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  1. Thread: knot in top

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    Re: knot in top

    I've certainly had blemishes which only became visible once the wood was worked. I wouldn't quite call them knots as such though.

    BTW all the main UK and EU suppliers will refuse returns of any...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    One concrete example: A while back I restored a DeMeglio bowlback whose headstock had an historic break - If I had to guess I would suspect the break had occurred pre-1900 and the instrument had been...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Wow that's quick.... looking good there.
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    Re: Metal-Clad Fretboard

    Are you sure it's metal? Do you own it?

    Looks like MOP to me.
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    Re: DeMeglio serial numbers and lables

    Yep, 1K a year is some serious production. I suspect Gibson were at it for more years, but it's interesting how close these guys were in terms of numbers.
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    Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    Marty, just checking... have you taken the tuners off and checked why they slip? They're generally pretty simple construction, and surprisingly robust. Could be that something has come loose and is...
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    Re: DeMeglio serial numbers and lables

    More data points before I forget them:

    1901 model 1A, 11066
    1894 model 1A, 2459
    1897 model 1A, 6791
  8. Thread: proper fret dress

    by Tavy
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Haha, indeed, but more to the point you really do get better with practice at this kind of stuff. My early fretwork was OK, but the more I do the better they get no question.
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    Re: Next-generation Wood?

    That's great! Should make your mandolin sound just like a banjo ;)
  10. Thread: proper fret dress

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    Re: proper fret dress

    > Was just quoted $195 for a full mandolin fret dress. Seem high?

    Way high IMO. Just my 2c. Actually that's more like the cost for a full refret.

    Provided it's all routine stuff, it's 4...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Haha, yes those angles will make your brain hurt - the way you did yours was pretty much what I did, which is to say a small ebony fillet under the bass side. Certainly not my idea, I think it came...
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    Re: Warps in bent sides

    Been there done that - yours doesn't look too bad to be honest, some struts glued to the sides would indeed help a lot (and improve long term stability too).
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    Re: Five String Madness

    Now that looks fun :)
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Yes I designed and made the tailpiece - it's just a bent piece of bass sheet with curly maple over. The pins aren't required to hold the strings in, as the underling brass has a keyhole shaped slot...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Not so similar to yours, but here's mine:

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  16. Thread: Action vs clarity

    by Tavy
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    I wasn't very clear here - if the strings don't touch the higher frets at all then there can be no loss, period. Raising the action can make no difference.

    But there is a point just before you...
  17. Thread: Action vs clarity

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    Re: Action vs clarity

    You can lose clarity when the action drops too low and the strings are not exactly buzzing, but just losing energy to the frets. Can also occur if either the saddle or nut slots are not correctly...
  18. Re: How to adjust the bridge on a fanned fret 10 string mandolin?

    +1, certainly for my 10 string cittern you just don't notice the fan at all.

    I have to say though, they can be a pain to set up - not least because the strings in each pair are different lengths...
  19. Thread: Bowlbacks of Note

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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Nice!
  20. Thread: Bowlbacks of Note

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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    I think Suzuki have been building fairly similar looking mandolins for a very long time. None of them are valuable, some of them do sound perfectly reasonable, but some of the older ones have rather...
  21. Re: Bowl-back mandolin VS (what i'm called) "ukulele mandolin"

    Sorry, none on the horizon at present.

    I have built a couple of mandolinettos and rather liked the sound actually, and have another screwed together on an outside frame as an experiment, but...
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    Re: Mandolins in the Martin Museum.

    Be interesting to have a play on that harp mandolin!
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Another picker here who will sadly miss Ivan - one of the small number of Brits around here I'd hoped to bump into in person one day, and now it's not to be.

    Definitely not forgotten.
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    The closest historical comparison to both of these are the DeMeglio style bridges:

    180658

    In all 3 designs the "bit behind the bridge saddle" compensates for a lack of downforce on the bridge...
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    Re: New five course mandocello

    Looking good Graham - these are fun aren't they? ;)
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