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    Re: New Eastman Octave tuners?

    1/3 of a turn to hear a difference is a lot. Does the pitch jump a big bunch when it finally does move? If so, then it's a sticky nut slot. Andrew's advice about leaving the original bushings is good...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    At the risk of veering off track on this thread, here is one the finger rests I put on mando #4. I'm guessing it's the combination of being set lower and angling down, but the closeups reveal no...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    Post catalyzed conversion varnishes can be very hard. The trade off is that the tone becomes more crystalline bright and the volume increases. Kind of the opposite of a softer varnish finish.

    When...
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    Re: Top repair patch

    I think your repair came out quite nice. Under an amber finish it may look like a cross grain scratch or gouge. You could even distress the finish on top of the "scratch" line to make it look more...
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    Re: Like they don't know me

    Beautifully done! and that's an incredible sounding octave mando you've got there.
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    Re: glue for temporary attachment of copper inlay

    rubber cement
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    Re: source for small, mando-sized strap button

    rnjl, Just a word of caution: Mounting a strap button into the heel of a mandolin is different than a guitar. The wood is maple and you are likely going into end grain. Maple is hard and less...
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    As someone who plays acoustic and electric guitar along with building and playing mandolins, I also participate in several (5) other forums regularly and will echo that this is among the most...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Well, there are certainly a lot of dread lovers here. Two things not considered here by those recommending sticking with the dread:
    1. The way a dreadnaught jacks the right should up makes it less...
  10. Re: Installing Grover 309N Tuners on an Eastman 305......It was e

    Good work Pappy. The tuners have usually been the only complaint I've ever heard about the Eastman 300 series mandos. As a builder, I've used Grover 309s on several builds. They work very smoothly...
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    Re: What's your Spraying set up?

    I got a nice LVLP set up from Homestead Finishing a long time ago for the same reason. They have some nice Taiwanese made guns for $200-$300. For lacquer, you're going to want a 1.4mm tip/cap. A...
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    Re: truss rod install

    Of the 5 mandolins I've built, none have needed much tension at all on the truss rod (and I keep my relief < 0.004") so I doubt the type would make a lot of difference.
  13. Re: Octave Mandolin question: Teardrop versus mando-guitar?

    I would think price will a bearing on your choice. I built a celtic style OM some years ago. While it sounds nice, balancing it in the playing position requires a little more effort. It seems...
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    Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    The last time I tried to order ivoroid, there was a hazardous substance shipping restriction and the shipping charge was going to be like 10x the amount of the material. A compromise I've come up...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    I read on another forum that Stew Mac was recently bought out by some big company. Perhaps the new corporate heads are trying to recoup some money. I'm not ashamed to admit I own a few of their tools...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    What! No one told you serious mando heads all play tele's? Edit: I see you ended up with a tele after all. A Marshall might be a little intense. To keep the peace, you might better go with a...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I have wrestled with the ethics of this situation myself. Lots of mandolin players (even talented ones) simply can't afford the price of entry for a really good mandolin. A Collings MT-2 (what I'd...
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    To the OP, as you can see in the excellent pictures provided by thistle, F5s are complicated critters. Refinishing by someone who has experience with blending colors for a burst and scraping binding...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    My only experience with MOP nuts on a mando is one I tried to repair for a friend/customer. On that particular nut, the skinny areas between the courses and on the outside of the E string were weak...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    Standard size guitar wire (0.080" w X 0.043 h) is commonly used on a lot quality mandolins these days. I speculate that this originally started because skinny wire wears grooves so much quicker...
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    Re: buying tonewood

    If you're looking for a more modern saw that's easy to set up, Laguna makes one within your budget range. Asian manufacture, not Italian but still their engineering. I wish they would have been...
  22. Thread: Refretting

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    Re: Refretting

    There are a few pricey tools that are worth it IMO. A precision ground fret leveler is a must to true the tops. I have the SM tubular steel one and it works great. The fret nibbler is also necessary...
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    Re: Wood identity question

    I love the design with the abbreviated two points, whose the builder?
  24. Re: Coming back to Mandolin and have a few questions.

    The old Gibsons referred to are going for closer to $2k these days and are oval sound hole which is likely not the sound you're after. In the $1000 and under range for F hole instruments, Eastmans...
  25. Re: Staining spruce to avoid blotches and unevenness

    Read this somewhere a long time ago (maybe here) and have been doing it ever since. Seal the spruce with a light coat of very thin mix of shellac. Sand back enough to get smooth (your 320 grit), then...
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