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  1. Re: Rigel Mandolins not responding emails - tailpiece question

    Sounds like a good time to get a James.
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    Re: Recurve too thin?

    Just be careful under the tailpiece. There's a lot of stress from the strings there.
    If this is your first build and you don't plan to sell it there's no shame in laminating a patch in a thin spot.
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    Re: Neck Block Materials

    I once used basswood on a blonde so the transition down in the scroll wasn't as apparent. seemed to have worked out OK.
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    Re: How to achieve a "warmer" sound?

    To me the important things are thickness, shape and wood selection.
    Unless we're talking oval holes, the template of the "warm" mandolin tone is the Lloyd Loar F5. 99% of mandolins produced today...
  5. Re: F5 scroll "ridge" - Distance from the side

    This is a typical Loar. The ridge is generally half way between the inner and outer binding. But try not to kink the binding like they did on this one.
  6. Thread: Hillman

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    Re: Hillman

    Pretty sure this excerpt was what was posted because it mentioned Tulagi's which was Boulder's premier music club and Gold Hill and the mandolin reference wasn't the focus.
  7. Thread: Hillman

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    Hillman

    This is an excerpt from Chris Hillmans memoirs. It was posted to a Facebook group about being in Boulder in the 70's. It's leading up to Chris getting a Loar.
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    Re: Earl taylor's f5

    I probably don't belong in this discussion but in the picture it looks to me that this is one of the later F5's with the old style "The Gibson" inlays which I only realized existed just recently.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    This '29 at Greg Boyd's is one with the Fern and old style inlay. I never realized these existed.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    I assume the reason most modern builders do some form of cursive script is because of The Gibson". Were there other instruments that pre-date Gibson?
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    I wonder if they had a band? The Aumann Brothers Band.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    WOW!
    Question answered.
    Darryl, you concur that Aumann was the supplier up to 1930?
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Look how beautiful that looks on that Fern instead of the usual ragged ones.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Not wanting to drop the subject, I decided to try to find where the transition between what I perceive as the elegant "The Gibson" inlays used throughout the teens and the more crude ones used during...
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    Re: gibson f-model mandolins

    Were there enough F5-L's made to really impact the market?
    Yes Carlson's didn't use a dovetail but they got the look down and usually sounded pretty good. And they were the only game in town if you...
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    I went looking through the archive to find what year the inlay morphed into the more crude Loar era and came across these that are totally different than earlier or later, from 1921. It's like the...
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    Re: gibson f-model mandolins

    If we're talking more modern F styles as opposed to vintage then to me there are very few that were up to the level of what we expect from a mandolin until maybe the mid 80's when Flatiron started...
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    Re: Cutting Pearl

    I clicked on Glowforge link just for a look and within an hour had an email from them. The Social Dilemma.
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    Re: Cutting Pearl

    I had someone with access to a laser cutter try it on the same pearl I used for my name and it burned a valley in instead of making a fine line. The guy who owned it said it was because the pearl was...
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    Re: Early Collings MT2 Mandolins

    I don't know that it does. Or how you would tell.
    I have 2 friends with those and they both sound great.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Yeah, I saw that in the F12 thread. Maybe it's the only one.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Here's the picture I found of an F-12.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Ray, I think that's actually a mid 30's F-12 and everything looks right to me. Apparently quite rare.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Goes to show it's worth going through the Mandolin Archive more often.
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    Re: Gibson inlays

    Sooo... not all Loars are created equal.
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