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    Re: Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    I second the thumbs up on Robert Sherman in Napa. Found his name here on the Cafe. Recently had him do some work on my kit-built Siminoff F5. Since building it several years ago, my old hands have...
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    Re: All Band-in-a-Box users...

    Sounds great. I'll be looking for it! Thanks for the effort.
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    Re: First build: Tenor Uke (NMC)

    Very nice looking! Is that one of the current SM kits or the previous ones they discontinued?

    I'm working on one of the current kits in a concert size now. Built a soprano older kit for my...
  4. Re: You Could Get a Mandolin in the 70s with S&H Green Stamps.

    As a teenager of the 50s, I sure remember S&H stamps!! :)
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    Re: Refret Considerations

    [In answer to OP's question]

    I have a Collings MT and asked them what the fret size was on it. Got the following response:

    Our standard fretwire dimensions are as follows:
    crown width: 2 mm...
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    Re: Looking for a mandolin kit?

    Having built a Siminoff F5 kit (no longer available), I would advise just building the first one and see how you like the process. Also, to simplify things, build an A model vs. and F model. I...
  7. Re: (NMC - yet) Finishing schedule and materials for kits

    I didn't do any pore-fill. Looked fine to me, but YMMV. :) You might want to try both methods on a test piece.
  8. Re: (NMC - yet) Finishing schedule and materials for kits

    Earlier this year I finished a StewMac soprano uke kit for my granddaughter. Used TruOil for the finish and it came out very nice. Applied about 10 coats and didn't do any serious buffing. I'd...
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    Re: Nut files recommendation please

    Three years ago I bought a custom set of 4 nut files from an eBay vendor for $54 (with shipping). Probably more now. Send them an eBay msg for a quote on the sizes you want. Here is a link to some...
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    Re: Fixing ding in Tru Oil finish?

    Thanks for the additional replies. I put a drop of Tru Oil in the ding and wiped the area. The next day I could hardly find the spot to add more TO. :)

    My customer (7 year old granddaughter)...
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    Re: Fixing ding in Tru Oil finish?

    Thanks for the replies. Don't really have a dent in the wood. Only a chip in the finish. I think I'll try the "tiny drop/wipe" with TO method and see how it works.
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    Fixing ding in Tru Oil finish?

    I was happy with the Tru Oil finish I did on my mahogany uke. However, when installing the bridge, I put a small ding in the finish. Maybe 1/8" around.

    I thought about different ways to fix it:...
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    Re: Looking for tips on refretting

    Agreed. Poor wording. I meant that after tweaking the setup I might decide not to refret.

    Robert, thanks for the good tips.
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    Re: Looking for tips on refretting

    Thanks for the tips! Especially the links to the good info at the mirwa website.

    As far as action at 1st fret, I'm within reason. However, my Collings MT is definitely lower I'm going to tweak...
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    Looking for tips on refretting

    Going to refret my F5 I built 4 years ago from a kit. Not because of the minor fret wear, but because I think I'd like larger frets better. My kit came with 25X50 wire. After being a bit agressive...
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    Re: New Primetone fan

    Someone gave me a Primetone for my guitar and I liked it. Bought some rounded 1.3s for my mando and I like them, too. A brighter tone than the BC or Wegan with more volume. I'd rather take the...
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    Re: del mccoury question

    Per a website, he joined Monroe in 1963, recorded one single with him and left in early 1964.
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    Re: R.I.P. Dan Hicks

    I saw Dan and the Hot Licks at a show in Napa, CA around Christmas of last year (less than 2 months before he died). Had only heard of him, but never seen him. His performance was not the quality I...
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    Re: Cleaning up inlay pocket?

    Thanks for all the tips! I tried a pocket knife and it seemed to work a bit better. Then I remembered I had some very sharp Flexcut carving knives. The small one worked good. Still using a...
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    Cleaning up inlay pocket?

    I'm inlaying a large (9/16" high) script letter "L" into my uke project peghead. It has a very thin layer of ebony (I think) over the mahogany beneath. The inlay is up to 1/8" wide, so the pocket...
  21. Re: What kind of quality can I expect from a mandolin kit from SM

    The project time shown in my blog is a bit misleading. First, I was only where I could work on it for 6 months a year. Also, I only worked on it when I felt like it, vs. trying to finish it as...
  22. Re: What kind of quality can I expect from a mandolin kit from SM

    I built a Siminoff F5 kit without any previous similar woodworking experience. It could have come out better, but I'm satisfied with it as a first build. It looks like a mandolin and sounds like...
  23. Re: Mandolin tabs for " my little girl in Tennessee"

    timms14: PM me your email address. I have a PDF of the tab from years back from the Bluegrass College website. Even though that site still exists, the mando tab link gives an error.
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    Re: Filling gap between neck heel and body (uke)

    Thanks for the suggestions. I thought about removing the neck, but decided I would likely cause a bigger problem than I have now. I'll just experiment with ways to fill a gap on some scrap wood and...
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    Filling gap between neck heel and body (uke)

    I'm building a StewMac soprano uke. Had a good fit for neck to body when I tested it "dry". However, when I glued it on, I ended up with a noticeable gap (less on one side than the other). Gap...
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