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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    There are a lot of surfaces near the neck which would be very difficult to get to once the neck is assembled. I won't say impossible... but really a pain and extremely time-consuming. These are the...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    Sure, it can be done. But as Adrian said, to have it done well by a solo luthier is asking them to strip, prep, machine in the scariest and least efficient way possible, and re-bind the entire...
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    Re: Michael Kelly Dragon Fly Mandolin

    Michael Kelly instruments, in general, are solidly built, flashy looking, acceptable sounding instruments at a very attractive price. They will never be the best bang for the buck, if your priority...
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    Re: Different Kinds of Wood

    Bill Bussman has use ironwood for fretboards, for sure.. maybe more.

    I wouldn't hesitate to use chestnut, hickory, or anything for a mandolin or guitar as long as it seems like it would be stable....
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    That looks perfect! There's no smell like it, is there?
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    Re: Darkening Finish After Tru Oil

    Oooohhh... Everclear to thin tru-oil? I wouldn't do that, that's for shellac and only shellac. This is one of those "varnish ≠ varnish" things. You'd want to thin Tru-Oil with mineral sprits/white...
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    Re: Darkening Finish After Tru Oil

    Peter's right. However, two things:
    - you can never apply too many coats of tru-oil
    - people in general seem to put up with much worse dye jobs than what is "good practice"

    So maybe put some...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    Highly unlikely, given that there's only one A-5 that existed in that era, but your point stands.
  9. Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    +1, you should not be scorching the wood. It isn't an instantaneous process. You are basically melting the "glue" in the wood which holds the fibers together. When it's warm, slip the fibers, and...
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    Re: Stringwinder's for mando

    Once I learned how to wind strings, I haven't needed a string winder. Straight through, back under towards the center of the instrument, straight up towards the outside of the instrument, then you...
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    Very clever, and I really like the intentional attachment of the tuner, too!
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    I have one of the original (pre-Koch Brothers acquisition) Shmergel Radiators - got that Radiata soundboard that radiates a lotta sound. Would post a pic but it crashes the whole forum if I try to...
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    Re: New builds final Set-up Help?

    That's high action. So you can rule out the bridge as the culprit (unless it's due to it being way too high, which is easily tested by lowering the bridge).

    You probably need to level your frets....
  14. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    True, I guess. Eyeballing a quarter of a mm from a mm ruler may be closer than eyeballing 1/64 of an inch from an inch ruler. I'll give you that. But that's 60's technology. Still has its place......
  15. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    Or make a crosscut sled. The throat plate/insert is irrelevant at that point, and you'd be using one (a sled) anyway for fretboards. Plus, it's probably the single most useful nearly-free shop...
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    Re: Good vs. Bad Satin Finish

    Probably not evidence of a cheap job. Possibly evidence of a finish spec that the builder doesn't have a ton of experience with, if it's not advertised as a "budget model". If it was advertised as a...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The best gadget is a big old granite surface plate. Put some dye on it, rub the part on it, and you can see exactly what you've got.
    These days, computer-controlled probes called Coordinate...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I paid $750 for my dual-drum sander, and Spencer is welcome to use it any time. :-)
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Seconded - Spencer, I would definitely not put a router on that as a power source. If you can get it slow enough to not explode, you will not have any power left as Richard said. If you are tempted...
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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    I try to leave all notes ringing as much as possible, unless for phrasing or if there is a change of key such that the note would sound dissonant.
    But in some phrases, you might mute every note a...
  21. Re: Getting Small Chubby Hand/Wrist to Reach Around

    Everyone's fingers feel clumsy at first! I guarantee you, your anatomy/anthropometry is not an impediment to playing. Be patient with it, it'll feel natural in time. Plenty of excellent players have...
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    Re: Morris A4 Has A Surprising Flaw

    Agreed, pretty much any high-quality mandolin without a poly finish will show an impression like this. Definitely not a flaw, but you might see it as a con. The only time it would be a problem is if...
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    Re: Strings Catching on Higher Fret

    Well, the top could be sinking. The neck could be bending. The truss rod might not be tightened. The bridge could be too low. Or the fretwork is poor.

    That's in order of ascending likelihood.
    Get...
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    Re: Mandolin insurance?

    Agreed. Don't insure, save. My homeowner's policy wants about $20/month to add $5k of coverage for my camera equipment. Forget about it. I've bought it before, I can buy it again (eventually - I...
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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    I cannot recommend Eastman oval hole mandolins. While their f-hole instruments are generally good values, their oval-hole instruments are quite weak.
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