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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    A few years back, whilst on a quest to figure out the octaveís place in the mandolin/violin family relationship and attempt to dispense with the confusion, I learned that the octave mandolin has an...
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    Octave mandolin (US) tuned GDAE one octave below a mandolin = octave mandola (UK & Europe). Mandola (US) tuned CGDA I believe is called the alto mandola in UK & Europe.
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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    Not about a mandolin, but "Clapton's Guitar" is a great book about Wayne Henderson and building a guitar for Eric Clapton. Lot's of very interesting guitar history, especially Martins, and...
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    Tony Rice passed

    David Anthony Rice passed away on the 25th; very sad.
  5. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the very best to you

    Hi all:

    I know this Christmas and Holiday season won't be the best for everybody, but I'm still wishing you just that; the very best possible.

    People here have shared everything from wonderous...
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    Collings Shop Tour Video

    https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/being-texan-collings-guitars-are-worth-every-penny/?fbclid=IwAR0lgAB2MoJ6FCQONKaDaRgDgOQKO1l4TSB6dFkrWGW2ZZo7D3fkzdHA_BM
  7. Re: A banjo album that deserves wider recognition

    I had the honor of recording Earth Tones. Adam got the whole album down in two days, which included time for walks in the forest.
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    Luthier on Luthier podcast

    Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by American guitar maker Michael Bashkin for his "Luthier on luthier podcast." Which is hosted by The Fretboard Journal. Not much in the way of mando...
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    Sierra Hullís E-Tune

    So cool

    https://youtu.be/AaJWMF7fngk
  10. Fixtures for repairing separated backboards

    I was working on a repair and as I turned the fixture, I noticed that it was marked ďSept 14, 1964.Ē I chuckled at it's age and it moved me to share it with you all. I think Iíve used it seven or...
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    Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Very good news. Zach sent an email this morning that Dennis received his double transplant yesterday and is now in recovery but awake. Zach posted that here. I had received a call from Dennis on...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    I was the one that posted the thread about bone that I’d bought in Otto, NC. It was at Culpepper&co. near Franklin, NC. I bought enough bone knife scales for $20.00 to last me the rest of my life.
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    No way; business is booming for those guys. I know them personally, including several of the big dogs; we just talked a couple of days ago (some new Condino tools are coming down the pipeline!).
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    Re: Redtip wood?

    This is anecdotal only, but when I was in SC one of our tree service contractors complained that it was "hard as iron". I never tried to use the wood.
  15. Condino Brazilian rosewood mandolin #164

    I've been pleasantly suffering through the quarantine enjoying a new mandolin: #164, the 4th in sequence from my favorite Brazilian rosewood log. 1989 Ted Davis red spruce, 1950s Brazilian rosewood...
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    Re: Sapele end block grain orientation?

    I wouldn't laminate. It doesn't really matter which way you orient the grain. If you want to go to the trouble to look up the dimensional stability of your side wood, top wood and back wood and...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Playing around with some bound head plate ideas for the next couple of developmental mandolins as part of a project to build a matched mandolin quartet.The one on the left is bookmatched gidgee or...
  18. Re: No mandolin content. Taylor Guitars story about sourcing wood

    The problem is not wood.

    The problem is Bob Taylor insisting on consuming 130,000 guitars a year worth of wood.
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    Tru-oil for finish

    Just thought I would try and give something back to the forum for all the help everyone has given me..........


    This happens to be something I have experience with, gunstocks, guitar, fiddle and...
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    Re: Some instruments take time to sell

    Viola is an under appreciated instrument. Used primarily in chamber music and symphonies, the type A parents always aspire that their talented little ones will be the next Joshua Bell, so they steer...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    Further beating on this expired equine: The whole concept that you can maintain a straight edge while cross-grinding by hand is simply flawed - at least at the level that might be relevant. You...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    Be aware that maintaining the straightness of the straight side of the scraper as you grind the edge is on you. One of the first things I had to do with a Carruth scraper at my place of work was to...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    I don't think the Carruth scraper is a fancy tool. Just elegant in its simplicity. More power to ye if you want to fashion a piece of 3/16" steel into a scraper. I would rather spend a few dollars on...
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Former environmental scientist here. I doubt any chemical treatment is necessary. After cleaning it, dry everything out, put it out in the sun for a day or two. Bring it back inside and and monitor...
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    Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    I'm posting this here because many of us play guitar in addition to mando. And the fact that Tony's work reaches beyond just guitar, influencing other musicians no matter what instrument they play. ...
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