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    Re: Howe-Orme mandolin video

    Many thanks for this, I really enjoyed both the talk, and the instrument demonstrations.

    One very minor comment: I would be wary of attributing Bickford as a H-O player based on a publicity shot. ...
  2. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    I'd love to see an image of that.

    Sounds like it might be quite strong, I bet it's a bind to fit though which may be why they abandoned it?
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    I really should have taken some images.... the one I took apart looked just like that, however, once that layer of paper was off, there was a quite nicely applied layer of something much tougher...
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    Re: Oh dear

    Now that's that's the funniest thing I've heard today :)
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    Re: Oh dear

    Maybe, to my eyes it just looks totally wrong - even upping the fretboard to 2-3mm thick would roughly double it's original thickness which is very noticeable. US made bowls had much more sensibly...
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    Re: Oh dear

    IF the tacks are in the right place, AND the craftsman takes care with cutting the frets I don't see why it wouldn't be accurate. Though I confess I wouldn't want to be doing this on a completed...
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    Re: Updating/Modernizing 1914 f2

    +1 those are the two sizes most of use I think, the smaller of the 2 would look closer to the original, the larger is mostly (strictly IMO) easier to play on I think.
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    Re: Oh dear

    Sorry, yes, it was a mandolin - a bowl back made by F DeMurada. It's the same instrument I'm up-cycling in the other thread I posted, but the shot was taken before I'd chopped the neck off in...
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    Mandolin Up-Cycling

    This is not something I'd normally do, indeed some might consider it sacrilege, but I'll post here anyway so you can all criticise me if you want. I might :)

    Some time back I acquired a couple of...
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    Oh dear

    Sometimes, I wonder what some of these old builders were thinking:

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    Quality control anyone?
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    Re: Looking for advice for a 1918 Gibson Model A

    I wish someone would give me one of those!

    Definitely worth fixing, both financially, and in terms of bang-for-your-buck (as long as you want a mandolin that is)!
  12. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    With regard to the lining paper: having recently removed and replaced some, I can tell you that either paper, cloth, or veneer (as in Embergher) when applied with hide glue will shrink and pull the...
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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    Well I must have been looking at the wrong prices.... I had no idea! :)
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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    Haha, it's a conundrum when you see something being consistently undervalued, do you keep that to yourself and enjoy the fruits, or shout it from the rooftops? :)

    OK Since I don't play them...
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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    Just to conclude this thread with some more images, first the dovetail:

    203470203471

    And yes, that was a cracked neck block which needed fixing.

    Then all finished off, if I had my time over...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    OK let's think this through: on a guitar if the frets are level with top of the bridge, then the saddle will be double the height of the 12th fret action, so 3-4mm which is spot on. Given that the...
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Do you know, that actually sounds great, who'd have thought :)
  18. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    This is a problem we all have to some degree, there's a video somewhere by a banjo playing neuroscientist (no really) who reckons that 20 minutes is the optimal practice time because after that you...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    Here we go:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bilKP6CbJdg
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Now those photos I have got to see :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    Nod. In order for the neck to rotate forward something has to give, in this case it appears the top has separated from the rim and the body spread outwards at the sides allowing the neck to rotate...
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    Re: Mandola scale length

    Interesting, I find a 17" scale almost the perfect length - of course you can't play closed mandolin chord shapes on that scale, but for folky open chord shapes and tune playing I'd say it would be...
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    Depends by what you mean by out of position: if it's actually come loose, then I would say that's a result: just glue it back in place to fix the issue, it's body distortion that's the hard one to...
  24. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    I would yes, a big difference in tone, and in general thin strings sound "thin" and thick ones sound rich/full and well "thick". So yes experiment and see what sounds best, you might find that...
  25. Thread: Stable Cracks

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    Re: Stable Cracks

    I would say there's no such thing: stable repaired cracks yes, not stable cracks.

    If I'm the advertiser, then I call old historical repairs that clearly haven't moved in 50 years stable, and...
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