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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Very cool story and history. You must belong to a very small group who has played a mandolin in the Himalayas! :)
    I actually considered buying some Fankincense just because of the Christmas carol...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Thanks! Yeah I found out that mastic is expensive!!! An individual on Amazon sells "Tears of Chios" 100 gm for $38 -- I guess that works out to $150/lb!! I think part of the problems is some...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Thanks for the background information --good to have because just reading about this stuff you tend to think that you've kiind of lost your mind -- there are so many blatant contradictions in all the...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    More discussion of egg white as a wood sealer for violin finishing. Lumberjocks Also here is where the vinegar reference came up. But now that I re-read the page I realize the vinegar and egg white...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Well its a little OT but I started my chemistry career in the mid-1960s at that time we (chemists) treated benzene as just another very useful lab solvent -- like you kind of suggest even the smell...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Thanks for the many thoughtful comments!

    I think the Joha spirit varnishes are indeed some slight variation of the standard 1704 recipe. One of the reasons I like spirit over oil varnish is the...
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    Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Just a short question. I have a pint of some nice red- brown Joha (German) spirit varnish that I bought for a project that never happened. Now I have a recently completed a mandolin and thought it...
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    Re: F hole crack repair

    I fixed a crack almost just like that one a Gibson F-5G that I once had.

    I did almost exactly like John suggested. Mine had a bit more finish damage in that there was a larger, more noticeable...
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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    Having had a lot of experience in the past with pre-1921 Gibson K-1 (& K-2) mandocellos (think I have owned three of them in the past) I am going to say most likely you are starting to get top...
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    Re: Making a Measuring Wheel

    I have one of these that I bought many years ago (earlier model) for work to compute stream distances from USGS topographical maps. It would work great for luthiery but I've only used it one time. ...
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    Re: Block in-lays.

    I think that it would be tricky to inlay blocks on an already radiused fret board. In the past I have added a 10" radius to a flat board which already had block inlays and that was another set of...
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    Well let's put a little mandolin in this string.

    Are you familiar with the work of Elmer Deagle from PEI? His Celtic mandolin CD project is plain out of this world. His fiddling is great too --...
  13. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    The part on Canadian music my wife and I used to go to the Maritimes almost every summer. We especially like Cape Breton but would go to PEI too. Newfoundland was on our list but that won't happen...
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    Ha ha. Well we are both in North America it's all good!

    Actually bird song is something I have been keenly interested in for many decades - -since the 1950s or so? The use of memorable phrases...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL_YJC1SjHE
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    Well as every birder south of the 49th parallel knows the White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) does not sing "Oh sweet Canada Canada Canada" anyway rather the bird is actually singing "Old...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    I think you are making the point that there was no attempt of deceive?

    In fact, I would agree that is probably the case -- the builder was not trying to deceive anyone. Likewise, I don't believe...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    So I can clearly see the logic in allowing intellectual discussions about the craftsmanship/quality of copy or tribute instrument versus permitting advertising of that same instrument for a...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Matter of opinion of course but your argument is with Merriam-Webster not me? :)
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    I'll also point out that I have no personal axe to grind in the discussion and what you build in your shop is clearly your business. My point was that regardless of your intent was it seems that...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    forgery fr′jə-rē► n. The act of forging something, especially the unlawful act of counterfeiting a document or object for the purposes of fraud or deception.
    n. Something that has been...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    I'm sure mine is a minority opinion and I will affirm that I have the greatest respect (and no ill will at all) for the skills of the builder.

    That said, I have to confess that I do not...
  23. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    You are lucky! I don't think I was ever fortunate enough to be under forty but I do play mandolin.
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    I have exactly no interest at all in knowing the sex or age of any poster on the forum. Why does it matter? Just saying
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    Re: "tinny" A string?

    I'll throw an additional possibility on this twangy, buzzy, tinny A-string. That is how you are fretting and/or pehaps the state of the callouses on your finger tips.

    I have osteoarthritis and...
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