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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Are you sure the problem is in the tuners?
    There can be dozen other reasons for the problems you describe that are not fault of tuners. The tuners are the easiest to blame but in my experience...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Stradivari's lawyers are long dead but Gibson's not so much.
    I think mking such mandolin is probably not illegal, but once you sell it with the logo they can go after you (if they have evidence)....
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I wonder if you HAVE to continue the work after you discover mess like that. Here in EU you can in such case send new quote to customer and he can either agree or disagree and take it back paying for...
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuning Keys

    Perhaps not optimal, but many old school tuners have the tabs holding worm riveted to the baseplate so the whole has to be plated together (the cog wheels separately, but the plating adds some...
  5. Re: Talk me out of replacing an ABS nut with a bone nut

    Material of the nut will not affect tone at all. It's the cut of the slots that does. Material mostly affects longevity and allows better quality of work. ABS is one of the worst materials for nut....
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuning Keys

    That's similar to brand new car or other similar stuff that needs some time to operate at full potential.
    The GA tuners are plated after assembly so the plating is what adds some material to the...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    That's similar to my reasoning. I have enough scrap ebony to make them and otherwise it would just sit there an dcollect dust. Aand buying them from US is rather expensive for us in EU these days....
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    Sorry if my posts offended your skills. From your few posts I jus assumed you are novice just like many others who ask queastions here so I wrot from that perspective (and expecting that few more...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I f you really want to learn bridge work I would suggest getting some cheap beater mandolins and fit or replace new cheap bridges to them. After you do some good setup you can probably even sell tem...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    Some of you cannot see the forest for the trees. Putnamm is aspiring maker and as that there are MUCH more important lessons he needs to take. There's no real need for him to spend hours and hours ...
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    We are the lucky ones it seems... :-)
    Some of my friends have so bad agressive sweat that they kill set by just warming up for gig... completely black a strings after two songs...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I think you should slow down a bit and do some extra work out on your handtool skills. IF you intend to become a good builder you should work patiently and carefully. Each stroke of the tool (or even...
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    I've had the same strings (mostly bronze) on my mandolin for few years and playing it semi - regularly and it still sounded good... The mandolin was a bit bright to my taste with new strings and I...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    Just imagine the work... You lay the instrument on router table to start routing... the routing jig you commonly use is too low because neck is in the way so you have to make higher one. then you...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    Forget that idea. It's impossible to do that without need for extensive finish touchup and that will never be invisible. You can have the whole instrument refinished but that would cost more than...
  16. Re: An extremely dumb question: Ridges on binding

    Perhaps they are saw marks from cutting the strips? Picture would help... Where did you buy it?
  17. Thread: Scalelength?

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    Re: Scalelength?

    I would stay with standard scalelength of 13 7/8". String gauges are designed for it and fingers of players are used to it. I would just place the bridge where it needs to be even if it is not...
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    Most folks use 0.25-0.3mm (0.010-0.012") thick stainless spring steel. Search for precision shim material, here I can buy strips of various widths and thicknesses also in small quantity for fraction...
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    Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    I made my iron out of galvanized plumbing pipe an delectric heater similar to what James posted - it was replacement part for some air heater or something that I found at local HW store. I used...
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    The easiest explanation that shows how the rod works is thinking of archery bow. The bowstring acts just like the truss rod in neck. If you shorten the string, the bow will bend more, but if you pull...
  21. Re: installing a stew mac truss rod , barrel type

    Basic rule is bury the trussrod as deep as it gets. You want to keep some 3/16" or so of wood below the rod. You can follow the bottom profile of the neck in straight or curved line or some go...
  22. Re: Matt Miller Picks - New to the Pick Market - Great pick/price

    I guess it is PEEK. There are plastics databases with all common properties listed and you can find material that suits your need.
    Patent and exclusive rights are two different things. I believe...
  23. Thread: D'Addario picks?

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    Re: D'Addario picks?

    I've made many picks out of various materials for me and for many local musicians (they still ask me if I have one of my favorite layered picks to give them - yes it is so simple task fo rme that it...
  24. Thread: Sprayed Glue?

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    Re: Sprayed Glue?

    That's it. I've seen some vids and pics from factories that use a roller half submerged in a pan of glue. They just roll the glued edge over the roller and clamp. The glue may be a bit diluted to...
  25. Thread: D'Addario picks?

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    Re: D'Addario picks?

    I just want to edit my post above but it is too late now... I wanted to type PEEK instead of PMMA (which is ordinary plexiglass), sorry.
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