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    Re: Practice wood?

    I have taken the opposite approach. With the number of hours that you willput into it, the cost for good tonewood is not that bad, and you will have a decent sounding instrument when you are...
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    Re: Gibson J45 top repair

    Thanks for all of the great comments. It is interesting to find out this is a J50.
    Comparing it to trigger is room for encouragement, and not to take anything away from the sound or the way Willy...
  3. Re: Mandolunacy ( original ) a little blues

    That is sweet! I love to hear blues on the mando, such great expression.
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    recently built Octaves

    I am finally getting around to posting the pictures of the 2 OM's I built this past year. I am still trying to decide which one I like better. They both sound good but they are slightly different...
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    Re: Gal

    John,
    I am in a similar situation as you. This is a hobby that I can use to learn to make the instruments I enjoy playing. I have been a member of GAL for 4 years an have found it quite beneficial....
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    Re: Bridge location on an A5 build

    Thanks for all the comments.
    I play Irish trad music, and I have an older Gibson A that I use for that. It has a nice sound but is a bit overpowered by fiddles and pipes. My interest in building an...
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    Re: Bridge location on an A5 build

    I am currently thinking of using a dovetail joint, but will probably do a bit more research.
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    Re: Seeking Octave Mandolin Plans and Advice

    I will also recomend Graham McDonalds books. I built my bouzouki (26") scale length from his bouzouki book. It is a carved top X braced.
    I am just finishing up 2 GOM's. They are at 22" scale...
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    Re: Shellac containers?

    I swiped a few canning jars from my wife and they seem to work well. THey are the kind with the 2 piece lids so if a lid gets gunked up they are easily replaced. THey can only be used once for...
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    Re: Sealing a sprayed sunburst

    slimt - yes, no problem. I just finished the sunburst last night (attempt number 4) so it is ready for lacquer. As you can tell by my question, I am still a novice at this, but as you can see from...
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    I built a bouzouki (26") according to Grahams specs. I have been playing the instrument for over a year and am quite comfortable with that spacing. I just finished a pair of octaves (22") and they...
  12. Re: Not able to view embeded photobucket photos

    OK thanks. That is why I tend to view the "free use" offers with much suspicion. I have never seen a white face A so I found the thread interesting, and would have liked to see the pictures.
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    Re: Shading a spruce top

    Thanks everyone. J.Condino, your shop and house must be quite a colorful place. I will try a light mixture in shellac and use the air brush to have better control, but it looks like I have a...
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    Re: Another carbon fiber question

    Just to close out this thread, I put a couple of washers on the truss rod (why didn't I think of that) and was able to get the relief set up. I left it with .008" clearence under frets 6, 7, and 8...
  15. Re: anyone use these for touching up nitro based finishes?

    I've never used Novus on lacquer, but it works well on eisenglass so I would guess it is fine for lacquer. I use automotive compounds; either 3M perfect it, or as suggested, Maguiar's fine cut...
  16. Finished first build - Thanks for all of the help

    I finally finished the bouzouki I have been working on for almost a year. Here are a couple of photos. It is a thrill to actually string it up and play it.
    Thanks for all of the advice I have...
  17. Re: A brand new Mowry oval A - I am so excited!!

    That mandolin is stunning. there are so many artistic touches in the design. I too love your philosophy on starting with a top quality instrument. Enjoy it.
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    Re: tuners for a bouzouki build

    Nevin,

    Thanks,
    I did decide to go with the m6 mini's. I ordered them with the small buttons and will be spacing them at 27mm so that should not be an issue. They are however 94g heavier then the...
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    Re: Pick - Round or Pointy End?

    As you can see, there are many different opinions. My suggestion is to get a bunch of different thickness and shape picks and try them. I have a pile of them that I go through every couple of months,...
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    Re: How to slot a bridge

    Thanks Ivan, that makes sense. I tried using a nut file and wound up with a buzz on the A string so I posted this. I probably should have posted it first. If we learn by our mistakes I am working on...
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    Re: Adjustable bridge for a TC bozouki

    It is not a bad instrument for the price. It plays well and has decent tone. It is a bit soft in a session without amplification. I play with someone fairly often that has a Trinity OM (shorter scale...
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    Re: Christmas Gift Recommendations?

    Two books I have found very useful are:
    100 Essential Irish Session Tunes
    100 Enduring Irish Session tunes

    both edited by Dave Mallinson
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