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    I'm surprised they didn't use at least a few the slots they already had.
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    Heck, why didn't I think of that? A tongue in groove bridge. And take a good look at that dowelrod nut.
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    Appears to be hardwood flooring scrap. I have a few yards if anyone wants some.
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    Don't mean to put you on the spot, Richard, but curiosity is getting the better of me ... I just couldn't help noticing, you used "expedient" in two posts back to back yesterday, evn this thread title. Was that the word of the day? It's a fine word, I just don't see it all that often - apart from my own expedient use of it.


    Also, are there other views of this, esp. the back? Can't help wondering if the seller made expedient use of other found materials there.
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    Maybe the photo was to show the profile of the kerf cuts on the board and they needed something to keep the piece in place due to high winds…
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    Don't mean to put you on the spot, Richard, but curiosity is getting the better of me ... I just couldn't help noticing, you used "expedient" in two posts back to back yesterday, evn this thread title. Was that the word of the day? It's a fine word, I just don't see it all that often - apart from my own expedient use of it.
    Well, guilty of lack of variety, but that particular word bubbles up a lot when I read posts implying undue fixation with what seem to me to be unimportant issues in equipment. But I’m an amateur in all dimensions of the mando world, and have certainly done things, including several bridges, that would not be considered proper practice. When I lived in Texas, where vocabulary is limited by law, the word was ‘agricultural’, even though, as we all know, farmers are multiply-skilled improvisors in order to exist at all.
    The rest of that mandolin was not notable. I do like the dowel nut. If it was slightly cam-shaped and had place to apply pliers, we could have an adjustable height nut to go along with Loar’s adjustable bridge.
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    That's fine, no big deal. As an unreformed former editor my eyes and mind pick up on such things. Come from years of dealing with writers who would become enamored of a word somehow and start using it way too much - and often incorrectly - and I'd have to either get them to rewrite their piece or fix it myself, often running afoul of their pride in the process. This wasn't that - nowhere even close - but as I said, I couldn't help noticing. No worries.

    This does seem to be the work of someone who was either expedient or apathetic - or both. Just used whatever was handy and didn't care to take the time or put in the effort to do what's right. Well, it's good for a chuckle. And if the instrument were good enough otherwise and not commanding a high price, it might be a good acquisition. Once a couple of fixes were made, natch.
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