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    Re: top deflection

    The fact you have two mandolins that are different is a great opportunity to learn something that might be very useful for future builds. If they were exactly the same, you would learn nothing, so...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    The mandolin is beautifully made, and is as close to the Griffith Loar as any I have seen, so congratulations. Great, but if you sell it then there is likely to be a problem if Gibson finds out, so...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Trying to stay out of this, but if you continue to put The Gibson name on the headstock and/or label you are likely to get a cease and desist letter from Gibson lawyers. Others I know have, and it...
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuning Keys

    I have used quite a few of the Schaller GandTune tuners now and they can be stiff if not installed correctly. They are not usually stiff out of the box and if they are, they are probably an early...
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    Re: Darkening Finish After Tru Oil

    Mmm, probably a bit late to think about that now. Would be quite difficult to get an even colour now with dye without starting over. However, very likely to will darken with age and exposure to...
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Yes it is a good idea to use an induced arch in the top and if also you use Carbon fiber tow on the brace then the top should sink hardly at all. Think about it. The carbon fiber is arched with the...
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    I am still using the same galvanized plumbing pipes I made up 27 years ago. I welded a 10mm steel rod to the pipes and clamp the rod in a vice to hold it. I have two pipes, one about 4" the other...
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Yes you will need a brace under the bridge. The Gibson Army Navy mandolins have a single brace under the bridge similar to your picture, but they are notorious for sinking tops. With the brace in...
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Picture please.
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Thanks for the link to the other post. I missed that. I did query them about the leather handle and how long it was likely to last. The answer was that it was reinforced with fiber and they had...
  11. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    That really depends on the wood. How much it is likely to shrink and warp and the accuracy of the cut will determine how much extra wood you need to cut. In my case the logs were small and had been...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Touch points are the neck and bridge top, not the tailpiece.

    Agree with you about Presto. They closed because of serious illness of one of the partners. Paul Duff used Presto cases and I...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Yes that is exactly what I have been searching for. Something between the junk and the expensive premium cases and having reasonably good quality, and these seem to fit the bill nicely. Looks like...
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    Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Since the demise of Presto cases 18 months I have been trying to solve the mandolin case nightmare. If you are in the USA you have a lot more choice in cases, but here down under we only have crappy...
  15. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    It really depends on how many fingerboards you are intending to make how you set yourself up. I used to buy slotted Ebony fingerboards from Randy Allen, but then decided to get properly set up so I...
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    Re: Morris A4 Has A Surprising Flaw

    The bridge was not put into place before the finish was properly dry. I don't know what Morris uses, but that sort of thing is normal for some finishes, especially if the finish is shellac based. ...
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    Re: Two More Quick Lacey Act Questions

    You don't need approval unless the mandolin contains shell inlay. If it contains shell inlay then you need to get an import permit before the instrument is shipped and lodge another form that lists...
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    Re: Strings Catching on Higher Fret

    Have you thought about humidity? The top might be sinking because it has come from high to low humidity.
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    Bearclaw is common and is of no structural nor is it a sound issue. It is especially common in European Spruce so it is normal, it is not a fault, don't worry about it. It shows the top is actually...
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    I have used Waverlies, older Schaller, Schaller GrandTune, Rubners, Stew Mac golden age, Stew Mac restoration tuners. The earlier golden age tuners were problematic, but they fixed most of the...
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    Re: Lacey Act Questions

    Wrong. Once again, CITES is an international treaty, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Lacey Act which is a USA only law. To conform to the Lacey act requirements the USA resident is...
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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    Pancake mandolins are simple mandolins that are easy to make and are a lot less work, especially if they are unbound like the original Gibson army navy's. The less work is mainly why they are...
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    Re: Feedback: First fret pulling job

    Wrong. If you wet the wood along each fret and use the soldering iron to steam it just before you pull the fret, then the steam will soften the Ebony and you will get little or no chipout. Have...
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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    "Black heart" is a fungal infection down the center of the tree that makes the wood a darker colour. It is effectively spalted wood. Eventually the wood rots, but usually the physical properties...
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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    Elliot, it is most likely a different species. There are a number of different species of trees called Sassafras. In this mandolin it is Atherosperma moschatum, a tree native to Tasmania and south...
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