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    Re: Mandolin Serial Number Decoder--Gibson

    My 2002 A9 is #21029030. My understanding is that the formula for eight-digit mandolin serial numbers is YMMDD##Y. The first Y is the last number of the year. MM is the number of the month from 01...
  2. Re: Looking for recommendations on a ‘20’s Gibson oval A

    If you’re okay with a pre-1922 Gibson A, then you should be able to find one for well under $2K, unless that market has skyrocketed in the past few months.

    That’s the good news! The bad news is...
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    Re: 3-point Gibson conversion from 1972 on eBay

    At the time I took that picture it belonged to a friend of mine who may or may not still own it. He said George Gruhn said he had never seen one like it.
    I'll have to look and see if I have any more...
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    Re: Re-fretboarding a Vintage Gibson...?

    Larger frets can be used when a re-fret is needed with no modification to an original board.
    Fretting inaccuracies are more than just "perceived", they are real, and some players have had...
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    Re: Back removal

    Fish glue releases very easy with a small amount of steam.

    I use one of the $20 hand held steamers off Epay. If you don't have one of those, a simple old school coffee pot with a 50 cent hose...
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    Re: Building a violin... easier?

    So, did the OP ever build a violin?

    Most of Harry Wake's books are minimalist and leave the reader wondering if he actually built one. We can say the same thing for the old Irving Sloan book on...
  7. Re: This just showed up in my inbox re: Gibson guitars

    Last I looked the “Dobro” name and trademark still belonged to Bank of America.
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    Re: Gibson F-9 sinking top

    (Opinionated answer to follow:)

    Too much, unless the company that built it covers it. I do have an idea what a re-top from an independent builder would ballpark, but at the end of the day, even...
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    Re: Finish Identification

    Bob Flexner, Understanding Wood Finishing.
    Not on line, but if you can read from a paper book it has a very thorough overview.
  10. Thread: Paypal

    by Mandobar
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    Re: Paypal

    The $600 is cumulative over a tax year. It is not item by item. They will report a consolidated statement of your sales. So, if you sell three items through Paypal at $500 each, you will get a...
  11. Thread: To weep....

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    To weep....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_dmczCcKoA
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    One reason to seal before staining is to minimize dye being preferentially absorbed by the end grain like in the f holes. Another is that it allows you to scrape all the color off and start over if...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    In the 132 mandolins that I've built, I've only had one with a neck issue. It had a Siminoff style truss rod with the right angle bend that broke at the bend- just like 99% of bicycle spokes brake at...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    One is adjustable, one is not.
  15. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    This back was actually starting to come off anyway. And there were no problems. No pins. Just used a couple of hot knives/scrapers. Head and tail block are obviously a bit tricker. Best to go...
  16. Re: Cleaning gunk off a nitrocellulose lacquer finish

    Can naphtha damage a nitrocellulose finish? The answer is yes, it can if you are careless with it. If naphtha fumes get trapped for any length of time on a nitrocellulose finish it will indeed damage...
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Well, all I can say is that in my mind a signed Loar has more value in the marketplace than one of the "unsigned Loars". Regardless the quality of the instrument...
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    Re: Bryan Kimsey

    I can give a thumbs up for Bob. He can handle diffucult Jo's like converting bar to modern frets.
  19. Campanella, Red Diamond, Northfield, Collings experience

    Everything about mandolins is subjective individual preference but decades of posts seem to demonstrate that members love to read and hear others experiences and thoughts on mandolins - so here is my...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    Let's end this one now. Thanks everybody.
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    Re: Requirement to login twice

    As long as you click the "Remember Me" box under the login area you can stay logged indefinitely, even between reboots.
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    Re: Requirement to login twice

    What Browser are you using? Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, etc.
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    I'm not trying to be argumentative, either, just having a conversation. Wasn't trying to be a jerk.

    Ok - imagine a 1" diameter tube, cut in half (solid D shape), 12" long, made of solid carbon...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    rcc56, jusr think of any kind of a stick (or beam in technical words) that is being bent. The side towards the tension is in compression, and the opposite side is in tension. An horizontal tree...
  25. Thread: Old Gibson

    by Mark1j
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    Re: Old Gibson

    Thanks for all the replies! Rcc56, if I have time tomorrow I will try to contact you.
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