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  1. Re: My latest build: A Mandocello/Liuto Cantabile/Cittern hybrid

    Interesting and attractive piece! Is the customer going to use it in any particular genre? I like the fretboard stripe echoing the natural soundboard one, and the lacy rosette - looks way too...
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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    Thanks! An entertaining bit of scholarship that held my attention clear through, especially the setting of the scene. Comparing the how-warms to their contemporaries, even heard on my small device,...
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    Re: A Strad-O-Lin almost identical to mine

    Here’s another one, currently on Goodwill. Looks like the neck is letting go, but might be playable with a lowered bridge. As usual, pay attention to shipping charge.
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    According to an old friend, regular polishing of Japanese swords has held steady at about $100/inch for decades. The optimum process, beyond the rituals and specialized graded abrasives, is intended...
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    Re: Catania Creation? Very colourful.

    Google Lens found this labelled E. DeCristofaro, Naples that also has an ameboid scratchplate and similar armrest. Short-lived fad, maybe copied from bouzoukis of the era?
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    Re: Cutting bits for rosette channels

    Both tools you mention are, I think, single collet size, 1/8 and 1/4 which restricts regular bits or requires stepped ones. Using any kind of a chuck with either would be disastrous. Then, one tool...
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    Re: Feedback on a magnetic pickup

    “Spruce diaphragm microphone” is exactly apt! So, between the characteristic sound of a magnetic pickup, and one related to mechanical movement at a bridge, there may be a middle ground if the...
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    Re: 1976 Epiphone BG440

    Rather skimpy description, and in most things, ‘fair’ means obvious issues, so a real pig in a poke. It easily could require more than the purchase price in repairs, or even be economically...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    Thanks, Tavy; informative and clear. Having lately played with old bowl backs, I might add that testing neck angle should be done with strings under full tension, if possible in case there is some...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    Let’s make up a story.
    The torch is the Statue of Liberty, the city, America, the ship, immigration, and the bird, our ubiquitous federal predator. The time, the great wave of immigration, which...
  11. Re: Dark trails appeared on the neck of my mandolin

    Back in prehistory when people were closer to their materials, cutting trees according to seasons, or even moon phases was part of the technology. The sap content obviously varies, but I doubt this...
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    Re: Shopgoodwill . Com, says Gibson

    Just checked: they seem to have learned from the last time they listed one of these, and it started to run up quickly. Then they pulled the listing, flipped the logo over (!) and relisted. Right...
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    Re: My first Bowlback

    That combined item is interesting. I was checking my veracity before commenting, and found a video explaining a ‘new’ similar product for guitars, which simplifies converting from nut to zero fret. ...
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    Re: My first Bowlback

    The zero fret is found more often in Europe. It avoids the very delicate job of shaping the nut slots to a few thousandths of an inch, and friction issues that are related that make sticky tuning....
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    Re: F hole on the side?

    Another well-known species is the so-called ‘French’ type made in Vietnam which is really a double wall with side ports on both ribs. The one I have has an oval hole in the top. It's loud. So we...
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    Re: 1909 Gibson mandolin

    Great call! Sure looks like it, and is used as an example of early Gibson practice. And it sounded good too.
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    Re: Commemorative

    It made $39. I found many similar Russian versions built in the 90s, cheap, factory built, intended as tourist items, all with different designs. Loosely meant as folk art, the location of the...
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    Re: Bowl back id

    What, no radium dots? Imagine it would have been an attractive feature for several decades.
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    Commemorative

    One day left on Goodwill. Canít read the Cyrillic label, but it must commemorate a seminal event of some sort in Russian history.203167
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    Re: cheap build kit

    And don’t omit the Sunburst and Fern Inlay by the Numbers accessory kit.
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    Re: Finish Flaking off on Neck

    Random note. After doing a little repair, I had the neck covered in blue low-stick painter’s tape, and found I really liked the feel, so have left it in place. Definitely reversible, but very blue.
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    Re: Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Yes, enlarged a tailpiece screw hole. A small diameter drill that long can be made by brazing a bit on a rod, as bit extensions are too large, and aircraft bits too short. Once there’s a pilot hole...
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    Re: Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Mick, the only one where I went bolted was a couple years ago on this interesting, but strange brace-less, mahogany top thing, where obviously making a serious mistake was inconsequential. I did...
  24. Re: Planer upgrade: LuxCut III Replacement Helical Spiral Cutter

    One of the compromises of tabletop planers is fixed feed rate. They are not designed for short lumber or fine results, so are often improved by user-made tables. A spiral head is an improvement, but...
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    Re: Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Since you liked it so much, any idea who made it? Maybe there are others.
    If you go with a mechanical connection, you may be able to make alignment possible after assembly and avoid the problem Mick...
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