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    Re: Transtint Dye for finishing HELP?

    I don't use any black because when I tried it in past it seemed to take some of the vibrancy out of the color, so I just mix the browns as strong/dark as necessary.

    Transtint is much more...
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    Re: DePaule Nouveau inlay advice

    I assume they would be installed a bit inside the binding, but you could ask Andy what his intention was.

    You'd also have to lay it all out carefully so the parts flow around your tuner bushings....
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    Re: Scuff and level sanding?

    Sorry, I may not have been clear—I wouldn’t sand the sealer coats because it would be extremely easy to sand through. The sealer I use is a light wash with basically no thickness. The Scotchbrite...
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    Re: Scuff and level sanding?

    Gray Scotchbrite works well for scuffing after sealer coats. For sanding after initial coats I use 320 grit 3m Fre-Cut Gold (dry). Then I spray a few more coats and sand with 600 or 800. I don’t do...
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    Re: Sorry for this string height question

    I like Marty’s use of “a game of chicken” for this. That’s exactly what it is— if the slot is the right height then you’re approximately one file stroke from having it be too low, causing buzzing,...
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    Re: The Heiden F Artist in the classifieds

    Thanks!
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    Re: The Heiden F Artist in the classifieds

    Yep, Max and Laurie know their stuff. No disagreement there!
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    Re: The Heiden F Artist in the classifieds

    I also got to check out that F5 at Wintergrass, and I agree, it's a great instrument.

    Regarding workmanship, from what I've seen Michael's is among the very best. And here's where I'll express my...
  9. Thread: Sanding

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    Re: Sanding

    I've always just used a Porter-Cable random orbit sander. I originally used the soft pad, but at some point I switched back to the regular hard pad and haven't noticed much difference. It does...
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    Re: Mandolin Magazine

    Ginny is my daughter’s fiddle teacher, and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to sit in on the lessons. She’s been a real inspiration to both of us!
  11. Re: Grover? Gotoh? Schaller? Golden Age Mandolin Tuners?

    Yes, I noticed that the late Paul Hostetter mentioned them on his site. I'm not sure where you can get them, though.
  12. Re: Help! Quick recommendation - Paasche airbrush

    Good point, I use a detail gun a lot for sunbursts too, and any time I want uniform color on a whole instrument. The only thing I use an airbrush for is small touchups, like darkening the edges of a...
  13. Re: Help! Quick recommendation - Paasche airbrush

    I have an Iwata Eclipse siphon feed that I like, and I would definitely choose siphon feed for the reason John mentioned above.
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    Re: another contour map question

    One tip for doing the perimeter with the Safe-T-Planer that helps avoid tearout is to make a small climb cut all around the edge before going back and making a deeper cut in the conventional...
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    Re: Another CF reinforcement question

    I like to extend the CF right across the neck joint into the fretboard extender. That way the CF will help keep the extender true with the neck over time. However, I would suggest not using quilted...
  16. Thread: Inlay colors

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    Re: Inlay colors

    Right, I believe it's only marquetry if you overlay the pieces and cut through all of them at once to make perfect joints. In that case all the pieces are the same thickness. With inlay, the design...
  17. Re: If you think changing strings on a mandolin is a pain...

    Our piano is also from 1898 and has the original strings, and sounds surprisingly good. Some day I’d like to change them, but it’s a big job!
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    It sounds like your background in communications would be very helpful. I can't claim to have been a huge marketing success, so take all of this with a grain of salt, but here are my thoughts...
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    Re: SystemThree Epoxy Grain Fill

    A lot of builders use the System 3 Silvertip with the fast hardener. Jay Lichty has an excellent video describing his process. If you're dying it black I would definitely go through the entire...
  20. Thread: Inlay colors

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    Re: Inlay colors

    Thanks!



    I've cut a lot of it by hand too--the recon stone is actually softer and easier to cut than shell, but like shell you'd probably want to use a jeweler's saw to cut it. I think a coping...
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    Re: Inlay colors

    Recon stone is great for brilliant colors. It's what I used for the red on the trout below. If you Google it you'll find a number of suppliers.
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    Re: Octave String Pairings

    Juststrings.com is a great source for single strings. You can most likely use the same gauges as the strings that you currently use for your A and E strings, respectively, or possibly one gauge...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Yes, I should have clarified, I use TransTint and haven’t had any problems with using denatured with that. For mixing shellac I use EverClear.
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    Re: Pls critique this nut work

    One thing I notice in your photo is that it looks like the A and E strings bear at the front of the but not the back, in other words there doesn't appear to be a break angle where the strings exit...
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    Re: Pls critique this nut work

    I try to seat wound strings 50% and plain strings 100%. I use nut files that are a few thousandths wider than the strings, and don't use any lubrication in the slots. I would say if your strings are...
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