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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Whoa! Is this your new Collings? If this is the new mandolin you were so pleased with not long ago, then it's probably just in need of a tune up to reset to the seasonal climate change. Adjusting the...
  2. Thread: Eastman tuners

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Eastman tuners

    Grover 309s are wonderful, smooth machines and very reasonably priced. I'd replace the machines on your 315 since you like everything else about it. You could always switch back to the originals if...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    With only 5 builds under my belt I can tell you that my instinct that thinner tops would sound better was wrong. For your second build, you may want to consider erring on the conservative side and...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Br1ck, I've experience the same scenario on my mandolins. I can dial in nice low action but the E string sounds pinched and has less volume, raising the bridge some produces that clear, ringing tone...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    Being an amateur builder and a reformed pinky-planter, I have installed narrow wooden floating finger rests on my 3 personal instruments. Bluegrassers that pick them up generally hate them. For me,...
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I'm interested to hear that people are using thinner picks on mandolin. It took me a long time to come around to using big triangle, thicker picks for mandolin, but it improved my playing rapidly. I...
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    I've used Allen tailpieces on a couple of my builds but find threading the strings in between sets and over the bridge tedious, and you have to watch that the loops stay seated on the hooks while...
  8. Re: What should i'l buy to clean the neck and the frets?

    The fingerboard is usually treated with mineral oil after cleaning to keep it from drying out, and that might work for scrubbing any dirt off of it with a rag. A green Scotchbrite pad (if available...
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    Re: Sent This to Sam Bush

    That MT-2 is opening up really nicely!
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    Re: Naked Bridge Post Is Shredding My Palm

    Bench grinder is fastest. As Jeff Mando mentioned, grind it down to just below the top of the bridge so there's not a sharp edge to catch anything. While you're at it, sand a nice radius on the part...
  11. Thread: Hearing Aids

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Hearing Aids

    "sounds dreadful; tinny, jangly and out of tune" reminds me of my playing. Now with hearing aids, you know just how crappy we've been playing all this time, blissfully unaware. Kidding aside, I think...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    Gosh, I guess I need to charge more. Kidding aside, of all the tasks involved in building mando's, nuts and frets are my least favorite part (well, maybe next to finishing). Getting the string...
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    Re: New Heiden Octave Short Scale

    Wow! that's a masterpiece. Aren't Gotoh 510s just the bee's knees?
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Volume can come at a price. I remember once, maybe 15-20 yrs back I was at a jam and someone had a custom-ordered mando from one of the companies out west, may have been Flatiron, I can't remember....
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    Re: A request of builders

    I can understand why the OP refrained from contacting the builder, IMO that responsibility should fall on the owner that paid for it (take the instrument back to the builder and show them what good...
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    Re: crack in top, F model

    Without seeing a picture, it sure sounds like the crack is following the grain. If it's not the center seam but close to it, it's less likely to be caused by stress unless it's carved way too thin....
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    Re: Which bridge should I get?

    Hey Charlie,

    I'm not sure how big of a difference you'll hear on your old Gibson. On my new builds (F hole A models) Cumberland bridges made an impressive difference over the $20 cheapies, and...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Transtint dyes are indeed very colorfast (wear gloves!). If you have some residual color left in the top, you're going to need to go pretty dark. I would dye the wood first. Transtint dye is VERY...
  19. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    mandos and harleys? Where else but on the cafe :-)
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    Re: Show off your back side

    #5, nicknamed Jurassic Park180170
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    It's the "Builders and Repair" section and most luthiers work on all different kinds of instruments. There's a wealth of knowledge here on challenging cases and how we deal with them.
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    Re: Solving unexpected problems

    Wow! That's a lot of repairs, sounds like it was hit by a car. Good work and I hope it sounds great when you're done.
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    Dale covered the subject quite thoroughly. I have been spraying furniture for quite awhile and instruments for 10 years or so. A good source I found was Homestead Finishing. The have a mid-level line...
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    Re: Mojo on beloved Daley mandolin

    I was a pinky planter too until I put finger rests on my current instruments. I opted for narrow ones made of ebony sanded out silky smooth and angled down about 15 degrees. It did change my...
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    Re: Polishing Frets

    +1 on the EVO gold wire when you refret. I'm 3 years in on two mandos, an acoustic and an electric with no visible wear. In the mean time, for polishing I use a dremel with the little felt wheels,...
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