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    Re: Mandola string advice sought

    We all started fresh, and have been there!

    Scale length is the full length of the vibrating string, from the nut to the bridge saddle. That distance is approximately double the distance from the...
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    Re: Any tips on installing loop-end strings?

    I got this suggestion from a hammered dulcimer player:

    Aquarium air tubing.

    It comes in different diameters. Take your instrument to the store and find the tubing that slips firmly over the...
  3. Thread: National RM1

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    Re: National RM1

    I did an Google image search on "national rm1 mandolin" and found a couple which had no binding, at least one of which clearly had no truss rod cover. I was hoping to find clear indications that they...
  4. Thread: Compressor?

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    Re: Compressor?

    A compressor brings down the volume peaks, so the dynamic range stays between certain levels.

    There are different parameters controlling the volume at which the volume limit kicks in (threshold),...
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    Re: Fan fret tenor guitars (2022 thread)

    One forum which has an active membership set of fanned-fret enthusiasts can be found at sevenstring.org, which is centered on guitars of seven, eight, nine strings and beyond. At extreme string...
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    Re: Extra long strap?

    For all my mandos, mandolas, and a few other instruments, I use the Levy's M19PR mandolin strap. It's simple, only two pieces of leather, greatly adjustable, and available in a variety of colors. One...
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    Re: Fan fret tenor guitars (2022 thread)

    Getting back to theoriginal topic of fanned frets...



    Having played and knowing other players of long scale-length instruments (bass, bouzouki, long-neck tenor banjo, upright bass, cello, etc.)...
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    Re: Spring Reverbarator---1901

    Two things sprung to mind immediately.

    First, the discussions which spring up regularly on electric guitar forums on best ways to damp the "reverb" from installed spring tremolo units....
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    Re: Steel strings for GDAE, Tenor Uke

    The highest-pitched and thinnest string of an electric guitar is typically tuned to E4. A mandolin's highest-pitched course is tuned to E5, an octave above that.

    A normal plain steel string,...
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    Re: 5ths tuned chord progression source?

    Just FYI, I built my own "books" of chords and scales using the following generator:

    https://www.studybass.com/tools/chord-scale-note-printer/

    I originally used it for the 6-course CGDAEB...
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    Re: new standard guitar tuning

    Interesting!

    The Magma website lists the same "GCT-CELLO" string set as having a high G4 instead the high B4 shown on their Reverb listings. If I had to go the Magma route, I'd probably contace...
  12. Re: 12-String Conversion to Mandophone / Mandocello Plus!

    Interesting!

    The Magma website lists the same "GCT-CELLO" string set as having a high G4 instead the high B4 shown on their Reverb listings. If I had to go the Magma route, I'd probably contace...
  13. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    And here I was, thinking that I wouldn't be thinking of an exciting new mandola possibility in the future....
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    Re: tenor or new standard tuning

    I use strings from Octave 4 Plus.

    Here's a few topics on some things I did.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/50620-Converting-6-string-to-full-fifth-tuning-my-experiment
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    Re: tenor or new standard tuning

    Once I had sorted out how to tune my 12-string mandophone to full fifths, I went to one of those NST guitar circles. I figured that they had been using the tuning for a while, and so they knew how to...
  16. Re: Tenor Guitar Tuning for more Contemporary Music?

    I can't claim the following approach is for everybody, but here's what I do:

    I watch Youtube guitar instructional videos for regular 6-string tuning.

    I click on the gear shape for settings, and...
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    Re: I know this may sound crazy, BUT;

    I have a Gypsy Magic 10-string built by Walt Kuhlman, 13 3/4" scale length IIRC, which has a body shape similar to the Mid Missouri/Big Muddy mandola shape, but much deeper. It sounds great, and is...
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    Re: Tenor tuning for lead guitar player?

    Those are interesting chords for CGDA tuning! I can honestly say I've never fingered them in that way!
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    Re: Tenor Guitar vs Tenor Banjo

    Well, at least the second necrobump-for-nothing was only after a five-month gap.

    Do you all think he engages with the real world in the same way? I would love to see how things go at the grocery...
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    Re: Buying directly from a luthier

    Having commisioned a few instruments, and having seen a few such instrument deals gone strange for myself and others, I offer a few thoughts:

    Memorialize everything. Make sure you nail down *all*...
  21. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Everyone learns differently, but here's some steps I go through.

    1: Determine what I want to be able to do.

    I wanted to play chord-melody style on mandola.

    2: Figure out the intermediate...
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    Re: tenor or new standard tuning

    And now we're to the point where he's contradicting himself. *laugh*
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    Re: Octave strings on a regular mandolin

    Does anyone else think these necrobump responses are to build a history before the serious spam begins?
  24. Re: Could a 12-string be repurposed as an octave mandolin?

    Here's a topic from another member, with links to my own topics on my successful experiments.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/144806-12-string-half-mandocello

    Short answer: Yes, it's...
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    Re: 5-string mandolin for beginner?

    Hey, SandyBeach!

    I just had sa few comments, observations and such to offer.

    I appreciate that you're not a beginner, that this won't be your first instrument, that you can use a pick, and that...
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