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    Re: RIP Barry Kratzer

    Thank you.
    Sabine K.
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    Re: RIP Barry Kratzer

    Hello this is Sabine, Barry's wife.
    I'm still in disbelief and heartbroken. I just want to say thank you to all of you who supported us all these years. And thank you so much for all the nice words...
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    I dont post much,these days, but ive been building for 28 years with hardly a price raise.
    One of my 2007 mandolins is in the classifieds
    For 900 bucks....better grab it, because I wont build...
  4. Thread: Side bracings?

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    Re: Side bracings?

    What thickness are your sides....should be about .75 to 80.
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    Re: Info on Tucker mandolin requested

    I would say more like 8th in 1987
    Melvin only made about 27 mandolins .
    But.....I didnt think he started that early, unless thats one he built under John Huttos tutelidge.
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    I have been building 27 years and I have built over 165 instruments. I asked him one time how he based his serial numbers, he wouldnt answer me ??
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    Re: Side bending. Is this worth saving?

    How thick are your sides....they look too think to me. Over .080 is too much. I personally like .065 to .070 thick.....anything more is over kill
  8. Re: Melvin Tucker, mandolin builder passed away on February 11, 2

    Melvin and Myself started building mandolins about the same time, around 1993. He had big endorsement success from Wayne Benson, mine was with Don Rigsby of Lonesone River Band fame. We had become...
  9. Thread: #111 Two Point

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    #111 Two Point

    Just completed # 111 going to miss Penny in Chicago
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    Old Stella mandolin

    I have what I believe to be a 1930s Stella mandolin. It has mother of toilet seat fingerboard and headstock overlay. Body is black, top back and sides. Has original tuners, bridge and...
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    Re: uneven frets in radial fretboard

    Had I known you had a problem , I would have fixed it for you...all you would of had to pay was shipping....but all that said , I'm happy that it got straightened out...happy trails
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    Re: Newest Bulldog off the bench

    Thanks for the nice comments, it sold to the first guy that played it....and it got me 2 additional orders..it's a MONSTER of a mandolin
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    Newest Bulldog off the bench

    Here's my number 100 Kratzer/Bulldog fresh off the bench. I have actually built over 150 instruments, but this was 100 in the Bulldog line.....the others I built under K&G
    Kratzer & Gresham in the...
  14. Thread: Irma

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    Re: Irma

    Yea Florida got hit hard. We were 150 miles from the eye and we have no power now for 35 hours..Savannah Ga..I dunno?
  15. Thread: Red spruce

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    Re: Red spruce

    There are bunches of saw mills around this area of Germany, they have "this" type spruce sawn and stacked. It doesn't resemble pine , it "looks " like the stuff we use in the states for guitar and...
  16. Thread: Red spruce

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    Re: Red spruce

    Ok.....thanks. Good to know
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    Re: Red spruce

    The local German folks described it as
    "Rote Fichte" which according to my wife is Red Spruce? It was NOT described as "Kiefer". But I can't get it anyway...No way....and the question was.....Does...
  18. Thread: Red spruce

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    Red spruce

    Me and the wife were walking through the forest in Triberg Germany today, we found a fallen (human cut) Red spruce tree just laying there. The base is so big, if Me and her joined hands couldn't...
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    Re: F model mandolin plans/specs

    I measured and traced from a real Loar..then because I was in the aircraft maintenance business I took the mandolin and had it xrayed from all angles....that's what I use
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    Re: Birdseye Mandolins

    Birdseye figure is only found in hard maple. I don't use it, and don't like the end results via soundwise, too trebly. But have to admit it's pretty to look at,.. best left for aircraft interiors and...
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    Re: Craigslist cocobolo....

    Jeff if you get hives that look like cauliflower, I guess you could use any excuse. Would love for you to expierience it at least one time
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    Re: Craigslist cocobolo....

    I am one that's allergic to cocobolo, Brazilian and some others....learned the hard way, several trips to ER and shots of adrenaline and epinephrine. My wife has to sand the stuff for me now.
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    Re: Blush remover - great stuff.

    Auto paint supply stores sells a product called "blender" in an aerosol spray....same stuff with a few more ingredients, just cheaper. I have been dealing with lacquer blush for 24 years....coastal...
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    Re: Bulldog Mandolins

    Yes ccravens, I am working on # 100 F model, it's already sold, and an A model that's not spoken for yet. I have not installed binding as of now on the A model , but it could become an econo model !...
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    Re: Bulldog Mandolins

    Wow Pete, 16 years ago. It did shake my memory , that is my first Bulldog mandolin. I was in the Desert in 2000. When I built that mandolin I didn't even have a shop, I built it on my dining room...
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