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    Re: Persimmon mandolins?

    Regarding persimmon fruit and ripeness (for Diospyros virginiana, American persimmon): if they're soft, they're ripe - regardless of frost occurrence. Doesn't matter if they're on the tree or on the...
  2. Re: Article: Acoustic Disc Announces New Releases with David Gris

    +100 . . . SO SWEET to hear him so young and so fine - his vocals strike my ear first, but his pickin is in the same awesome category, as is the entire ensemble. I gotta figure out how to make the HD...
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    Re: Looking for advice on best mandolins around 5K

    Good luck to your son on his quest, if he can keep his ears and his mind open and muster some patience, he stands to learn a lot just from examining and playing lots of different instruments and...
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    Re: Looking for advice on best mandolins around 5K

    For $5K, I believe he is more likely to find an A model "lifer" than an F model - or at least, don't rule out evaluating A model f-hole mandolins. This is from a guy who totally understands the...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Thanks for showing how you solved the structural problems created by the multi-piece sides, the spruce block is a clever way (at least to my non-luthier eyes) to provide long grain surfaces for...
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    Re: Someone posted this on FB recently

    Whoa - I've only ever dreamed about a chance to see how it's done!
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    Re: New Mando... Hamlett Two-Point

    The thing that strikes me about John's instruments are the extraordinarily graceful lines, and that sunburst is right up my alley - like a spotlight on the bridge. Plus they are as functional as they...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    With most wood species you can work up to it with light passes, rather than try to do it with the first pass. A sharp chisel works for me, also a block plane, but oddly enough a drawknife or...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    Here is the page on Brazilian Tulipwood from The Wood Database.
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    I would use a very sharp edge tool and clean up enough of the end grain to see the xylem cells clearly, then google a good technical reference on tropical wood ID. It's entirely possible your timber...
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    Re: Replacement for Loar Tailpiece Cover

    Love to see shots # 2 and # 3 to see how you did the work. Cool vise, seeing the layout lines (and the cloudy swirly stuff - what is that?) provides a better idea of how you managed to do such nice...
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    Re: New bluegrass fiddle tune jam along podcast

    +1 on 90bpm, especially on Cherokee Shuffle, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Soldiers Joy, Salt Creek, Bill Cheatham. Nice job on the podcast, it's cool to whip out my phone and play along with it!
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    Re: Moon Wood

    One of the qualities I admire in John Hamlett is that he seems to be almost insatiably curious about the subjects that interest him. Not only does he excel at understanding wood as a material, he...
  14. Thread: Jammin' with Sam

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    Re: Jammin' with Sam

    I'm in agreement on most of that, except which instrument I would personally choose - no shade on dan in va, just different tastes and perceptions and likes.

    I'd choose Hoss because I'm a total...
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    Re: Moon Wood

    Please make it stop
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    Re: Wait A Minute- Seldom Scene

    I believe the time signature is a very relaxed 4/4. Slow, even.
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    Re: JUNE mandolins and guitars now in Virginia

    Oops - same side, Mike.

    Welcome to VA, Walter!
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Hah. All I can think about is the summer my brother and I were tasked with removing 25 years of bat guano from the attic of an old house that had been divided into apartments, in Eastern NC. That...
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    Re: Douglas fir

    I don't exactly know what "water stain" means, but if it is a stain caused by moisture on the surface of the wood, that isn't what this discoloration is, IMO.

    Discolored wood is made of dead xylem...
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    Re: Curly maple wow

    A good hand cut rasp makes shaping wood with difficult grain easier than carving it (in my limited experience), especially curvy shapes. You will still need to sand, though.
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    Re: The wear of celluloid

    I treat the expensive picks the same way I treat my good sunglasses - I keep up with them. Again, YMMV.
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    Re: The wear of celluloid

    Different materials have different properties. If you have sweaty hands, some picks are easier to hang on to when moist (BC for me, YMMV). Some break easier (Red Bear for me, YMMV). Some...
  23. Thread: Building Bridges

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    Re: Building Bridges

    Persimmon worked for me - I made a bridge out of it (the Red Henry design with the holes) and it sounded great on my '21 A2. But seasonal increases and decreases in humidity necessitated an...
  24. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    Playing mandolin led to playing more bluegrass on guitar, working on rhythm and flatpicking leads on guitar.

    Mandolin lessons opened me up to music theory (especially chord theory and voicings)...
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    Re: A style Kimble, Heiden or ...

    Don't discount a Hamlett, they seem to be under the radar unless you own one.
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