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    Re: Griffith Loar A-5 drawings?

    Bump.

    "Back to the original story: Griffith A = very cool mandolin. Build one; don't sweat the little stuff!" James Condino
    Here's my 'Field Grade' interpritation of the Griffith. No little stuff...
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    Re: Monroe Mandolin Camp 2021

    I also wanted to give a shout out to Heidi and the Monroe Gang.
    They had an excellent event.
    Instructors, classes, jams, cooks and pit masters and visit from the Blakes. Top shelf stuff.
    FYI, the...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    In his post, #11, Willi said the neck was okay for now.
    Play it.
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    Re: Helical head jointer

    Someone wrote a song about my plate joining skills: Planish Misfortune...
    If Condino put me on some bass wood-- by the time I was done he'd have two sticks that would be good for a go-bar deck....
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    Re: Bridge location on an A5 build

    "Here it is!" Indeed.
    I had to poke the bear, twice, to get it.
    (Don't misunderstand my ribbing. I enjoy the stories and geography. I would love to get to Northern Italy. Or Banska Bystrica - the...
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    Re: Bridge location on an A5 build

    Bob - The world is your oyster (or bag of popcorn)!

    The "15th fret" on your new mando will be where you put it, or the nut, or the bridge. They are related and cannot be considered separately....
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    Re: Bridge location on an A5 build

    And just where is Mr. Condino?
    No doubt pushing his bicycle up some mountain road in Valle d' Aosta.
    He's been promising a technical package on the Griffith A, for what seems like years...
    I am...
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    Re: Bridge location on an A5 build

    Search "Griffith" Lloyd Loar A5.
    Seems like there was quite a bit of information on the Girouard's website on that mando, too.
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    Re: Pulling a fret

    and maybe not glue down the nut, either?
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    Re: Quick shop pic

    The potential from that shop would be waisted on me.
    I would be qualified, however, to sit in the tractor-seat chair...
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    Re: Finger Planes

    Highland Hardware - yumm!
    NFI. It's one of those stores that I will run the gauntlet for.
    I like my 12 and 18mm planes.
  12. Re: My Latest Piccolo (Sopranino) Build Sports a Different Finish

    Looks good to me.
    The proportions look right.
    Glad you didn't give up.
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Bertram - you have new popcorn, right? The old stuff is slow to open up. Huh?
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    Re: Bowlback repair of missing back strip

    Out of the closet and on to the bench - good deal.
    Those backs scare me.
    Does it hold up to string tension now?
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    That seems like a do-able exercise. If you have plans you can go ahead and shape the head block and the neck heel to approximately the correct shape and size, too.
    After you are in command of the...
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    Re: Did Elvis prefer the scroll?

    Prefer it?
    He was the scroll!
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    Re: Truss rod soda straw?

    C'mon. You know good and well that Mr. Loar used paper straws. However, they were all tap tuned and had a resonate chamber frequency a half-step down from the body's.


    Sorry. I tried to stay out...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    That is high art, right there.
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    Re: Mandolin Secutity

    Put the mandolin in the banjo case.
    Turn in the banjo at the police station - they have a no-questions-asked policy...
    Juuuust kidding.
  20. Re: Cleaning Mouse feces and urine out of an old garage kept guit

    David, I've got no real help to offer, but some ideas.
    Using deionized?/distilled water to clean in small areas followed with a damp kitchen sponge that left on the area would act as a wick to pull...
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    Re: X braced oval hole mandolins.

    David,
    In no way am I qualified to suggest a bracing pattern. I think I have done 3 ovals, one "short-handled" and 2 regular. All were transverse, and the board was on the top.
    It would open up...
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    Re: X braced oval hole mandolins.

    Are you thinking this new one will have an elevated fretboard?
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    Re: How did this happen?

    No explanations, but for the top - what about "wind" or "wind shake" where the tree is bent or torqued so much it delaminates/cracks to some degree, but lives on. Upon sawing out you might not...
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    Re: A vs F style

    If the Griffith A is the best mandolin ever what can you suggest comes in second?
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    Re: Neck block grain orientation

    Yes. Stack them top to bottom.
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