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    Re: Fitting a Cumberland full contact bridge.

    You should evaluate arch of your top first. If it ise reasonably smooth circular curve then sliding across arch (f-hole to f-hole direction) will work for initial phases even on rough paper (80-100...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Will it be bowlback? :-)

    Re reaction wood... In conifers, the reaction wood's cells have MUCH thicker cell walls and they contain different percentages of the main chemical constituents, I believe...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I read that primitive folks in northern regions used reaction wood from spruce or pine to make their bows. There were little to no suitable hardwoods for this in the regions and the reaction wood...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Now that is some reaction wood in the spruce!
    I noticed Gilchrists tops often show somewhat stronger summer wood, too. I've got one just like yours (though local european) with such prominent...
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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    You mean this?
    Taku Sakashta: http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Museum/Mandolin/UnicornMustang/um.html
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    I would advice against using epoxy unless you disassemble and clean the parts. Epoxy is incredibly strong stuff and had great gap filling property but it's adhesive strength is very poor when used on...
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    Re: Cumberland bridge: Full Contact vs. Arched

    I made many bridges of both types and also modified two foot bridges to full contact by adding ebony and I found no discernible sound difference between the two but the full contact bridge will keep...
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    That, some 1/2" below the bottom of heel. You'll need screw around 2 1/2" long.
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    Don't even think about resetting the neck. You'll likely find a mess of filler/glue in a roughly cut mortise barely holding it together, redoing would be painful. Just use the screw and some glue.
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    I was posting just that suggestion with strap button but Tavy was faster. I would go for CA glue if the crack is relatively tight but good screw would hold well even without glue. Use screw with bare...
  11. Re: Neapolitan Mandolin Build in Naples - November 2022

    Paper adds strength. Even simple wooden bows (archery) are sometimes backed with plain brown paper which strengthens the back and prevents breaking of the bow (especially when back has some runout...
  12. Thread: Finish cracks?

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    Re: Finish cracks?

    The F-9 s or F-5G's I've seen have often edges 6-7mm thick in places.
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    Re: Finish cracks?

    Since the mandolin is 7 years old many things could have happened to it. I don't see any evidence of back removal - that would show really worse mess of chip out on such brittle finish and would be...
  14. Re: Anyone compared Fender 346 EXTRA HEAVY with Blue Chip CT55

    I've played a celluloid pick just like the 346 for more than a decade. Extra heavy was not available around here but I always took two (or three) thinner picks, sanded one surface to reduce the...
  15. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    There are many luthiers who understand the old time fiddlers' needs and can evaluate accordingly. Some luthiers are extremely classically focused and that sets their only standard.
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    Re: Blue Chip CT 55 versus Dunlop Prime Tone 1.4

    Yes, the sharp edges of the bevels will wear slightly and the bevel adjusts to your pick angle over time from there the perimeter very slowly wears off. The larger the angle is between the pick and...
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    Re: Ibanez A900 truss rod

    Reading the numbers in the OP.... I would guess either they used standard metric thread which would be M5 on 5mm rod or the US size of 3/16 with appropriate thread (I don't know those US numbers - I...
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    Re: Blue Chip CT 55 versus Dunlop Prime Tone 1.4

    Blue chip is not printed but laser etched, same on Gravity. The non-grippy PT looks like silk screen or similar printing that will wear. GG label does wear off as well, perhaps their printing is a...
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    Re: Blue Chip CT 55 versus Dunlop Prime Tone 1.4

    I've done numerous blind comparisons of PT and BC for myself and found out that tone-wise thay are indistinguishable. They are not shaped exactly the same from the get go but once you reshape the...
  20. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    For a fiddle I wouldn't be bothered much about bridge height unless it is way too low to be able to play the outer strings cleanly (that's actually the main reason for high bridge, the tension effect...
  21. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    I also have old German fiddle perhaps hundred years older than yours, which gives it a lot of cool patina but also lots of wear and several cracks and seam repairs that I had to re-do. It also has...
  22. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    Now that I had closer look at the pics I'd say it's more likely post WW2 as the shading looks sprayed with quite even transitions.
    These violins go for $150-500 online but you never know what you...
  23. Thread: Hilburn F5

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    Re: Hillburn F5

    LOL, that's why I'm using a nickname instead of my last name :-).
  24. Re: violin buying question to you trusted cafe goers (NMC)

    I guess the violin is common grade export article from Markneukirchen/Schoenbach factories from 20th c, perhaps first half. If well preserved (no cracks) and plays well may be worth several hundred...
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    Re: Thats a suprise

    Actually the scroll itself looks well executed and with good smooth curvatures compared to ugly lumpy scrolls on many mandolins.
    The position of this scroll on the odd-shaped body doesn't make much...
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