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  1. Re: Top Crack Weymann Keystone Bowlback, How to draw together

    If you canít get it to close with humidity or clamps, it probably isnít going to close, short of removing the entire top, taking off the braving, glueing and clamping, then re-attaching the bracing....
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    Re: Vintage Martin vs. Gibson

    Sorry Allen. Missed that in your post. You’re definitely not one who leaves out significant facts! And I meant “carved” tops, not carried. Darn auto correct. I should just turn the dadgum thing off.
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    Re: Gibson F5 custom 1966 help advice

    Looks nice! The back kills me though. One half looks quarter sawn flamey, one half almost looks flat sawn plain. No attempt at book matching or any other kind of matching. Guess in those days they...
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    Re: Vintage Martin vs. Gibson

    I’m surprised nobody mentioned the fact that most if not all Martin Flat top mandolins have the short 13” scale, aka “violin” scale, another carryover from the old bowlbacks. I think the carried tops...
  5. Re: Looking for info on F body built by Jim Harvey of Western MD

    I do not think this is a “worst scroll” candidate at all. As I stated before, F style scrolls are really hard for an amateur. Why not change it into something else that can be done well? Why oh why...
  6. Re: Looking for info on F body built by Jim Harvey of Western MD

    There is sometimes a lot of confusion over the term “cedar”. Most “cedar” instrument tops are Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata). This one, judging by color and pattern, especially the contrast...
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    I had always heard that they started building them so heavily because they wanted to make DARN sure there would be no returns for warranty repairs.
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    Re: A visit to Ludwig Mandolins

    His name is Ludewig. It was probably your auto correct.
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    Re: Gig bag for mandola?

    The Gold Tone Irish Tenor gig bag seems pretty close. Made for a 14 inch pot, it would be almost perfect for body length, and only a bit shy of 2 inches large across. 3 inches too long at 32Ē but the...
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    Re: C F Martin mandolin

    Please don’t just hang it on the wall! That baby deserves to be played. And Brazilian rosewood to boot! The above string recommendations are good except I would stick to 34 for the G. The Martin...
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    Re: Coming unglued-several issues

    Stew Mac sells a nice material called Tortoloid. I believe it is casein based. No flammability or degradation issues, and available in a variety of patterns. It’s a little thinner than you want,...
  12. Thread: Solo builders

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    Re: Solo builders

    In that price range I would add a Stiver F. New his go for around 6000 I think and his workmanship puts him in a class with builders who charge twice as much and more. NFI.
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    Re: Happy 100th Birthday 1920 Martin Style A

    My 1974 Style A says “ Happy Birthday Grandpa”!
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    Re: Breedlove american FO thoughts

    I used to own one. I sold it and I still regret it. Really nice instrument. When they stopped making them they were going for 1700 new, so I’d say 1000 sounds reasonable for excellent condition.
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    Re: Weber Redesign results

    In my humble opinion, instrument “sound” (tone, quality, volume) is simply too complex and subject to too many different factors to be able to pin down a difference onto one thing, like a neck joint....
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    Re: Flatiron 1N neck joint?

    Why not just ask Bruce Weber? I’m sure he would share that information. That said, if their like all of his other instrument designs, I would suspect a glued mortise and tenon with bolts. Are there...
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    Re: Mandolin for absolute newbie

    The Denver is not an instrument Iíd recommend, being made most likely of white wood laminate. The Epiphone would be much better. It probably has a solid top at least, with the rest being laminate. An...
  18. Thread: Attic find

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    Re: Attic find

    I don’t know who made it, but here are some general observations. It is not a high quality instrument. On bowlbacks, a small number of very large staves, like yours, denotes a beginners inexpensive...
  19. Re: Hard cases for Eastman mandola and octave mandolin?

    Dennis at The Mandolin Store sells a case that is not a perfect fit but he thinks it’s close enough for the octave. I think it’s a TKL tenor banjo case. It might have a little slop but you could...
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    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    No. Not normal. Were they there when you bought it? Or did they develop? Finishes unfortunately are usually not covered in warranties.

    Probably, a good luthier could do a drop fill and get you...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    I am curious about why they directed you to Wind Gap. Thatís a pretty long drive for you. Acoustic Music Works in Pittsburgh is a Collings dealer, and I know Lou Stiver used to do some of their...
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    Re: Stradolin or copy?

    You can always tell real Strad-o-Lin’s by the segmented f holes. This one doesn’t have it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, there is an s shaped hole with a round one just above and below it.
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    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    Since you are a beginner, by your own admission, you should do a lot more reading and studying before jumping in with both feet. You’ve already made an error using plastic wood I think. And once it’s...
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    Re: A Pointless Repair

    What is interesting to me is how thick the finish appears where the chipping is.
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    The gap you reference is normal. This is called an elevated fret board. A mandolin with this feature allows more of the top to vibrate. In the case of your Ibanez the elevation seems crudely...
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