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  1. Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    A late teens / early twenty's / A2/A4 or snakehead that actually IS in excellent condition at a price I can justify.
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    Re: NMD #774 Ratliff R-5 (1999)

    Congrats! My RA-5 is two years older than yours... and has cured my MAS completely...... well except for finding a Gibson Oval from the twenties at a price I can justify.:)
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    Re: plans for next build

    GAL. {Guild of American Luthiers}
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    Re: Who has just one?

    Only one mandolin..... Ratliff RA-5......
    Clark Octave Mandolin

    [Full disclosure though..... 9-acoustic guitars. 3-electric guitars. 3- fiddles and a Harmonium.... so I'm just as sick as anyone...
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    GAL Winter Article

    Great article by Graham McDonald in the winter edition of the Guild of American Luthiers periodical. "Field Guide to Mandolins"
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    Re: "Floating" right hand

    Chris Thiele with the closed hand..... Tim O'Brien with the open.
    Think it can go either way...... I'd be delighted with 20% of either's capability.
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    Re: Alpaca "Linear Tuners" for mandolin?

    Were I you... I'd consider investing in one of those "Different Drums". [You march kinda funny] :)
  8. Re: "Acoustic Lacquer" on violins, myth or reality?

    Remember all that "French Polish" is a method or technique to apply a finish.... not "a finish"

    Shellac is the finish....processed bug poop, dissolved in alcohol, applied with a bit of oil added...
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    Re: First attempt at a hand rub sunburst...

    I'd say that looks pretty darned GOOD! Gives me hope and some confidence when it is my turn.

    If you haven't sealed it yet I assume you could do a bit more on the top, maybe bring the darker tones...
  10. Re: Question for others who play guitar &/or bass as well as mand

    Left hand nails have always been trimmed as short as possible without blood loss.

    I do repair and restoration and can't count the number or "9 miles of bad road" fingerboards I've had to deal with...
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin's Internal Organs Exposed

    The bridge is off center from the center point of the spider, unlike a dobro where it is centered and split with the cone tension screw down the center between the two halves of the bridge.

    Were...
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    Re: Nava Octave Mandolin

    Nicely done there!
    What is the Scale length?
    Bit difficult to see from the photos…. is the top carved arch, induced arch, or "flat" ?
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    Re: Well-Known US Music With CBOM

    Tim O'Brien comes to mind.. "One Girl Cried"… "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" are two that he regularly plays on his OM.
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    Re: Restoring a Gibson Alrite

    I think your plan for the headstock is right on point, I've done the same thing on a couple of "exploded" banjo headstocks.

    As far as the finish goes….. Alcohol may or may not "cut" the old finish...
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    Re: Guitar Bridge Lifting

    Well done Tom! Take a look at Frank Ford's site frets.com for some of the best pictorial tutorials on repair work by one of the worlds best and longest serving repair luthiers.

    Rememberů....
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    Re: Guitar Bridge Lifting

    Mike is correct that, if you can get them to, a replacement guitar with a pin bridge, in that price range will be less likely to give you problems in the future.

    That being said a pinless designed...
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    Re: Guitar Bridge Lifting

    Not acceptable!!! Unstring it and get ye to a luthier. Clean bridge removal/reglue is straight forward if you catch it before it tears itself off.

    Pinless bridges on moderately priced guitars are...
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    Re: Gibson Factory Busy in 1919

    My A2 is #49946 with a 11149 FON which I have understood to be 1919 mfg. Fun to get a bit of "maternity ward" trivia for our mandolins.
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    Re: In house workshop

    149560149561My Shop is in the daylight lower floor of my house…. I live alone so that "issue" is not relevant. My only large power tools are a band saw and a drill press. Neither creates a lot of...
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    Re: This is incredible...

    If my music appreciation was based, to any degree, on a single genre or what I was capable of technically playing….. Life would really Suck!
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    Re: Long distance sales

    I have never sold, only purchased. The anxiety can go both ways, especially with a costly item.
    I have purchased from businesses, Elderly, Gruhn's, Clark, etc., and from individuals.
    I always start...
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    Re: 3 Good GBOM'S--Comparisons

    Speaking for myself there mate…...:)
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    Re: Circa 1919 F5 Gibson?

    I'd be willing to bet that the builder wasn't trying to "create" a fake gibson, unlike the current seller who may be trying to pass it off as one… Some fella's [ Initial "S"] Try at making one for...
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    Re: chalk fitting

    Whether with dovetail joints, fitting violin/mandolin bridges or any other joint chalking is a way to incrementally fit the joint as close to perfect as possible.

    In a dovetail joint, for example,...
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    Re: OM vs Irish Bouzouki

    A guitar of about the same scale length of a Z°uk has [medium set]

    A string of .045w one step higher than the Zouk G
    D string of .035w same for Zouk D
    B string of .o17p one step higher than the...
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