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    Re: Some Real Music - Sierra Ferrell

    Thatís Nate Leath on a John Hamlett F5 in that video. Nate is an awesome musician, particularly on the fiddle. He and Audrey MacAlpine, the bassist, played with Sierra Ferrell for a number of years,...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Just finished a shellback skiff...
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    A couple of new mandolins

    A couple of recently completed mandolins. They are both based on Lyon and Healy mandolins of a century or so ago. The first is a flat back with a Brazilian rosewood body, recycled from a mandola I...
  4. Re: Likely finish on '30s Chicago mandolin?

    Thanks, John, I'll try that.

    By the way--the mandolin that Kevin was showing us today, the two-point, is beyond beautiful. Even just looking at pictures, the outstanding quality of craftsmanship...
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    Re: Cleaning crud on a 1930s mandolin

    You mean to base the decision on practical matters? What a great idea! Thanks!
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    Re: The amazing Jaco Pastorius

    Not much mandolin content, but lots of music!

    This is the documentary that Jaco deserves.


    https://youtu.be/TviJ3ccaSXM
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    Re: Lost bit of binding, 1915 F-4

    All fixed



    194976
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    Re: Moon Wood

    Asa small point of clarification, I have not used Huon pine for soundboards, just King Billy. I do use Huon for back and sides, combined with a King Billy top, and this combination makes a delightful...
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    by HoGo
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    Re: Moon Wood

    I would say most makers prefer stiff and less dense wood... especially violin makers won't go over some density for spruce, they rarely even consider red spruce because it is heavier in average....
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    by Jim Garber
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    Re: Moon Wood

    Shmergel Devastators have been built from 100% moonwood since the beginning of the company. Strings are Moonel steel and tuners are made from tensilized crater ore. Consult your rep at your local...
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    Re: Chop vs ringing clarity

    Build another 50 and you might think you have learned it all, but then after the next 50 you discover you have learned what you don't know, and it is a lot.
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    Re: Boomerang Banjo Mandolin

    A Pink Pearl eraser is strong enough to remove grime, but gentle enough to keep from damaging the head. Just don't press hard or go over the same spot for too long.
    I brought an old, neglected...
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    A new Art Deco inspired mandolin

    A year or two back the National Music Museum in South Dakota published The Masters Bench by Paul Schmit and Arian Sheets. It is a book about the work of John D'Angelico, Jimmy D'Aquisto and Paul...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    In The Masters Bench, the book from the National Music Museum on the work of John D'Angelico, Jimmy D'Aquisto and Paul Gudelsky, there is a sketch by D'Aquisto of an idea for an Avant Garde model...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Well....old Unisaws may be one of the most reliable, easily rebuilt power tools ever made.

    I have two tablesaws- a 1946 Unisaw with all of the original art deco goodies that I got for under $100...
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    Re: latest Ludewig 2 point

    Good excuse for a builder's summit / sailing trip off the Washington coast this fall!
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    by Dale Ludewig
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    Re: Lubrikit

    A properly cut and filed slot in a bone nut shouldn't require anything. Any lubricant there is trying to fix a problem that shouldn't be there, unless you're changing string gauges to something...
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    Re: Narrow nut channel for truss rod

    I just went thru this on an old epiphone, very tight opening for a 7mm nut. I ended up cutting a small amount of wood away from the sides. Just cut a tiny bit away mainly from the overlay. The truss...
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    Re: Tone bar question

    Your assumption might be right in terms of how they might have thought about it, but it does not follow the physics of how a mandolin vibrates.
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    Quite possibly :)

    Treat it as a guide.

    Cheers
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    My Weber Gallatin measures very close to 48mm at the bridge, perfect for me.
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    My Herb Taylor has 47mm spacing at the bridge (44mm fretboard width at 12th fret, same as Graham's).
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    I built a bouzouki (26") according to Grahams specs. I have been playing the instrument for over a year and am quite comfortable with that spacing. I just finished a pair of octaves (22") and they...
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    I have always worked on using the same flare (or is that flair?) as a guitar fingerboard. The way I was taught is that the fingerboard width at the 12th fret is the string spacing at the saddle. A...
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    My old Regal Octofone is the only octave mandolin I've spent any significant time with. The fingerboard is 1 3/8" at the nut, and 1 5/8" at the 12th fret. It is set up with an old one piece...
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