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    Re: Is this a mandolin?

    Jim, I thought so about the bridge, but what looks like a wide guitar bridge is a narrow one with a shadow - at least on my screen. The painter’s tape was probably marking the bridge position, maybe...
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    Re: Is this a mandolin?

    If it’s just the neck bowing, and not separation at the heel from the body, which can be a very difficult/expensive/unfavored repair on a bowl back, this pretty instrument can be made playable by...
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    Re: Are unwound strings always plain steel?

    “ How can silver strings be pure nickel? These are two completely different elements. Silver (Ag) is atomic number 47; nickel (Ni) is atomic number 28. Silver is a fairly soft metal (2.5 on the Mohs...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    And what did the pianist do, other than get up and leave?
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    Re: Top deflection under saddle?

    “That’s normal” is especially egregious when it comes from a medical person.
    Anyhow, perhaps you might keep tabs on possible sinkage by measuring the action height, over the next weeks, maybe at...
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    “As long as the neck is straight and everything else is in order”
    Well, yes. And there are luthiers who are skilled in this (obviously high skill) area. But there are tens of thousands of...
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    Actually, adding a wire is what I did, although not for pitch correction. It was to raise a zero that someone had leveled even with the others, which doesn’t work very well. That is, I did it to...
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    Looks right, John. On a zero fret design, I guess a new, larger fret could be put in and crowned asymmetrically, no?
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    Re: Early Gibson - Lefty conversion

    Radius
    If the seller doesn’t know, and I assume you’re talking about the top of the saddle, you can easily measure it either from the existing bridge if has a radius, or the fingerboard plus...
  10. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Makes perfect sense: long boards fit in a convertible, antique car insurance is cheap, emissions tests don’t exist, and of course, some day it will be worth more than he paid. As a collector of...
  11. Thread: Need parts

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    Re: Need parts

    If, in fact, this one was stripped to repair another one, it might be expedient to extend the chain by looking for a more-destroyed parts donor. Like one that had been sat on or submerged. I’m no...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Confirmation bias makes the world go round!
    In a related area, audiophilia, even double blind tests are outlawed these days, and it’s been years since quantitative measurement was also ridiculed. ...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    The way I read Maxr’s comment was, having replaced the machines and the bridge, the sustain was different, which I can believe, unless the order of mods and tests was otherwise.
    Other comments...
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    Re: Need parts

    And tuners, and a bridge, and some strings too. However, there may have been a reason someone needed to remove the board and the other parts, possibly to either fix this one or provide parts for...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    Now if we wanted to do these jobs the way we have to in responsible government sourcing, we’d have a wall of bins — perhaps 4-500 of them, each labelled with a part number. In each bin is a fret,...
  16. Re: National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    Any jeweler who does repairs can do this very easily. Will probably sand off the plating (on the inside, right at the corner) before silver soldering. Ask them to make an angle piece the full width...
  17. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Right! There was a very skilled Russian guy here a little while ago (can’t find the link), playing classical on two items, a Rogue and maybe an Epiphone. A good instrument in some countries is one...
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    They got one word right

    Damaged
    Currently on SGW in Strings-other.
    197733
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    Re: Tuning up a Traditional Brekke Bridge

    Subsequent: Total removal of the thumbwheels might be just right; I’ve done that one to avoid weakening the wood. Benefit is solid contact between the two parts. Also, the hex detail, which I also...
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    The joke here is that, presented by an orchestra today, without title, few in an audience would get the joke at all.
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    Re: Flatiron F5 - set-up advice needed...

    If your instrument was set up even halfway decently by the seller, and the action’s very high, etc. it is possible that the neck did not survive shipment and is pulling loose or bending. Put a 12”...
  22. Re: Ellis Deluxe Mandolin #110 - scam sales on eBay and elsewhere

    The ‘your account is blocked’ from a spoof ebay, bank, utiliity etc. is itself a redirection scam: you find a link that supposedly gives you more information, but is just a malicious re-direct,...
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    Re: Bench Heights

    James, I’m still remote from my place, and caretaking my lady, so I can’t go look at the Emmert, or play with the machines much. It’s a
    big one, around 100 lbs and the model from 1905 If I...
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    Re: Bench Heights

    Hardly anything energizes dilettante hobby woodworkers more than designs for benches. Books have been written; extremely expensive European ones sold. (Expensive as in as much as a high end...
  25. Re: Luthier special: Sheraton brown Gibson A2 in need of help

    Of course, a new top, but since wood is more brittle than bendable, what would it sound like if the breaks were glued and the doubtless busted braces replaced? I think this concept has been ok in...
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