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  1. Re: Roope Aarnio compiles "Sketches" from Samuel Rinta-Nikkola

    Roope has continued to add to this collection on YouTube. So impressive.

    Steve
  2. Roope Aarnio compiles "Sketches" from Samuel Rinta-Nikkola

    Over the past two months, Finnish multi-instrumentalist Roope Aarnio compiled 50 of the "Sketches" from composer Samuel Rinta-Nikkola´s (1763-1818) "Notebook" -- a remarkable historical collection of...
  3. Re: Some variations on the Sorensen Sprite Two-Point

    Working on several new Sprite 2X Two-Points, including this sweet baby with an Englemann Spruce top and one-piece Curly Claro Walnut back and sides with Curly Maple 3D binding --

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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Store it in a back corner of the fridge. Slows down all reactions and gives time for fine precipitates to drop.
    Steve
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    Re: Rocklite Ebano fingerboards

    I use it and like it. Nice to be one less reason for Ebony deforestation. The boards that I have on pro-player instruments for the past 5 years look like they are aging and wearing like Ebony.
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  6. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    In this mando world where there is a strong pull to copy a Victorian role-model, it seems to me that it is very important to be clear on what your goals are with each build. The component elements...
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    It is so frustrating and sad that the "Best" mandolin tuners are so poor compared to "Average" guitar tuner sets. A few years back, I tried to convince Stephan Schertler to make four-on-a-plate...
  8. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Makes a great strap holder, and it sure is fun to play with variations on the theme --

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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Here's a little write-up I did for Ron (SurfnPikr), the current owner of the VX played by Darren Nicholson in 2019, regarding the similarities and differences between the two mandolins and also the...
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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Well, here's a mashup of shots of Sorensen VX #92. I think it turned out quite nicely indeed.

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    I've been saving this piece of quilt since the first year I tried building a mandolin . ....
  11. Re: Some live videos buckin' COVID-19 isolation

    For this challenging Fourth of July, Chris and Celeste Cerna deliver a beautifully melodic moment --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4ft3aXyOjU

    Steve
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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Here are two wonderful new videos from Chris and Celeste Cerna which really highlight the great tone Chris is pulling from his Sprite Two-Point --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O4W_lSh2iw
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    1. Watch James Condino's video tutorial on sunbursting.
    2. While I finish off 'bursts with an airbrush to even things out, I have found that a quick wipe with 1 lb cut shellac as a sealer helps...
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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Chris Cerna with ol' Sprite Two-Point #007 --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwy8x1fpRmE

    Steve
  15. Re: Some live videos buckin' COVID-19 isolation

    Chris and Celeste Cerna have been keeping practices safe --


    https://www.facebook.com/CHRISCERNA808/videos/647098779350260/
  16. Some live videos buckin' COVID-19 isolation

    Here are some live videos that feature some very fine bands (and some Sorensen mandolins in action too).

    Special Consensus with Nate Burie on his Sorensen Pacifica --
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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Thanks, Dan! Chip is indeed a Tone-Monster on that new Sprite Two-Point.
    Steve

    Here's a new video he made recently with some really nice guitar and harmonies too --

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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Here are a couple of new videos with Sorensen mandolins in the mix.

    Special Consensus with Nate Burie on his custom Sorensen Pacifica --
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    I switched to EVO after my first build and to predominantly stainless steel after about my 50th build. To my ear and hand, the biggest differences come from the quality of the seating, leveling,...
  20. Re: Some variations on the Sorensen Sprite Two-Point

    So glad you nabbed that Sprite, Luke! Someday I'll get to keep one for myself again!

    Here's another gem from Chris and Celeste Cerna with the ol' Sprite Two-Point prototype #007 --

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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Chris and Celeste Cerna (Bluegrass Republic) keep making fine music during this time of Musical Isolation. One of the best decisions I've ever made was selling my beloved Sorensen Sprite Two-Point...
  22. Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen Sprite 2X Two-Point

    Some glam shots of the newest Sorensen Sprite Two-Point to head down the road --

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    Steve
  23. Re: PLEASE HELP! ABS Binding Bending Problems First Time Builder

    That's Black/white/black self-made laminate. For me, it took years to realize that Heat made the bending less regular than just bending with my fingers and some dowels at 98.6 degrees of hand...
  24. Re: PLEASE HELP! ABS Binding Bending Problems First Time Builder

    I actually found that just bending with my fingers and NOT heating works best for ABS. Repeated slow bends until the curve is tighter than the scroll around a 1" dowel with just the heat from my...
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    Re: binding channel cutting options

    This thing is fantastic, reliable, safe . . . and worth every penny if you are doing more than a couple of instruments. One of the best purchases I've made in the past 10 years. Well worth every...
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