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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    Collings MT the only mandolin I will ever need. But wait, someone gave me a bowlback mandolin. A very nice old one. And then a guitar trade resulted in a very high end custom Collings MT2. Then I...
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    Prayer for Dennis @ The Mandolin Store

    For those of you so inclined, I would ask that you keep Dennis Vance in your prayers. He is facing some medical issues that must be addressed in the near future. I do not wish to, nor do I intend to...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    My MAS only vacillates commensurate with the amount of money available. It's always chronic but every once in a while, it becomes acute. A couple of weeks ago, it was acute. I ended up treating it...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    $30 broken tuners
    Ibanez stayed in tune
    Sold for
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    Loar 520
    Eastman 305
    Sold for
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    Weber absaroka with a hump in the neck
    Sold for
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    So this list starts at the bottom in 2006 and works up to the present when I have but one mandolin left. Manodlins in BOLD are the ones that I thought sounded great and played wonderfully! :)...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    $200 new Kentucky Oval via Amazon. Arrived in cardboard box with strings and bridge in baggie
    $400 used Flatiron via ebay. Nice mandolin but high un-adjustable action
    $2200 new satin Pava A via...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    I'm probably breaking some unwritten MAS rule here, but I'm still playing the first mandolin I bought, uh (counting on fingers and toes)... 13 years ago. A Lebeda Premium Plus F-style with a redwood...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    Be very careful. Once the flame of MAS is started, it is very, very difficult to extinguish.
  9. Re: anyone change their plain steel high strings faster than wrap

    I do that with D'addario Nickle Bronze because the G and D strings keep that woof for a long time but the treble side wear out like usual.
  10. Re: anyone change their plain steel high strings faster than wrap

    Follow up from my previous post!
    The Thomastik D and G strings last for a very very long time! They certainly outlast both the wound A and Plain E strings.
  11. Re: anyone change their plain steel high strings faster than wrap

    Only if they Break...

    Seriously I always change them all because:
    The G string seems to be the first to lose good tone.
    Single strings are expensive enough that it doesn't save much money.
    The...
  12. Re: anyone change their plain steel high strings faster than wrap

    I change them all at once, usually when they don't stay in tune as well. Most definitely when I feel dents from the frets as I run my fingernail under the wound strings.
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    I used to change the unwound strings early because my fingers seemed to make them rust or at least get much less smooth within a few weeks. Didn't happen on the wounds as much. Lately my chemistry...
  14. Re: anyone change their plain steel high strings faster than wrap

    I change the E string of the Thomastiks. This is the only unwound string!
    When the A string loses timbre I sometimes replace it with unwound A strings. I find the wound D and G strings significantly...
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    I hear what your saying and it seems logical, but no. Those wounds are a lot more worn out than you think. Change them all.:mandosmiley:
  16. Re: Set up question- intonation on the D string

    It's very common for mandolin bridges to be compensated with the D strings too far forward. If there's room you can file that ramp back, or if not you might try angling the whole bass side of the...
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    As a second thought are you sure the saddle was on the bridge base oriented properly. There are some threads showing proper orientation of he saddle. Sometimes causes problems like yours. I should...
  18. Re: Set up question- intonation on the D string

    Put a capo on 1st fret. Tune up for Ab,Eb,Bb and F low to high strings. Is intonation OK now? then the problem is in the nut. Maybe the D strings not noting at the front edge of the nut, maybe...
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    The peak of the D on the bridge needs to be filed back closer to the tail. This assumes you're OK on the lower frets - if not, the nut slots might be too high, and I'd get those right first before...
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    Re: help me build a pick set

    Having tried most of these picks, with varying success, there is one that is missing from this list Hawk picks, https://hawkpicks.co.uk with a variety of shapes and thickness or even bespoke to suit...
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    Re: help me build a pick set

    Don't forget to try the Dunlop Big Stubby someday, they're cheap! I really like the thickest teardrops--they're my alternative to thick triangle Primetones. Also nice on the budget end (have one in...
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    Re: help me build a pick set

    I use Golden Gate MP 12.
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    Re: help me build a pick set

    When I first started playing mando, I thought one was supposed to use those fat, round cornered Dawg/Saga style picks (who can argue with the Dawg, right?), so I made myself use them til I was...
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    Re: help me build a pick set

    So many choices:

    Radex
    Red Bear
    Fender casein
    Gibson 346 HD

    The casein picks vary by maker, you'll need a few:)
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    Re: help me build a pick set

    If you can get in on one of those traveling pick samplers that would be fun and educational.

    Picks I would add to your list..

    V-picks
    Golden Gate "Dawg" pick
    Pro Plec picks
    Any one of the...
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