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  1. Re: Weber Bridge - nut spinning, unable to raise/lower

    "The post on a Brekke Traditional bridge can't possibly turn in that design without major obvious damage to the saddle and probably to the bridge and the instrument itself."

    That is true some of...
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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    Fairly standard Neapolitan shape, but better carved than some, including the "student of Vinaccia" instruments which have more or less square-profile braces, where as these are tapered towards the...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    When someone posted some pics of a 1920s Stromberg-Voisinet mandolin a few weeks back, I was reminded that I had traced the body and head outline of one that someone brought in for some repairs a few...
  4. Re: Help identifying a mandolin banjo / banjolin

    Shims? The rims on these often get distorted over time.

    Should have made it clear; the neck on the one in post #5 still doesn’t look original - I bet it’s off something else. They didn’t usually...
  5. Re: Dose anyone know anything about this mandolin or its value

    We have a tendency to get a bit facetious in responding to what I'm sure is a serious inquiry from someone who doesn't know a lot about mandolins, but has heard of Bill Monroe and Gibson and thinks...
  6. Thread: Wood Anatomy

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    Re: Wood Anatomy

    Well, that's not exactly how it works. I'm running out of time, but the simple version is:
    string motion excites the top which then immediately excites all other parts of the instrument and the air...
  7. Thread: Wood Anatomy

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    Re: Wood Anatomy

    Not sure what the article said or how it was stated, but wood does not continue to "dry out" as it ages. It reaches equilibrium with it's environment and fluctuates in moisture content in response to...
  8. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    The individual that started this thread has been permanently banned from the Mandolin Cafe and Classifieds for posing as an interested party for a product and attempting to drum up enthusiasm for it...
  9. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Frankly, to me it sounds like you have some kind of invested interest in these things from the tone and content of your posts, which rubs me the wrong way. I also think it is hocus pocus. Carry on....
  10. A book on stringed instrument acoustics - The Caldersmith Papers

    There being a spirited discussion elsewhere on the forum about various devices claimed to improve stringed instruments by artificially vibrating them, I thought a few people here might be interested...
  11. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Im surprised that wood has knowledge and learns over time. And that its learning is always successful in the desired direction.

    Just where is the woods brain anyway? And when you cut it down,...
  12. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Spoiler alert, for years I have been working (in my secret laboratory) on a product that will make all mechanical devices, like the ones discussed above, obsolete. It will come in an aerosol format...
  13. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Well, that's 7 minutes of my life I'll never get back, and here I am wasting even more time.

    About the YouTube:
    One guitar is too small of a sample size to be of any scientific use.
    There is no...
  14. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    Hokum, 100%. But it's your money.
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    Re: Tailpiece detail

    I have many old mandolins with that endpiece, mostly German but my waldzither has a different one and it's made for 9 strings(Bhm). I am guessing it's for a strap.

    I have another type with built...
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    Re: Tailpiece detail

    Could be for a waldzither.
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    Re: Sovereign Mandolin

    Made up some binding strips. Used maple & wenge. This will be a close match to the original binding once I put a finish on it. (just locally)
    I had enough of the wenge sitting around the shop, so I...
  18. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    The laws of physics state that objects (including guitars and mandolins) vibrate in their normal modes of motion in response to any stimulus and the frequencies of those modes are fixed, not...
  19. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    202324
    In case you'd like evidence.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Completed bowl for a Brescian mandolin.
    Claro walnut with extreme curl.

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    Re: The weight balance between the head and body

    A proper helium balloon on the headstock would not add weight and balance it out

    This post brought to you courtesy of Reuben Goldberg Engineering Associates LLC PE
  22. Re: The weight balance between the head and body

    I can't find it on a quick search, but somebody posted a fair bit ago about using some kind of weighted bag attached to the butt end of the mandolin that was designed to adjust for the weight of the...
  23. Re: The weight balance between the head and body

    I use a Tone Gard and arm rest for other reasons, but they do help with the balance as well.
  24. Re: The weight balance between the head and body

    I like the way you think.:)
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    Re: strap for bowl back mandolin ?

    If it was an Italian bowl back, Id say spaghetti straps .
    (Sorry, its been one of those days )
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