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    Re: bridge direction?

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    In this one, the pinkish top bridge (like the OP's bridge) is backwards.

    The middle dark blue one is correct according to Gibsons' original specs.

    The...
  2. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    I've seen that type used when there's no tapered hole to hold a normal endpin. The screw in the center is a regular wood screw, it just goes into the wood of the endblock. The base of the aluminum...
  3. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    You don't weld cuprous alloys, welding is strictly for iron-based alloys. And even silver soldering (AKA brazing, the correct term for joining copper-based alloys on a molecular basis) would yield a...
  4. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    This tailpiece is indeed about to blow. They weren't engineered for the pull of 12 strings, especially not fat ones like these. Check the rip across the bottom by the edge of the body:
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  5. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    Scale is the distance from the nut to the bridge. In other words, the vibrating string length. That's the measurement I was curious about.
  6. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    Right you are.

    So he's owned this for its life? It's not, as far as you know, Barney's own instrument? Or is it?

    What's the scale length on it? Body width, etc.?
  7. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    Who is "he?"

    If this one has been around K'zoo, it may be a mate to Barney's, as Gibson routinely made prototypes in threes back then.

    A-40-12. Now we have a model designation for it, anyway....
  8. Re: Tailpiece needs repair - suggestions appreciated

    Using a simple little magnet would be just as effective and less invasive.

    Most steel ones would be nickel plated anyway.

    Solder is foolish and pointless. Lead solder will just ruin the...
  9. Re: Why is it nearly impossible to copy Loar?

    Norway spruce is a common name for Picea abies, the primary European spruce that was introduced to N. America early on, and was thoroughly naturalized by the 1920s. Even if Gibson had used it, it...
  10. Re: Why is it nearly impossible to copy Loar?

    I agree—that's modern yellowish wavy Chinese ivoroid. I like it, but it can't be original binding.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=160991&d=1506064253
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    Re: SS Steward Mandolin

    It's clearly figured mahogany, as advertised. Definitely not koa.

    My 3˘. As you know, 2˘ gets you nothing these days.
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    Re: Washburn L&H Style C No. 2181 Mandolin

    Check this: http://aultfamily.name/3651.htm

    And this: http://bit.ly/2haL153
  13. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    So you never saw his monthly column in Guitar Player magazine, Studio Log? It was always one of my favorite things about that magazine. GP used to archive them, but their website seems pretty dead...
  14. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    Mike, I trust you've seen the Wrecking Crew documentary, yes? The final DVD release from 2015 has a ton of extra features that are really worth watching, just to see those people and how they all fit...
  15. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    I can see 'em fine. Interesting document!

    158876

    Do tell!
  16. Re: Barney Kessel Playing A Gibson 12 String Mandolin?

    No. Barney was a guitar player. Guitars have 6 strings. When you're a "can-do" studio musician as he was, and the call asks for a mandolin, an instrument like this will do the job. Six courses...
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    Re: Repairs cost more than my mando?

    Under $5 is more like it—check eBay. But there is still the time and expertise required to fit the bridge to the top, which is no different than fitting a Cumberland, to consider. Time = $$.

    All...
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    Re: Tool for filing nut slots

    I tried 'em, a couple of times just to be sure, and I hated 'em.
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    Re: Sustainably grown tonewood?

    Not quite. It's grained. Graining is an architectural trompe-l'śil technique that used blocks, combs and brushes. Artisans who were good at it could do a staggering amount of surface area in a very...
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    Re: Tool for filing nut slots

    I think there is. I had to learn all this long before those nice nut file sets were even on the market. Have a look here.

    At the very bottom of the page is a link to another page on the general...
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    Re: compensated bridges??

    Then fix it. ����

    Ideally you would check intonation up the neck starting with the open string, and then getting a correct note at the octave. The octave you can fix by tweaking the point of...
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    Re: compensated bridges??

    http://www.lutherie.net/mandolin.bridge.compensation.7.jpg
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    Re: Round mandolins

    I see why you'd guess Vietnam, but I think it looks European, ref: the bridge, the tuners, and the style of the carving, which owes more to cuckoo clocks than to netsuke. And it looks to have been...
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    Re: Mandocello Measurements

    And here's a shot of a Greek picnic in about 1920, taken in Davenport, CA, about five miles from my house:

    http://www.lutherie.net/greek.picnic.bella.vista.hotel.davenport.2.jpg

    Who made those...
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    Re: Mandocello Measurements

    My Grachis has a scale of 28.5"—longer than most, which is why I said it hurt to play. String gauges are light: 10s on top, the wound ones are a 25 and a 40. I tune it like a mandocello sometimes:...
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