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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    When my laminated '63 Kay parlor guitar ($29.95 new!) needed help 20 or so years ago, here's what I did:



    ... and then ...



    Yeah, the body's still a bit warped between the neck and...
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    Mandolin for Dummies, by Cafe member Don Julin.

    Once upon a time, that phrase was the punchline to a bunch of jokes, then the actual book was published and ... it all became clear! There will be...
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    Re: A mystery mandolin on Craigslist

    Auto-body class project??
  4. Re: Please Help ID Instrument - Partial Label and Pat 88 Tuning P

    Uhmmm... Can't help thinking that someone with ~75 instruments might still have 2 tiples and not even know it?
  5. Re: Please Help ID Instrument - Partial Label and Pat 88 Tuning P

    Hopefully, one of our bowlback experts will recognize that bit of label and ID the builder.

    I'm pretty sure that the three banjo tuners were not original to the instrument, but such tuners are...
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    Re: Ashbury mandolin neck questions

    If it has an adjustable truss rod, that's what it's for.

    BTW, Ashbury is not a name with which we colonials are real familiar!
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    Re: Problems with playability. Help!

    It helps to elicit responses from others if you tell us WHERE you're located. A great luthier could be within walking distance, but won't be suggested if you might live ... anywhere! Plus, there...
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    Re: Chord Questions

    ... and most often isn't, except when it is! Just to expand our view a little:

    In the last few years, I've been playing the '30s-era "Smile" with my local library mandolin group ("Smile though...
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    Re: Help with selecting new strings

    Yes!!

    Also realize that:
    - your ears (perception of tone) will change over the next year or two;
    - your fingers (perception of "easy-vs-difficult") will change over the next year or two; and,
    -...
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    Re: Hot humid weather

    If it helps any ...

    Northern NJ (NYC suburbs) is often warm & humid in the summer (of course, nothing like the excessive heat that some areas have had lately). We have a whole-house air...
  11. Re: Old “No-Name” Mandolin, anyone have any info?

    A dentist's mirror will let you look for writing, maybe a signature or date, on the underside of the top.
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    Re: Definitive DPA mount

    Sorry but, I'm not sure what we're looking at, especially as I'm hardly knowledgeable about pickup attachments.

    Best guess is a magnet soldered (or glued?) on to the tailpiece cover, and the...
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    Re: Which song is this ?

    Given the minor key, 3/4 time, and general sound, I'd strongly guess that it's Italian; could be "folk" as much as "classical".

    One problem is that hundreds / thousands of Italian folks tunes that...
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    Re: The Irish Washerwoman - Mandolin

    If you lived in the metro NYC area (NY/NJ/CT) in the '60s and ever heard a radio, your head would instantly go to:

    "A bargain's a bargain at John's Bargain Store
    You get more of a bargain than...
  15. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    While that's part of the equation, there's also how much money you feel comfortable spending.

    Realistically, any of us who can afford a new car every so often (I run 'em to 100K miles or so) can...
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    Re: Moon Wood

    ... which is, of course, of primary importance to high school kids looking to entertain others on the road. And which surely contributes to confusion over the "moon roof" moniker!
  17. Re: Any jams/meetups in NY (Poughkeepise / New Paltz / Albany / N

    '68 graduate of Marist C. here, so I have a soft spot for Poughkeepsie!

    Good link, Lucas. I'll point out to mbruno that Highland is just across the river, for that every-2nd-Wednesday "HVBA Open...
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    Re: Anyone knows what this is?

    Interesting tuners, w/ no sign of a screw or rivet holding the gear to the peg. Are they one piece, or is the gear pressed on? No expert here, but I've never seen gears with such totally flat backs...
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    Re: Wait A Minute- Seldom Scene

    Whoa! Thanks for reminding me... How could I have forgotten it? Got to see Herb, with Chris Hillman on mandolin & harmony, pretty close up maybe 8-10 years ago.
  20. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    Gotta say I'm lovin' this conversation and the levels of sophisticated insight, both real and imagined.



    Golly gee, I'd feel way more comfortable saying that, just as the moon's gravity causes...
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    Re: Shopgoodwill Auction Handmade

    "Does.. Your... Chewing gum lose it's flavor, On the headstock overnight ..."

    Looks like glue from an oval dealer logo, maybe, that used to be there. But please don't ask me to taste it!
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    Re: New Eastman Octave tuners?

    Some otherwise decent tuners have their welded-on bits projecting thru the back of the baseplate, causing the uneveness that you describe. I've had success with using a hand-held drill bit to ream...
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    Re: String changing jig

    Neat! I'll bet it could be adapted to handle mandolin OR guitar, and for more than just changing strings. I already feel the wood moving in my basement ...

    At first, I thought that you'd...
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    Considering the ensuing discussion, this seems like a fine time to mention "FFCP", the Four-Finger Closed Position patterns that, while some consider them "mere" fretting exercises, are really SO...
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    Re: ukulele fever

    THAT really should be printed on the back of the Cafe's MAS T-shirt!
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