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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Better mourning the saw than the fingers, Mike.
    The Shop Fox thing and its kin are very much in the mode of the old ShopSmiith, with similar drawbacks. Constant change of setup combined with...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Yet another few bits. Speed. Drill presses and mills run at speeds way below routers, circular saw (tooth velocity) and other tools used on wood, so don’t expect fast enough operation, especially on...
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    Re: Pulling a fret

    Jeff, that iron setup is excellent for general electronic work, and its 60W should be enough to get a fret smokin’. Depending on what it’s made of, you may have to move around, and use a chisel tip...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Deltas from the 1930s-60s are the benchmark in small ones; there are a lot of them, and as mentioned, they last. Since many went into home workshops, the wear can be minimal. Last one I got was...
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    Re: Collings, Northfield, Girouard

    Like almost everything, pandemic changes. For you who track the market, is the demand fueled by more playing at home, as it is in my case, enough to offset the loss of opportunity for performing...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Sorry, didn’t want to suggest expedient measures to actual craftsmen! However, there seem to be one-shot and newbies here too, and sometimes they don’t just buy all the tools, or can afford them. My...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Another look at Rubnerís site discloses this same tool, but itís for the other end of the hole; not for the ferrules. It seems that, in a quest to overdo this mechanism, they added a thick flange...
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    Re: Help to identify vintage mandolin

    GG. It is nice. You probably know already that a large number of staves on the bowl indicates an originally more expensive mandolin. Your moth is also sophisticated, as these things go. Origin - I...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    John, the Rubner website indicates that there’s a significant taper on their knurled ferrules - the mandolin ones anyway. If they’re shipping a tapered counterbore it might just be...
  10. Re: Interesting Flatiron-style mandolins on Shopgoodwill

    Somebody knows something: at 5 days out that bidding level indicates some information’s there. The unfinished one could have indicated that it didn’t sound good enough at that point or maybe? The...
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    Re: Question about my beater/traveller

    I’d think of it this way: There’s an infinite supply of low cost, functional mandolins. Each few tens of hours of use you get in is worth the cost of buying a new one, even if yours doesn’t stand...
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    Re: Battery generator to run an amp

    Here’s a cute idea helping to advance Darwinian evolution by enticing the less-alert to run their trucks in the garage - on short extension cords to the house. Unfortunately, this concept is also...
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    Could sell

    Brooklyn CL. Savannah 100, $40, new strings. Just doesnít play lefty, shucks. 193045
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    Re: Another bridge question.

    I did a little web-looking. There’s quite a bit on MC as well. Looks like Gibson ca. 1921 introduced the feature, just when they were also bringing over some ideas from violin tech, but it wasn’t...
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    Re: Battery generator to run an amp

    Can’t troubleshoot by telelpathy, but a couple of generic things to check. In anything small signal audio, grounding is vital, but sometimes not obvious. Your battery-inverter setup is ‘floating’,...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    There’s also that ‘50s icon, now often found at your neighborhood tag sale; the Salton Hot Tray. They’re thermostatted, come in large sizes and small, and with the addition of a very high tech...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 Bridge

    If you do wind up modifying the bridge you bought, you could accurately relate the height and curve to your fretboard in situ by resting a straightedge on the board and marking the intersection with...
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    Something that may be useful is, whenever you see one for sale, here or wherever, search this site for threads and comments. I’ve been doing this a bit, not because I want anything better, but just...
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    Re: nylon stringed mandolin

    Kev, thinking of 8 or 4 strings? Going to try for mandolin tuning or lower? Fixed bridge (like a guitar or uke) or floating? All these things go into structure.
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    Re: Another bridge question.

    Well, the bowl-back ancestors all had non-adjustable bridges, as does my flat-top, and of course lots of other things with strings. As I’ve hinted, the screw-adjustable is acoustically dubious, but...
  21. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    On the other hand...
    Maybe, if you’re playing electric, tuning the strings can be avoided entirely. Here’s my extraordinarily patentable notion:: Strings are tuned only approximately, once. You...
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    apparently thought the paired strings were just one long string doubled through the tailpiece and one tuner tuned both. ��
    Worth a chuckle, but only a month ago, on this very site, someone...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    Mandolins, especially bowl-backs, are amazingly high in glue content, right up there with balsa airplane models. In the long history of woodworking and building, especially in hot, wet climates, one...
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    Re: Shellac containers?

    Historically, it has been acetone. Although I wouldn’t drink it, and it really dries out the skin, it’s nothing like methanol in terms of toxicity. In my career, which involved building and using...
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    Not that unusual an idea. My ladyís dad was a nationally known composer, bandleader, inventor, and fed up with musicians, although he had among the best in his permanent small group. He preferred...
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