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    Re: Flat-top mandolin suggestions

    My Mid Missouri, now Big Muddy, is a remarkable flat top mandolin After ten years it still surprises me how nice and loud it can sound. I would highly recommend a Big Muddy, it falls right in your...
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    Re: Zero Fret... Pros and cons?

    Originally Posted by Tommcgtx

    Does a zero fret wear faster than the rest, and need replaced more often?

    There should be very little wear on the zero fret. Since a finger never presses directly...
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    Re: Zero Fret... Pros and cons?

    The only negative of zero fret usage is that it may increase manufacturing cost a little, very little. Otherwise it eliminates the necessity of shaping and carving the nut for accurate and easy...
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    Re: Damage from bridge pressure

    A bridge is a bridge. All bridges have to be fitted to the mando unless the mando is a flat top, but most mandos have imperfections in the flattess or curvature of the top... Frets.com has good...
  5. Re: Luthiers please respond...starting to lose sleep...

    If your camera won't pick up the indentation and it took you several days to find the problem yourself, then I am guessing that you are obcessing over very little. And if you can still reject it as...
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    Re: Set up and Playability

    The cheapest mando will play as well as the most expensive mando if both are set up well... But they will not necessarily sound the same. The cheapo will not be made of the best materials nor to as...
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    Re: Suggestions on a good intermediate mandolin?

    As a new mando from a dealer will drop a couple hundred dollars in value the moment you leave the dealers door I think purchasing a used instrument is a pretty good idea. However if at all possible...
  8. Re: Picking, to what extent should we stick to the rules

    There are only rules for those who don't want to have to re-invent the wheel. They give you a base for departure from the rules once you are comfortable with them. Or you ignore collective knowledge...
  9. Re: best way to get both strings in a set to play clearly?

    Heavier picks might help as suggested above but some may prefer lighter picks, for whatever reason... It is just a matter of technique.... How you hold the pick, how tightly or loosly you hold the...
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    Re: Bridge replacement

    I agree that you don't need the Stumac sanding jig.... Frets.com has good info on sanding the new bridge to conform to the top. You do need the self-discepline of holding the bridge in a verticle...
  11. Re: Notes from a 8 week beginner to people just starting

    I think one of the most important techniques of flat pick picking on mando is proper holding of the flat pick in your hand... Mike Marshal has a good video covering these basics. Learning do this...
  12. Re: so, holding an A style makes me think i have a greased marble

    It is just a matter of a little self discepline. It seems awkward now but you will get used to it, with or without strap. I seldom use a strap standing or seated. But obviously a strap can be a...
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    Re: Is there a good way to make a generic nut slot?

    I believe you are overthinking this. Cut a nut which works well for a set of medium gauge strings and it should work fine for heavy and light as well, perhaps with slight adjustment. People don't...
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    Re: Mandolin kit quality vs store bought

    I have built three IV A style kits. They are great for gaining a basic understanding of the mando... Combined with the Siminoff book these kits will give you a pretty in depth understanding of how...
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    Re: I made my mandolin sound better!

    I think that what makes this discussion a little silly is that although the instrument may or may not change over a year or so after purchase what will undoubtedly change is your memory, your...
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    Re: The Loar eBay purchase basketcase disaster

    Another comment:

    I sometimes buy as you did, an instrument with known and unknown flaws or problems... Since I paid less, I expect less, and I expect to work on the instrument to rectify any...
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    Re: The Loar eBay purchase basketcase disaster

    What struck me about your initial post is "What are you complaining about?", Didn't you get to examine photos of the instrument and its blemishes, its hardware, etc. prior to purchase? A newish mando...
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    Re: I made my mandolin sound better!

    I bought a brand new mandolin as my first.... It is amazing how, after playing it three hours per day for a year, how much better it sounded than it did when I didn't know how to play it...

    Will...
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    Re: Stew Mac Campfire.neck joint

    I am surprised that the screw does not use a lock washer. that should cure its tendency to work itself loose. (Oops,,, I guess it had one.)

    Did the original Army-Navy mando use this system? or is...
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    Re: One Piece-Two Piece Back

    A two piece back allows axial symetry. The grain of each side being pretty close to a mirror image of the other. Many folks regard this as a desirable feature.

    A one piece back, while having some...
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    Re: Does a mando pick really make a difference?

    When at home with my family I use the thinnest pick available... I simply cannot get much volume out of it... When they are out I use a standard triangular pic of medium thickness... That gives me...
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    Re: Dang it! I broke my nut!

    I agree... Stumac sells nut blanks... Having a couple is a good idea. You can use an old plastic comb as a nut blank if you want or lots of other materials might work as well. But actual nut blanks...
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    Re: Opinions on cittern top distortion please

    One of my mandos did exactly the same thing.... I had carved the areas next to and above the hole too thin and the mando began to fold in on itself with the hole being the fold line. I removed the...
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    Re: want an A mandolin,but which one of these two ?.

    I suspect either set of tuners are good. If they weren't manufacturers would long ago have dropped the malfunctioning brand. Tuners simply tune the individual string and hold it... Nothing else.......
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    Re: newbie and first mandolin

    I have seen used Mid-Missouri mandolins (about ten years old) go for as little as $300 in the classified. These are fine American made instruments. A plain flat topped instrument with no frills, but...
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