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    Re: StewMac kit

    I've tried various jigs for putting together the binding plies. I finally discovered it's much easier for me to do it completely by hand without a jig. And it is easy. Paint about one inch with...
  2. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    Perhaps the main lesson I've learned in lutherie (and life) is that everything depends on achieving a balance. "Ideal" is the perfect balance between differing forces, differing goals. That balance...
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    Re: Jam etiquette

    There is some kind of a pattern to what they do at each jam. I suggest sitting out for the first couple of songs and just observe how the breaks are handed out. If they are distributing them through...
  4. Re: Introducing the Haywood Mini Camper Suitcase Travel Mandolin

    Here's a video of this mandolin doing what it was designed for. Traveling in a suitcase; being played in a hotel room. Listen with headphones for best sound.


    https://youtu.be/R7uHVrrzHr4
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    Funny you should ask. I have tried all the picks folks recommend. It was the the Blue Chips and the Prime Tones that caused me to try the classic Fender 351 Heavy played on the rounded corner on the...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    I should explain that the 12 hours included flattening the radiused board, making bullet end EVO frets, working with a new (to me) method to remove frets from ebony without a single chip out,...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    Going with the OP's question. I built a small acoustic mandolin to fit my large suitcase. The suitcase is the mandolin case. Clothes and supplies are the padding. The suitcase is regular checked...
  8. Thread: Woodstock

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    Re: Woodstock

    That was the day I discovered that my parents were pretty smart. I had planned to be at Woodstock, although I was 13 and not sure exactly how to get to New York from Georgia. The parents had a...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    If it looks in person like it does in the photos, then I recommend a full refret. It looks like substantial wear through fret #9, with some slight wear through fret #13. Filing everything down to get...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Was the quote you received given over the phone or was it from an in-hand evaluation of the mandolin? If it is a request over the phone, there's a good chance it will be on the higher end of the...
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    Re: Luthiers in Atlanta?

    Thanks, Marty.
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I realize this thread is not the best survey, because most of the posters bought the EVO fretwire and would tend to like it. However, there is nothing preventing anyone from saying they don't like...
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    Re: How old is this Greek bouzouki?

    If you haven't already, you might try doing a google search for Greek bouzouki photos and see if you can find one with the same pick guards. That might give you the name of the maker. It's a slim...
  14. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Introducing their competition to Fender's Road Worn Series?
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I have replaced nickel-silver frets on several mandolins with EVO gold “medium” size wire, and I found that the resulting tone was different to my ears. Given that the same strings were used and that...
  16. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    If you haven't already, get a lesson somewhere on counting the beats, then practice the songs at a slow tempo and count the beats while you play. It will seem like a lot to do, but your ear, your...
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    Re: TablEdit Pick-up Measure

    +1 to both answers above. The "reading list" method is good if all you want it to do is play the pickup measure correctly. Set up the reading list and save the file. If you want to print the...
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    Re: Flattening a radiused board

    For me, the issue is the radius at the bridge, which has to be similar to the fret board. So it's more a right hand problem. A compound radius is an improvement, because the bridge can be flatter. I...
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    Re: Flattening a radiused board

    I would say that fundamentally it is just a full refret, but there are some additional concerns and possible complications that make it difficult to set a price without looking at it. Leveling the...
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    Re: Flattening a radiused board

    I've just finished doing two of them. There is a photo of work in progress on one of them on my Facebook page. I'll be doing at least two more soon.
  21. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I'll just add that apparently trademark law in the U.S. is not nearly as settled and clear cut as one might think. There appears to be two competing legal theories: one is that a trademark is...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I believe strongly in what my piano teacher told me many, many, many years ago. She said to buy and play the best instrument you can afford - right from the git go, because the better instruments...
  23. Re: How do you clean dried CA glue out of fret slots?

    Update. I did have to glue the 12th fret after all. Combining techniques mentioned here and in another recent thread, I wicked super thin CA near the ends of the frets, wiped the board immediately...
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    Great ideas and advice. Here's what I got the most mileage out of:

    177761 177762

    I think Ward had it right - medium or thick viscosity CA was used. Digging and sawing wound up being good,...
  25. Re: How do you clean dried CA glue out of fret slots?

    Thanks, Pops1 and Marty. Actually, I have these tools in addition to some I've made, and I had tried them before posting the question. The best tools for me are turning out to be an old exacto knife...
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