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    Re: Hybrid X Lattice

    I think the lack of responses may be that many, like me, don't understand the question.
    I don't have Graham's book, and when you say lattice I think of Smallman lattice.
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    Humidifying might help, but probably not. If it is kept in 50% relative humidity for a few days that's about all you can do. Many of these old Gibsons have backs that are flatsawn and are shrunken...
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    Re: Cutting bits for rosette channels

    Not to make this about show and tell, but James, that radial brown/black wood rosette reminds me of this one from a few (quite a few) years ago. It's Macassar ebony. Done with combination or fly...
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    I looked it up (my prices are all in the computer because I can't remember them and I tend to quote people 10 year old prices) and I'm actually still at $12/inch. I also tent to discount repairs...
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    I was thinking it is a broken-off end pin. Not sue what's going on there.
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    Re: A4 back side repair

    As rcc56 said, it sort of depends on ease of alignment for gluing, but when alignment is easy I charge for glue joint repair the same as I do for simple crack repair; by the inch. I think I'm...
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    Re: Cutting bits for rosette channels

    Down cut bits work a little better, there are special bits that are ground so that they have both "down cut" and "up cut" features. They're kind of expensive, and in my experience, a well sharpened...
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    Re: Herschel Sizemore passes

    At one time he owned 5.
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    Re: Should I Resist Waverly Tuners?

    I agree that the Grovers are ugly tuners, but just a day or so ago I was removing a set of Waverlys from a mandolin and was reminded that I don't like the looks of them either! Especially at the...
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    Re: Mandola scale length

    I suppose it depends on the length of the body, the preferred bridge position and any other considerations. The mandola that I made that is still for sale at Elderly has the short scale, and I made...
  11. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    I realize that this is just an exercise in listing one's preferences and dreams for an individual instrument, but the title of the thread says manufacturer and signature model.

    If a manufacturer...
  12. Thread: Bending sides

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    Re: Bending sides

    I'm pretty much old school when it comes to bending. I use a pipe heated with a propane torch. I use outside molds.
    As I mentioned in a similar recent thread, the last 5 or so instruments I've...
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    Re: Mandola scale length

    I've built short (15 5/8" IIRC) scale 'dolas and 17" scale 'dolas. I greatly prefer the sound of the 17" scale, but I'm not a mandola player so I can't really say how much difference there is in ease...
  14. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    It's a relatively simple procedure to change the strings and observe the result. We can't tell you how your mandolin (and you) will respond to different string gauges but you can see for yourself....
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    Re: Herschel Sizemore passes

    That's one of my favorites too. Got to play it in a jam session with Hershel once!
    RIP and good thoughts to his family.
  16. Re: How is Tuning Drift with Rubner Tuning Machines

    If, during set up, the intonation "compensation" of the bridge and nut are fine tuned, the mandolin will seem to stay in tune longer simply because the strings can be tuned closer to exactly equal...
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    Re: Spruce for kerfing

    Bending kerfed lining is generally straight forward. The kerfs leave a thin ribbon of wood that bends without the need for heat; just put it in place and it follows the curve of the rim. That will...
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    Re: Spruce for kerfing

    The OP mentioned reverse kerfing. Probably no "triangles".
  19. Re: Planer upgrade: LuxCut III Replacement Helical Spiral Cutter

    Here's my old Crescent 12" jointer. I can get a spiral cutter head for it, and I'd like to have one but I don't. Why? Because if would cost well over twice what I paid for the jointer! Although...
  20. Thread: Side bending

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    Re: Side bending

    I bend on a hot pipe and I use outside molds.

    (I don't generally make standard models. The 6 most resent instruments I've built are of 5 different shapes.)
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    Re: an aesthetic question

    Aesthetics aside, the tuners you have are probably fine and the tuning problems are more likely the string nut.
    If you, or a good set-up person if you don't consider yourself to be one (or don't...
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    Re: Spruce for kerfing

    I suspect the main reason is tradition, though many violins have spruce linings and I don't see any reason it would not work for reverse kerfed linings.
  23. Thread: Ever wonder?

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    Re: Ever wonder?

    When I moved from Alleghany County to Nelson County (VA), no more than about 80 miles, and about 30 miles from Lynchburg, when I first got there there were native speakers with accents so different...
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    Re: Crooked fret slots on bowlback

    Sometimes fret slots are cut perpendicular to one side of the 'board rather than square to the center line. It looks like that is what happened here, though there also seem to be a few randomly "off"...
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    Re: Reattach a tuner button

    Superglue is the usual. Is it a plastic button? Got to work very cleanly so as not to get CA on the button surface, the fingers, or anywhere else it is not wanted.
    Also, beware. Years ago I was...
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