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  1. Thread: Shop dust

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    Re: Shop dust

    Nah, I could but carving spruce effortless and enjoyable. I really do detest flying sawdust.
  2. Thread: Shop dust

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    I don't find the spikey donut dangerous as long as you keep your wits about you. I learned to hold it with my elbows locked into my waist and swing arcs to get curve I wanted. I don't have any...
  3. Thread: Shop dust

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    For shaping plates before assembly, I use my Bosch ROS65VC (made in Switzerland), 2x+ the cost of most other ROS's, but the lack of vibration is astounding. For archtop instruments, I put a 1/2" soft...
  4. Re: Chris Thile & Aoife O'Donovan Lakes of Pontchartrain

    Wow! Just wow. Thanks for posting that Jim- RR
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    Re: New Mando on the way...

    mtm, You may be surprised. When you move up to an instrument that is more responsive with additional nuances, your playing evolves. At the very worst, you'll be more motivated to play more, which in...
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    Congrats on your Eastman mando! Lot's of happy new players with that model. The one upgrade most consistently mentioned is the tuners. Pappyrich's response on Grovers is good info about a direct drop...
  7. Thread: Douglas fir

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    Re: Douglas fir

    Gibson briefly looked into using it in the late 70s. Around 1980 when I had a connection at Gibson in Kalamazoo, JP Motes gave me a fine grained fir F5 top that had been roughed on the chair seat...
  8. Thread: Shop dust

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    Re: Shop dust

    I have a 1,000cfm dust collector. I ran a 4" hard line down one wall with blast gates for the jointer and sliding miter. I have a 4" flex duct that alternates between the planer, large bandsaw,...
  9. Thread: My New Baby

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    Re: My New Baby

    As others have replied, that short brace is it. The tops were left thick enough that they didn't need anything the likes of tone bars or ladder braces. It is fairly common for that little brace to...
  10. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    Like Pops, I use a Polytune (actually the Unitune is less expensive and performs the same). It's the easiest one handed off-and-on there is. It also blows all other tuners (cept maybe the Petersen...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    I'm still using the bag I got from Luthier's Merc a couple of decades ago. A bit longer shelf life than Titebond :cool:
  12. Thread: Flying!

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    Re: Flying!

    Flawless playing Simon! I'm impressed with how you can keep the drones going through all those triplets. Is that an old Sobel cittern?
  13. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    Celtic and blugrass here. +5 on straps, all my mandos have their own strap tied on. Now acoustic guitar, just the opposite, seated only without a strap, especially with a dread.
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    The secret to lasting rigidity is plywood ribs, the more plies the better. And putting a skin on the bottom which essentially creates a bunch of I-beams. I have a buddy who does high end custom work...
  15. Re: Aaron Weinstein's New Apitius yorkville mandolin

    Honey, I shrunk the L-5 !!!
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    Re: Narrowing my string search....

    Medley, Congratulations on beating cancer!!!

    None of the three strings you mentioned are going to feel like silk and steel strings. To spare your fingertips, you want lower tension (light gauge?)...
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    Re: Blue Chip pick for oval hole mandolin

    If you're playing the large triangle Primetones, then the TAD size would be the BC equivalent. I have an oval hole and the shorter neck/lower tension seems to like a slightly lighter pick than the...
  18. Re: hot-rod frankenstein upgrades to my "new" '80 Epiphone mandol

    With EVO frets and a Cumberland bridge you're good for the long haul there. Where's you come by that strap, haven't seen one of those before?
  19. Re: Need replacement tailpiece for Kentucky KM1500

    It's a standard stamped tailpiece. You have tons of choices ranging from $15 to $150, from cheap stamped ones all the way up to James machined ones. There's been lot's of threads on this subject if...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Hey Mike, I went through the same process with my cabinet saw. If it's a side extension between the rails, that's a great place for a router table. If outfeed, go torsion box. Even with the minimal...
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    Re: EVO frets after 10 years

    I've done lots of fret level/dress jobs over the past 10 years. I don't see anything on those frets that would be affecting tone or playability. You've probably got 6 more years before you'll really...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    That's one fancy (nice) countersink tool. Stew-Mac sells simliar bits but not one for the Grover 309s I was using in earlier days, so I just use a violin peg reamer and marked the depth on it with a...
  23. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    What, only three different keys (in drop D I think)? IMO opinion Sierra has become a great guitar player in the last couple of years. Of course, I imagine being married to Justin hasn't hurt. I...
  24. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    With retirement I've circled back around to bluegrass after focusing on celtic/contra for a long time. This spurred getting a rosewood dread, something I've always wanted, but never afforded myself....
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    Re: latest Ludewig 2 point

    Very classy! When the best builders on the forum are all giving kudos, you know you nailed it.
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