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  1. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    Yes, many people do this to get even color tones on spruce. You can scuff sand it back to smooth with say 400 or 600 grit before applying color. If sunbursting, it allows you to move the color around...
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    Re: Left hand position

    This series is excellent in showing both left hand position and how use the pinky finger.
    Thanks!
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    People will be tired of seeing this, but I made my own device for keeping the back of my F5 clear of my torso. I used scrap wood, pieces of cork table mat and viola chin-rest brackets. It certainly...
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    Yeah, it's scary. But the installation instructions that come with the James tailpiece advise that the angle of the tailpiece be BENT to make it point towards the top of the saddle. You have to...
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    20 mins superb Celtic tunes

    A couple of weeks back I had time to make a compilation of old videos for YouTube. One of them is mandolin/cittern type instruments. Here it is -


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgkabydSIOI
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    Re: Summer NAMM 2019 Report

    And here are the Pava instruments that came along for the trip:

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    Pava A5 Pro - Blonde with Koa Binding, Koa Iris Inlay and Koa Tuner Buttons
    This is a pretty neat one, the koa binding is...
  7. Thread: chords.cc

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    chords.cc

    Hi all!

    I mentioned this website that I made in another thread a week or two ago and it was really well received, so I felt maybe some of you might find it useful. Hopefully I'm not breaking any...
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    Re: Grover 309 Replacement Buttons

    In the past one of the very few places you could get Grover buttons was from All Parts. It was better to call and ask than to try and find them on their website.

    If there is another reliable...
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    Re: 2 Fret Questions

    This is not true - a quick look here will bear that out. While it's true that most saws commonly used for fret slotting will work OK with most fretwires, one still needs to understand if they're...
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    Re: Wide Nut Question

    Personally, I like to make the fretboard as precisely as possible, then trim the neck to fit the fretboard. This is what you have to do if using a bound fretboard, which I don't do, but it's many...
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    Re: 2 Fret Questions

    As others have intimated, be prepared to repair lots of little chip outs from the dimples exiting the slot. Fretwire tangs are all the same size, regardless of the bead size, so your standard size...
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    Re: Wide Nut Question

    Theoretically correct. But I would leave the board [and possibly the neck] a millimeter or two wide. Let the board overlap the neck slightly on either side until after you glue them together. This...
  13. Thread: 2 Fret Questions

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    Re: 2 Fret Questions

    Ditto what Andy said.

    Pulling frets without damage is not so easy for a beginner. You need a good set of pullers, and heat the frets with a soldering iron as you pull. Got to frets.com and read...
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    Re: 2 Fret Questions

    You are doing a refret at that point and refrets always require making sure the fret slot is repaired of chips from fret removal, cleaned out, and sized appropriately to the new fret.
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    Re: Stewmac Kit Question

    The instructions mention cutting the binding ledges.
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    Re: Stewmac Kit Question

    My Stew-Mac kit was 15-ish years ago, so things might have changed. But back then the binding channels were definitely not already cut. The top and back plate were slightly oversized, so you could...
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    Re: Stewmac Kit Question

    From my recollection when I was kit shopping, I don't think the channel is cut. I do think that is the best kit out there right now. Building an unbound mandolin will greatly simplify your build....
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    Re: AMB - Apartment Mandolin Build

    1. Do not build an F5 for a first mandolin.
    2. Copy a good functional design for a first build.
    3. Do not re-invent the wheel. Any innovation you can think of has been tried already. Stick with...
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    Re: Newbie builder question

    Siminoffs' first book suggests a small screw angled into the head block.. As the screw is tightened, it draws the extension into the crossover and top.. I have in past also glued with TiteBond, but...
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    Re: Go Deeper, Not Wider

    It is not quantity but quality that matters, truly matters.
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    Re: Advice on Shellac?

    https://www.shellacshack.com/
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    Re: Left Wrist Placement

    You might get something from the ergonomic videos I made. Look at Holding the Instrument and the Left Hand.

    http://www.petimarpress.com/mandolin%20basics%20videos.html
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    Re: Advice on Shellac?

    Here in Ontario, Canada I use a very pure (99.9% or better) ethyl alcohol from a producer/supplier called Commercial Alcohols. There's a fair bit of government red tape involved but it is the...
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    Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    Sampler 1 has arrived in not so sunny Eugene Oregon.
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    Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    ... and a big thanks to Scott and his entire team for such a helpful and valuable resource. Also to the members of the various forums and social groups who make this place something really special.
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