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  1. Mandolin Peghead Scroll Repaired

    Here's one I thought you might like- there's a few of these out there!

    After the scroll was broken off they filed it down on the peghead to soften the edges and blend in a bit. So, the old scroll (which they kept) wouldn't fit and a new scroll had to made.

    Before and after pics.
    The owner wanted the back of the peghead left dull, but they can be shined up like the front.

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  2. Peghead Make Over

    Have a weathered peghead like this? Try stripping the old lacquer off, sanding, and applying a thin coat of Tung oil. Makes the shell pop again and is an easy low to no maintenance look. If its not something youd like to try yourself, get in-touch with bruce to have it done for you.

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  3. What do Orchards and Mandolins Have in Common?

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    We've named it Sound To Earth Orchard, of course.
  4. Our New Shop

    We are settled in our new place and temporary shop. Bruce is accepting tune ups, repairs, customizations again! We also are accepting MAC Instruments to sell for you (we have two great ones on our website, now).
    The Christmas season isn't usually the time you want to mess with this sort of thing, but I suddenly realized I hadn't posted here yet! If you have any questions or topics don't hesitate to email or give Bruce a call.

    Here's hoping you have a very Merry Christmas ...
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  5. Flatiron Mandolin Revamp

    Here is a nice old Flatiron from a player in NJ who figures hes going to be spending a lot more time with his mando and wanted it to play its best. He got a plane and re-fret, nut bone nut, new bridge, and as long as it was in the shop, added a scallop and custom inlay. Check out the great engraving job Bill did on the new James Tailpiece!

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  6. Another Custom Ranger Travel Mandolin

    Thought I'd post this one. Bruce has been getting several inlay requests lately, not only on Rangers but armrests and truss rod covers.

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  7. It Has Fused To My Body

    Thanks, Frank!

    So here I am 3 weeks after I have received my own Ranger and I think it has fused to my body. I haven't been able to put it down and I think my wife is suggesting I seek help of sorts. It's absolutely more than I expected and in both sound and build. Thank you Webers. I'm even thinking about using it for some songs at gigs because of it unique sound. I will be taking it around Europe for the whole of July so hopefully I'll be able to send a photo or two of the Ranger ...
  8. Shipping Your Repair

    These days shipping can be a big expense. We've noticed Montana Lutherie's UPS costs often are quite a bit cheaper than individual shipping costs.
    We can email you the UPS shipping tag to tape on your box, and you can just drop it off at the local UPS center. Then, the expense will just be tacked on your repair cost.

    Be sure to ask us about this service, when getting your repair ready!

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  9. Info on Your Mandolin

    We recently discovered a players can no longer obtain information on Weber instruments built prior to 2013 from the Weber company. Mary and I would be happy to help with any questions or concerns you have on instruments built before 2016. Also information on any Flatiron instruments prior to 1997 and Montana built Gibson mandolins. You can contact us through our Montana Lutherie web site, here on Mandolin cafe, or give me a call directly at 406-580-6053.

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  10. If your mando is older, you may have SADDLE SAG...

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    Having trouble getting your action just right? The G and E strings play great but you get a buzz on the D and A? You get rid of the buzz on the D and A strings and the G and E are hard to play?

    The picture above shows what may be the reason. Over time the string tension works on the saddle on a traditional style bridge creating a bow with the D and A strings riding lower, sometimes significantly. Flat or radiused fingerboard, the problem created ...
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