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    Re: H1 Mandola tailpiece

    Going off of John's idea, if you set it up on a CNC, you could do something like this and never have to worry about it again...
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    Or you could do it by hand, with a little 1/32" hole drilled...
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    Re: Shop questions

    To Andrew's point, I used to have a whole house to use as a shop. It was pretty awesome. However, it was difficult to heat and cool, but the real problem was that I got SUPER lazy about keeping...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Nice, Shaper Origin. I'm currently rebuilding my CNC for the 5th, and hopefully last time. I got sick of having to work around technology. Technology should work for ME. There may or may not be...
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    Re: Identify this wood?

    Oh yeah, I was just saying it looks like it is some species we'd call mahogany. I'd stick with "curly mahogany" and you're not going to raise any eyebrows.
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    Probably just a broken engraving tool in the CNC tool changer. All the critical features were gauged, but there isn't a convenient way to gauge engraving. Stuff like this happens, even in medical...
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    Re: Action high - but why, I cry!

    That can be true. However, more often than not, I can often dress the frets and modify the bridge to get mandolins playing again as long as the neck joint hasn't moved or the neck relief isn't...
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    by Marty Jacobson
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    Re: Gal

    A GAL membership is only worthwhile if you want to be able to read articles, not published anywhere else, covering topics relevant to any luthier written by the best and most creative luthiers in the...
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    Re: Newb's first day

    Otherwise known as "your last day with a savings account".
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    Look up padauk, goncalo alves, macacauba, granadillo, and bubinga. Those are all under the umbrella of "some type of rosewood", or at least legumes which can have similar coloring to what your...
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    Re: Minimum bench plane size

    John Hamlett's approach is especially good because it means you can think about how you can get a job done today, instead of feeling like you need another $1000 purchase to solve all your problems....
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    My opinion - deal with it until January. You'll probably make it difficult for the speed neck to be done as nicely as possible if you mess with it too much.

    If you really feel like you need to do...
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    Re: Mandola Sounds?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyqWC-xXZXw
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    Just flush the harmonic compensator fluid every once in a while. I only charge $200 to do that.
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    Casual player: yes, change one pair, or single strings, at a time. This minimizes your risk of changing the bridge position or action accidentally.

    But let's face it, it's a mandolin. If it's been...
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    Re: Another Siminoff Neck Joint Question

    Can I just say, that redwood looks awesome.
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    Re: Quick Question on Eastman Finish

    I think that must be incorrect, possibly marketing mumbo jumbo. Or at best, well-intentioned wishful thinking. Under lacquer, you would only put dyes, or something that is part of the lacquer...
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    by Marty Jacobson
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    Re: Oval A

    The one thing I learned after my first few (never sold) oval-hole mandolins collapsed:

    I used to think of graduations for an archtop mandolin like this: thick in the center, thinning towards the...
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    Re: Atypical top wood?

    Mango only pawn in game of life...
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    Re: Atypical top wood?

    Paulownia is supposed to work.
    Didn't David Harvey make an all-mango Gibson F-5? Maybe I made that up.

    A huge number of high-end guitar builders use a "double-top" construction. This is...
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    Re: CNC plate carving service

    That sounds an awful lot like work.

    I prefer to spend a decade building a machine out of recycled materials which is controlled by software written by unpaid amateurs, which can easily...
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    Re: Question for Thomastik strings users

    Can't argue with that, haha. It's a perfect match, really, because the low mass of the cone means you're still going to have more than enough volume and sustain. Basically any mandolin with...
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    Re: Question for Thomastik strings users

    They don't change tone much with age, if at all that I can detect. I replace them when they wear out - the windings eventually fall off. A strings mostly, the G and D courses seem to last essentially...
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    Re: Chop vs ringing clarity

    I'd say a Silverangel generally sounds like closing a cigar box. Ken has developed a style which is pretty extreme, and which is really good for "chop".

    Naturally, all engineering is about...
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    Re: Bridge location on an A5 build

    I don't think it matters as much as you might think. Speaking here of JUST the bridge position, obviously all these decisions (location of bridge, body shape and size, sound hole shape,size, and...
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    Re: Strings with no loop & no ball

    These strings are for classical guitars. This video shows a good demonstration of how to do it.


    No reason why you couldn't tie them on to the hooks for a mandolin tailpiece, and just leave the...
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