    sblock, you are correct in nickel strings having non-ideal tonal qualities, I should've clarified that as one of the major drawbacks. And since an old adage...
  21. Re: Fret Wear from a Mechanical Engineer's View

    Which is precisely why I appreciate the feedback; it has been extremely helpful in understanding how the approach to luthierie differs from the conventions of manufacture that I am more familiar...
  22. Fret Wear from a Mechanical Engineer's View

    As a musician, I see the mandolin as a voice and means of expression.

    As a painter and model builder, I see it as a piece of sculpted art.

    But as an engineer, I see it as a machine, something...
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    Re: Unison strings

    D'Addario's J81 Irish Bouzouki strings are listed as .011 to .040 and in unison for all four courses, so they're basically just OM lights compared to OM mediums which are .012 to .044 or .046 from...
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    Re: distracted driving

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    Re: New Washburn 'Timeless' F-5

    The current price is for the mahogany-backed Celtic one is listed at $750. For thirty more dollars you could order a Red Valley EM mandolin with far better build quality.
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