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    Re: JJB pickup choice for cittern

    Thanks, that suggests the PPS 200 or Prestige 220 will probably do fine for both. Do you know if there's any difference between them beyond the jack?
    Since my mandolin is currently a work in...
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    JJB pickup choice for cittern

    I'm thinking about ordering a JJB pickup for a mandolin I'm building, as it seems sensible to plan around it as I go. It seems people use the Prestige 220 or PS 200 for mandolin (depending on jack...
  3. Re: New mandolin question. (eastman, the loar, richwood)

    I haven't tried their mandolins, just a friend's bouzouki at a pub session, but Carvalho from Portugal look like good value in Europe. They're the flat topped, flat back style, which personally I...
  4. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    What's your goal in trying to increase volume? Unless you have a particular need to hold your own as a prominent melodic instrument in unamplified sessions in noisy spaces, it probably isn't your...
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    Re: Octave tuning/string tension question

    A useful rule of thumb is that the high octave string of a pair is usually no more than half the gauge of the low string, and often a little below half the gauge if using a plain steel string. I'm...
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    Re: Clown Barf Construction

    Browsing around luthiery suppliers, I was startled to find out you can get clown barf binding to match the picks. It's hideous, but there's almost a perverse urge to put it on an instrument...
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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    I ran across this page from a 1972 Sears Catalogue, and sure enough, there's this model, with a catalogue number that also includes 12971. I know that chimes with everything in the thread already,...
  8. Re: String Gauges For Cittern, changing Unisons to Octaves

    I spent a while playing around with tension calculators for my cittern strings, and I ended up with plain octave strings being close to half the gauge of the lower string, but just one or two steps...
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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    I suppose it's a similar story over here in the UK with the lower end of European brands that were ubiquitous before instruments from Japan, Korea et.al came onto the scene. Some of those older...
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    New Cittern

    I thought I'd share this here - I'm fortunate that my brother is a luthier, and while he specialises in classical guitars, he has occasionally made other instruments for friends and family for a...
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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    Ah, that would figure. While it looks like this model didn't change a lot over several decades, it doesn't quite have the look of aging that my older guitar and banjo do - it seems quite fresh. I've...
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    Re: Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    Thanks, that's more or less what I'd suspected from reading older posts. I can't see signs on the headstock front of having lost a badge, but then if it happened early on it might have avoided any...
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    Unlabelled Harmony - Sears?

    It's been a little while since I've posted here, but I've just brought this guy home. No name on the headstock, but it seems fairly definitely Harmony made and identical to the Monterey models. It's...
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    Re: Fifths on bass?

    I'd imagine that the OP might have trouble getting a good sounding low-C with CGDAE tuning on a 28" scale, if that's the C below the E of a standard four-string bass. While there are many electric...
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    Re: McDonald Project bracing puzzle

    I'm also planning a build from this book, so this is useful information. Chilos, I'd be curious to know what size your oval hole is. How close does it come to the two long braces? I feel that the...
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    Re: 22" OM - are my strings too heavy?

    I've got the same issue with the ball-end tailpiece. I guess it was a good idea when the instrument was made in the late 80s, as there wouldn't have been the choice of strings there is now...
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    Re: Two Bolts In Mando Neck?

    I've been reading McDonald's Mandolin Project book, and I guess the single bolt is sufficient with this design because the carbon fibre neck reinforcement extends through a mortice in the neck block...
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    Re: Newish bands with mandolin or lute?

    Indeed! I have facial hair and play double bass, and have done so since before Mr Mumford was even playing pubs. If one more person asks me if I've been influenced by Mumford & Sons, I'm not quite...
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    Re: 22" OM - are my strings too heavy?

    I'd agree that different styles of instrument do seem to need different strings to find their voice. I've noticed on my guitars that heavier strings really help to wake up an archtop instrument,...
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    Re: 22" OM - are my strings too heavy?

    The E course is the one that I probably don't want to change. Although the tension looks a little light, I'm happy with the sound and feel of it. Overall the instrument is a little firm feeling to...
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    22" OM - are my strings too heavy?

    I have a 1987 John LeVoi instrument that I've had for around 12 years. I've tended to refer to it as an octave mandola, though I'm aware that the distinctions between instruments can be a little...
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    Carvalho/APC mandolins

    I'm looking around for an inexpensive mandolin (certainly less than 200 GBP), either available in the UK or shipped from Europe. I've played an old bowlback for years, but for the Scottish and...
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