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    OM fretboard radius preference?

    So I built this flattop Irish style OM 20 years ago and put a flat fretboard on it as per the traditional instruments I saw in ” CallanŠin's book.

    Fast forward 20 years, now retired I have the...
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    Re: OM Flat Top Bridge

    I have a flattop OM and built an ebony bridge (nonadjustable) for it so I could stagger the compensation. I found the E string to be too muted so inlaid a piece of bone in the to of the bridge for...
  3. Thread: Tuner Musings

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Tuner Musings

    It's about weight. When I built an octave mandolin 20 years ago, I fitted it with mini Grover rotomatics (had to buy 2 sets- 12 machines) because that was commonplace at the time. The machines are...
  4. Thread: Gibson F9 2004

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    Re: Gibson F9 2004

    I'd hesitate to sell that Weber. I am a firm believer that everyone should have a decent backup mando. Unless of course you need to the cash to get another instrument…:)
  5. Re: K&K Duotone with an Acoustic Tech21 Fly Rig?

    The Fly Rig is really designed for electric guitar pickups, a totally different critter. In general, electric guitar amps don't give you a natural sound for acoustics.

    I looked up your Duotone,...
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    Re: Best Wall Hanger For Mandolin

    In looking at the mandolins in your signature, I don't think I'd choose to hang them on the wall, but that's just me. When it comes to guitar stands, I trust only Hercules.
  7. Thread: Gibson F9 2004

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Gibson F9 2004

    Old Dog, congrats on finding your F-9! Those TI strings are pricey but they also last a long time. If you decide to change to a typical bronze string for a more traditional bluegrass tone, you can...
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    Re: Road trip music

    Another vote for Mazanita, also David Grisman Quintet "Dawganova"
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    Re: Heartbreak Hotel

    Buck tells the whole story. You're looking at scarfed in ebony and mahogany patches, leveling, filling and finishing. For such a small area it's going to be a lot of work and $$. It's a shame the...
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    Re: finish touch up

    The biggest issue here is that we don't know what finish is on the instrument.

    I agree with RC65 that for drop filling (I've done plenty), nitro would be my first choice. You can lay in layers...
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    Hi Minnie,
    I feel your pain, been married to a fiddler for almost 30 years. I think it's hard to play a fiddle quietly, probably takes more skill than being quiet on a plucked-string instrument....
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    Re: Back to top tuning?

    Since the seasoned veterans are weighing in here, what about the idea that the two halves of the top should be tuned to slightly different pitches? I think I read that in Seminoff's book a long time...
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    Re: finish touch up

    If the wear-through is from pick attack on the ridge of the scroll, the toughest finish possible will be the best. If it's from pinky planting, I'd try to talk him into a finger rest (yeah, good luck...
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    Re: my homemade mandolin and case

    Mating the bridge to the top will give you a much fuller tone. I scribe a line by laying a piece of 1/16" (or thinner) binding on the top abutting the bridge foot, then scribe a pencil line on the...
  15. Thread: OM Sinking Top

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    Re: OM Sinking Top

    I think I would be more inclined to just raise the saddle if necessary, 2mm is not huge.

    You're correct, an X-brace with a slight induced arch would be more structurally stable. I don't know if...
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    Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge on Eastman 305

    Great write up on the changes you notice with the Cumberland bridge- Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Cumberland bridge on Loar LM500 ?

    Hmmm… a bit of a toss up. I've only put CA bridges on mid-grade mandos and on those the difference was quite noticeable. Factors involved would include:
    • How well made is the current bridge? Steve...
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    Re: finish touch up

    My concern would be that once you put truoil on it, getting anything else to stick down the road would be problematic. You'll also run the risk of having a witness line where the two finishes meet....
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    Re: Pick Noise, pointy vs rounded, etc.

    Beyond tip shape, I find both material and weight affect pick noise and tone. To me, it's more noticeable on guitar than mandolin, but heavier picks tend to be quieter in terms of noise and stronger...
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    Re: Budget Mando, oval hole and fret access

    Weber?
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    It could be worse, they could be banjos! (sorry, couldn't resist):mandosmiley:
    I love playing Celtic music on the mandolin also. Alas, you're a victim of the genre. In both Irish and Old Timey, it's...
  22. Thread: Q Mandolins

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    Re: Q Mandolins

    For the non builders out there, CNC is just another way of getting to the fine tuning stages. Before, it was duplicarver panagraphs. Gibson used to use the old chairseat carvers from the furniture...
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    Re: Pick Noise, pointy vs rounded, etc.

    When I first ventured into Blue Chip picks, I order a couple with the 1-R option so I have the rounded corner as an option. I found the sound so muted that I never really adapted to using the round...
  24. Thread: helix ??

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: helix ??

    Sorry Kevin, I haven't actually used one. They only make two models, the good one is $1700! I'm guessing the input switching would be a separate beast, I know some electric guitarists use them on...
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    Re: Blue Chip pick for oval hole mandolin

    Another vote for CT-55 (I play medium gauge strings on my oval too). I'm also using the same pick for flatpicking on a dread, probably should get a spare!
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