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  1. Does your mando need a setup? Learn to do it yourself!

    Hi there, mandolin lovers. Many moons ago I wrote an ebook on how to set up a mandolin. Mandolins are finicky little beasts and very slight adjustments can make a very big difference. I've been...
  2. Thread: Wood ID

    by MikeEdgerton
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    Re: Wood ID

    Repurposing furniture into musical instruments is a long and proud tradition :)

    Orville Gibson was known to do it.
  3. Thread: Wood ID

    by peter.coombe
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    Re: Wood ID

    Honduran mahogany, Brazilian mahogany and Cuban mahogany are listed on Appendix II of CITES. You can use the wood and export it, but you can only export it with no paperwork if the wood is...
  4. Thread: Cost for refret

    by rcc56
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    Re: Cost for refret

    Whether or not a partial re-fret is a good choice for an instrument can only be determined when the repair person has the instrument in hand.

    Often, a partial re-fret is possible, but an exact...
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    Re: Another D'Aquisto inspired art-deco mandolin

    I'm plotzing! Another beautiful looking and sounding creation, Graham.
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    Re: H1 Mandola tailpiece

    If you'd like to keep the original you could remove the tailpiece base and use a jewelers saw to make two cuts farther down to create a new prong. They don't have to be the same lengths.
  7. Another D'Aquisto inspired art-deco mandolin

    The second of the Jimmy D'Aquisto inspired mandolins, This one of Sitka and Tasmanian Blackheart sassafras.

    196609 196610 196611 196612

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  8. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I first decided to build myself a banjo. I studied anything I could find to read about stringed instrument building and repair, I looked at instruments, good and bad, cheap and expensive, and tried...
  9. Thread: Intonation woes

    by dang
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    Re: Intonation woes

    That is my favorite typo I have seen in a while :)

    Or Nevin is one devious jokester!
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    Re: Help with EQ/Frequency Issue

    I suspect that the problem is not due to the mic itself but down to the physical transfer of vibrations passing through the mounting system - attach it to something other than the mandolin and see if...
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    Re: Name that wood

    It's not Norwegian wood. That bird has flown.
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    Re: Name that wood

    What Nevin said!
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    Re: Name that wood

    tonewood
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    Re: Trigger Finger (s)

    If the triggering was caused by a recent injury, try everything in the book—anti-inflammatories, heat or ice, physical therapy, cortisone, more time—first. The surgery is usually smooth and simple as...
  15. Thread: Tight Waverly's

    by HoGo
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    Re: Tight Waverly's

    There's always possibility of drilling imperfection if the holes are out of square. On mandolins there are two possible problems. one is alignment/squareness other is spacing between posts. Third...
  16. Mandolin Cafe MP3 Podcast now on amazon Music

    Once upon a time in a land far, far away, in another time, say probably 1999 we decided to host an MP3 landing spot for music to help artists get their music heard. Still churning away, quite a bit...
  17. Re: "This mandolin was intact until my son sat on it"

    The Titanic was intact until it hit the iceberg. Just perspective.
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    Re: Newbie found a mandolin

    Back from the luthier - it appears this little mandolin is indeed pretty decent and playable, and the separation between the ribs is not a problem at this time (though if it would become bigger or...
  19. Re: "This mandolin was intact until my son sat on it"

    Now that is a pancake mandolin. :grin: Or should I say flatiron? :whistling:
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    Re: Top and back run out

    Run-out, or the lack of it, is important in flat-top instruments like guitars where the soundboards are only 1/8" or less thick and you want the longitudinal cell structure running as closely as you...
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    They should have lost a little of their price along with the cachet.
  22. Thread: Top carves

    by sunburst
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    Re: Top carves

    If you get farther into Dave's writings you will learn that there is no "treble side" in terms of how the top (or back) behaves to make sound, so that is an avenue that you can disregard and save...
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    Re: Weird nut on Planet tuners

    A normal socket set isn't going to help you. That needs a spanner. If you know anyone that is really into bicycle mechanics the spanners made for Campagnolo chainwheel nuts will probably fit that....
  24. Re: buying second hand (expensiive) instrument on Craiglist

    I've purchased pricey electric guitars, amps and drum kits via craigslist over the years when I lived in the States and I've never asked the seller for a receipt, mainly because like myself, many...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    Glued the back on today. I think it fits pretty well all things considered. The tail block area is a bit off but at least it now has a tail block area at all. For the non-professionals like me...
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