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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    It is a refreshing change to see this crowd getting so worked up over an A5 mandolin.
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Those Musiccompo cases are fine, they touched upon a few years back: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/128115-Music-Compo-Cases

    A little problematic is the lack of room for a pick guard....
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    Re: V joint question

    That joint has big advantage that you can machine it precisely and consistently, but the strength fully relies on the glue only. The tapered dovetail (when correctly fitted) is self tightening and...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    It sounds like your background in communications would be very helpful. I can't claim to have been a huge marketing success, so take all of this with a grain of salt, but here are my thoughts...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Nothing...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    Train your hand skills in woodwork, don't just buy jigs and special gdgets that promise that anyone can get great results (perhaps you will get them, but will learn nothing). I've seen folks who...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    If Bill Monroe had a Virzi in his instrument, every tone deaf horrible sounding player over the last 75 years would blame it on "no Virzi" instead of "no practicing".......
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Dr. Cohen found a "noticeable" lowering of one particular frequency due to the Virzi. Other modes affected as well. Cohen admits that his listening conclusion were based in his own hearing, so...
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    I'm a big fan of paleo-torrification. While I'd prefer to build with woods buried in the Osceola Mudflow 5,600 years ago, or salvaged shipbeams from the summit of Mt. Ararat, twenty years under a tin...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    No offense intended to anyone here or in other threads, but I secretly get endless entertainment from all the thread comments about the Griffith Loar by people who have never played it. ;)

    I...
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    Re: A request of builders

    Richard
    Most of the things John is describing can be found by simply playing each note at each fret on all the strings. There will be buzzes or notes that do not play. If the builder is too much...
  12. Re: Combination sound hole and a special carve?

    Personally, I can't stand baby $#!t brown traditional mandolins. Over the years I've built hundreds of experimental, non traditional instruments. If you are going in that direction, you have to...
  13. Re: Detailed plans for a dovetail neck joint jig

    My dovetail video from a few years ago:

    https://vimeo.com/149088032?cjevent=c81c3cd58f2911e981ab006a0a240611


    The goal is for everyone to make better mandolins, not get distracted with too...
  14. Re: Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    Back in 1992 when I was ordering and waiting for my A3 Gilchrist I had a conversation with Stephen Gilchrist about the A style and F style. At the time I didn't care much for the F style, I...
  15. Re: Which higher priced F style models have solid wood scrolls?

    The point which the luthiers and researchers have made in these types of discussions again and again is that the real question on the sound of the instruments is in the vibrational modes. How does...
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    Re: First Time Binding Questions

    I modified my tool to make it easier to hold square to the body. I generally use 3-4 passes to get to the depth I need.
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    Re: Water based Finish

    It's gotten to the point that when I come in and tell my wife that I'm ready to buff out an instrument she says "Awesome, spray three more coats..."
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    Re: Luthier Paul Hostetter has passed away

    I never met him in person but he was an active presence here on MC and always ready with deep knowledge of luthiery, instruments and music. Often pleasantly cantankerous but charming nonetheless. RIP.
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    Re: Tap tuning

    I was assuming an "all else being equal", but you make some good points I hadn't thought about. Typically I only really think about top mass and FFT, back mass and FFT, air volume, aperture...
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    Re: Negotiating trades on the Cafe

    This from 20+ years of experience administering and dealing with a classifieds resource: Trades and Want Ads are hands down the most risky bits of business to engage in. It's your job to do your...
  21. Re: Volume of oval vs f-hole for Irish session music

    Sorry to hear of your misfortune.

    Yes there is a difference in sound. Some will say oval hole mandolins are quieter, but that has not been my experience. I think they generally have accentuated...
  22. Re: Bill Monroe's mandolin played once again - now with video

    One better. We can embed Facebook videos (instructions) in the forum. Doesn't have an arrow. Just click the image.

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    Re: OK, let's talk about glues . . .

    Not to be too argumentative, but the main point of my post above is: if we learn about glues and how to use them, we need not know nor particularly care what Martin or Gibson or whoever uses in their...
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    Re: 10 string mandolin builder

    You could argue that even with fanned frets, you can't get "good" sound out of all the courses. You can set up a 5-course 5ths-tuned instrument one of three ways:

    As a mandola with a weak, but...
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    Re: Heavy gauge strings (J75) on a vintage Gibson A

    On behalf of repair people throughout the world, I thank you for contributing to our job security.
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