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    Re: Consensus on stew mac's heat stick

    I'm not sure but I vaguely remember reading that Flatiron used bolt on necks... What kind of neck joint does your mandolin have?
    Steaming can be messy but I've seen badly scorched wood with the...
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    Re: Any experience with Gatti mandolins?

    The Gatti mandolins were not built by Massimo but outsourced. Actual buider was Eduard Kristufek from Czech Republic who is still making mandolins under his own name or brand "Krishot". His...
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    Re: Kimble neck - forearm pain

    I would guess in many cases use of the double trussrods or large nuts at the headstock end dictate somewhat chunkier necks for builders. And many pickers coming from guitar world who are used to wide...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    I've reshaped quite a few of these to remove the bevel (which is good only for plyers who strike string with pick at severe angle). I lay pick against string almost parallel so I don't like it.
    All...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    And then they could fix the scroll shape at least back to where it was pre-flood.
  6. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    In the meanwhile, I ordered $1000+ stuff from StewMac (mostly their tuners) and took their offer for 1 year stew max membership for some $28 or so... that makes all shipping free for me. I'm in EU so...
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    Re: Question About Northfield Model M Tone

    The only real way to evaluate tone is to play the instrument personally or at worst ask someone you really trust in his tone assesment/judgement and who has similar taste as you. YT videos or other...
  8. Thread: Cost for refret

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    Re: Cost for refret

    I bet I would beat you all on price as well :-)
    BUT.... I'm not in US so shipping would cost way too much and I generally do refrets or repairs only for local picker friends and owners of my...
  9. Thread: Wood ID

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    Re: Wood ID

    Thanks Peter, I thought the cuban mahogany is on appendix I with Braz. RW.
  10. Re: New mandolin question. (eastman, the loar, richwood)

    I've played few of the Richwood mandolins, one of them was the model in the link the other was kind of f style with simplified scroll.
    The A was pretty much generic chinese pressed wood mandolin...
  11. Thread: Wood ID

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    Re: Wood ID

    I'm afraid it doesn't work that way... You cannot take e.g. brazilian rosewood antique and make it into guitars. Or better said you can make the guitars but they would be seized at borders. The only...
  12. Thread: Cost for refret

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    Re: Cost for refret

    Nickel frets (and also EVO) in my experience tend to clog files much more than SS and good steel file will stay sharp for a long time. I don't use crowning files but ordinary square or triangular...
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    Re: Cost for refret

    I was writing just from my memory, knew Martin used them few decades longer than the rest.
    BTW, I've used the 039x040 SS wire almost exclusively on my latest mandolins and I don't find it any harder...
  14. Thread: Cost for refret

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    Re: Cost for refret

    No bar frets here I guess. The old Gibson wire had extra slim tang.
    Martin is known for use of bar frets way into 40's or later.
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    Re: Wood ID

    The sticker mentions mahogany from west indies, south america and west africa so it can be actually anything from true (cuban) mahogany if it was still available back then, honduran mahogany to any...
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    I wonder how will they wear. The glass filled plastics tend to wear into somewhat grainy surface and will be hard to polish back to smooth without some special abrasives because of the glass fibers....
  17. Thread: Intonation woes

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    Re: Intonation woes

    It is impossible to judge your setup from the pic. You can fret the string at 2nd fret and notice gap between the string and first fret, ideally it would be zero (meaning the nut slots are at the...
  18. Re: Need you to rebuild a special 50's Gibson mandolin-just a nec

    Doesn't look like 50's to me. More like 90's...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Optical illusions.
    The lightning and background color make it appear different. On darker background or changed lightning it would look tighter. Also looks like the pics were taken from some...
  20. Thread: Tight Waverly's

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    Re: Tight Waverly's

    There's always possibility of drilling imperfection if the holes are out of square. On mandolins there are two possible problems. one is alignment/squareness other is spacing between posts. Third...
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    Re: New Newson F style

    Ditto! Photos or it didn't happen.
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    Re: No frills vs fancier mandolins

    Different producers do it differently. Most small makers do the same quality of work on all instruments and save only on bling and fanciness of wood. big companies can be different.
    I can say from...
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    Re: Back contours for an A5

    The traditional Gibson arch was always high towards neck block and didn't strictly follow the outside shape. This implied the thickness above neck block and sudden dip in inside carved area where the...
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    I've made some necks from pieces just like that. Two pieces with black strip of ebony glued in between. No problems. I actually prefer wood with radial (quartered) surfaces facing the player, not the...
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    Re: Case Hygrometer Thermometer needed

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