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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    In my experience, the open c tuning I use is the only tuning I use on mandolin. I don't know if I'd recommend going back and forth between this and standard tuning unless a person is already...
  2. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    The answer is going to be different for each person because everyone has different hopes and expectations for the instruments they play.
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    Re: Small amplifier

    My band uses 3 separate Roland Cube Street (not EX) speakers when we don't want to use our mixed/wired PA. This combo provides 6 individually mixed, EQ'ed and voiced channels for either mics or...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    Hey Jim, I may have used the note notation incorrectly above there. My intent was to indicate low G with the lower-case g, and higher notes with the uppercase CEG... My apologies if I got them...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    Sort of waking up a sleeping thread about alternative tunings... Over the last 16 months I've been jamming online almost every day for up to 2 hours, and for doing so my mandolin has become my...
  6. Thread: Howdy Folks!

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    Re: Howdy Folks!

    Don't get me wrong, I'm loving playing my mandolin, especially over the last 15 months, but I'm mostly known as a banjo player among the folks that I play with, and I'm also lately known as a double...
  7. Thread: Howdy Folks!

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    Re: Howdy Folks!

    Hey Matt, what year is your F-9? That will make a difference in resale value and in how easy it is to sell.

    I'm also curious about why you're interested in an F-5G. My impressions have been that...
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    Re: Gibson F9 2004

    As Allen and others here have suggested, you really can select any standard F or A style mandolin strings for the F-9, as you can for any of the Gibson F-style mandolins. If you have a string...
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    Re: Pick Noise, pointy vs rounded, etc.

    ^^YES^^

    Worth mentioning, if you have a pointier pick and want to experience the feel and tone of a rounder pick, you can always turn the pick over and hold it by the point.
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    Re: Pick Noise, pointy vs rounded, etc.

    Regarding the flat-slap sound, that's mostly controlled by the pick holding angle. Very subtle angle changes can make a huge difference in both tone and volume. A little experimentation with the...
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    Re: Gator GL Mandolin Case

    I had one of these, and also a bunch of the Gator PVC-covered styrofoam cases; the styrofoam is composed and shaped the same among them all. The styrofoam that is used in these cases compresses...
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    Re: Tailpiece donner dml 100b

    Sue D, just to bolster your confidence a little, your problem with the tailpiece was not at all unusual for someone starting out. They don't look like they will come apart.

    Now, a question for...
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    Like you, my thumb consistently got bone sore with the V-neck profile on my F-9. At the same time I bought a very inexpensive MK F-style which had a generous D (or C, compared to a V) profile, and...
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    Re: Need a new mandaloun?

    I'm looking for a new mandolion.
  15. Thread: Tone Guard!!

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    Re: Tone Guard!!

    I don't believe there is a lefty or a righty ToneGard for mandolins. As far as I've seen, they are symmetrical.
  16. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    Sorry so long to reply...

    They don't interfere with each other if that's what you mean. I center my armrests between the G-side of the tailpiece and the lowest area of the G-side F-hole, as such...
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    Re: Is this a serious concern?

    If it exists inside this reso-mandolin, generally the "long stick" would anchor with a screw near the strap button below the tailpiece. The anchor screw might even be in the form of a strap button...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    Don't be embarrassed -- it also depends on the finish. I know for sure the nitro finish on my F-9 neck was pretty thin and soft and it only took 3 or 4 years of serious playing to go through it. ...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    My F-9's finish on the back of the neck was well worn but worn somewhat inconsistently, until I had the instrument re-fretted and the back of the neck re-profiled, then it was speed neck'ed and...
  20. Re: Cleaning gunk off a nitrocellulose lacquer finish

    ... And, along with all other precautions, when wiping a finish by hand, always wipe with the wood's grain. Micro scratches happen no matter what kind of cloth is used, so may as well make those...
  21. Re: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile: Tiny De

    Musical heroes.
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    Re: First World Problems

    The shiny polished aluminum double bass concept is very popular and they are very beautiful that way. It's a huge amount of work though. So much work, that on the market a polished Alcoa is usually...
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    Re: First World Problems

    [Warning -- an off-topic moment...

    Actually there is some history about these in the late 1920s and early 1930s...

    Aluminum was more valuable than gold in the later 1800s... By the mid 1920s...
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    Re: First World Problems

    Is yours an Alcoa or a Pfretzschner? (I've got an Alcoa.)
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    Re: First World Problems

    In my TV/studio experience, most video tech people have been much more interested in video quality than in audio quality and they meticulously applied angled and diffused light whenever appropriate...
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