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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Please tell me you shout "Kaplah!" when you've nailed a piece! https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kaplah
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    Re: Two New Two-Points

    Apologies for the sideways pictures! Also, not mentioned above, this mandolin has persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) for the fingerboard, bridge, and nut. Fingerboard and bridge are dyed.

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    Re: Two New Two-Points

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    Two New Two-Points

    From a certain viewpoint, is a yew two-point a yew-point?

    (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

    I recently completed a pair of two points. The first (oval soundhole) was made in collaboration with a...
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    Re: Soon to make my first Mandolin

    +1 on the Graham MacDonald book, it's a great resource. Measure twice, cut once. Dry fit and test clamp everything before you glue. Take your time with the finishing details. You can do this! ...
  6. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    Disclaimer: Those who have responded so far are all much more experienced and successful mandolin makers than I am. The archtop world is also heavily represented. My perspective is that of a...
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    Re: New (to me) mandolute

    Are the raised bindings on the sides just for decoration, or do they take the place of linings inside the instrument? They look cool, whatever function they may have.
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    Re: New TG Day -- Tieri

    Congratulations, that looks like a great acquisition! I'm intrigued by the pinless bridge--do you know if it's original?
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    Re: Name that wood

    Whoops, meant to reply with a quote to Nevin's explanation of ring porous versus diffuse porous woods.
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    Re: Name that wood

    What Nevin said!
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    Re: Name that wood

    I can see that the wood is ring porous and light colored. That's certainly consistent with white ash, or other ashes. There are other ring porous woods out there, for example black locust, but I...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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    My first attempt at 2-points, and my first mandolins after a long hiatus. Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) on the left, and Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia) on the right.
  13. Re: Tenor Guitar GDAE - Best place to learn/find lessons?

    The Online Academy of Irish Music (https://www.oaim.ie/) has GDAE tenor banjo and GDAD Irish bouzouki courses. I've been working through them and have found them applicable to my tenor guitar...
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    Re: Compare these 2 mandolin sound samples

    I liked A a bit better.
  15. Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad

    2002-2003, listening to the session at Snow City Cafe in Anchorage Alaska was a reliable, inexpensive date for me and my (now) wife. There was a consistent and strong guitarist in the core group. I...
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    Re: OM Sinking Top

    I like the Newtone nickel .010 - .037 set for my relatively lightly-built mandolin. No experience with their other string sets, but I wouldn't hesitate to try them out.
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    I also have a 1920s instrument, a Vega Style N tenor banjo. It came to me through my wife's family, where a gentleman from a previous generation had purchased it in the 1960s and played it perhaps...
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    Re: A sensational find...

    Sensational find, indeed!

    Looking at his website, I am truly impressed by the ancient bog yew instruments. What a privilege to be able to work with such a unique tonewood.

    I also enjoyed his...
  19. Re: Info: about Irish online Academy mando & octave mando courses

    You know, I feel that I should amend my comments about OAIM being lighter on technique. I have started the Paddy Cummins Tenor Banjo Foundations course. Shortly after posting the above, I found...
  20. Re: Info: about Irish online Academy mando & octave mando courses

    I have been using the Online Academy of Irish Music for several months now and have worked through the bouzouki classes, a tenor banjo class, and have begun to learn tinwhistle. Previously, I had...
  21. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    Looking great!

    I'm very curious about the lack of bracing on the back. If this were not a laminated back, would you be bracing it?
  22. Re: The Mandolin - a history publication update

    Thanks, Graham. I've greatly appreciated your other two books, but haven't picked this one up yet. I hope that the new publisher is able to print soon!
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    Re: Tenor guitars

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    Douglas-fir, Oregon myrtle, and black walnut. Just about the favorite thing I've made.
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    Re: Players/Recordings Using DAEA Tuning?

    Thanks, Greg! I enjoyed your rendition of Pipe On the Hob, and will watch the Steve Knightly video when I have a bit of time.
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    Re: Players/Recordings Using DAEA Tuning?

    Thanks for the responses, all. Still curious about recordings, so perhaps I'll take Lord Badger Rob's suggestion and ask the question again in the ITM forum.
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