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    Lightweight Octave Mandolin Cases

    Hello all,

    Does anyone have a recommendation on where I could get a lightweight, custom case for a Weber 2-point octave mandolin? The case that came with it is, quite frankly, overbuilt for the...
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    Weber Dropping 2-Points?

    I've been enjoying Michael Eck's last few blogs for Weber recently. However, reading through his most recent post, something was curiously absent: the 2 and 3 point body shapes. It appears that...
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    Re: Gibson A5-L unsold for 15 years

    My 1993 A5L is great! I had Steve Smith put on a new bridge as well as do a little fret work last year. Right now it's my secondary mandolin, but I very much doubt I will ever part with it.

    For...
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    Re: Instrument Case Stand

    Here is the finished product. After letting the glue cure, I sanded the pipes with 220 sandpaper to rough up the surface just a bit. I only did enough sanding to remove the shine. After sanding the...
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    Re: Instrument Case Stand

    Woah! That's really cool. My local store only had white. If I had known that schedule 40 came in different colors, I wouldn't have bothered with the paint!
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    Re: Instrument Case Stand

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! Here's a few more pictures:

    I realized in my previous posts about assembling the sides that the photo I put up could use some clarification on which lengths of...
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    Re: Instrument Case Stand

    Assembly

    Once you have all of your cuts done, let's assemble the two sides. You should dry fit your parts first to make sure you've got everything cut to the right length and pointing the correct...
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    Instrument Case Stand

    My wife and I both play musical instruments. As our collection has grown, our instruments have taken up more and more floor space. In an effort to store our instruments efficiently, I decided we...
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    Re: Annual search for case for H1 style dola

    Here is a friend's H2 Mandola in my Collings mandola case. It fits like it was made for it. I hope this helps!

    http://i.imgur.com/sHeRRwZ.jpg
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    Re: Praise for Steve Smith

    As requested, here's a photo of the back and headstock.

    http://i.imgur.com/Y1uNwqo.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/OYiBEVp.jpg http://i.imgur.com/CknC40I.jpg?1
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    Praise for Steve Smith

    Hello all. A few weeks ago I sent my 1993 Gibson A5L to Steve Smith at Cumberland Acoustics to get some work done, and I just wanted to share my experience.

    I had Steve do the following:
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    Re: Flat-Top Mandolins

    A used Poe certainly does, and $1350 for a brand new one isn't far off.
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    Re: Flat-Top Mandolins

    You might also check out Poe Mandolins. They sound really great. His new builds are around $1500, but you could probably pick up a used one for under 1K. He also has one in the classifieds now for...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Fretboard Binding and Inlay

    I started working on my body binding channel and fretboard this past weekend. I will post about the binding channel when I have completed the scroll channel.

    Before...
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    Re: Saga AM-10 Build Thread

    The tailpiece that came with my AM10 kit had a screw on endpin. After installing the tailpiece, I drilled a pilot hole and screwed in the endpin with the supplied Phillips head screw.
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    I know of at least one builder who precuts the peghead overlay and binds before installing it on the peghead. Here's a link to Stan Miller's Construction Process on his mandolins. I believe there's...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    I double checked Siminoff's book, and he suggests cutting a binding channel that's 3/16" deep. The soundboard and backboard are roughly 3/16" all the way around on the edge, so it should be easy to...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Thanks for the support! I'm glad someone else does the dremel technique. It seemed like an obvious solution but I wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something stupid before I tried it. I gave it a...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Started working on binding channels today, starting with the peghead. I had Roger route around the outside of the peghead, but the service does not include the scroll, which must be done by hand. I...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    The router platform is indeed adjustable. To set the thickness of the inlay, you have to have the inlay up against the base of the platform next to the bit and adjust until they're the same thickness.
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    No bits were broken. I went slow so I didn't put too much strain on the bit. I went with the 1/32" downcut bit. It made a nice clean cut on both the bottom of the cavity as well as the sides. If you...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Inlay continued

    Last night, I glued the inlay pieces in. If you buy the completion kit with your Siminoff kit, you get a nice jar of fine ebony dust for filler. He also sends some great...
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    Inlay

    I learned a lot about inlay the past couple of weeks, including some stuff I would advise you to avoid if you're a new builder. Here we go!

    To prepare for inlay, I had to decide what...
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    Re: Saga AM-10 Build Thread

    Oops. Here you go!

    http://i.imgur.com/0XZR1bm.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/VUWjcX1.jpg
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    Re: Siminoff H5 Build

    I would love to attend one of his courses. It'd be fun to build along with everyone else. It's been a good, challenging experience so far.

    Fretboard Extender and Scroll

    After gluing on the...
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