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    Re: Gibson Adjustable Bridge

    I just located an original one piece bridge for my 1916 H4 mandola and used it to replace the 1922 or so adjustable Gibson bridge that it had previously.
    It caused me to revisit this question. The...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Hi Adrian,

    Can you give us some more clues? The right hand worm spiral looks correct for worm under mounting.

    Mark
  3. Re: Tuner Flat Head Cog Screws-Found a source!

    I had several inquiries about these screws so...

    If these will help out some a cafe members I just placed an add for these 4-36 screws in the classifieds.
    I have a very limited number and doubt...
  4. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    The original tailpiece would have been engraved and gold plated (or silver) to match the engraved tuner cover on the back of the peghead. Finding a suitable old replacement tailpiece shouldn’t be too...
  5. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    Jeff has some great suggestions! I looked for about a year on EBay and finally found a case for my Vega X which has an 10-15/16” pot. More cases were made for the more common Vega MB’s with the...
  6. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    Mr Peabody,

    Yes, this is why I recommended Bob Smakula in posting #3, he is The Expert on anything banjo related, Bob is expecting to hear from you.

    Did you notice the Vega Style X currently...
  7. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    To my knowledge there are no modern mandolin banjo cases. I’ve been fortunate to buy some original orphaned cases. MB’s are ripe fodder for conversions into the more popular Regular or 5-String...
  8. Re: Question about Vega Fairbanks Mandolin Banjo

    Mr Peabody,

    You have a very desirable Vega Style X Mandolin Banjo, the serial number indicates manufacture in 1918 according to the latest serial number research. It was Vega’s top-of-the-line...
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    Re: Looking for Sheet Music

    Sherry,

    Here is a collection of about 700 fiddle tunes transcribed and hosted by mechanical engineer and bow-maker John Lamancusa.
    You’ll find standard notation PDF, MIDI file and a recording...
  10. Re: Tuner Flat Head Cog Screws-Found a source!

    Thanks Nick, I posted a link in the other thread.

    BTW these are not the common hardware store #4-40 screws, they are #4 screws with a special machine thread.

    Mark
  11. Re: Looking for details on this 1926 Martin A-KI?

    Coincidentally I just started a thread about locating the cog mounting screws for these old Waverly and Handel tuners. They DO NOT use the common 4-40 thread size. It is a #4 screw but has a special...
  12. Tuner Flat Head Cog Screws-Found a source!

    All,

    After years of searching I finally located a source for the small flat head slotted steel screws used in the old Waverly and Handel tuners. These are new old-stock and have the correct...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    I hope I’m not beating a dead horse here...

    Here is another example of replacement tuners being mounted upside down on a nice old Gibson A2Z for sale.

    The listing has carefully pointed out the...
  14. Thread: My New Baby

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    Re: My New Baby

    Journey,

    The small moveable string saddles were explained way back in posting #7 in your thread. They are mainly to adjust the intonation.

    Which sets of strings have you tested on the A4?...
  15. Thread: My New Baby

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    Re: My New Baby

    Journey,

    Every instrument is different but don’t give up on it until you’ve tried many different string sets. Personally I find that the Gibson A’s respond better when outfitted with lighter...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Schaller got it right on this set of tuners being discussed in an adjacent thread. Now they just need to fix the nomenclature.

    Next quiz: What does Schaller call this configuration and why should...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Thanks Adrian!

    I agree, there is no place in the world for tuners that tune in the wrong direction! Why would anyone want the so called “reverse tuning”? Worse yet, why confuse the customers with...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Thanks for posting this Adrian, I’ll take a stab at your quiz. It’s hard to see the worm teeth in a few so forgive my eyesight!
    Based on the shaft lengths I believe these are all intended to be...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    MM,

    Your 1925 A4 is correct, it has a left hand worm and worm over configuration.
    It will tune up in the normal CCW direction from the button’s perspective.
    From this example and Adrian’s many...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Okay, this test is more difficult.

    What is wrong with this photo?

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    Re: Tail piece repair

    Hmmm, let’s see, drive around to various goodwill and thrift stores looking for something that might be adapted to repair your expensive instrument versus buying a known material from a reputable...
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    Re: Tail piece repair

    Mandroid,

    McMaster-Carr is a good source for metal, fasteners, tools and specialty hardware. They ship quickly and usually have items on hand.

    Here is a listing for sheet brass.
    ...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Well, you two have studied your homework! The tuners are mounted upside-down on overly reworked Gibson A-Jr currently listed for sale.

    Yes, the A style tuners on the A-Jr have a right handed worm...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    Okay, now that you guys are all experts on this tuner stuff, here is a test! :<)

    What is wrong with this photo?

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    Re: One versus two-piece backs

    A pair of Gibson F4’s made in 1913 with one-piece and two-piece backs. They are a few factory numbers apart and sound very similar.

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