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    Re: Asheville Jams?

    The conversation is not really, "Are there any jams?"

    It is more like, "Hoooooolllllllleeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyy $#!@ !!!!! I only have a week and so far I've found 27 different jams within 15 minutes...
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    I have no skin in the argument....

    I use dovetails and hot hide glue for all of my mandolin necks, both traditional dovetails and bolt on necks for the guitars (depending upon the customer), and...
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    The whole mandolin was made with titebond. There should be no glue in the neck joint, just the bolts hold it on.

    You may not like a bolted neck system from where you sit building a few mandolins...
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    No nitro in that era.

    I was building for them briefly in the 4xxx era; the finish was a similar cat-poly stuff about 1/8 of an inch thick that you could pull off as a giant single sheet.....
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    No nitro in that era.

    I was building for them briefly in the 4xxx era; the finish was a similar cat-poly stuff about 1/8 of an inch thick that you could pull off as a giant single sheet.

    That...
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    Graham, what is the serial number on that one?

    The factory used a commercially made 18" long T handle that came in a set from MSC with removable tips and a locking set screw. I always found it...
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    I did a major restoration on an old double bass earlier this year that had almost 27 linear foot of cracks that were repaired. I had one in the shop a few years back that had several hundred cleats...
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    There are a lot of ways to equalize the tension on a 'teens A mandolin. I do it often enough that I built this jig a few years back.

    Needless to say, it gets a LOT of use.....;)
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    Re: Cutting bits for rosette channels

    The Bishop Cochran base with a good downcutting bit should work great. I've made tons of rosettes using that system. My current setup uses a micro fence which I adore because of it's 1:1 ratio- turn...
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    $15 per inch for hot hide glue work?????:disbelief:

    I need to raise my prices!
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    Re: Should I Resist Waverly Tuners?

    Nicolo Alessi....
  12. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    Some folks play the mandolin; others only let the mandolin play them.

    It comes down to which one are you.....
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    Re: Power Supply Advice

    Eventually, daisy chaining Onespots or something similar is going to let you down at the worst possible stage moment. I used to run way more of those than I should and overloaded them far too much....
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    "Whole lotta' nuthin'...."
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    Re: Modernizing an A-4. Yes or No?

    Changing the fretwire is NOT modernizing an instrument.

    Almost every Stradivarius violin on the planet has a non-original neck and the few that are somewhat intact have been modified for...
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    Re: 1909 Gibson mandolin

    Ha!!!!!! It was factory work and nothing more- slam that top on the pattern cutter and repeat 50 times more before your lunch break. No unicorns. No fairy dust. Just a minimum wage employee who...
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    Re: Spruce for kerfing

    It is kerfing; don't overthink it! ;)
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    Re: 105 year old neck joints

    A little update:

    The insides have been all cleaned up, the original bassbar back in good shape, and a few very small delicate cleats installed using the recycled soundboard from a 1921 piano. WOW...
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    Re: Todd Phillips Released

    Does anyone have a transcription of "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" ?
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    Re: Can this be buffed to gloss?

    Then triple that number for the three times it rubbed through the finish and had to be re-done....;)
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    Re: Cost for refret

    Well, um, that was almost 50 years ago and the acceptable standards were very different than today. You could buy a L. Loar signed F5 then for about $7500...;)

    There are probably 50 independent...
  22. Thread: H5 mandola

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    Re: H5 mandola

    My favorite mandola formula is to use a stiffer piece of red spruce and then carve it to slightly over Loar mandolin specs with modest bracing- maybe 4.7mm in the top center down to 3.0 in the...
  23. Re: Torrefied, thermally cured, "roasted wood" for the home shop

    Don is a friend of mine; I've seen his setup in action in the world's coolest old chicken coop...

    I've read the thermowood handbook and a ton of other data that is available on the process. Nobody...
  24. Re: Torrefied, thermally cured, "roasted wood" for the home shop

    Nope.

    Weight had nothing to do with my goals.

    I would suspect that a lot of the moisture forced out by heat would settle back in when the boards equilibrate, in a similar way that plenty of...
  25. Re: Torrefied, thermally cured, "roasted wood" for the home shop

    BTW, the boards I started with are North Carolina red spruce, cut about 30 miles from here up near Bryson City. I sourced them from The Hampton Brothers- the coolest young guys in the tonewood...
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