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    Re: Headstock inlay designs for a novice.

    An 8 pointed star or sun might be a place to start. The simplest version has one square of material over another with the same dimensions and center, but they are rotated 45 degrees out of phase.
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    Re: Northfield F5 tuners

    They used Gotoh's or Schallers depending on sourcing. Could be either.

    Rubners would be a good step up, you just need to make sure the hole patterns are the same. If memory serves, the post...
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    Re: New Northfield Case Is A Winner!

    Could be my eyes playing tricks, but in the product sheet, it seems like the latches on these Airloom light cases have a keyhole for locking. The same design exists on the current rectangular...
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    Re: Jacobson Carbon Fiber Mandolin Prototype

    Nice job, Marty.

    Did you wrap CF around a wood neck, or did you use another type of filler?

    Thanks,
    D
  5. Re: Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg in Rome June 2017

    That 5-bar Engelmann really does complement the brightness of the traditional bowlback nicely. I'll have to try mine against a few other instruments to get a sense of how they blend.
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    Re: looking for warmer strings

    Before trying different equipment, I'd recommend working on your technique. Learning to "pull good tone" from the instrument has a great deal to do with your picking technique, and can be influenced...
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    Re: calton i cant decide

    Hiscox, and Pegasus use wedge foam, Northfield uses a wedged-ramp covering the storage compartment. With a wedge on the roof of the case, it locks the headstock in place, seriously limiting the...
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    Re: Guitar/Mandolin Festival Ready Case

    I use a northfield airloom with a case cover, and sewed a set of backpack straps onto the cover. Works great.
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    Re: How to clean the fret board

    First you clear, then you condition. I'd avoid using harsh cleaners like steel wool or razor blades unless absolutely necessary, in favor of gentler cleaning methods done more regularly. Once...
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    Re: calton i cant decide

    I would just get the Calton for 450. That's dealer cost.
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    Re: Cases for carrying on your back

    Mono makes a case for a pedal board, and it has great straps. If you cut foam to surround the mando, it works beautifully.
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    Re: Guitar/Mandolin Festival Ready Case

    travelite's are wonderful for this.
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    Re: Flaked top of 1917 Gibson A

    Looks like the instrument has suffered some rapid changes in temp or humidity. It's not unusual in a 100 year old.

    Barring all other things, keeping an instrument in a playable state will...
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    Re: Wilson WF5 strung up i"in the white".

    Very nice homage in the Loar tradition. particularly striking back, and the detail on the binding is really catching.

    Great job!
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    Re: Crystal Forest A/N {5 string Jazzer}

    great process shots.
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    Re: Tone bars on the back?

    Mike, My research suggests that the tone bars in the top served both to provide support for the pressure points under the bridge, as well as shape the resonant frequency of the top. So your comment...
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    Re: humidity control

    I would try to keep your entire workshop at around 45% RH, and a temp around 65-75F. If that's not feasible, consider creating a box/case that you can maintain at 45% and store the instruments there...
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    Re: Alpaca "Linear Tuners" for mandolin?

    They are designed for straight pull at the tailpiece, and are not as easy to adjust as a traditional peg. Alpaca's are not really designed for 90 degree implementation on a traditional headstock. ...
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    Re: Mowry F5 - preferred picks, strings etc.

    Each instrument is designed specifically for a gauge and tension of string. The nut, bridge, and several other aspects of the design all relate to these qualities. I'd recommend checking with...
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    Re: Custom Ratliff R5 almost complete

    Lovey aesthetic choices, and the design and execution of the headstock inlay is quite something.

    Curing time is important, lest you endure case rash from shipment.

    Best,
    David
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    Re: Advice on pick assortment

    Hey Ron, there are many strings here about picks. The search function here is your friend.

    I'd recommend going with a higher gauge/thickness than you would for guitar. Mandolin strings are at a...
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    Re: New Rubner Tuners & Tailpiece Installed

    Hey David, I have a set of nickel silver luxury F-model tuners with ivoroid bindings. They are new, in original packaging, bought them from Kent for a project and we went in a different direction. ...
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    Re: My mandocello/OM conversion project

    Really nice work.

    Looking forward to seeing the true grain after the sanding. Please share pics before you stain.
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    Re: First attempt at a burst on an F5

    Nick, that's quite a fine piece of work for your first burst. Rarely do folks get smooth gradations this early in their schooling.

    Well done!
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    Re: Mandolin, University, and me

    New England Conservatory is also excellent for folk and roots music, including mandolin.
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