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  1. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Can you read music in standard notation? If not, itís a bit of a slog to figure it out, but it will change your life, and itís not something that ever gets rusty. Get yourself a copy of Coleís 1000...
  2. Thread: Bending sides

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    Re: Bending sides

    Hand bending is no problem if you have experience with figured wood. Gluing up the rim for an F5 can be very tricky, however. I am in the minority and prefer an inside form simply because it is so...
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    Re: Finger style mandolin

    https://youtu.be/gK6j9bkykBk
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    Re: Finger style mandolin

    Pierre Bensusanís PrŤs de Paris is one of the great all time fingerstyle albums and the second track on the b side is him doing fingerstyle mandolin.

    https://youtu.be/gK6j9bkykBk
  5. Re: Is is possible to increase neck mass by buiding it up somehow

    I think you could eventually find someone that would do this kind of compromising work, but itís kind of like shopping for an unscrupulous plastic surgeon that will perform whatever procedure you ask...
  6. Thread: Old Beech Wood

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    Re: Old Beech Wood

    I’ve made a few cellos with beech ribs (in fact, I’m making one right now). If it is well quartered it can have pretty stunning fleck and figure, kind of similar to sycamore or lacewood. I think it...
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    Re: Golden Gate "Clown Barf" Extra Stiff Pick

    When I was a kid I wanted a clown barf pick so badly but they hadnít been made for years. So I cut up a bunch of picks and stuck them in a toaster oven together to make my own. I think you can...
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    Re: Recommendation for mandolin lessons in USA

    Hi Sophie. I live in France now but lived in Chicago for many years before moving here. Could you provide some more details? Are you an intermediate or experienced player looking for direction or...
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    Re: Natural / Blonde Gibson F5s?

    This is one I can think of off the top of my head.

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/95358

    201731
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    Re: F4 design evolution/solutions

    I think they prioritized the fit of the curve over the dovetail itself. If you cut the curve of the neck heel on a bandsaw with a narrow blade, not by eyeballing it but like I said on a spinning jig,...
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    Re: F4 design evolution/solutions

    Iím not saying that I know that it was done this way, just that it seems like the simplest way to machine two matching curves across a whole range of sizes and styles of instruments would be to use a...
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    Re: F4 design evolution/solutions

    Adrian the neck block interests me most because it has to be perfect every time in order for the production fitting of necks. Everything else on the body is allowed to be a little wonky. Maybe you or...
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    Re: F4 design evolution/solutions

    I think the era was important as well, and putting R&D into a flamboyant art nouveau design in the new jazz era made little sense. Itís like tweaking a 20 year old car design.

    So hereís a...
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    Re: F4 design evolution/solutions

    I guess I believe that some of what we take to be immutable design elements are really just relics of manufacturing, but I also know that the overall design was highly thought out, cohesive, and...
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    Re: F4 design evolution/solutions

    Another thing: the F4 is different in that the inner piece of scroll binding wraps up the head block (no riser block) and the fingerboard binding obviously continues this line. To interrupt it would...
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    F4 design evolution/solutions

    As Iíve been modifying my own templates lately I've become more and more curious about the way the F4 developed from the introduction of the 2 point model around 1912(?) and specifically the...
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