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  1. Thread: weak 'E' strings

    by Tavy
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    Re: weak 'E' strings

    I don't see that, for sure we're all searching for the ultimate in tone, and never getting there, but there are plenty of great sounding mandolins around that aren't weak at all in that area. I've...
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    Re: Mandolin wood sellers in Central Europe?

    Are you in the EU? If so Madinter in Spain always have a good selection of wood, but often not seasoned, so buyer beware on that if you're in a hurry!
  3. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    One could speculate that a well cut nut would hold the string more firmly in position and thus lose less energy and sustain for longer than a string that's held in place "behind" the zero fret and...
  4. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    A good zero fret well done, is clearly the work of the Angels, the old metal nuts used on some vintage Neapolitan's are clearly the spawn of the Devil though!
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    Re: Will CA Help on These Stradolin Cracks?

    In addition to the other comments, I'm pretty sure frets.com has something on crack repair, and definitely plenty on making Hide Glue (which is the way to go here) from supermarket gelatin.
  6. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    I know "this is the way it's always been done", but given that they're now using a more modern thickness for the fretboard, why not cut the slots on the work bench before fitting? It's just so much...
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    I would also advise against epoxy: it forms a brilliantly strong joint, but a malleable one, which is to say it will move over time, exactly what you don't want here. And once it's in there, it's...
  8. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    Largely +1 on sebastiaan's comments.

    Generally the weakest area is either side of the sound hole: you can straighten that out and add finger-braces along the length of the grain either side of the...
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    Not sure if it's been mentioned above, but a strap button with an extra long screw through it would probably do the trick - check your local hardware store for supplies of suitably long screws to...
  10. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    Right after I posted I thought that too: unless someone makes two identical instruments, one with paper lining and one with wood, we will probably never know.
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    Re: What, when, where?

    Germany, early 20th century would be my guess.
  12. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    For braces, I stick with spruce, strength to weight ratio is generally better than hardwoods. Round the soundhole you're mostly looking for stiffness, and maybe - dare I say it - a little mass. The...
  13. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    Yup, I use back or sides offcuts.
  14. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    Interesting, I wonder how that relates to Embergher instruments with wood lining to the bowls? Or indeed many US makers which had no lining?
  15. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    Umm, no, please do enlighten?
  16. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    +1 on rcc's suggestion for an "annular ring" around the sound hole. 90-degree grain and I would use a hardwood. I use this on new instruments and well as increasing strength they're louder and more...
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    Re: removing the top of a 1915 Washburn

    Wow, I have what looks like that exact iron, but without the blade attachment!
  18. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    +1 on the paper, a nice touch!

    Question: is the paper purely decorative, or is there a feeling that it adds strength as it dries and shrinks? BTW, an old one I recently took apart had a layer of...
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    Re: Sorting out the Vinaccias

    Those cleats must have taken for ever to do!
  20. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    Fascinating indeed.

    The use of paper to hold things together is novel to me, but not all that surprising, as I've been doing much the same thing with masking tape for years! It all comes off...
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    Re: Bending a cast tailpiece

    OK, so I know that this is a very old thread, but thought it was worth an update.

    I needed a slightly-better-than-pressed-metal tailpiece and started looking at the inexpensive Chinese cast metal...
  22. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    Cool stuff Sebastiaan, keep us updated!
  23. Thread: Bowlbacks of Note

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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    The top repairs look like it had serious issues at some point, I notice there's no side view so we can tell what the action is either. Strangely this is the first Ceccherini I've seen that's needed...
  24. Thread: Bowlbacks of Note

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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Ceccherini on eBay UK, from a guitar shop, might be worth a punt if someone really wants one:...
  25. Re: No Mandolin content but extraordinarily beautiful and instruc

    I don't pretend to understand this either, but I believe that for some pieces a Bb and an A# would not be quite the same note: it depends on context, and that's why you have two closely spaced frets.
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