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    Re: Lower Neck Binding Chipping

    I couldn't have expressed it better than John did. Adhesion between different materials, finish or not, will show some failure at some point. If it's an older finish we call it mojo. It it's a newer...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    I'm still using a 57 and a 58 (not all the time) from the late '70's. Indestructible. More than I am these days.
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    "If" it is a 2-way, and installed backwards, asking why there is a truss rod cover on the headstock is almost like a punchline. Or should I say, why wouldn't there be a truss rod cover? But the...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    That is an interesting idea. If it is 2 way and installed backwards (by normal standards), perhaps it's accessible from inside the body. Although, if it was installed backwards, that would be a treat.
  5. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I, too, used the Siminoff book. And I'm grateful for it as there wasn't much else to learn from. I built a number of A models before tackling an F, and I was trying to emulate a carved top on the A...
  6. Re: New Bela Fleck Album out - My Bluegrass Heart

    Not an album for folks that don't like music played on bluegrass instruments that isn't traditional bluegrass. In my mind, Bela and the others like him are incredible musicians and a lot of their...
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    Re: Go Bar question?

    I see no use for one if building an archtop mandolin. On flat top instruments with a lot of braces to glue on (guitar), they're great. You can glue all the braces at the same time. In addition, when...
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    Re: New Mando... Hamlett Two-Point

    Beautiful! John is a fine fellow, all over it.
  9. Thread: Bela!

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    Re: Bela!

    Oh My.
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    Try this
    https://www.lmii.com/machiche-backs-and-sides/41649-bs-machiche-dreadnought.html
    Machiche
    I have a guitar right beside me that I built last year made of it. It doesn't have the sapwood...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    I was thinking the same thing as John. I'd be surprised if it was cedar, although it's possible. It looks like a side/back set for a guitar and it would be likely that it's some harder tonewood. You...
  12. Thread: chisels

    by Dale Ludewig
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    Re: chisels

    My set of Marples is from the late 70's or so. The steel is really good and going strong. You can get a mirror finish and they hold an edge for a long time. They'll be around after I'm gone.
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    Re: Preferred hot hide glue temp

    I use (currently) a little Proctor Silex Hotpot kind of thing. I keep a thermometer in it, not touching the bottom. I keep it right about 140. I also put the HHG after the initial making of it, into...
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    Re: Strap button location

    On A models and 2 points, I put it on the backside into the neck block (not the heel). Strap is completely out of the way and the instrument balances nicely.
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    Re: CNC plate carving service

    Adrian- wow. I imagine that took a little time! What software? Rhino? That's just beautiful.
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    Re: Another Siminoff Neck Joint Question

    Well, it looks like Adrian and I are in the same club. I just measured mine and it's 7/16", which is just just over 11 mm.
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    Re: Another Siminoff Neck Joint Question

    I'll check mine also.
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    Re: Another Siminoff Neck Joint Question

    Just eyeballing my bridge right now, I think it's probably about 7/8" hight with action set "bluegrassy".
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    Re: Another Siminoff Neck Joint Question

    That spacer looks too thick. Several things will be happening after you glue that together. When you're gluing the neck in, there's no fingerboard (with frets) on the neck. If you want, I can...
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    Re: Siminoff neck joint snafu

    I have made many mandolins with the Siminoff V joint. I cut it as follows and although a little tricky, if works great. Before I go further, yes, cut the end of the neck at that angle and the...
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    Re: Raising 12th fret, worth it?

    All these thoughts, IMHO, are valid, But going back to OP, he said it was one string on each of two courses. While the 13th fret may be high, what Adrian said a while back, in that it's that...
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    Re: Helical head joijter

    James- My Porter is from about 1918, babbit (sp?) bearings. 4 knife. Was your Crescent babbit bearings also? They just purr.
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    This should fit into the discussion. How to think about this? Key change/ modes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fegnW9nisw
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    Re: TablEdit is back!

    Excellent!
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    Re: scraping celluloid bindings

    yeah, I use CA on the fingerboard bindings. Sometimes the headstock, but even there I'll use a little Duco and the slurry at the miters. Which is a compromise. Not wild about it on the body where...
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