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  1. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    1. Builds 2 - 12 I spent a lot of time re-working the measurements from Roger's Book with Hogo's Loar drawings.
    2. Spent a lot of time at festivals handing mandos to players and watching what they...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    10 years ago, my mentor, Randy Torno, my hard-working wife, and I decided it would be a fine idea to turn the garage into a full-time mandolin and guitar shop.

    Of course, it started with good...
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    Re: Sorensen Sprite!

    Here are a few shots to give a better idea of what we cooked up --

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    The finish is a oil varnish followed by many French Polishing sessions with Shellac. The...
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    Re: Sorensen Sprite!

    Japanese traditionally use the Hanzi Chinese characters, for perhaps once similar ideas, but not necessarily for the same words now.

    As Dan was saying, he has spent quite a bit of time in Japan...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    1930s Pontiacs were the starting place, but she quickly became her own woman.
    Steve
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Hey you Mando Nerds . . . Back to what's on the bench now!

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    Re: Newest Kelley mandolin

    Nice traditional beauty! Love the hand-rubbed 'burst.
    Steve
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Classic beauty, Skip!
    Steve
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    And some tops for the other side of the story --

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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    Some French Polishing back shots --

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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen SX

    The next Sorensen SX just had its first French Polishing session . . . and I think we're headed in the right direction!

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  12. Re: Roope Aarnio compiles "Sketches" from Samuel Rinta-Nikkola

    Mandolin only --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR0Cq-B3l58C9VBqXnYjNKnow4EC2Qnblrn7fTw7v0_IEqJLqeJA0TB0 sPQ&v=GOaZMAGq01g&feature=youtu.be
  13. Re: Roope Aarnio compiles "Sketches" from Samuel Rinta-Nikkola

    Roope has continued to add to this collection on YouTube. So impressive.

    Steve
  14. Roope Aarnio compiles "Sketches" from Samuel Rinta-Nikkola

    Over the past two months, Finnish multi-instrumentalist Roope Aarnio compiled 50 of the "Sketches" from composer Samuel Rinta-Nikkola´s (1763-1818) "Notebook" -- a remarkable historical collection of...
  15. Re: Some variations on the Sorensen Sprite Two-Point

    Working on several new Sprite 2X Two-Points, including this sweet baby with an Englemann Spruce top and one-piece Curly Claro Walnut back and sides with Curly Maple 3D binding --

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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Store it in a back corner of the fridge. Slows down all reactions and gives time for fine precipitates to drop.
    Steve
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    Re: Rocklite Ebano fingerboards

    I use it and like it. Nice to be one less reason for Ebony deforestation. The boards that I have on pro-player instruments for the past 5 years look like they are aging and wearing like Ebony.
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  18. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    In this mando world where there is a strong pull to copy a Victorian role-model, it seems to me that it is very important to be clear on what your goals are with each build. The component elements...
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    It is so frustrating and sad that the "Best" mandolin tuners are so poor compared to "Average" guitar tuner sets. A few years back, I tried to convince Stephan Schertler to make four-on-a-plate...
  20. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Makes a great strap holder, and it sure is fun to play with variations on the theme --

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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Here's a little write-up I did for Ron (SurfnPikr), the current owner of the VX played by Darren Nicholson in 2019, regarding the similarities and differences between the two mandolins and also the...
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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Well, here's a mashup of shots of Sorensen VX #92. I think it turned out quite nicely indeed.

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    I've been saving this piece of quilt since the first year I tried building a mandolin . ....
  23. Re: Some live videos buckin' COVID-19 isolation

    For this challenging Fourth of July, Chris and Celeste Cerna deliver a beautifully melodic moment --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4ft3aXyOjU

    Steve
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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Here are two wonderful new videos from Chris and Celeste Cerna which really highlight the great tone Chris is pulling from his Sprite Two-Point --


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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    1. Watch James Condino's video tutorial on sunbursting.
    2. While I finish off 'bursts with an airbrush to even things out, I have found that a quick wipe with 1 lb cut shellac as a sealer helps...
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