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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    I prefer the feel of rounded end frets on mandolins (semi hemispherical sounds too ... hard to type), and that's what I install on my higher end mandolins. It takes me about four to six minutes per...
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    Re: Thile can't chop chords

    Looks like a good place to tell this story.

    At a very popular bluegrass festival 2 or 3 years ago, the headliner band came on stage to tune and do their sound check right before playing. The...
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    Re: Graduation for Saga AM-10?

    I think a few of us have glued the tone bars on the "wrong" side at least once. It may turn out to be your best sounding mandolin.
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    Re: Chop vs ringing clarity

    I don't fully understand the question the way it is asked, but I'll tell you what has been on my mind lately and maybe it will help. This showed up recently working with several Gibson mandolins made...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    My old tired eyes with no glasses on looked over from another computer and saw this thread title as Flashbacks of Note. 21 pages!!

    Oh, well... I'll go back to my corner now.
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    Re: Graduation for Saga AM-10?

    I use a 1/2 inch chisel and some sandpaper backed with an eraser to do the tone bars. The spruce will mostly cooperate nicely with small motions. There may be some gouges where sandpaper will fix it....
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    Re: Gospel Sheet Music or Chord Charts

    Thinking about jam sessions, which is your question in this thread too, here is an important exercise for the necessary skills.

    Pull up the web site that Hank linked above, and pull up the sheet...
  8. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    I have trouble seeing why anyone is apologizing for leaving a tuner on their mandolin. Whether it's a 1924 Loar or whatever else you happen to own, if you can afford it then it's yours to do with as...
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    Re: A Style in case for F style

    Travelite holds some "modern" size A mandolins nicely. There are so many sizes, though, that I think it is trial an error.
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    Re: Building Bridges

    My first "campfire" build was a modification of Terry's (Chrystal Forest Mandolins) plan. I added a degree or two to the neck angle and induced a 28 foot arch in the top (if I remember that...
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    Re: Absolute Silence

    Take the strings off. You can get some decent practice making those three finger chords and moving your left hand through the I IV V positions with them. You can even practice chop chords. A lot of...
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    Obviously, it depends on what you plan to do. For several reasons, a regular size mandolin will just about always sound and play better than a smaller travel...
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    Re: Help to identify vintage mandolin

    My bowlback has an eagle on the guard, so all I can do is watch this thread with interest.

    Apologies for any hijacking, but your words ought to be in a song. They are words that I have lived by,...
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    Re: Help to identify vintage mandolin

    May I quote you?
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    Re: Hide glue question

    This discussion shows that hide glue requires the user to develop and practice a technique and discipline from mixing the glue, to testing and applying it, and through the curing process, and that it...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    Updating my earlier comments. After cleaning and fitting the top brace on the 1920 Gibson A, hot hide glue seemed like exactly the right glue to use, so I did. Looking at putting the back on, it sits...
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    Re: Easiest Jam Tunes to Memorize

    I run two jam sessions (when it's safe) and attend several others (when it's safe). I feel like the best thing a beginning jammer can do is learn two songs that he/she can deliver from memory with no...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    I'm sure there are many stories in every direction on this subject, but since I'm dealing with this one today I'll go ahead and tell it. Twice in a year I have repaired mandolins where the ribs...
  19. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    The issue with a tuner that is not already attached is that it takes as much as a half minute to figure out where it is, go get it, fumble with picking it up and attaching it, turn it on, be sure...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    Thanks to Sunburst for an excellent overall description. I am heating up some hide glue now to use on the only thing I use it for regularly on string instruments - gluing in the label. And I might...
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    I think I posted this somewhere years ago. The second mandolin I built has a well-known violin spirit varnish french polish finish that is famous for taking forever to cure. Well over a year after...
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    Re: Music Store Etiquette

    Very nice sounding mandolin and playing! May be a keeper?
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    Re: My Blueridge Woes - Part III

    It makes more sense to me that a string is vibrating more loudly sympathetically with the box than with another string, though the strings certainly will vibrate sympathetically. The clue was that it...
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    Re: What 7th Chords Go with What Major Keys?

    Thanks, David. I probably didn't answer Sherry's actual question and my answer may be a bit "inaccurate" from the theory POV. I appreciate your description. My purpose was to give her a "down and...
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    Re: My Blueridge Woes - Part III

    The descriptions cause me to wonder what fundamental frequency the box is tuned to. You can set a tuner near the top or clip it somewhere other than the top, mute the strings, tap the top on the...
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