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  1. Re: Strings for Breedlove OF: Seeking reccomendations

    Mapes. Best strings on planet Earth, though few people use ‘em. OEM strings for Steinway, they know what they’re doing. 8nexpensive, top quality, sound great and no charge for custom sets. Mapes...
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    I would suggest the OP listen to Chris Thile explain that this a dangerous misconception rather than adopt this advice. Fingers should be bent, strings fretted with tips, not pads. I don’t mean to...
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    Re: High marks for Schaller GrandTunes

    Agreed. But not in this case. The previous tuners were determined to be faulty by an extremely trustworthy am experienced luthier.
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    Re: High marks for Schaller GrandTunes

    Left out of my original post that I have Rubners on an A-5. They’re great, but the GrandTunes blow them away hands down.
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    Re: High marks for Schaller GrandTunes

    The post spacing is standard at 23 mm, so they’ll fit. On my Flatiron there were unfilled screw holes from the original Grovers under the additional holes for the Golden Ages. They had to be filled...
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    Re: High marks for Schaller GrandTunes

    From what I understand, Schaller seems to call them the wrong thing. They are standard tuners. Check the gear direction in the pictures and compare to your current tuners. I read complaints about...
  7. Thread: Women Builders

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    Re: Women Builders

    Clarinda - whose last name I can’t make out on her website - builds prolifically. I’ve heard good things. Custom F-5s for around 1000 bucks! https://www.clarindasmusic.com/page6.html
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    Re: Need Help with String Choice for Sweaty Hands

    Mapes is a string maker in Tennessee. They make OEM strings for Steinway, Bösendorfer and many others. They are probably the suppliers for many other string makers who relabel as their own brand....
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    High marks for Schaller GrandTunes

    My old Flatiron F-5 had a set of Golden Age tuners that have driven me crazy for the two years I’ve had it. It seemed like I was never really in tune and getting as close as I could was always a...
  10. Re: George Gershwin Lullaby for Strings 1919, mandolin & mandocel

    This is stunning. One of the most beautiful things I think I’ve ever heard. I’ve listened to this at least 15 times today. What a performance.
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    THIS IS UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL.

    I’ve just listened to it three times. It’s such a wonderful performance. Just great.
  12. Re: Aaron Weinstein's New Apitius yorkville mandolin

    Wow - love the playing and the new mando is stunning. Does it have the Schaller GrandTune machine heads, and if so, how are they?
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    Anyone using Schaller GrandTunes?

    There have been a few threads here about these, but I haven’t found much in the way of hands-on user reviews (apologies if I’ve failed in my search). Oliver Apitius posted a glowing appraisal, but...
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    Re: Can anyone ID these tuners, please.

    Tried that, but I couldn’t improve them. I’ve also tried cleaning them, lubing them, all the usual stuff, but they seem to insist on being the way they are.
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    Re: Can anyone ID these tuners, please.

    Interesting. They are so bad, and on all the machines, not just one or two, that it wouldn’t surprise me. And if they’re not part of a bad batch that would be an even worse testament to the...
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    Re: Can anyone ID these tuners, please.

    Yes, I’ve seen that they get good reviews. Mine are awful. They are extremely hard to tune precisely and don’t stay in tune. I’m leaning to trying a set of Schaller GrandTunes. I like Rubners, but...
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    Re: Can anyone ID these tuners, please.

    There they are. Thank you. They’re very bad tuners and as I seek a new set I wanted to avoid whoever made them.
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    Can anyone ID these tuners, please.

    These are on my ‘87 Flatiron F-5 Artist. I don’t know if they’re original to it or not. Anyone know for sure what they are?

    Thanks in advance,
    B

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    Re: “It’s Now or Never” Saturday Jam

    You’re rockin that Open Road, brother. Fine looking lid.
  20. Re: Long term planning for 1st mandolin and uke GDAE in the meant

    The Kentucky mandolins are very good. George Gruhn heartily recommends them and he knows mandolins.
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    Re: Chris Henry New Monroe Improvisation Course

    I second all of this. I’m only through the orientation vid and halfway through the second of the first week (out of is it 10 I think) and this is the best instructional I’ve ever worked with. Just...
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    Mapes. Great strings. The Tennessee company makes OEM strings for Steinway, Bösendorfer and lots of other high end instrument makers. Their mandolin strings are the best I’ve ever used. They sound...
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    Re: Chris Henry New Monroe Improvisation Course

    I just got the first lesson. It is superb. On the first go-through one might wonder if Mr. Henry is remotely trying to kill you. But after going through it a couple of times everything begins to fall...
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    Re: Intonation compensated saddle question

    Thank you very much for this detail. I shall now proceed.
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    Re: Intonation compensated saddle question

    What is the minimum width of the saddle under the strings? How to know how much is safe to remove?
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