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    Re: Early Gibson - Lefty conversion

    Radius
    If the seller doesn’t know, and I assume you’re talking about the top of the saddle, you can easily measure it either from the existing bridge if has a radius, or the fingerboard plus...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    Now if we wanted to do these jobs the way we have to in responsible government sourcing, we’d have a wall of bins — perhaps 4-500 of them, each labelled with a part number. In each bin is a fret,...
  3. Re: National Mandolin Tailpiece, repair or replace?

    Any jeweler who does repairs can do this very easily. Will probably sand off the plating (on the inside, right at the corner) before silver soldering. Ask them to make an angle piece the full width...
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    They got one word right

    Damaged
    Currently on SGW in Strings-other.
    197733
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    The joke here is that, presented by an orchestra today, without title, few in an audience would get the joke at all.
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    Re: Bench Heights

    James, I’m still remote from my place, and caretaking my lady, so I can’t go look at the Emmert, or play with the machines much. It’s a
    big one, around 100 lbs and the model from 1905 If I...
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    Re: Bench Heights

    Hardly anything energizes dilettante hobby woodworkers more than designs for benches. Books have been written; extremely expensive European ones sold. (Expensive as in as much as a high end...
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    Re: Bandsaw upgrade

    Those white ceramic blocks are aluminum oxide, and so is sapphire (colors optional). Years ago, when I first encountered amazingly inexpensive clear sapphire optical components, I started using...
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    Re: Bandsaw upgrade

    Fences work only if the saw and blade are ‘tuned’, because the blade, even new, can want to run to one side and you’d have to compensate by angling the fence. This becomes important on thicker...
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    Re: Old Woodworking Machines

    You can gift your new saw with a (homemade) sliding miter table, complete with safety guard and end block so the blade can’t get your thumbs. The miter insert can be made removable, which could be...
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    Re: Total noob wanting to get a mandolin

    Even a friendly (acoustic) guitar player, amateur or pro, could help a great deal in evaluating the condition of an instrument with respect to setup. What’s not been said enough is that even brand...
  12. Re: A Gibson A3 in the white. In the white ó get it?

    This could have been a transitional item.”

    So, one dark night in 1953, the head of MG Motors, Abington, a ‘panel beater’ and the chief engineer, responding to flagging sales of the dated-looking...
  13. Re: Banjolin skin/head maintenance and button on resonator wanted

    Try banjohangout.org if you don’t get enough answers here. Last time I asked, it seems these heads have an indefinite life as is. Also photos and model names would be helpful on the button issue.
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    Re: harmonic dampener grommets

    The Saturday morning invention for the grommet (Not Grommet) fans is to thread the now obsolete rawhide lace through all the holes to:
    1. Prevent ejection on string change/breakage. And protect pets...
  15. Re: One of those days - string changing woes

    My ‘50s Strad-O-Lin has a slight taper to the peghead thickness, but the shortest posts protrude about 3/8” with the holes a bit more than 1/8 from the post tops. These are very plain, squarecut...
  16. Re: Best way to squash down rigid foam in a case?

    Your analogy of the bike helmet is proper, but the reason you throw it out is because, being compressed, the foam is harder and less compressible, which means two things; it can absorb less energy...
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    Re: China mandolin supply

    Now if it gets desperate, the mandolins can be dropped in the harbor and float in on the tide. The banjos will sink. Problems solved.
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    Re: Loars at Carterís

    People who buy expensive stuff for investment value know that the market is erratic and has lots of blueberry lumps of fashionability, and that it also relates to externalities like taxes and...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Soon, soon, imagination will be superseded by The All-seeing, Alll-knowing AI and the Universal DNA Database. Did Sachmo’s lips touch this horn? Whose butt sat at this piano? Did Loar lose a...
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    Re: My new Aria M-300

    The much more knowledgeable will have more definitive things to say, but I can mention a little: The last photo hopefully has some distortion or else the lower end of the fretboard is being pulled...
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    Re: Tuner Recommendations

    Useful if you have Albacore strings.
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    Re: Shop questions

    Second the motion - motion. Wheels under everything. Allows compacting the space when things are not in use, ability to handle long lumber when needed, better access for belt changes, etc. My...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Hmmm, I was going to guess that this neck has a fixed support bar of some sort -- no adjustable truss rod -- but the buyer wanted it to have a truss rod cover so it looks "normal".
    Somehow reminds...
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    Not too bad, except for the prior ‘repair’. I would still inspect the inside just in case something got glued in, and also to clean up for glue and see if the white strips are plain or T-shaped....
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    Why not? Cause I ain’t no luthier, just a hacker and have great respect for the professionals. Reversibility of a repair is their credo, as well as maintaining originality if possible. I also...
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