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    Coming unglued-several issues

    Just getting in an old bowlback with pretty curled up, probably celluloid inlayed pickguard.Considering the progressive decay and flammability issues, Iím thinking of taking the old one off and going...
  2. Re: Kinda non-mando: volume pot taper issues

    Remember the log taper on a pot is directional. Maybe the ground and output terminals are reversed. Check with ohmmeter if you have one.
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    Re: Godin A8 help needed

    Conducting silver-loaded epoxies can be used for precisely this, and are available at most electronics parts and tool supply houses. Piezos generate fairly high voltages, so even aquadag, which i...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    @Rob Roy “And protect your lungs..”
    Don’t know how much this is discussed, but most of those wonderful woods survived in the buggy tropics by being more than a little poisonous, and the general...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    I think marketing a non-commodiity product in very small numbers is tough for all the factors mentioned. A close analog is the often bizarre world of fine art, where tens of thousands of individual...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    Yes, in addition to the suggested tension being beyond the saw’s capacity, allowing the blade to deform, the saw frame itself may deform, and if the type where a compression spring sets the tension,...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    To be uncharacteristically generous, I imagine that some very specialized manufacturing processes could or do use micrometer adjustable bandsaw fences, and that such items can be easily shop-made...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    Hook-skip blades are supposed to leave a smoother cut, or that used to be the advice. Check for blade lead on scrap and either adjust saw or change blade. If there is a lot of figure, using a...
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    Re: Pls critique this nut work

    I’m sure that this has been covered in detail for a very long time, but maybe it’s still news that a wound string is a file; very high friction on any material that’s softer. The change in angle at...
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    Re: Can This Be Saved?

    Ohmandy, in the spirit of quick and cheap, you might just not have to do a full production-level disassembly and make molds. In fact, if the top is ok and in the right place, I’ll suggest a very...
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    Re: tuner install

    Martian, without the $20 counterbore, and if you have brad point drills, you can fill the 1/4” hole with a dowel. Mark the center carefully, and drill into it. Wrap tape on the drill bit for depth. ...
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    Re: tuner install

    Of course, those primitives a century and more ago, understood nothing about mechanics when they inletted the mechanism, reducing the ‘leverage’ by a great deal. Then, they had the Victorian...
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    Re: tuner install

    [QUOTE=HoGo;1756184]I still wonder why you all want to drill stepped hole? I've always drilled full 8mm (or whatever diameter needed for given bushings) hole through the headstock in one step and...
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    Re: tuner install

    To drill a stepped hole without a stepped drill, drill the larger diameter, shallow hole first. Not the other way around. Then they will be more likely to be concentric, if using plain twist drills....
  15. Re: looking for help with lowering my action.

    Anybody dissect a Savannah F? Is the neck attached with a couple dowels and glue, or bolted through? Or some sort of dovetail. That is, can you answer the question of whether or not the thing might...
  16. Re: looking for help with lowering my action.

    Charles, get yourself a set of machinists thickness gauges to check string height, or make a thin gauge using a micrometer or calipers. The numbers you should try for are all over this forum....
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    Re: Octave bridge slot repair

    Sorry about that, and hope you get your money back. Other than Ebay exerting leverage over vendors, do specialized markets like Reverb offer any buyer protections? I’ve never assumed that used...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    A big drum sander is certainly a big deal, both for space and cost. A 12” Taiwanese planer can, if you stick the thin wood down on a carrier, do a similar job. With a drill press, the ancient...
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    Re: Octave bridge slot repair

    Or, a short piece of wire of a gauge big enough to level the string. Make sure it’s curved where the string meets it, and just push it into the old notch. Deal with a more conventional repair...
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    Re: Tailpiece pressing on top - effect?

    No rattles. History unknown. It’s an elDegas, looks fairly recent. The top is likely pressed rather than carved, but has a lot of shape, kinda like my old Stainer type violin. The bridge was lowered,...
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    Tailpiece pressing on top - effect?

    I have a mandolin with a lot of top curvature. The usual tailpiece actually contacts the top about an inch and something from the back edge. Does this effect the sound?
    I tried an experiment by...
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    Newbie, I have no prejudices about junk tools, especially for light usage, but quite often HF sells stuff that’s really, really bad and fails right out of the box. Unfortunately, I usually dissect...
  23. Re: Building a tune-o-matic bridge for acoustic mandolins?

    Marty, I’ve seen a bridge on line that consists of a wood base with four parallel slots and moveable hard inserts. That would certainly work, at the expense of detensioning strings a couple of times...
  24. Thread: 3 models

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    Re: 3 models

    Interesting ideas! Do the two acoustic ones, one with an extra soundhole and one without, sound similar, or (looking at the other photos) does the ‘without’ have a port on the backside?
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    Martian, at least now you know which way the ebony was sliced! Maybe even wasn’t ebony!
    A suggestion, though. A drill press, probably in everyone’s shop, makes a useful light arbor press if you...
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