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    Re: Nut file sizes

    You could cut and paste this response for 95% of the questions asked here!

    Adding a little, find one who also teaches and get a lesson in setup work. You'll learn the skills, but more so, you'll...
  2. Re: Let's talk about the Stromberg archtop guitar on SGW...

    And who are these rich guys cruising Shop Goodwill? Recent thread about the camouflaged Les Paul mentioned the winning bid was over $4K.

    Is there an assumption that because it's on a "charity"...
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    Re: Shaping an archtop

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIQu1e8DGUw
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    Re: Mandolins as a work of art

    If you're ever up in Boston, visit the Museum of Fine Art's antique instruments room. MFA certainly thinks they're works of art.

    And they periodically have concerts where the instruments get taken...
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    Have you ever seen anything like this?

    Have you ever seen anything like this? This is an Iranian Tanbur but the same process could be applied to any bowlbacked (or even flatbacked) instrument in the same way. There's an extra half or...
  6. Re: On Shopgoodwill: tape over the logo and serial number. Why?

    Shame on Goodwill for allowing this on their site. Concealing the ID of a Les Paul "type" -- weaselly listing there, for sure -- when there's no legit reason for the concealment, is pretty low.
    ...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    198675[/ATTACH[ATTACH=CONFIG]198675] I hope this works. This is my latest. An octave mandolin.
  8. Thread: Vintage?

    by Bruce Clausen
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    Re: Vintage?

    I bet you're right on all three counts, Richard.

    But I'm the guy that traded a nice 1923 L-3 guitar for a newish Ovation 335-style electric, with which I then earned a living for a couple of...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    I was right there with ya unlit that last sentence. If it had been "more craft than science" I would have been with ya all the way through.

    I admit that I don't have a very thorough understanding...
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    Re: A little new arrived.

    I'm not collecting, not collecting, not........OUMM..... :grin:

    I'm infamous for starting collections.

    I have more than 100 pieces Grenlandica in boxes, since I moved to a smaller house but...
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    Re: Restoration of a Silvestri

    I just tried my UV lamp for amber finding and there is no fluorescence from shellac. It turns a bit yellow but so does lacquer from a can and grease.
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    Re: OT-ish: fiddle pickin' ?

    "Mad Fingers Pizzicato".....


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  13. Thread: Vintage?

    by allenhopkins
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    Re: Vintage?

    "MandolinX?"
  14. Thread: Vintage?

    by Bruce Clausen
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    Re: Vintage?

    This seems like a problem invented by English speakers. For a Frenchman, "she" is the only pronoun available for a mandolin. For an Italian, it has to be "he".
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    Re: Pine, what a tone

    Not to be too technical, but...Technically, spruce belongs to the family Pinaceae, but pine and spruce belong to completely different genera within that family. Pines belong to the genus Pinus,...
  16. Thread: Pure class

    by Charles E.
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    Re: Pure class

    It's supposed to be a harp.
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    Re: Dreadnought build

    I make my guitars with a domed top and back. The top has a 15 inch dome and the back has a 25 inch dome. This is how most guitar makers make guitars, although I know one who does not dome, nearly...
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    Re: Dreadnought build

    Now that we have holographic studies of plate motion in acoustic stringed instruments we can see that, in fact, archtop and flat top instruments behave very similarly in the way they transform string...
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    CHOP MELODY STYLE - Jingle Bells

    I Wish you all a wonderful Christmas time!!!
    - Jesper

    JINGLE BELLS (Chop Melody Style) on YouTube:



    https://youtu.be/clcAqMKIuSc
  20. Re: Latest Barn Cat Mandolins Flat-Top Build

    Hi Poul,

    It didn't start out looking anything like this. I make up my stains using TransTint dyes and alcohol. This one was stained using a combination of TransTint's Orange, Reddish Brown and...
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    Re: Bowl Backs

    Broken bowl backs seem to find me and quickly become festival hats!
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    Re: Bowl Backs

    Just as a general answer, i think bowlbacks are great. It was the mandolin i learned on so i have a soft spot for them, even though I seldom use mine. The scale length may be shorter and many models...
  23. Thread: Bowl Backs

    by Jim Garber
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    Re: Bowl Backs

    Only a dozen, Richard? ... you have to catch up. I agree with all your points above. In terms of vintage ones, it is difficult to determine condition on line and, at least in North America, few...
  24. Latest Barn Cat Mandolins Flat-Top Build

    Here is my latest mandolin build. I just strung it up this afternoon. I'll let it sit a few days before doing my setup.

    It is my Barn Cat Mandolins 'Moggy' model. 13.5" scale length with a...
  25. Re: Baroque guitar and renaissance vihuela, my two latest builds

    Here's me playing the baroque guitar (I haven't played guitar for a while, I'm sure it shows, but you can still get an idea of the sound!):
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    I can't really play vihuela, but here's a...
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