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  1. Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    It can be tough to remove stickers without leaving some tell-tale signs that a sticker was there.

    But the bottom line is that if the covering is vinyl, it could probably be carefully removed...
  2. Re: what glue to use on 70yo mando w/ previous repairs?

    An instrument of that age would most likely have been originally assembled with hide glue. What was used for the later repair is anybody's guess.
    As has been said previously, most glues do not...
  3. Re: Correct screws, to attach bracket to Gibson pickguard?

    The Micro-Mark screws are too small.
    I just did a little hunting-- boltdepot.com has #3 and #4 screws in short lengths in brass. If you want nickel, go to blacksmithbolt.com. Make sure you specify...
  4. Re: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    Well, if you're on a computer, you're in contact with a device that contains potentially toxic chemicals. The only way to avoid contact with chemicals is to build your own home with hand tools, grow...
  5. Re: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    Well, neither, really . . .

    This conversation is just an extension of the consequences of living in a society where a bag of peanuts, clearly labelled and easily identifiable as peanuts, carries...
  6. Re: Correct screws, to attach bracket to Gibson pickguard?

    The originals were a very short, nickel plated round head slotted wood screw. I don't recall the exact size, but they were either a #3 or a #4. You won't find one with a thread that short at Ace...
  7. Re: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    Well, technically speaking, hide glue is classified as food, along with raw shellac . . .
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    Re: Any banjo experts out there?

    Allen, nothing personal here, but a couple of your statements are not accurate:

    5 string banjos have only 4 slots in the nut. The 5th string does not extend to the peghead of the banjo, but has...
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    Re: Any banjo experts out there?

    All I can tell from those pictures is that this is a lower end instrument, most likely made before 1960, probably quite a bit earlier.

    To tell more, we need full pictures of the front and back of...
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    Re: Vintage 1970ís epiphone mm-70

    Gibson era Epiphones have always been student level instruments.

    So far as I know, Epiphone has not built a mandolin with a hand carved top or back since at 1970 at the very latest. It is more...
  11. Thread: Guitar Center

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    Re: Guitar Center

    Eric Sullivan has weathered the storm. While the scope of the business has been considerably down-sized, the doors are open. They continue to be an excellent source for resonator banjo rims, necks,...
  12. Thread: Guitar Center

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    Re: Guitar Center

    FQMS [First Quality Music Supply] is now in the hands of Eric Sullivan and has been re-named Sullivan Banjo Company. They continue to sell strings, parts, and accessories for most string...
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    Re: Vintage 1970ís epiphone mm-70

    Those were student level mandolins. They are not the sort of instrument that I would apply the word "vintage" to, and have no significant collector's value.
    I would estimate that one in "pretty...
  14. Thread: Old Mandolin

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    Re: Old Mandolin

    Those are the same tuners that Gibson used on their oval hole mandolins from 1910 through the early 1920's. Many thousands of those mandolins are still in use, and there is a market for those...
  15. Thread: Guitar Center

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    Re: Guitar Center

    GC's problems have been going on since 2007. This will be the 3rd time that investors or a management group has come along and rescued the house of cards.
    The non sequitur has been that they have...
  16. Thread: Hornpipe rhythm

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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    A 2 to 1 ratio on weighted eighth notes at moderate tempo [or, as you said, treating it as if it was notated in 12/8] is always a reasonable place to start for a traditional Irish hornpipe. If it...
  17. Re: Comments on this inherited Gibson 6160 mando and case?

    If you can't get the original tuners working smoothly, the Stew-mac Golden Age #2505 and #2506 tuners are drop-in replacements and will work well, and installing them will not devalue your mandolin...
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    Re: Could a broken truss rod cause a buzz?

    One other thing to check-- if it has the original pickguard, the part that butts up against the fingerboard will have a second piece of plastic laminated to the bottom of the pickguard to help hold...
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    Re: Could a broken truss rod cause a buzz?

    It rarely happens, but yes it could. It is more likely that the buzz is coming from somewhere else, though.
    A buzz can come from a loose seam between the top or back and the sides, or between the...
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    Re: Kentucky Mandolin KM-805 new neck available?

    Whatever you do. the repair is going to have to be strong enough to withstand 90 + kilograms of constant string tension. If the instrument came to me, I would want to find a way to reinforce the...
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    Re: Kentucky Mandolin KM-805 new neck available?

    I also recommend adding a back strap to cover the break. You would have to mill out a small amount of material and do some re-carving to make it work out.

    You might also want to consider...
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    Re: Epoxy pore fill and sunburst

    Much of this conversation is perplexing to me.
    It would seem to me that epoxy acts as a sealer, and that any attempt to get wood to absorb stain evenly after a sealer has been applied would only end...
  23. Thread: Detached back

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    Re: Detached back

    IF . . . the tail block has not come loose . . .
    Which can also be fixed, but takes more time and effort.
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    Re: Collapsed Washburn

    Except for violins, I consider it better to remove the back if I have to open an instrument, unless you are pretty sure that you'll want to replace the top anyway.
    Which might not be a bad idea on...
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    Re: David Russell Young (NMC)

    The last time I saw Jim Grainger, he talked a little about the old days when he and Mike Longworth were coming up in Chattanooga in the early 1960's. They were trying to figure out how to take...
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