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  1. Thread: Bench Heights

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Bench Heights

    I think traditionally, old world benches were lower because the major action processes were done by hand. Hand planing and sawing require you to bear down on the work and a lower surface better...
  2. Thread: Applying stain

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Applying stain

    Ah yes, the scraping of binding, ugh. I have taken to using the special pinstriping tape that automotive people use, it bends on curves nicely. It seems like that no matter how carefully I bed the...
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    Re: Recommendations For Headphones?

    Another Sony MDR 7506 user here for decades. In the previous century, they were a staple in studios. Unfortunately, the ear pads are terrible (come on Sony!) but there are nice after market...
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    Re: Nut File Size vs String Size

    If that were the case, you wouldn't see experienced luthiers spending $100 on a set of nut files. The V-shaped nick is an invitation to string binding in the slot, especially with wound strings. It...
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    Re: High Action Help!

    I would recommend you get your mandolin to a tech/luthier who's experienced in mandolin set-up. Truss rod for relief and bridge height are things you may be able to deal with yourself, but nut slots...
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    Re: Stewmac Golden Age tuners

    The jumping pitch is definitely a symptom of binding in the nut slot and likely not related to the tuners at all. I did work on a mando with those tuners the client had put on because he like the...
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    Re: Nut File Size vs String Size

    0.003" isn't enough to worry about IMO. On the wound strings especially it helps to have an extra thousandth or two to avoid binding.

    Here's a thorough treatise on the subject, especially helpful...
  8. Re: Is the Eastman 505 all that much better than the 305?

    Grover 309s are available for A models as well and they are incredibly smooth and easy to use. I worked on an Eastman 515. While the wood grain was not conventional at all, the sound was well...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    I use a 3º reamer I got from Luthier's Merc a long time ago. I ream the peghead until the bushing is a little over 1mm shy of seating and put a sharpie mark on the reamer as a reference. Then I press...
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    Re: Para DI fix/help quack?

    The Red Eye is one ≤$200 preamp that gets good reviews for interfacing with K&K in the acoustic guitar world.

    Of course, the sure fire solution to quack (and for a more natural tone) is a quality...
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    Re: K&K jack for an A5

    This is what I did when installing one in a Collings for a client. I screwed the tailpiece down to a big hunk of 4x4 hardwood and drilled it out on the drill press with cutting oil. Not for the faint...
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    Those are the same two picks I've been relying on for some time for both mando and D-18, something about how they respond is better than everything else I've tried. My new D-18 is adi topped and I'm...
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    Re: Crossrock Vintage wood case

    It's a nice looking case with shoulder strap/backpack straps. My concern would be the fit. 10.8" wide inside is going to leave a lot of flopping around space for most mandolins.
  14. Thread: Shure sm57

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Shure sm57

    Dynamic mic's are picky about how close you are. If you like to move around while you play, Audio Technica makes a clamp on with a goose neck that sounds pretty natural. It's a small diaphram...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    Indeed! I remember seeing a concert where Grisman was playing with one of his quintets and he was floating around riffing and chording, sometimes 2-3 feet away from the mic and everything was...
  16. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    Two things to consider:
    • when changing the strings, lube the tuners themselves. There are friction points between the post and bushings, the ends of the worm gears and the brackets, and the bottom...
  17. Thread: Jabota

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Jabota

    I've put it down for flooring in two bedrooms (Lumber Liquidators pre-finished) and it works great in that application. In 3/8" thickness it's extremely rigid. I haven't tried thinning it down to...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    SM57's are bomb proof but very range sensitive and not the most natural sounding IME. In a bar or loud room, probably perfect. I much prefer a small diameter condenser. They sound great from 6-10"...
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    Re: Bevel on a mandolin

    I think it's highly unlikely to happen, at least with an archtop mandolin. For one, the mechanics of mandolin are quite different. The top is thicker in the middle and thinnest around the perimeter,...
  20. Thread: Shop questions

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Shop questions

    My shop is 16 x 36 and I find it plenty adequate, especially since it also accommodates my bicycle and electric guitar habits as well. Everything in my shop, including the 400lb tablesaw is on mobile...
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    Re: Any Thoughts on Eastman Trutone Finish?

    And I will add possibly louder. I've refinished a few mandolins whose finishes weren't holding up or where structural work required addressing the finish. Some were varnish and one was 40 year old...
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    Re: Pickguard Mountain Brackets

    I have made narrow fingerrests for my main player mandos. It started out as a solution to a pinkie planting issue, but now I just like having the reference point. Unlike a pickguard, they are set...
  23. Re: Eastman Tailpiece Replacement Available for Free

    I went through the same experience (same model, same post) and they shipped me a new one, didn't even ask if I was the original owner. Of course it took a few weeks, coming from China. I have a James...
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    Re: Any Thoughts on Eastman Trutone Finish?

    There's been a lot of discussion on this topic (naturally) over on the Eastman Guitar Fans forum. It turns out there was confusion on when Eastman switched over and some buyers got the new finish...
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    Re: Seeking Octave Mandolin Plans and Advice

    Here's from "The Irish Bouzouki" by Niall O' Callanáin and Tommy Walsh from 1989 "currently unavailable" but used copies are out there. No full sized plans. A lot of history, musicians, chords, bios...
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