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    Re: Refinishing a German Bowlback mandolin

    Nice result Bill. It's a beautiful instrument. (And thanks for reminding me about Plektra.)
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    Re: Refinishing a German Bowlback mandolin

    Nice mandolin. Why not just polish out the swirls with something like Meguiars? You could try it on the armrest first and see if you like the result.
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    Re: Another prototype

    I really like this Graham - the design, the wood selection, the quartet ambition, everything. I look forward to seeing its siblings.

    If I remember your previous carbon bracing experiments right,...
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    Re: A new classical mandolin

    Very nice Graham, and I like the Embergherish head. I've been thinking of building a low-arched, thin topped classical one myself, so I'd be very interested to hear how yours sounds.
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    Re: Building a baroque mandolino

    Great project. I look forward to seeing how it progresses!
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    Re: Kerman style build

    I did look a lot at Jacob Reuven's site, Jim, but didn't think to contact him. I will if I make another.

    The fact that the Kermans have a wedge under the fingerboard to provide the right neck...
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    Re: Kerman style build

    Thanks Bob. The back, sides and neck are Queensland Maple, the soundboards are European spruce and all the black is ebony.

    As for the internal soundboard, I couldn't really picture how Kerman...
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin copy by Mintu Biswas

    I just saw this thread after posting some pictures of my own recently finished Kerman copy in the 'Videos, photos etc' forum, if anyone is interested.
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    Kerman style build

    After listening to Avi Avital and Jacob Reuven recordings last year, and liking their sound more and more, I decided to have a go at making an Arik Kerman style of mandolin based on all the...
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    Re: A couple more new ones

    Very nice Graham. Out of interest, how dense was the bunya you used? I have a soundboard-size piece that is extremely low density compared to other bits I've got. There seems to be a big variation. ...
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    Re: A new A with mostly Australian timbers

    That's really nice. I like the contrast of the cedar neck, but it must also make the whole thing super light. I'd love to hear it.

    Carving Huon would be a good way to forget the smell of smoke...
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    Re: Mandolin classical literature

    Chris Acquavella has two very useful repertoire lists on his website, one Baroque/Classical, the other Romantic/contemporary:
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  13. Re: Potentially dumb question: Reverse tapered dovetail?

    I used this joint when I made a bowlback because I couldn't see any other good way to attach the neck (except making it integral with the block). It seems perfectly strong and secure.
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    Re: New Flat-back German

    Very beautiful. The headstock and rosette details are exquisite.

    Out of interest, do you find any difference in sound between your bowl and flat-back Germans?
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    Re: Late medieval lute just finished :)

    Lovely instrument.
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    I'd say the varnishes used by the Cremonese violin makers are pretty successful. Some of them still look great after 300 years. Although there's a lot of argument about how they were made, the...
  17. Re: Experimental mandola with internal horn, neutral tension brid

    Thanks John. Your observations on sustain give a lot of food for thought. The effect of tightening the bar on the bridge is certainly a mystery to me.

    Another question: have you checked the body...
  18. Re: Experimental mandola with internal horn, neutral tension brid

    Thanks John. Great video and a very, very interesting design. Also beautifully executed. In some ways I wish you had separated the horn experiment from the neutral tension bridge/unbraced top idea so...
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    Re: A Cantigas lute I just finished

    Very nice, as always.

    What kind of mould/form do use when making the bowls?
  20. Re: Questions about application of oil varnish

    The 1704 varnish is actually a spirit varnish, not an oil varnish. Because it dries fast it is tricky to apply, needing a good quality brush, long straight overlapping strokes, and no going back to...
  21. Re: Playing a cool Japanese duet on my new Hopf Bowlback

    Great stuff! I enjoyed that a lot.
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    Re: questions about hide glue

    You can tell that you haven't exceeded the open time of the glue if liquid glue squeezes from the joint when you clamp it. If the glue looks or feels 'jellied' while you're gluing up, then you were...
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    Re: High Altitude Pine for tops?

    What's an easy way to remove oxygen? Is there such a thing as a heat proof vacuum bag?
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    Re: What makes a classical mandolin?

    Ah, I see! That makes much more sense of the side holes, which seemed quite redundant to me, though decorative. So those 'chimneys' must reduce the internal volume of the main chamber quite a bit....
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    Re: What makes a classical mandolin?

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    But then leads on to the decision to have a single sound port for the rear chamber, rather than the symmetrical pair that the Kerman's have. The port is on the side, purely because I...
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