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  1. Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    Yes, thanks Mike!!! In my little circle, myself and 3 non-MC folks are enjoying these mandolins because you posted about them!

    (I have a link to the original "$199.00 solid F style" thread in my...
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    Re: Cost for refret

    I haven't made any inroads to SS frets with anything yet. I haven't personally re-fretted an instrument since the mid 1980s, but I have a banjo that I built and fretted with NS back in the mid-70s,...
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    Re: Cost for refret

    @rcc56, with the original old Gibson bar frets, is it at all possible to simply turn them over upside-down and tap them back into the groove, and as such have new fret surfaces to work with? Or are...
  4. Re: Remember that $199 MK mandolin from years ago?

    Yup, I still have mine, and the three other folks that I bought them for are also still using theirs, actually more regularly than I do...

    Mine was/is intended as a backup for my F-9, which I...
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    Don't forget the disintegrating 1-piece flanges, the tulip-shaped tension hoops and the cracked tailpieces. There are more replacements of these items among collectable banjos than most people could...
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    Re: Cost for refret

    Mostly what @rcc56 said...

    But also:

    Do you want nickle-silver, Gold Evo or stainless steel frets?
    Is your fretboard flat or curved?
    Does your instrument have an adjustable truss rod? (If...
  7. Re: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    Isn't "Trill" a short-name for Tribble?

    ... And "Hammer-on", just a quaint way of telling someone to get drunk?
  8. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    While you may be able to make the mandolin generally louder, technique tends to be the way to really make a mandolin loud. You can of course change setup, picks, strings, and/or parts, or add...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    You know, the $199 blowout price for the MK LFSTB (Dragonfly) F-style mandolins back in 2016 was amazing, but their original list prices were about $1K. I handled 4 of them, 3 as gifts and one which...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Yup. I loved my 78 Sportster. Restored it, polished it, bagged it, windshielded it, drove it as much as my back could stand. It was a beauty; I had to mentally remind myself I wasn't in a parade...
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    Re: Left Hand on Neck: Palm or Thumb

    I used to have my thumb planted on the back of the neck in the same way I played 5-string banjo. Then early last year I started showing symptoms of congenital RA -- finger joint stiffness and...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    So here's an important question then... Is the fitting we're looking at a truss rod nut, or is it actually permanently attached to the truss rod itself? If this is a 2-way truss rod, won't...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Hmmm.

    Looking at the upside-down pic that was provided by the OP, extremely magnified, peering closely into the very deepest recess of the nut, I think I might agree. The nut appears horribly...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Hmmm, I was going to guess that this neck has a fixed support bar of some sort -- no adjustable truss rod -- but the buyer wanted it to have a truss rod cover so it looks "normal".

    You know what...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    At least the builder planned ahead and saved some MOP under the truss rod cover. :))
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Question about this Dale... I've not worked with installing a truss rod since the late '70s and then of course it was a 1-way truss rod... If this one is installed backwards in a routed space...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    I have to agree with you John, if their truss rods utilize a hex nut that doesn't fit in the pocket with enough space for adjustment, that's a pretty big design flaw -- it would seem that someone in...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Hmm, I wonder if the factory ran out of allen fittings, or if they've designed and manufactured their own truss rod kit.

    And the pics that I can find of that model indicate it's an F-model, so if...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    John, isn't that a hex nut? Looks like threads all the way up on the upper inner portion, and it also looks like you can see where one of the outer points of the hex nut broke through the peghead...
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    Re: Mating strings to mandolin

    As others have implied here, subjectivity is a specialty of the human ear. What sounds just ok to one person sounds wonderful to another, etc... And it isn't really the ears, it's the mind between...
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    Re: Pickguard Mountain Brackets

    Using a single pin is an interesting option. It should work most of the time, but there is the possibility of the pickguard floating upward, effectively using the single pin as a hinge, and in doing...
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    Re: Pickguard Mountain Brackets

    In addition to the pins, for those pickguards which do not use the brackets, some installers also attach an appropriately small but sufficient size piece of closed-foam cushion under the pickguard so...
  23. Re: Left forearm tendonitis? Or something else?

    From my experience, that sounds like nerve pain to me. I'd suggest seeing your primary physician first to rule out anything else, then seeing a neurologist. You might also ask to see a physical...
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    Re: Planning a road trip

    Worth noting, several case materials and designs make your mandolin a perfect projectile for shooting forward at human occupants, or back out a back window or hatchback given the right gravity...
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    To be fair, I know and highly respect folks who just cannot play by ear, but who make their way along anyway. Everyone has specific talents and for them, playing by ear is just not one of their...
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