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  1. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    Well, this thread has veered off-course and back on once or twice . . ..

    Trying to stay on course: I tend to put a clip-on tuner on the headstock of a guitar or mandolin when I tune before...
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    Re: Unique Ball End to Loop End conversion

    Huh, this is kind of weird. As journeybear points out, if you've removed four balls, why not do another four, instead of forcing the (now) open loop onto a ball that already has a string? Maybe there...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - Torrefied vs Natural

    I have played both torrefied and non-torrified guitars and mandolins. Hard to say if the differences were due to the wood or the instrument, since I have never had two identical (or even similar)...
  4. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    Dunno, Gibson's "Robot" system was pretty similar, and didn't seem to be a huge seller.

    I never thought tuning was a big deal, but maybe I just have a good ear. I did have someone ask me to help...
  5. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    Look here:

    Might be trouble to try to fit a mando, but this is one of several similar systems out there.

    NFI, never even seen one. YMMV. Void where prohibited.
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    Re: What do you keep your picks and stuff in?

    For instrument cases, I use a 2" wooden box with a sliding lid made by Heartwood Creations, like this: They will hold 5-6 picks depending on thickness....
  7. Re: A strange contraption for measuring and installing new string

    Umm, OK. I can see how it would work, and maybe make for more of a "one hand" operation to wind the string once threaded. Seems like the spoke/vertical axis could be a good bit shorter and still...
  8. Thread: Lubrikit

    by TheMandoKit

    Re: Lubrikit

    Never tried it, but it seems fairly pricey at about $10 on Amazon. I have used the #2 pencil/graphite thing from time to time, but always disliked the smudged nut look. Maybe try some of the powdered...
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    Re: Peter Ostroushko Passes

    So saddened by this news. Peter was a true gem, and an inspiration to all of us.

    I first heard Peter on the old PHC radio show, back in the early days when it had lots of local Minnesota talent....
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    Re: Eastman 505 vs 505CC

    I was always told that, in the guitar world at least, binding protects the edges of the top, and to a lesser extent, the back, from impact that would lead to chips, splits, and cracks. I suppose...
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    Re: Good bye Chick

    I was a big Chick Corea fan in the 1970s and beyond. The only time I saw him was in the mid-70s in RTF, with Stanley Clark, Al DiMeola and Lenny White. What a show! The level of musicianship on the...
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    Poll: Re: Poll - Gold vs Silver

    For me, it depends on the wood and the finish. I have several instruments in honey/amber color, and gold looks best with them. 1920s F4 looks great with the tarnished silver-ish hardware.

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    Re: Humidification of mandolin

    I would agree that while most folks have temperature-controlled houses, fewer have relative humidity controlled houses.

    Dunno, I was always told that rapid changes in humidity (or temperature)...
  14. Re: vintage viator - help for tuning issue

    Allen raises a good point about high strings. If the intonation is correct (i.e., bridge in the right place), that's a good thing to check.
  15. Re: vintage viator - help for tuning issue

    I would check intonation first. Is it in tune at the twelfth fret? That is, is the octave harmonic in unison with the fretted note at the twelfth fret? If not, that's the place to start.

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    Re: Muso Mirror for Practice

    Seems kind of pricey for what it is. A framed mirror that can be leaned up against the stand seems like a better idea; you can just return it to the wall when you're done. <shrugs>
  17. Re: And now for something completely different

    There's another recent thread on the Cafe about this builder's instruments:

    Kinda cool stuff. Not playing electric instruments...
  18. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    A few years ago, I made the switch to the classical position, on the left thigh rather than the right, with the neck more vertical, for all fretted instruments larger than the mandolin. Mandolin...
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    Re: Dr. K Bubble

    A Googie-inspired 4-string! I love it!

    Looks like something Jet Screamer would play. Eep-Opp-Ork-Ah-Ah!
  20. Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    I assume it is made of an open-cell foam, so it would not be like putting a dense substance (flesh) against the back? Dunno, I don't have one, don't use Tone Gard either. I would think this is a lot...
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    So long as it's a country song...
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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    The walnut back on the natural-topped one is something special. Well, the other one is pretty nice, too.

    NO, I DON'T need another mandolin!:whistling:
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    I have been using Venta Airwashers for probably 15 years now. They are not cheap, but they do work well. After about 12 years, I replaced the motors, but using the recommended water treatment, and...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    Well, I agree with you on Rhiannon Giddens, but not so sure about banjo jokes. Blasphemous seems a bit much. Maybe "somewhat cruel, but still funny."
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    Re: In The Mood

    One of my favorite Glenn Miller tunes, played well by the whole group. Tasty!

    Just like John above, my parents lived through the big band era, and I hated the stuff as a kid, but now love it. I...
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