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  1. I have a friend who uses one of those "band" type...

    I have a friend who uses one of those "band" type pickups that goes around the fiddle. It sounds very good and it's completely removable. However, you have to be careful because any kind of bump or...
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    Watch a real Guitarron player and you'll be...

    Watch a real Guitarron player and you'll be astonished that anyone gets away without serious repetitive stress injury. They grab pairs of strings with RH thumb and middle finger, pull them straight...
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    Yeah, but unfortunately it's a 3/4 upright.

    Yeah, but unfortunately it's a 3/4 upright.
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    Weldwood Contact Cement.

    Weldwood Contact Cement.
  5. I'd just define it as "patina" and leave it alone.

    I'd just define it as "patina" and leave it alone.
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    Well, I'm no expert, but if the unamplifed sound...

    Well, I'm no expert, but if the unamplifed sound is good, why not just use one good condenser mike, straight into an amp (pre-amp if needed) that has a reverb capability, and use just a teeny bit of...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA63kmTqfNw ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA63kmTqfNw

    Still the king!
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    Options: 1) Use the next size up wood screw....

    Options:

    1) Use the next size up wood screw.
    2) Get a threaded insert (these are brass, have wood threads on the outside and machine screw threads on the inside). Drill out for the minor...
  9. Thread: Flat sawn wood?

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    I have seen some very fine double basses made...

    I have seen some very fine double basses made with flat sawn tops. Can't get much bigger than that. Cannot speak to things like seasonal variation or warpage. Most DB are made with quartersawn...
  10. Robby Krieger of the Doors.

    Robby Krieger of the Doors.
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    If you are just getting started in bluegrass...

    If you are just getting started in bluegrass guitar, you'll probably mostly be playing in jams. There are always a ton of guitars there so adding yet another loud as heck dreadnought isn't...
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    If you're going to use it in the "coaxial"...

    If you're going to use it in the "coaxial" alignment, it occurs to me that a big file handle, or the handle from one of those multi-bit screwdrivers might provide even a bit more torque, as these are...
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    Isn't a wooden recorder "plant-based" by...

    Isn't a wooden recorder "plant-based" by definition?
  14. Thread: Bass & singing

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    Look up "Jay Leonhardt's Bass Lesson". First...

    Look up "Jay Leonhardt's Bass Lesson". First song he performs is "It's Impossible to Sing and Play the Bass."
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    Actually, it'll be EASIER not to over-tension. ...

    Actually, it'll be EASIER not to over-tension. With those wee little tuner buttons, 1/16" movement at the periphery of the button is a significant change in string tension and it can take a pretty...
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    I can't speak to specific brands or models, but I...

    I can't speak to specific brands or models, but I think it's valuable to keep basic principles in mind.

    Your AC-powered amplifiers all turn AC to DC inside the amp and use that DC to power the...
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    In my experience as an extremely amateur singer,...

    In my experience as an extremely amateur singer, it seems that too low is worse than too high. Too low and all projection is lost. I can usually eke out the notes if they're a bit too high.

    Also,...
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    Well, first of all someone is not clear on what...

    Well, first of all someone is not clear on what relative humidity even is. 40% or 50% RH means the air is holding 40% of the water it can possibly hold. By no definition is this "humid" nor will it...
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    A good upright (laminated) will cost you about...

    A good upright (laminated) will cost you about $2k. Add $200 for a bow and 25 lessons every other week at $75 ($1875) and you're in business. Come on, you know you want to.

    After about 40 years...
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