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    Re: China mandolin supply

    Now if it gets desperate, the mandolins can be dropped in the harbor and float in on the tide. The banjos will sink. Problems solved.
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    People who buy expensive stuff for investment value know that the market is erratic and has lots of blueberry lumps of fashionability, and that it also relates to externalities like taxes and...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Soon, soon, imagination will be superseded by The All-seeing, Alll-knowing AI and the Universal DNA Database. Did Sachmo’s lips touch this horn? Whose butt sat at this piano? Did Loar lose a...
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    Re: My new Aria M-300

    The much more knowledgeable will have more definitive things to say, but I can mention a little: The last photo hopefully has some distortion or else the lower end of the fretboard is being pulled...
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    Re: Tuner Recommendations

    Useful if you have Albacore strings.
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    Re: Shop questions

    Second the motion - motion. Wheels under everything. Allows compacting the space when things are not in use, ability to handle long lumber when needed, better access for belt changes, etc. My...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Hmmm, I was going to guess that this neck has a fixed support bar of some sort -- no adjustable truss rod -- but the buyer wanted it to have a truss rod cover so it looks "normal".
    Somehow reminds...
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    Not too bad, except for the prior ‘repair’. I would still inspect the inside just in case something got glued in, and also to clean up for glue and see if the white strips are plain or T-shaped....
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    Why not? Cause I ain’t no luthier, just a hacker and have great respect for the professionals. Reversibility of a repair is their credo, as well as maintaining originality if possible. I also...
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    I guess the primary issue is not how to do it, but how to get it done, since I read here over and over that due to unpopularity and low resale value of bowl backs, luthiers are not eager to mess with...
  11. Re: Gibson F5-G with bottom edge damage (need advice Buy or Pass)

    Sometimes an open seam, even if invisible, can be picked up by thumping the area with a knuckle. It will buzz or just sound different than a tight seam. Worked pretty well on a cello I unaccountably...
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    Re: Trio of mandolins seen on facebook

    It’s all this chatter about pumpkin tops.
  13. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    The two hooks on either side of the tailpiece, probably allow the adjustability. You may have to put a little shim between the top of the hoop and the tailpiece, and then tighten against it, or not...
  14. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    Never had opportunity to either play or study the mechanics of banjos, which seem not quite as simple as I mentioned above, but one of the things I noticed right away was that the tailpiece adjusts...
  15. Re: Gibson MB-4 Trapdoor Banjo mandolin info request

    Several times POPS1 recommended (light) tenor banjo strings to tame the beast. I bought an old no-name banjolin last winter and found it not only obnoxious but almost impossible to tune because all...
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    Re: vintage mandolin bridge replacement

    Steve, if you intend more small-scale hobby work and want sort of dental nostalgia, buy a Foredom rotary tool and shaft. It’s much more expensive than a Dremel, but both items are useful in shaping...
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    Re: I went and did it!

    Actually, a twelve fret program. Better tempered.
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    Re: vintage mandolin bridge replacement

    Steve, you can’t go wrong. Just make your measurement with full string tension first, and don’t forget to keep your mask on. Ebony dust should be less toxic than rosewood, but no need to...
  19. Re: Replacing soundboard without removing fretboard and extender

    Nice. Just a note that for similar cutting jobs (by hand, no tooth set, various kerf widths), keyway broaches, used in metalworking (on, curiously enough a broaching machine to cut keyways), have...
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    Dare not comment on the decorative or musical value, or IMHO absurd price, but might mention that all the photos show a bead blast finish, which, if even slightly overdone, will erase smaller...
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    Re: Pulling a fret

    Jeff, that iron setup is excellent for general electronic work, and its 60W should be enough to get a fret smokin’. Depending on what it’s made of, you may have to move around, and use a chisel tip...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Deltas from the 1930s-60s are the benchmark in small ones; there are a lot of them, and as mentioned, they last. Since many went into home workshops, the wear can be minimal. Last one I got was...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    Sorry, didn’t want to suggest expedient measures to actual craftsmen! However, there seem to be one-shot and newbies here too, and sometimes they don’t just buy all the tools, or can afford them. My...
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    Re: Question about my beater/traveller

    I’d think of it this way: There’s an infinite supply of low cost, functional mandolins. Each few tens of hours of use you get in is worth the cost of buying a new one, even if yours doesn’t stand...
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    Re: Battery generator to run an amp

    Can’t troubleshoot by telelpathy, but a couple of generic things to check. In anything small signal audio, grounding is vital, but sometimes not obvious. Your battery-inverter setup is ‘floating’,...
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