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  1. Re: The Mandolin - a history publication update

    Thanks, Graham. I've greatly appreciated your other two books, but haven't picked this one up yet. I hope that the new publisher is able to print soon!
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    Re: Tenor guitars

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    Douglas-fir, Oregon myrtle, and black walnut. Just about the favorite thing I've made.
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    Re: Players/Recordings Using DAEA Tuning?

    Thanks, Greg! I enjoyed your rendition of Pipe On the Hob, and will watch the Steve Knightly video when I have a bit of time.
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    Re: Players/Recordings Using DAEA Tuning?

    Thanks for the responses, all. Still curious about recordings, so perhaps I'll take Lord Badger Rob's suggestion and ask the question again in the ITM forum.
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    Players/Recordings Using DAEA Tuning?

    I have been exploring DAEA tuning on tenor guitar and tenor banjo recently, and really enjoying it. The range typically used in Irish tunes is tidily available in first position, and I can draw on...
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    Re: Chief Francis O'Neill documentary

    Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed the documentary.
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    Re: Ken Cartwright loses home in Oregon fires

    I have a 1920s Vega Style N tenor banjo with a Ken Cartwright-installed head. The first guitar I built, I bought the tuners from his shop. Very sad news.
  8. Thread: Douglas fir

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    Re: Douglas fir

    What an interesting thread! Thanks to Brian D for starting it, although it's ranged far afield from his original question. I am a semi-regular lurker on this forum but rarely a poster, yet now I...
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    Re: Douglas fir

    Abies procera (noble fir) and Abies magnifica (red fir) are examples of closely related tree species that hybridize. Another example from the west coast is Lutz spruce, a hybrid of Picea sitchensis...
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    Re: Douglas fir

    Another opportunity to geek out about plants: Here's an essay on just how Douglas-fir came to have such a long succession of scientific names before Pseudotsuga menziesii became accepted: ...
  11. Re: I released an album of English and Irish folk songs on bouzou

    Very nice!
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    Re: Old Gibson with Cedar Top

    The back wood looks like sycamore to me, too. I have some recently planed boards in my garage that look like twins to that piece of wood. I also have some western redcedar and have considered...
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    Re: K&K vs Dean Markley pickup

    I have had good success with K&K pickups. I once installed a Twin Spot pickup in my mandolin internally very much for use in a church setting, and it did the job fine. I also own a Hot Spot and...
  14. Re: "Ceird an Cheoil, Basúcaí" CBOM video from TG4

    Great show, thanks for sharing! Great interviews and playing, and the many clips of Joe Foley at work in his shop just made it all the more worthwhile.
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    Re: V-Picks Giveaway

    Sign me up!
  16. Re: New Josh Humphrey five-course, multiscaled port orford over k

    That's going to look great, Mark!
  17. Re: Tenor Guitar tuning GDAE - correct string gauze.

    For my 22.8 inch scale tenor I've been using:

    E = 0.014
    A = 0.022 or 0.023
    D = 0.034
    G = 0.049

    These gauges seem to fit my playing and instrument pretty well, and are equivalent to the...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin - Templates, parts etc.

    I'd recommend getting Graham McDonald's The Bouzouki Book, which covers octave mandolins as well. It's a great reference, and if you can build a nice strumstick then I'm sure you're already capable...
  19. Re: Back thickness for Army-Navy style mandolin

    I'll second Rob's recommendation based on my experience (limited to ~9 flat top mandolins so far, so take it for what it's worth). I've used black walnut (Juglans nigra) and a wild cherry (Prunus...
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    Re: Frets on fiddles.....why not?

    As Paul mentions, there was a whole family of fretted bowed instruments, the viol family, in direct competition with the violin family as violins were being developed and standardized. The viol...
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    Re: tenor string gauges

    You may want to play around with a string tension calculator such as provided by Graham McDonald at:

    http://www.mcdonaldstrings.com/stringxxiii.html

    Having said that, though, I am a little...
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    Re: Best Pickup For A Tenor Guitar

    The K&K Twin Spot (already mentioned) is very versatile, and also pretty easy to install. I have used it on a mandolin and an octave mandolin, using their clip-on preamp, and been very happy.
  23. Re: Ideal string set (GDAE) for this tenor guitar?

    As a followup: I eventually gave up trying to find a US source for the Savarez 1530 set, but as my last gasp of effort contacted the company itself to see if they would tell me where a supplier...
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    Re: Christmas Music - Standard & Tab

    I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of thanks. Great idea, and special thanks for including all of those piano-centric Bb and F versions!
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    Re: Comparing Mandolin "tone".

    I'm with you on your point that a heavy top can be an indicator of a less than stellar instrument. But I'm not convinced that one can always tell this from the overall weight of the instrument. The...
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