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    Re: Neck re-setting help needed?

    If you just want to get it playable,you could go to the old quick and dirty method of slipping the block. That operation,once recommended by some luthiers,but now considered butchery,involves sawing...
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    Re: Price Haggling??

    I used to spend time with an old fellow who sold aged and hard to find auto parts and related stuff. He ended all negotiations the same way by simply saying "It's a fair price-" with no particular...
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    Re: !st Hand Rubbed Sunbursts

    A tangential gripe..Trying to get a couple of mandos finished,I discovered to my horror that the price of Deft glossy spray had trebled. and none of the regular outlets I depended on are carrying...
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    Augusta at Elkins anyone?

    Wondering if there will be any Cafe' folk at Elkins Bluegrass week this year? I've missed the last three sessions caring for my dear wife who has now passed away and am planning to attend with one of...
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    Re: Playing with a hernia

    Got my hernia repair 15 days ago and still not quite comfortable in some positions. My doc told me yesterday that the best procedure is based on the old joke: Patient: Doc it hurts when I do dat.

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    Re: Free V-Picks - Right Here

    How about them Reds.

    Jim
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    Re: lost cafe baseball cap

    Sorry for your loss,Bill. A word of warning: If you DO order a new one,DO NOT open the package immediately! Allow it to acclimate to to the overseas environment for a few days. Otherwise...horror...
  8. Re: difficult/frustrating tasks in your first F build

    Hi,Cee Cee:

    You've got the good instincts,and,demonstrated by your experience in model building,the patience to get into this and succeed.
    I highly recommend Don MacCrostie's CD package sold by...
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    Re: Optimal Humidity

    Thanks,John. What kind of wood do you burn in your air conditioner?
  10. Thread: Is it age

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    Re: Is it age

    I can't remember if that happens to me or not.

    Jim
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    Re: Kudos to Stewmac

    I've dealt with Stewmac since the supply shop was (literally)a bumpout shed on the old banjo kit factory,and,although I have nattered a bit about their prices on some bits,I have always found their...
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    Re: Help with lousy stain job?

    I believe this is settled business now,Hobo. So clip that canebottom resonator off and preclude future caseing problems.
    Jim
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    Re: Help with lousy stain job?

    To my old rheumy eye,any wooden thing with a deep,even shine looks good. Were it the fashion,you could charge extra for it. Few coats of good clear and a good polish is the ticket.
    Jim
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    Re: Are Gibson mandolins like Nike sneakers?

    Enough of this craziness! Let's talk about something we can qualify reliably..like diamonds.
    Jim
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    Re: Case repair recommendations?

    The word you are looking for may be "skived",palo....thinning the leather to a fit. Saddlers use a special knife to do lots of it.
    Jim
  16. Re: strings in tune but 6th fret instead of 7!

    A high fret or low nut slot or both,I think.
    Jim
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    Re: Under the Microscope..

    For gosh sakes don't look at your skin under that thing! You'll discover that it's full of holes where all kinds of little critters and thangs can go in and out.
    Jim
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    Re: Making a better nut

    I've made a habit of leaving the nut unglued. I gives me a little side-to-side adjustment room on string alignment. If I'm sending the instrument to a new home,I use a small dot of glue to preclude...
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    Re: Ugliest mandolin on Earth?

    "There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste." Goethe
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    Install a good zero fret and you can use most anything will hold its shape for the "nut". It will change the sound of your instrument for sure. Maybe you would like it and maybe not.
    Jim
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    Re: How the heck do you ship an F-5?

    The USPS person will measure the shipping box and charge accordingly,so the smallest appropiate box is best. I think the ever-resourceful Frank Ford has an item on box resizeing on his site.
    Jim
  22. Re: CHEAP beginner Mandolin while I build my IV F5 Kit. ADVICE??

    I needed a travel mando for one of my grandsons and (partlly out of curiosity) ordered a Rogue 100A (49 something shipped) to fill the bill. It is a garishly handsome thang and since I was in a...
  23. Re: Most Complete Mandolin You Ever Abandonded

    I have run several through the bandsaw, saving only the bridges,fingerboards and hardware,except one where I managed to carefully remove the ebony headstock face with a particularly successful pearl...
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    Re: Bluegrass Week at Augusta Heritage - WV

    I've attended four Bluegrass weeks at Augusta,and enjoyed them immensely. I just like the place. The classes are great,and I'm still learning from them (I've finally learned Baltimore Johnny at a...
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    Re: The Spirit in the Mandolin

    By human logic,no romantic answer. But,we are trapped in the atomic world which may a minor part of the universe. In the subatomic,all our logic breaks down and we have only the smallest hint of...
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