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    Re: Top strength/Tuning stability

    The old Gibson army navy flattops only have two cross braces on the top. One is under the bridge and the other is in front of the sound hole under the fingerboard. So, that one brace under the...
  2. Re: Ken Cartwright loses home in Oregon fires

    Oh no. I visited Ken way back in 1999. The west coast of the USA is now getting exactly the same as we (Australia) had through last year and early this year. Worst drought on record so the forests...
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    Re: Question for flat top players

    Yep, ask Sawchyn. It really depends on how they are built. The old Gibson army navy's are notorious for top sinkage so light strings only, but the Beavertail is X braced so is different. Mine are...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    Yep mandola cases are difficult to find. I get mine from Cedar Creek custom shop. Perfect fit every time, but not cheap. I can do a flat top mandola for around $1000 USD but then you need to add...
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    Re: Bending quilted big-leaf maple

    Graham, I recently used some pretty wildly figured Big Leaf quilted Maple in a mandolin and did not have any issues using a hot pipe. The trick is to not wet it too much, just add a little bit of...
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    That is part of it, but mandolin tuners are a lot more difficult to install. There are 4 on a plate, so the hole spacing needs to be spot on. Guitar tuners (except classical) are separate so the...
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    Absolutely. If they turn ok when off the instrument, then the fault is with the installation. Most problems with tuners are with installation, and the better quality tuners are far more sensitive...
  8. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    I am with you Mandobart. I have never done a sunburst, and have never used plastic bindings. Sunbursts are tricky to get right all the time, but they do hide a multitude of sins. All my mandolins...
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    Re: Problem E strings

    First thing I would do is to check the fit of the bridge to the top. It must be as close to perfect as you can get it. If that does not change any thing you can make changes to the treble by using...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    It is up to par. I use Target Coatings EM2000 which is an alkyd resin based (i.e. an oil varnish) in a water emulsion. It can be brushed or sprayed. I brush it on, but like all finishes it does...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Personally I think way too much attention is made to tranverse vs X bracing. I have done both and there is a difference, but the difference is quite small, more of a subtle difference, and I have...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I am one of the "others", having made around 200 so far and still going. The very old Gilchrists do replicate the old Gibsons, but he changed the body size quite a few years ago, can't remember...
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    Re: Wood identity question

    I have never heard of that before. I think it is unlikely, although can't rule it out completely. It is impossible to be certain what they used by examining the mandolins in detail, but my guess is...
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    Re: Wood identity question

    Yes that is stained birdseye Maple. Lyon and Healy used a lot of that, but they also used flamed (fiddleback figure) Maple on some of their mandolin as well.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy A

    I think it was a deliberate change. Those guys know what they were doing. The Lyon and Healy mandolins are very well made, and they are not easy things to reproduce accurately.
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    Re: Griffith Loar A-5 drawings?

    Nope. The size of the F-hole is different. The A5 F-hole is smaller. The was probably done to keep the tuning of the main air mode the same. One reason why it sounds like a Loar.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy A

    Yes the fretboard widths certainly did vary. My 1918 style A symmetric points has a nut width of 29.2mm, my later approx 1924 asymmetric points style A has a nut width of 27.8mm. They are the only...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    I am up to #259, but that includes around 30 guitars and 3 OMs, plus a few mandolas. I am averaging about 15 instruments a year now.
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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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