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    Re: Unusual maple grain pattern

    $4 a board foot is cheap for that wood.
    Bill
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    Re: Sapele end block grain orientation?

    If you resaw and laminate, you avoid any issue here at all. That's what I would do.
    Bill
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    Re: My aquisitions since one year ago

    Well, Slim,
    You're on a roll.
    Bill
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    Re: Guitar Bodied Mandola

    Nice design and nice work.
    Bill
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    Re: Burtenshaw Mandolin #15...

    That's some striking walnut you found. Nice.
    Bill
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Nice workmanship. Good deep bassy sound.
    Bill
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    Re: Old reddish / pink glue? (NMC)

    The resorcinol I used back in the day to make canoe paddles was pretty much pure brown after it cured. No pink or reddish tint.
    Bill
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    Re: Early medieval lute and kwitra

    I suspect he wonders of the staves of the backs are coved.
    Just a guess.
    Bill
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    Re: New Kelley mandolin violin style

    Very nice, Skip.
    Bill
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    Re: Favorite Mandolin Picture

    That Bell rings my bell, Charles.
    Bill
  11. Re: Finished first build - Thanks for all of the help

    Nice work. Let's hear it.
    Bill
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    Re: Passernig two point in the classifieds

    I have played one of his instruments. Very powerful and nuanced. Fine workmanship, too.
    Bill
  13. Re: Experimental mandola with internal horn, neutral tension brid

    Fascinating video. Innovative design work and implementation. I'm sure this will drive a lot of conversation and I look forward to it.
    Bill
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    Re: What is Groove?

    Groove is not, in my view, the same as time. Time is the basic form of the song. 4/4, 3/4, etc. The groove is the rhythm and tempo that is played over this basic form. If you listen carefully to a...
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    Re: 10 string mandolin builder

    Marty Jacobson built me one. Probably more than $3K, but a great instrument!
    Bill
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Andy,
    Is that a scyamore back and sides? If so, I'd like your impressions of sycamore as a tonewood?
    Thanks,
    Bill
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Pretty darn nice looking guitar.
    Bill
  18. Re: Renaissance diatonic cittern I've just finished building

    Dusepo,
    Nice looking instrument.
    Do the "bars" at the neck/side join have a structural function or are they just decorative?
    Thanks,
    Bill
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    Re: block wood other then mahogany

    I recommend laminated blocks. Stronger, less likely to split. You can use smaller scraps and can laminate different species for strength and weight. Laminate with grains in different directions. Use...
  20. Re: Two of the great living mandolinists today: Sam B. And Chris

    What a fine duet. Thanks for posting.
    Bill
  21. Thread: Ebonizing?

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    Re: Ebonizing?

    There is an article in the recent Fine Woodworking where he used India ink.
    I've also heard of using lamp black.
    Bill
  22. Re: Bach-style orginal composition and improvisation on tambura (

    Very interesting Mikko. Lovely playing and nice sounding instrument.
    Bill
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    Re: Black Walnut....

    John is dead on about kiln dried walnut. Loses a lot of color and character unless done very carefully.
    Bill
  24. Re: Thoughts on Bill Bussman Octave in classifieds?

    Bill has built over 500 mandolin class instruments. He does it right. Great guy, too.
    Bill
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    Re: What on Earth is this thing?

    You definitely need that instrument, but I have no idea what it is. Very interesting, though.
    Bill
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