Good morning all. I just thought I'd jump on here and introduce myself. I am not really a mandolin player as much as I am a bit of a mandolin repair person. I figure I will pretty much just be posting on this section of the forum as I may ask questions here only, as well as offer any advice I can give. I usually repair acoustic guitars and banjos, but I have recently been hired by a music school to repair 6 of their mandolins, with the good possibility of more work to come from that same school.
I do have a couple of mandolins myself, being a bluegrass musician, but I don't really play much. One has been loaned out to one of my sister's mandolin students, and the other is a Harmony that I purchased that I can play some chords on, and that's about it. I just like to tinker with it. My main instrument is banjo, followed by acoustic guitar. My sister teaches me a few things on mandolin from time to time though, so who knows; maybe I'll branch out a bit more.
Also, I just picked up a basket case of a Mandolin, which I believe is a Harmony from the 1940's era, judging by the headstock. I got it mainly for experimentation in case I come across something on a client's mandolin that I am unsure about. If all goes well, I may even make this one playable, for fun.
Anyhow, I look forward to chatting with you folks,