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    Re: Next-generation Wood?

    Interesting connection between a new material and an application. I’m pretty sure that if we had to, for some reason, abandon current materials for instruments, we’d probably learn a lot about what...
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    Engraver for inlay, carving

    In my vast junkpile, I have our old manual, pantographic engraver (New Hermes). Uses a small motor and various bits. Not making plastic labels anymore, but Im wondering if it would help with...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Something touching the top aft of the bridge?
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    Re: High action - is this fixable?

    Isn’t 1mm at fret 1 really high? I’ve seen mostly around 1/4 of that in setup directions. Then, the “neck relief” is measured And is supposed to be very small. Once that’s taken care of, the bridge...
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    Well, the neck had lots of exposure to salt from the skin, and as rural folk know, handles of rakes and tools often get chewed upon by the rodent crowd, porcupines being the worst. Doubt if any were...
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    Re: Liquid hide glue using salt?

    Informative article. Might guess that what’s good enough for the Smithsonian furniture collection is well-understood, but instruments live in a more varied climate, so unless you can find some more...
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    Re: Extended length drill bit

    General: extra long drill bits are called “aircraft”. Thin ones can be whippy, so start at low speed.
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    Re: Old reddish / pink glue? (NMC)

    Oops!
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    Re: Old reddish / pink glue? (NMC)

    Drew, I know not that much about this instrument, but I do know the bridge is not supposed to be glued down at all on mandolins. I’m guessing that what you’re seeing at both places is the...
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    Re: Converting Mandolin to Mandola

    Friends, I converted last week! Not to some extraterrestrial religion, but mandolin to mandola. Used EJ72 strings, but so far just installed the C, which is 0.049” and moved the others over. The...
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    Binding repair

    The attached photo is an Oscar Schmidt 12 string from probably the early 20th century. In a dozen places the white bits of the binding, which seem to be a thermoplastic (celluloid?) have dropped out....
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    Re: Tarnished tuning machines

    Ms. Crowe. Green or blue corrosion can be either nickel or copper. A low cost plating is probably not chrome on steel, but if it was, it’s chrome over nickel over copper. Most likely you have nickel...
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    Re: Early medieval lute and kwitra

    I like the multifunction aspect. A quill plectrum that can be used to jot down notes. Or jab critics.
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    Bridge (2) is interesting. Depending on the exact geometry it could have an overturning torque, that is, pressure up at the back and a similar, but not equal downforce at the front. No need to bolt...
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    Re: Zero fret repair

    Thanks, and apologize for writing a bit badly. Of course it was the first fret that had low clearance, if the suggested .012-.010” range is a target. Since the (temp) fix removes the buzz, I can go...
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    Zero fret repair

    Have a buzz that appears to be the zero fret being too low (.004 to the string). So, short of sourcing some specific fret wire, would it be approximately ok to just pair the fret with an...
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    Re: I have a superton, what next?

    RE: Fret grooves. Caution, untested theory. . It looks (I haven’t done it) that easing a fret out isn’t such a difficult thing, but how’s this quick and very dirty idea. The grooving is on the A and...
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    Re: A request of builders

    I don’t hardly fret about anything anymore, but I do sometimes use the services of people who fall into the single-person craft/art profile. More often than not, someone winds up working alone...
  19. Re: Ring - Concave / Convex Pliers for Bending Binding

    Non-builder here. The marks exist because each bend you made is shallower than the curve of the pliers, so contact is always going to be at the two edges, even if you ease them somewhat. That is,...
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    Re: But it said it was a Gibson!

    Last week someone went above $300 on a maybe early Flatiron 1SB. A bargain, a rotted hulk, or something else? I guess the fun is auction guesswork and sometimes getting a prize. This...
  21. Re: Making Real Wood Buttons for Gotoh Tuners...

    For a cello adventure in unnecessary design, I found copious sources online for violin and cello pegs, all from China, and in good looking woods. They come in several head sizes, generally...
  22. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    Thanks for your experience, and for not mentioning my wrong name for the maitre a danser, photo of a small one attached. Looking a bit further into the mysteries of bracing, to this non-builder, it...
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    1/16x1/2 does sound like the ‘used hacksaw blade’! Anyway, any reinforcement isn’t going to work unless it is still in really good contact with the bottom and top of the slot (if it’s a vertical...
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    Re: Help with IV mandolin kit

    Bracing, in my small sample, is variable. One bar, two, crosspiece. Whatever. I’ve started looking inside since my current mandolin to mandola effort seems to need a crosspiece up near the neck to...
  25. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    Both interesting methods and more versatile than the “metre a danser” a double ended caliper that would be a task in anything with f-holes. Anyway, I guess there are several reasons for measuring an...
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