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  1. Thread: Flying!

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Flying!

    Flawless playing Simon! I'm impressed with how you can keep the drones going through all those triplets. Is that an old Sobel cittern?
  2. Thread: stand or sit?

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: stand or sit?

    Celtic and blugrass here. +5 on straps, all my mandos have their own strap tied on. Now acoustic guitar, just the opposite, seated only without a strap, especially with a dread.
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    The secret to lasting rigidity is plywood ribs, the more plies the better. And putting a skin on the bottom which essentially creates a bunch of I-beams. I have a buddy who does high end custom work...
  4. Re: Aaron Weinstein's New Apitius yorkville mandolin

    Honey, I shrunk the L-5 !!!
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    Re: Narrowing my string search....

    Medley, Congratulations on beating cancer!!!

    None of the three strings you mentioned are going to feel like silk and steel strings. To spare your fingertips, you want lower tension (light gauge?)...
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    Re: Blue Chip pick for oval hole mandolin

    If you're playing the large triangle Primetones, then the TAD size would be the BC equivalent. I have an oval hole and the shorter neck/lower tension seems to like a slightly lighter pick than the...
  7. Re: hot-rod frankenstein upgrades to my "new" '80 Epiphone mandol

    With EVO frets and a Cumberland bridge you're good for the long haul there. Where's you come by that strap, haven't seen one of those before?
  8. Re: Need replacement tailpiece for Kentucky KM1500

    It's a standard stamped tailpiece. You have tons of choices ranging from $15 to $150, from cheap stamped ones all the way up to James machined ones. There's been lot's of threads on this subject if...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Hey Mike, I went through the same process with my cabinet saw. If it's a side extension between the rails, that's a great place for a router table. If outfeed, go torsion box. Even with the minimal...
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    Re: EVO frets after 10 years

    I've done lots of fret level/dress jobs over the past 10 years. I don't see anything on those frets that would be affecting tone or playability. You've probably got 6 more years before you'll really...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    That's one fancy (nice) countersink tool. Stew-Mac sells simliar bits but not one for the Grover 309s I was using in earlier days, so I just use a violin peg reamer and marked the depth on it with a...
  12. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    What, only three different keys (in drop D I think)? IMO opinion Sierra has become a great guitar player in the last couple of years. Of course, I imagine being married to Justin hasn't hurt. I...
  13. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    With retirement I've circled back around to bluegrass after focusing on celtic/contra for a long time. This spurred getting a rosewood dread, something I've always wanted, but never afforded myself....
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    Re: latest Ludewig 2 point

    Very classy! When the best builders on the forum are all giving kudos, you know you nailed it.
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    Re: Eastman MD305 Bridge

    Yes, understandably the sweeping arc dresses the ends of the bridge feet faster, but I compensate by finger pressure near the inside of the post. It's all in the technique and a balancing act for...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 Bridge

    I can be an arduous process, I've read of players spending 4 hours seating a bridge! I use a oscillating spindle sander to get close to a scribed line and then use a rather unconventional approach: I...
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    Re: Dialing in live sound-monitors, mics etc

    Lots of good solutions offered here. The unfortunate truth is that all of them require way more money than you're going to make playing bars and restaurants.

    I'm getting ready to install a 2nd...
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    Re: fret marker positions

    I'm with A4, having the dot on "D" just makes more sense to me. I jump back and forth between guitar and mando constantly. When I built myself an archtop guitar, I put the marker at the 10th fret,...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    In the past 40 years I have built tons of cabinets using either Titebond I or II. The joints are indeed stronger than the wood grain. Probably my least favorite aspect of its use is the careful...
  20. Re: Planet Bluegrass Announces Outdoor Live Spring Concerts

    *All Shows Sold Out* the web page says under the schedule
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    Re: Pickguard or no pickgaurd?

    I've already posted this in a previous thread. I was a pretty serious pinky planter until I noticed I was starting to wear the finish on a mandolin I worked very hard to build and finish. Researching...
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    Re: A style Kimble, Heiden or ...

    ^^this^^ I'm sure both would be awesome. If I were as close as you are, I think I'd go visit Michael Heiden.
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    Re: Eastman MD305 Bridge

    One of the great things about Cumberland bridges (besides using top notch material with the correct grain orientation) is that his machining is very accurate, particularly the holes in the saddle....
  24. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    Sherry, now that you've got a high dollar mandolin, I recommend you spend a little more and get a TC Electronics unitune clip-on. A vastly superior tuner IMO and an easy one hand off and on (no, I...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 Bridge

    I've put several Cumberland bridges on mandolins and they they sound great. You need to figure the cost/time of fitting the bridge to the top because this makes a big difference with how the trebles...
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