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  1. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    While the Schertler is a contact mic, finding the ONE place that is a sweet spot is not easy and may not really be possible. Sound waves take distance to focus, having a "mic" right on top of the...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Nice to have your wit and wisdom back David.
  3. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    For me there are two sounds using piezo pickups. One is under the saddle, or in this case in the bridge (Fishman)or unnder the foot of the bridge (K&K). The other is under the top, or stuck on the...
  4. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    The tapastring jack eliminates the need to drill and works well so you can have the pickup inside.
  5. Thread: Pickup options?

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    Re: Pickup options?

    I like K&K, and prefer them under the top. I am not familiar with Adeline.
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    If you put in a larger zero fret you raise the string height at the nut, so to speak, compounding what you are trying to eliminate. I see zero frets larger and usually replace them with the same size...
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Billy, filter caps are what filter out the AC ripple after the rectifier, so you have DC for the tubes to work. If you look at them they may have a small dimple on the positive end, but if they are...
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    Re: Early Gibson - Lefty conversion

    A Gibson will convert to lefty just fine. A new nut and new saddle. I am sure you can buy a saddle, but every mandolin should have the saddle intonated to the instrument. A fine tuning does make a...
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    Re: Para DI fix/help quack?

    I am thinking a good setup is in order. Does it loose volume on the treble strings when played hard acoustically?
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    Re: Not exactly Mandolin related....

    Power tubes and the phase inverter tube will make the most difference. If the amp is old you may want to check the filter caps too. If they go they can fry your amp. They also have a shelf life of...
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    Looks great, but a little pricey.
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    Re: Ever heard of a "guitar chair?!"

    I bought a folding chair with a 2" padded seat and a curved back. It was way too tall for me so I started cutting the legs 1" at a time until I got it where it was the right height. Now it is...
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    Re: Tuning up a Traditional Brekke Bridge

    I use paraffin for lubrication as opposed to candle wax. Works well. Candles made out of beeswax will hold moisture, paraffin will not.
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    Re: Fret sprout question

    I'm with John, it is a perfect time to file the fret ends and eliminate the problem in the future. This is fairly common in the life of an instrument, unless it is kept in a very stable environment.
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    I don't know if i read the original joke, but even if I gigged at the same place 7 days a week I would take my instrument home every night. As a matter of fact I have played the same place 6 days in...
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    I agree individual tuners would most likely work better, but I think they would be heavier. An f model mandolin has a headstock that is usually too heavy already. I also like the looks of the plate...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    You are correct for a preamp that is really a preamp. A preamp to boost a microphone for instance, is a real preamp. Most interface units for matching a piezo to a PA are not really a preamp, but...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Yes, unless the mixer has a HiZ input.
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    Not quite true. When I replaced the tuners on my 22 decades ago there were no other tuners with the correct spacing. Since I didn't want to modify my mandolin, I modified the tuners. Since the...
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    Re: Dremel - IKEA Flexible LED Light

    While I have not used LED lights for tools, I have used a fish aquarium pump for blowing dust away from the dremel. A fitting on the dremel to point the air at the tip. the small flexible hose...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Like to be clear here. The preamp does not boost the signal, it's not what it's for. It should have a different name. In fact a lot of preamps for piezo pickups actually lower the signal. The...
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    And very glad you are too. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    I do see it when I do that, but it's still hard to see. So truss rod is most likely there.
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    I don't think so Mike, it looks like the screws are there, but no cover. No sign of a truss rod either.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I have used a lot of different preamps over the years, I have been using the RedEye for several years now. It is simple to use, has a good sound, and a boost switch. I added a mute switch in mine,...
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