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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    There are a few people who perceive benefit from 'tap tuning', but there are quite a few of us who consider it a waste of our time and either don't do it or gave up trying to do it. Personally, I...
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    Re: Odd buzzing ending at 12th fret

    It's possible (perhaps likely) that the change is lower string height. The most likely situation is that the top has flattened and thus made the bridge lower. That can be caused by low relative...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    Forget about tap tuning.

    But since you probably won't follow that recommendation:
    Back when I tried to make some sense of tap tuning I used an old tube Stroboconn. Nothing else that I've tried...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Yes, that is a popular one. I like "magic" even less. I've put a lot of time and effort into learning lutherie, I can't do it with "magic". I consider myself a craftsman first, a scientist second,...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Only one, really; longevity.
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    Re: Measuring action: radiused fretboard?

    You don't need a feeler gauge at all. http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/GenSetup/NutAction/nutaction.html



    Not that I know of.



    No need if you follow the link above.
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    Re: Sanding sharp bridge edge

    Time is money.



    Sure it is if you are handy at all and have some reasonably fine sandpaper (180, 220, somewhere around there)




    If a luthier is close by and available to do the job, why...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    I could be wrong, but I suspect that puts you (and me) in the minority if not close to it.
    There is a long tradition in lutherie for builders and players to make up stuff about how things work and...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    You left out this part of the quote:



    If I'm not mistaken, that means it doesn't matter how hard you pluck the string.
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    When done correctly it works fine (until it wears down), especially with a small amount of relief in the fingerboard. It is essentially the same as using a capo.
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    I don't really know, I normally don't work with 0-fret instruments. There's not much to be done to adjust zero fret, but I suppose crowning it off-center is a possibility if it starts out big enough.
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    The cause is string stiffness. When deflected from straight, the stiffer the string the more is stretches and thus pulls sharp. That is why heavier gauge strings need more "compensation" to play in...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    If they do they probably don't publicize it much. Unlike Stradivari and other "old Italians", Gibson has trade marks, patents and a fleet of corporate lawyers. I don't think things are as bad as they...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    ...and for good measure, there's this one...
    https://newt.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/powerhousetwins.html
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    https://www.pnas.org/content/114/21/5395
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    That's how I ended up with frets that didn't match in height. When you use those leftovers be sure they match your new wire (if it's not the same batch).
    Also, I usually cut off a length of fret...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    That's why I always start at the wide end of the fingerboard. Cut a fret too short? No problem, it's still long enough for one of the next slots.

    That is, BTW one of the reasons I don't finish...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    I used to read those types of articles back in the day and assume they must be correct. As I've grown in lutherie I look back on them and see what poor science many of them were, how poorly...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    About .005" height difference.
    I ordered by the pound and, as always, kept any left over ends long enough to use. Ran out, ordered another pound and found out the hard way that there was a...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    Strange as it may seem for something that is seen on mostly high end hand made instruments, pre-shaped 'semi hemispherical' fret ends would be relatively well suited to CNC or other digital (or even...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    There's not much to that. Added mass mostly affects the main "bar bending mode" of an instrument by lowering it's frequency. The frequency of the bar bending mode in mandolins is already lower than...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    There is no reason for different tuning machines to make any difference in sustain.
    When folks take things apart and put things back together to swap out a part, then set the mandolin back up with...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    Don't count on it. If it's the same batch they're pretty close. make the mistake that I did of using frets from two different batches and be ready to spend a couple of hours leveling and crowning, or...
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    Re: Fret sprout question

    I still have (and use) an erasing shield as well as many of the other tools mentioned here, but none are needed for filing the fret ends level with the edge of the fingerboard. Perhaps the erasing...
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    Many people don't play those notes regularly, and I have suggested to them to place the bridge for better intonation on the frets where they do play regularly.

    BTW, I shorten the distance from the...
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