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  1. Thread: Bowlbacks of Note

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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    > Is there a double top?

    Yup.
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    Re: 3 instruments-One mic

    Banjo's are surprisingly hard to mic: if you mic the head then you get the dark tubby sound you describe, mic the rim and it's all bright and sparkly. Traditionally in a studio setting you'd put a...
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    Re: Jumbo frets? 51/100 or 50/100

    On what? A Mandolin? I think you'd have real difficulty in finding space for them and they'd look silly too ;)

    I do use 40x80, and it is very comfortable to play on, but I really wouldn't want...
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    Re: Some instruments take time to sell

    You can never tell what will sell right away, and what will take time. I had a "no frills" electric mandolin that hung around for a while (much less than a year though), when it did go the buyer was...
  5. Thread: Bowlbacks of Note

    by Tavy
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    How interesting.... no I hadn't come across those before!
  6. Thread: Bowlbacks of Note

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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    It's been a while since I've posted here... just finished off this Ceccherini, I think this one will stay with me for a while. Interestingly they all seem to be numbered in the 2000 and something...
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    Re: Virtual St Patrick's Day

    Late to the party here as usual... but a big thankyou for posting those... a very enjoyable listen!

    Oh and "Sick Note", haven't heard that in years, I'd forgotten just how good (and funny) that...
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    Re: C.F. Martin 80/20 strings on a bowlback

    Yep. I started using them because I couldn't get the GHS's over here, and as Victor says, they don't disappoint.
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    Re: Oakwood Mandolins?

    That's a real shame - I've done a few setups on Oakwood instruments and they were really nice. IMO much nicer than Fylde's at a similar price point. Some of them were a good number of years old and...
  10. Thread: Is it defective ?

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    Re: Is it defective ?

    I see nothing that a good setup wouldn't fix.
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    Re: “Free” vrs “metered” tremelo

    Interesting discussion! I have no comment on what is correct, only some observations:

    * Tremolo for me is a somewhat different technique from fast picking, and in a sense the 2 don't necessarily...
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    Re: My Bowl back Carl Fisher mandolin

    If you look close you can see a scarf joint there. Interestingly the scarf is the "wrong way around" compared to what's normal, maybe a whole replacement headstock at some point? In any case leave...
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    Re: Lutherie Part of an Innovative Program

    Good stuff, thanks for the link.
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    >Mick, Tavy: Would a sound-post sort of dowel be helpful in that location in a flat back instrument like the one in OP? Would it be very detrimental to sound? Would it add too much stress to back...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    >I've seen in Martin and Embergher bowlbacks a small "stiffener plate" of wood reinforcing the top between the topmost brace and the neck joint. I've been adding one in on all my bowlbacks as a...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    >And I would guess that the reason there is that bilateral warpage is due to the neck coming loose from the neck joint which would indicate that a neck reset is required as well.

    Maybe, probably...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Sounds about right to me ;)

    And yes, they are bugger to hold if you make the top wide enough to resonate near that low C. Mine is guitar bodied which is easier to hold, but sometimes I wish I'd...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    I wouldn't remove anything that didn't actually fall off ;)

    The top should be repairable (but you know we haven't seen it in person, so your mileage may vary!) by clamping with a damp cloth. I...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    That top can be repaired in-situ IMO, there's probably a loose brace or two in there for it to have become like that though. These are not particularly difficult or time consuming repairs if you...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Good stuff!
  21. Thread: very old mandolin

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    Re: very old mandolin

    Hi Peter, good to see you back around here!

    Personally, I simply wouldn't touch a DeMeglio "clone" unless I was looking for a player, and I could try it out in person. Value wise, the clones sell...
  22. Thread: Hiscox cases

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    Re: Hiscox cases

    Yes. Good case, loads of storage in the mandolin version (by mandolin case standards). A bit brick like and heavy maybe, but offers first rate protection IMO. My only real complaint is that I...
  23. Thread: knot in top

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    Re: knot in top

    I've certainly had blemishes which only became visible once the wood was worked. I wouldn't quite call them knots as such though.

    BTW all the main UK and EU suppliers will refuse returns of any...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    One concrete example: A while back I restored a DeMeglio bowlback whose headstock had an historic break - If I had to guess I would suspect the break had occurred pre-1900 and the instrument had been...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Wow that's quick.... looking good there.
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