Posted by TeachinMandolin444 on Monday, September 30, 2013
Sometimes things you try out just pleasantly surprise you-I picked up a tool to make a mandolin strap with,and by gum it turned out great. Didn't take forever to make,and I discovered a couple of minor tweaks I'll be adding to the ones I do from now on. While the straps are non adjustable,I did discover thru my first one I can give it wiggle room by adding a second hole for the strap pin to go thru,and also discovered on mine that if I fold the end over where it ties to the headstock,I can indeed shorten it. The wiggle room will be necessary as summer clothing and winter clothing take up different amounts of strap room,and I want to allow for that. If you want to see my 1st one,check out my photo album. Bear in mind there will be a sliding scale fee, fyi, the longer the strap,the more I'll need to charge. I believe I've hit a price rate that is fair to both myself and the customer. Time will tell.
I have also posted an ad to teach beginning mandolin in the old time/bluegrass style using Skype,so if you're interested check out the teacher listings.
Aside from Yule carols,I'm learning "The Sheik of Araby". I've had a love of gypsy jazz and 20's tunes for some years now,and am wanting to play more of it on mandolin.
Continuing to open up that acoustic/electric A model I mentioned in a previous post. I need to get lighter strings and lower the bridge a bit.
Just checked out the classified ad format and it doesn't allow an adjustable fee for the straps. So any interested parties please contact me privately.
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