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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I see the forum software didn't like my attachments again. I'll try once more to see if they will work.
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    Re: Parrot Party

    I saw that mando at an early (first?) Loar-fest. An interesting piece!
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    We're using the snakehead shape for the peghead, but it will have a custom inlay when I get it done. As of now I have the logo ready to inlay and I'm slowly working on the main inlay design. We chose...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The carved back looks like this:
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    The carved top looks like this:
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Rather than using mahogany for the head and tail blocks we went with a much lighter head block wood (paulownia) and a heavier tail block wood (hard maple) to help with the balance of the instrument....
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    With the thickness established in the indicated places, carving the inside of the plates is basically an exercise in connecting the dots. I stayed pretty close to the published thicknesses with a...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Here's the back being carved to shape.
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    After completing the carving of the arches I used these graduation measurements that Bruce Harvie (IIRC) posted online.
    Here I'm carving the back to...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The customer who is patiently waiting for this mandolin has expressed interest in seeing some progress photos posted here so I'll go back a little bit and then catch up to current progress.
    This is...
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    Re: question on restoring an old gibson

    I can't tell enough from the photos to know how bad the situation is, but it looks like some serious tampering has gone on there...
    It would have to be really inexpensive for me to consider it...
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    Re: question on restoring an old gibson

    Not enough info to answer the question.
    Are you thinking of replacing with an arched top?
    The neck angle should be very different for a flat top as opposed to an arched top, so depending upon the...
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    Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    While the fundamental mode of motion of a top or back is sort of like a speaker cone, there are more modes of motion as well, and all are involved in the mandolin making sound. In other words, the...
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    Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    Because wood has different amounts of movement in different directions (more movement tangentially, less movement radially and essentially none longitudinally) wood workers are taught to avoid...
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    Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    While there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the idea of solid CF braces, they would need to be correctly sized to get them into the range of mass and stiffness that works for the sound we want....
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    Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    Nasty dust, difficult to glue. Other than that, the main thing is getting a wide enough brace to have enough surface at the glue joint for a good joint, while keeping the brace light in weight. ...
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    In the $1000 and down price ranges there is little or no consistency. Playing and choosing is the only sensible thing to do IMO if better sound is what you are looking for. I've found Kentucky...
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    Re: Headstock question

    I had a summer job in my college days working for ASCS (agricultural stabilization and conservation service) measuring corn fields, set aside land and so forth. There was plenty of time spent pulling...
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    Re: Headstock question

    I'll have to remember to ask the Troublesome Creek guys if they thought to measure the volume of flood water that came out of the mandolin I'm fixing for them.
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    Re: Headstock question

    I don't know how many slotted pegheads you've done, but I would assume the builder went solid to save work and time! :cool:
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    Re: Headstock question

    I believe Dave Cohen recently reported that a slotted a headstock is indeed lighter than a solid headstock. Of course, the weight of the tuners can vary.
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    Re: Finish cracks?

    Well that fills me in on several of the things that I didn't know in my first post.
    The finish is lacquer (or at least was on F5g mandolins last I knew), and was most likely applied very thick (as...
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    Re: Finish cracks?

    I don't know what the finish is, I don't know how it was applied, I don't know how thick the finish is, I don't know how the wood was seasoned before the mandolin was built, I don't know how the...
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    Re: What is the story behind the "scroll"

    I had that opportunity once as well. Got to handle Stradivari and Amati violins as well as see all sorts of ancient instruments from all over the world. Quite an experience.
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    Re: removing the top of a 1915 Washburn

    The lower edge of the side binding is almost surely not lined up with the top-to-rim joint, but instead will lower (toward the back) than the top-to-rim joint.
    You could use a technique that I've...
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    ...no big surprise that the focus is apparently not on building instruments...
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    Re: less heavy tuners

    Could be.
    It is not easy to build a mandolin with a 15 fret neck and good balance in the hand and on the strap, but some are more balanced than others. If you are open to selling/buying, just wait...
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