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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    Zero frets are in right now. It's partly due to successful marketing by the manufacturer of "Zero-Glide" nuts. Which I have dealt with once on a customer's instrument, and am not particularly...
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    Re: The first Apitius Era

    A friend of mine has an Apitius that he bought many years ago, perhaps in the late 1990's or early 2000's.
    I have not seen the instrument in many years, but I remember that it was a good instrument.
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    Re: Intonation Mystery

    Most of the time, sharp intonation on the lower frets only is caused by nut slots that are not correctly adjusted. Occasionally I see a nut that has been rounded at the front, causing the strings to...
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    Re: Need parts

    It should be made clear that the fingerboards and peghead overlays that can be purchased are raw parts, not completed assemblies.

    LMI can sell you a pre-slotted fingerboard. You will have to...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    This guy is going to need more than $8500 or $9999.11 to pay his legal bill if Garrett Park spots his ad and decides to report him to the Federal Trade Commission for using that image of their old...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    No, that's not it at all. The old bracket exerted vertical tension on the mandolin rib, which restricted its horizontal oscillations and increased the resonant frequency of the rib beyond its ideal...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Other differences that occurred in the early 1920's: The necks were slimmed down sometime during 1922 or '23. Adjustable bridges start to appear in 1921. At some point, the cam style pickguard...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    And JB's response brings up the eternal question: Why are people willing to pay a premium of 25% on '23 and '24 mandolins? Loar didn't build 'em, sign 'em, inspect 'em, or as James Condino might...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    The easy way?
    Sigh . . . another sales gimmick for rich hobbyists.

    They're gonna have fun getting each fret the right length so they don't have to re-do the ends after they install them.

    I...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    That's a Reverb seller that has been around for a while, and their habit is to price way above market value. They are listing a 1970 Martin D-28 in Indian rosewood for
    $4800, which is way high.
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    Re: Long Scale Gibson Banjo question...

    That is a Gibson RB-175, which was Gibson's long-necked banjo model, that was inspired by Pete Seeger's modified Vega banjo. Long neck banjos were quite popular during the early 1960's.

    These...
  12. Re: National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    I'd treat it the same way as I would treat a cracked bridge on an old Martin guitar-- replace the bridge and keep the old one in the case pocket.
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    Re: Have I Been Scammed?

    An additional heads-up: The Denmark seller I mentioned in my post above has added Fenders to his scheme.
    Some gullible soul has just put one in his cart.

    The shop names often are 2 words that...
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    Re: Is this damage serious or cosmetic?

    That appears to be impact damage.
    It wouldn't hurt to get it looked at to make sure the glue joint has not been compromised.
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    Re: Is this damage serious or cosmetic?

    If it's a solid body electric bass, it's cosmetic unless it's by the neck or an output jack.
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    Re: Have I Been Scammed?

    Someone has been posting mint condition used Gibson and PRS high-end and custom shop electric models for ~$750 to ~$1200 on Reverb, always with a so-called "shop" in Denmark or Mexico. They set up a...
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    Re: Flatiron F5 - set-up advice needed...

    The nut and truss rod must be correctly adjusted before the bridge height and neck set can be evaluated.
    Mandolins require very little relief in the fretboard if the frets are level and the...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Don't.
    Take several deep breaths. Eat a chocolate chip cookie.


    If you're still thinking about it after you read this, see my post in your "Have I been scammed?" thread. :)
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    Re: Have I Been Scammed?

    Take the pledge. It can be done.

    I will admit that an SS Stewart #3 banjo, complete with the wood marquetry inside the rim and the rare engraved sheathing was a very recent temptation. A...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I did a quick survey of recent prices for a Triolian mandolin. They might bring $1000, +/-, in pretty good condition.
    Oh, by the way, this one has a broken tailpiece and quite a bit of wear. ...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I wonder where folks like this come up with their prices. Even the rarest, most highly engraved National guitars don't bring $40k.
    As for a brown Triolian mandolin, if you were to divide his price...
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    Re: Loar-era Gibson F4 -- Structurally Sound?

    I don't see any glaring problems. The brace should still be checked and re-glued if necessary. If there is any distortion that I can't see, it's not bad enough to worry about.
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    Re: Old Gibson Mandolin

    What's most important as that she sounds good and plays comfortably.
  24. Re: Luthier special: Sheraton brown Gibson A2 in need of help

    Thanks for posting the easier to see pictures, Jim.
    Any lingering doubts I may have had are gone. If you try to patch her up, she'll struggle just to get out of bed in the morning. Give her a new...
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    Maybe it would sound great, maybe awful. We have no way of knowing whether it sounded any good before the accident.

    Observe the damage around the soundhole, the ribs coming loose at the...
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