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  1. Thread: OM strings

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    Re: OM strings

    Many thanks John for an excellent explanation, I now understand! In fact I found a schematic drawing just after my last post showing the effective difference in saddle positioning - not necessarily...
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    Re: OM strings

    Thanks for the speedy response John - very helpful. I understand that the A course intonation will change with wound strings but not sure which way. My thinking would be that the saddle would need to...
  3. Thread: OM strings

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    OM strings

    I am looking for better strings on my Octave Mandola 20.5" scale. Currently using the original J80's. I keep seeing mention of J72's and EJ76's or EFT76's. Surely these strings are for Mandola tuned...
  4. Re: Top classical pieces every mandolin player should know

    Coming to this thread rather late in the day - very interesting reading!
    I spent 40+ years as a professional cellist and only read standard notation. I also played guitar - both accoustic and...
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    Lyon & Healy vs Gibson

    Hi All.
    I am interested in making a two-pointer along the lines of a Lyon & Healy. Other than finding a reral one to study (which I can't afford) I have managed to find very little about the L&H...
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    Re: OM Neck dimensions

    Body depth is probably 65mm - possibly up to 75mm - I haven't decided yet. Front and back will be arched (carved) A style.
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    OM Neck dimensions

    Hi Everyone. I drawing the plans for an Octave Mandolin. Got the body sussed, but I am wondering about the thickness of the neck - withoiut the fretboard. Any thoughts please?

    Thanks
    Jez
  8. Thread: Geltack Glue

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    Geltack Glue

    I have a batch of Geltack T160 glue. I've never used it as I don't have the spec sheet.
    I am told that it is a very strong glue. Has anyone out there used it and is it worth considering as an...
  9. Thread: OM Rib Height

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    Re: OM Rib Height

    Thanks Peter. I appreciate that there will be a difference in sound. I have already made an A style mandolin and have spent 25 years pottering around with the violin family (both making and...
  10. Thread: OM Rib Height

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    Re: OM Rib Height

    Thanks for that Peter, very helpful. I am probably goinng for a 21.5 inch scale length using a Pre slotted fingerboard that I already have. I prefer a carved front - what are your thoughts on carved...
  11. Thread: OM Rib Height

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    OM Rib Height

    Hi everyone.
    Having built an A Style mandolin I am now embarking on an Octave Mando fool that I am! I just love the sound of them.
    I am working on increasing the measurements from my A Style by...
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    Re: Finished at last

    Mike, the back is a 45 year old piece of violin wood that I have had for 20 years and the front is a similar aged piece of Sitka spruce.
    The mando sounds great straight out of the box, very easy to...
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    Finished at last

    Way back in January I posted a load of questions abou A style mandos as I wanted to build one. My target was to have it completed by 19th May. Well, here we are 19th of May and I take off for Canada...
  14. Thread: What is it???

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    Re: What is it???

    Thanks for that Graham. Incidentally, just bought your Mandolin Project book - very useful as I'm building my first mando!
  15. Thread: What is it???

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    What is it???

    Can anyone help identify this Mandolin please?
    I have been offered this mando by a friend. I have no details of labels as yet. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Jeremy
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    Re: Snakehead Drawings

    Marty, it's for my own use - I'm off on 19th May to Canada for a fortnight of ceilidh music with some Canadian friends and I've been threatening to make this mando for years, so it's a "pride" thing....
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    Re: Snakehead Drawings

    Thanks Marty, I was hoping you would say that - I need to have this finished by 19th May! I shall also pin the joint with dowels either side.
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    Snakehead Drawings

    Help!!
    I want to make a Snakehead headstock but cannot find any drawings or dimensions.
    Can anyone help please?

    Also, is there anything wrong with doing a straight mortice & tenon neckjoint -...
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    Re: First Build questions

    Thanks Marty, excellent visual which helps to understand the annotated photos and drawings posted on another thread (shown below). Does this pattern apply to front and back?
    What is the ball-park...
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    Re: First Build questions

    Thanks everyone for all your thoughts, opinions and advice. There has been much to ponder!
    I have decided to use the plans from Georgia Luthier Supplies for the body shape & size (13"), but to fit...
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    Re: First Build questions

    Did it survive, Jim?
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    Re: First Build questions

    I am using -as a guide - plans from Georgia Luthier Supplies. These are supposed to be modelled on a Gibso A3. I also had a plan from John Anthony Guitars, but that was not suitable.

    The GLS plans...
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    First Build questions

    I am building my first mandolin - based on Gibson A3 plans, with oval hole.
    First question - nowhere can I find information on the neck angle. Can someone help please?

    Second question - 12th fret...
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