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    Re: Will CA Help on These Stradolin Cracks?

    Bill, thanks for considering me. And Mike, thanks for the referral.
    For the record, I'm in the Chattanooga area, not Nashville.
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    Re: Will CA Help on These Stradolin Cracks?

    The use of CA will make a correct repair impossible.
  3. Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Folkway Music in Waterloo, ON-- www.folkwaymusic.com has a dozen mandolins in stock, including several Eastman models, amy of which would be a good choice for a first mandolin. A model 505 would...
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    Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    All I know about it is that a friend of mine who has built a few instruments built a guitar with laminated CF/spruce bracings.
    A couple of the braces eventually split, and he said he would not build...
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    Re: Gibson F-5 neck on Ebay

    For the benefit of future viewers in case the julienslive link expires, the match for Jim's example is a Gibson F-12, serial number 964724, made sometime during the 1970's.

    Both necks have the...
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    Re: 2nd Mandolin. Ellis? Gibson? Clark? Weber?

    You can pretty much knock Gibson off your list unless you decide to buy an antique one. Except for a short run of flat top Army-Navy reissues and a very small number of custom order modern...
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    This is an example of what Don Teeter, who wrote one of the first good books on guitar repair [required reading], referred to as a Q & D repair. Quick and dirty.
    I only use such techniques for...
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    Re: Waxing the mandolin

    Disclaimer: "Paste wax may be hazardous to your finish's health. Wax at your own risk."
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    I agree with your wife.

    If I was going to try glue, I would not use CA. I would flex the joint gently while rubbing Titebond into it, then try to find some way to pull it into position so the...
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    Re: Gibson F-5 neck on Ebay

    My initial reaction was to say that if it is a Gibson neck, it's a prototype, but . . .

    I did a little digging. Checked Gruhn's Guide, and they noted that F-12's made from 1970 to 1980 had a...
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    Re: Washburn Bowl back neck re-set

    You can use a 1" x 5" 25 watt heat blanket, available from McMaster-Carr or MSC Industrial to lift a mandolin fingerboard. You can use the same heat blanket to lift flat top guitar bridges. A...
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    Re: Washburn Bowl back neck re-set

    I haven't done one exactly like this, but . . .

    1. Rather than using the guitar oriented techniques such as removing material at the bottom of the heel, you might instead consider installing a...
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    Re: What, when, where?

    You could call them antique.
    Interesting looking instrument.

    A digression-- A few years back, one of the Nashville stores had a Gibson J-35 guitar in their showroom that had been owned by a...
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    Re: Luthier in Central Florida

    Time for some of the younger folks to start learning the craft.
    At 66, I'm not yet retired, but am moving much slower than I used to, and find myself reluctant to get started on jobs that are...
  15. Thread: Finish cracks?

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    Re: Finish cracks?

    Most, if not all modern Gibson instruments are sprayed by robots rather than hand-sprayed.
    Depending on how the machines are calibrated on any given day, this can result in very heavy finishes.
  16. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    Thin. Perhaps 0.100".
  17. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    As a repair and restoration person, I will offer the following suggestions to ensure the structural integrity of the instrument:

    1. Loosen the fingerboard extension between the the soundhole and...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy mandocellos

    As far as I can tell from the information that is available to me, the L & H carved instruments were introduced in 1917.
    Whether or not the carved instruments were all under a single sequence of...
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    Re: Noob crack repair question

    As far as the bracing is concerned, you get to choose. If you go with ladder bracing, you can use the old bracing as a rough model, although you may wish to make some adjustments. If you use X...
  20. Re: Carter Vintage Guitars is now Carter Vintage Exchange

    The merger between Carter Vintage and The North American Guitar occurred several months ago.
    When I was over there a few weeks ago, Walter Carter was at his usual spot in the shop.
    Unless something...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy mandocellos

    The earliest mention I can find for a mandocello manufactured by Lyon & Healy/Washburn is the Leland #707, available in 1912. It would have been a flat top or canted top instrument.

    The carved...
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    Re: Vega Cylinderback

    Vega cylinder backs have a sound that is all their own. They tend to have a "rounder" or "thicker" voice than the flat back mandolins built by Martin, Vega, the Chicago builders, and the Larsons.
  23. Thread: Finish cracks?

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    Re: Finish cracks?

    There's lots of possible causes for that sort of thing. Wood not completely seasoned, lacquer coats applied too quickly or too heavily, quick changes in environment [humid/dry or hot/cold], a...
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    Re: Waxing the mandolin

    Jerry Rosa's approach to both repair and maintenance is very different than mine.
    I don't recommend the application of paste wax to any finished surface.
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    Re: Vega Cylinderback

    The only $500 - $600 listing I found was a wreck.

    I'd say that for one in nice cosmetic condition with no structural problems, $1200 to $1800 would be closer to the current norm.
    I paid $1650 for...
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