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    Re: Ebay Gibson F-5

    How is Mr. Randy Wood still going? I was in high school when he built his first mandolin and I'm an old man!
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    Re: Early 1900s Gibson Catalogue

    So were those photo's? Because it would be hard for an artist to get the detail that well.
  3. Re: Mando wall hanger at Paulís Coffee and Tea in CO

    Pauls had a long-standing Saturday afternoon bluegrass jam until Covid shut it down.
  4. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I also did this to it.
    But back to the original question, I used the Siminoff binding rout Dremel cutter and didn't get it nearly deep enough so it's painfully thin in most places.
  5. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I had told myself I would someday build an F mandolin in 1972. The first one took most of 1979 and finished in spring of 1980. I'm also probably the only one who can claim Nugget did the finish on...
  6. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    His point in carving the inside first was so it would sit level while carving the outside. Seems better to make a cradle and do it the other way around. But that's just one of many examples. My...
  7. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    In a lot of ways the first 2 problems were mostly cosmetic but on #3 I got the recurve under the tailpiece too thin and it collapsed from string tension. The greatest luthier almost no one has heard...
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    Charlie Derrington interview

    Just re-watched the interview with Charlie right after he had presented Bill with his repaired mandolin. The interviewer asked about the importance of Bill's mandolin and Charlie said it was valued...
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    Re: When did Gibson stop using Handel tuners?

    Didn't WW1 have something to do with why they couldn't be imported?
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    Re: Tight Waverly's

    I've been of the opinion that quality tuners shouldn't need lubrication, but these seem to have progressively gotten tighter or maybe I'm getting weaker.
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    Re: Tight Waverly's

    In the meantime I had just gotten some Boeshield T9 to lube the electric steps on my motor room so I sprayed on in a cup and applied with a fine tip brush. Seems to have helped.
    Jim, gonna see you...
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    Tight Waverly's

    This is about the guitar tuners on the dreadnaught I built in 1998. Just re-strung it (rare) and all of them are about equally tight unstrung. They're individual tuners which should eliminate the...
  13. Thread: Top carves

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    Re: Top carves

    Here's a Loar photo that somewhat shows what I mean.
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    Re: Top carves

    If you have a recurve that drops steeply from the side and then steeply up toward the apex, making a trench so to speak, there is no chance for that to be flexible like a very slight drop and then an...
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    They should have lost a little of their price along with the cachet.
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    Re: Chris Thile - 10 representative tracks.

    Shadow Ridge is still my favorite mandolin track of all time.
  17. Thread: Top carves

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    Re: Top carves

    I'm a broken record about plate shape, but how the recurve is shaped and how steep the climb to the apex is has a huge amount to do with tone, as much or more than thicknesses. I learned this the...
  18. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I probably shouldn't have said anything but since I did I've just keep going.
    To me, and I was a custom builder, I'm no different than anyone else selling a mandolin that's hanging on a wall except...
  19. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    Are you the last mandolin buyer in the world?
    Just how I operated when I was building.
  20. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    Unless I had built something with special inlays or your name I can't imagine keeping someones deposit.
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    Re: Binding has cracks when mounted

    Said it before but worth repeating.
    ABS is great! For sewage pipe.
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    Here's an example of what you end up with.
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    I drew this diagram of how I used slab boards to get what I call a quartersawn neck that has long straight grain on the side of the neck instead of what I call "baseball bat flatsawn grain. Maybe...
  24. Thread: Woodsongs

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    Re: Woodsongs

    I will speak very highly of them. They've helped me before when I got in a jam. Michael Stevens did some repair work on one of my mandolins that had been dropped on concrete and did a great job with...
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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    Besides being popular in the south bluegrass also became popular on northern campuses. Guys like the Charles River Valley Boys, Grisman and Wernick were all exposed this way.
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