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    Re: Playing for tips

    I remember, back in the late 1970s, one of my professors, a violist, stated that he didn't open his case for less than $25.00. That was a reasonable fee for a short gig in those days. I did some...
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    Re: String recommendations for vintage Stradolin

    I've had good luck with the J-62s on my Strad-O-Lins. If I can't get those, the Martin M-400s work, also...same gauges. I used the Martins for years before I found the J-62s.
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    I use the Turbotune, but instead of a drill I...

    I use the Turbotune, but instead of a drill I bought a cheap $8.00 electric screwdriver, and stuck the Turbotune on there. Works great and is lighter and safer than a drill. I've heard of people...
  4. Thread: Equipment

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    I had a Martin A that had a shorter scale. Those...

    I had a Martin A that had a shorter scale. Those would be good for smaller hands.
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    Which is why you use a small, cheap electric...

    Which is why you use a small, cheap electric screwdriver and not a big power drill. It is alo much lighter and easier to handle. If you think your buttons are starting to crumble, do it by hand.
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    I got in a couple of the new stools a couple...

    I got in a couple of the new stools a couple weeks ago. The seats are bigger around than the old ones, about 12" or more in diameter now. I use them to set cold beverages and stuff on at gigs.
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    Buy a Dean Markley Turbotune and a small, cheap...

    Buy a Dean Markley Turbotune and a small, cheap electric screwdriver, and you'll never wind strings by hand again. #It has a smaller opening for mandolin tuners, and also works great for double bass.
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    I agree here.  I only take my most stable...

    I agree here. #I only take my most stable mandolins out on stage. I've been using a Korg AT-12 for 30 years, and as I can hear better than I can see, I use the sound feature for the mandolin and tune...
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    1972 - Armstrong (Strad-O-Lin - 1930s)  - Still...

    1972 - Armstrong (Strad-O-Lin - 1930s) #- Still have, though I wore the finish off it in the first twenty years I had it.
    1981 - Martin A (1954) - Too fragile - Traded for Stratocaster.
    1987 -...
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    I'll answer as many questions as I can without...

    I'll answer as many questions as I can without measuring anything yet:

    I didn't watch the operation, but I trust this guy. #He built my guitar, and it's the best one in the world. (My opinion, but...
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    How about "Smithwood"?

    How about "Smithwood"?
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    I got a Strad-O-Lin in 1972, and played it for...

    I got a Strad-O-Lin in 1972, and played it for years and years as my main mandolin. # After thirty years, I decided the frets were finally worn down enough to replace. #When the luthier started...
  13. Thread: Stradolin

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    My first mandolin was a Strad-O-Lin, but I didn't...

    My first mandolin was a Strad-O-Lin, but I didn't know it at the time. #When I bought it in 1972 it had "Armstrong" decals on the headstock. #It was a great mandolin and I played the tar out of it...
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    Hi y'all. I've been playing mandolin for 35...

    Hi y'all.

    I've been playing mandolin for 35 years, and for quite a while I've wanted to try a mandola. The problem? None in this area to try, and I don't want to buy on spec just to find out I...
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