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    Re: Chop vs ringing clarity

    I'd say a Silverangel generally sounds like closing a cigar box. Ken has developed a style which is pretty extreme, and which is really good for "chop".

    Naturally, all engineering is about...
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    Re: Bridge location on an A5 build

    I don't think it matters as much as you might think. Speaking here of JUST the bridge position, obviously all these decisions (location of bridge, body shape and size, sound hole shape,size, and...
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    Re: Strings with no loop & no ball

    These strings are for classical guitars. This video shows a good demonstration of how to do it.


    No reason why you couldn't tie them on to the hooks for a mandolin tailpiece, and just leave the...
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    Re: New carbon fiber mandolin builder

    The Venn diagram overlap of people who want a mandolin and would play one made out of carbon fiber is vanishingly small.
    The overlap of people who want a bowlback and would play one made out of...
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    Re: New carbon fiber mandolin builder

    No reason why a carbon fiber mandolin can't have "the warmth".
    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson/carbon-fiber-proto-tarboltin
    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson/carbon-fiber-proto-bach-prelude...
  6. Re: Seeking Octave Mandolin Plans and Advice

    Seconding Graham McDonald's books. Not just "do this" instructions, but clear discussion of the reasoning. And a perfect balance of factual accuracy (i.e. no voodoo) and practical suggestions for...
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    Rubners for $72: https://www.rubnertuners.com/hauser-style-for-guitar/mandolin-bare-post-silver-nickel-classic
    NFI.

    Careful with Tri-flow, some of it has silicone additives.
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    Re: Rubner tuning machines

    I think the only thing holding them back from being taken as seriously as Waverly was just that they weren't expensive enough (I joke, it was that they didn't have a real f-style offering of course,...
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    Re: Non instrumental glue questions

    I wouldn't describe super glue as "odor free"... but you can get 16 ounces for $40 from Tech Marketing / Stick Fast. ...
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    Re: Tail piece repair

    Just PM me your address and I'll send you some, I run a machine shop. I am swimming in 2" wide x 1.25mm and .8mm, let me know what you want.
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    Re: Tail piece repair

    You should be able to get .8mm - 1mm brass from any decent hardware store. Any old-school Ace/True Value hardware, or even any Michael's should have a craft metal section. It's either 260 or 360...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Fightin' words, lol.
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    Re: two part epoxy

    There are a lot of different epoxies. My carbon fiber mandolins are entirely made of epoxy, if you want to think about it that way... so it's not so much about the material, but about the right...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    OK, personally I would add a few layers of woven fiberglass in the middle of the pour. It will be invisible, but will keep it from failing catastrophically, which could be dangerous. The metal does...
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    Re: Building Bridges

    Don't use thumbwheels, they are super annoying. It's like "hey, let's make a nut that you CAN'T use a wrench on, that'll be great".
    I'd use a 8-32 set screw and brass hex nut, and then a 1/4" mini...
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    Re: Can anyone ID these tuners, please.

    All my experience with these Golden Age tuners have also been bad. I gave away several pairs to customers who were thrilled because they had altogether non-functional tuners missing buttons or...
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    Re: String compensation question

    How far is it off? I just say this because I have chased compensation issues that were actually the result of the bridge being in the wrong place. Easy to do!

    Technically it includes pitch of the...
  18. Re: Distance between string pairs, the same or wider at bridge?

    It's best to make it a little wider at the bridge. This is because the strings move more in the middle of the string than they do at the stopped ends. Since we have less leeway due to ergonomics at...
  19. Re: Carbon Fiber for an adjustable bridge saddle

    Yep, adjustable under tension using a small wrench as well. Thumbwheels are the worst. Equal credit goes to David Cohen and Vern Brekke for the idea.
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    Re: Shellac containers?

    My wife uses urine specimen cups for her leather edge paints. They keep things well sealed, and if you mix up a lot of different colors it's handy for that. Something like these:...
  21. Re: Carbon Fiber for an adjustable bridge saddle

    I use carbon fiber or maple interlocking beams on my bridges.
    In both cases, the beam is .125" / 3.0mm wide and about .375" / 9.0mm tall.

    Basically, route a .125" / 3mm groove in a piece of...
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    Re: Rubner tuners are back

    It wasn't an MDO305, but they all have the same spacing to the best of my knowledge. Go for it!
  23. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    I strongly believe they should be attached to the top of the mandolin.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Yes, 750 watts!
  25. Re: How Do You Play Angeline the Baker and Why?

    Try it as a medley with Jolly Beggerman, Handsome Molly, and Down the Old Plank Road. They are all so similar, I do get mixed up sometimes...
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