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    Re: Chechen wood for back and sides?

    Of all the affordable non-standard rosewood like materials I've used, Katalox is probably my favorite and you can often find it for about $10-12 a board foot at better hardwood suppliers.
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    Re: torrified tops

    You don't need to spend extra money for torrified tops. I get excellent results torrifying wood at home in a common kitchen oven. My recent thread on the Carolina Quartet shows a couple of examples....
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    Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    In the mid 1990s, I made a series of guitars with laminated carbon fiber braces- most were sitka spruce with .020-.030" carbon fiber center beams, glued to redwood tops from the Lucky Strike tree....
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    Re: Carolina Quartet & Persimmon fittings

    Ha! Have you ever known me to make copies of the same old same old baby $#!t brown 10,000,000 already done instruments? ;)

    The North Carolina Arts council is very encouraging of individual...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy mandocellos

    There is a beautiful two point carved L&H mandocello here in town. It is a very nice instrument, but the neck is the size of a telephone pole....
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    Re: Carolina Quartet & Persimmon fittings

    Luthier's tears....;)


    'Never played in a contra dance band. I usually play with the heavy jazz guys, the Django heads, this week with The Dirty French Broads at the Grey Eagle, and once or twice...
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    Re: Carolina Quartet & Persimmon fittings

    Persimmon binding on the L5:
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    Re: Carolina Quartet & Persimmon fittings

    A couple more of the F5 parts and one of Zach routing the binding channel for the L5.
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    Re: Carolina Quartet Persimmon fittings

    Here are couple of other ideas from the same log, the bass top, and the F5 top that I torrified here in the shop.
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    Carolina Quartet & Persimmon fittings

    One of my students, Zach Dease, and I received a generous Folklife grant from the North Carolina Arts Council to build a matched quartet of our choice from all North Carolina woods. This is my second...
  11. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    There are times when I bring more than one upright bass. If you can't decide, bring both mandolins...
  12. Re: Embarassing Question - Which Mandolin to Bring to Jam?

    Life is short.

    Always bring your best instrument and give it your best effort.
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    Re: Breedlove serial numbers/dates

    First batch; early to mid '90s. Is there no date on the label?

    Call the factory and hopefully someone there will help you.

    How do I phrase this politely??????? Maybe check inside to see if the...
  14. Re: Carter Vintage Guitars is now Carter Vintage Exchange

    Walter generously reached out to me privately, so I've edited my earlier comments. It is nice to know he is still taking an active role in the business. I always had tremendous respect for him and...
  15. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    I know plenty of half deaf old geezers that never tune their mandolin. That's probably why they rarely are invited to play with anyone else and spend all of their time plinking at home or on the...
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    Re: less heavy tuners

    I played Dave's innovative mandolin shown above at the Guild of American Luthier's Convention that year.

    I found it brilliant and inspirational on many levels.

    The removable back design was...
  17. Re: Early Gibson F-4 mandolins with both carved and arch tops?

    Additionally, you can induce an arch on a flat plate using heat and or steam and or pressure. You can also laminate an arch.

    With larger retail operations it becomes a somewhat curious game of...
  18. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    A brilliant execution of an entirely masochistic task!
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    Re: Spruce-different species

    Speed of sound, density, flexibility, radiation ratio= important.

    Names= nothing.

    I once bought a board of "German spruce" from a well know US seller.

    When it arrived, it had the sellers...
  20. Thread: Gibson A2

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    Re: Gibson A2

    Buy a proper endpin removal tool so you don't destroy a century old original part. ;)
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    Re: less heavy tuners

    Have you ever ordered from or done business with Nicolo Alessi?

    I have, many times over about 15 years. He will build anything I ask of him- anything. I'm extremely detailed in exactly what I'm...
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    Re: less heavy tuners

    For the gram geeks around here, Nicolo Alessi will custom make you any tuner you can dream up, including extremely lightweight milled out aluminum baseplates and aluminum shafts or titanium if your...
  23. Re: Vintage A-4 Mandolin Low Serial Number (Early Production)

    "........500-700 is what it may cost you to get the top repaired......."

    :)):)):)):)):)):)):))

    Very cool old mandolin.

    Is that a walnut back?
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    Re: Spruce-different species

    What?????

    No spruce fairies or Loar unicorns and rainbowzzzz?????

    "Whole lotta nuthin'....."
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    Re: I'm curious about a hide gluing method

    Bob:

    Jim is a friend of mine & I've attended his big workshops- the one at the GAL in that article and once at Oberlin. His glue-dry-clamp-steam-clamp tighter process literally changed a big part...
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