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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    Greg is right on this. Plating shops that offer anything less than high gloss will have some way of degrading the finish after plating. Plating over sandblast works well, also sandblast over...
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    Re: Dobro repair

    Check the cone assembly One way to chase down a buzz in a resonator instrument is to remove the coverplate and string it back up with the resonator assembly exposed. Then while plucking the...
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    Re: Non Mandolin Jazz

    Vibes have a limited sustain that reminds me of the mandolin, so I think they are worthy of study. Try this one from a Rosenberg Trio album that features vibes: ...
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    the mysterious slipping string

    A guitarist friend complained that his .012" high E was occasionally and unpredictably dropping in pitch. I checked the tuner capstan and gears, and the ball-end tailpiece attachment - nothing...
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    Re: Top 10 (12?) choro to learn

    In practice I always return to these exciting pieces:
    Gostosinho
    Bole Bole
    Murmurando
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    Re: National innards

    Just the place for Frank Ford's Spanish heel reset scheme. Saw it off and rebolt it, using the same bolts.
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    National innards

    a bit of a surprise to see what's beneath the cone of the modern National mandolin:

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  8. Re: Solace - A Mexican Serenade by Scott Joplin (1909)

    good choice of a Joplin piece, gorgeous at that tempo
  9. Flores and Packard, The Happy Mandolin

    I did a dreadful thing yesterday. I was trying several old tape players on a setup to digitize two cassette tapes of Tony Flores and Billy Packard. My player had crapped out, so I was back and...
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    Re: Bill kleppinger 6&7/8s string band

    The most complete story of the 6 7/8 is the liner note essays from a 1956 Folkways LP that Paul cites in a 2008 post. The liner notes can be downloaded from this page:...
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    Re: dust bunnies

    Tone balls! The first one I saw was about the size of a golf ball, and had that same compound structure. It reminded me of an image of a uranium atom from an old physics book. Awhile ago I heard a...
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    dust bunnies

    anybody ever see these inside a mandolin?
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    Re: May Jazz tune of the month: Body and Soul

    Having fallen behind on my clarinet practice and being caught unawares a few times, I recently hit on an exercise for visiting all the keys: I play Body and Soul a couple times in Db, then again in...
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    Re: marking strips for joint fitting

    Carbon paper is dark blue, as I remember, and sort of crinkly. The stuff I saw was very black and looked to be stiffer than carbon paper, which wouldn't withstand much tugging I suspect.
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    marking strips for joint fitting

    I have seen video of someone using a black paper strip to pull through the heel/body joint, marking the high spots. I use cloth-backed sandpaper in this way, but I'd rather make that the last step,...
  16. Re: Double neck guitar/mando in Country music

    Sure, Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams, out of the Colorado Front Range. Greg Schochet on double neck.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHhPw0GX3kw
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    Re: Tenor Banjo Rebuild

    Off topic, but interesting and apropos of the goatskin/vellum head:

    I'm reading a biography of Thomas Edison, whose projects were important in the sequence of devices that led from his phonograph...
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    Re: Nylon string advice

    You probably mean .4mm, not .04mm, which is thinner than a human hair!
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    Re: CAD/CNC question: anyone using ASPIRE?

    Autodesk's Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM package that offers a free "startup license" for any business making <$100K/yr. It is very powerful, and well supported by a user forum hosted by the...
  20. Re: Feeler gauges for measuring string height question

    The problem with feeler gauges is that they must be held perfectly parallel to the string and perfectly tangent to the fret. A better choice is a wire gauge, e.g. a piece of (unwound) piano wire. ...
  21. Re: Stroh Guitar, ukulele. Gramophone-Horn- Resonator

    Credit where credit is due:
    The transducer that converts diaphragm vibration to sound waves in air goes back to Edison, I believe. The diaphragm of the "reproducer" that is linked to the needle of...
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    Re: Eddie Condon

    I believe Eddie Condon played mostly plectrum guitar and banjo: 26" scale, tuned CGBD. Mike's original impression of a very long scale in that first video seems right. In the suitcase quartet it's...
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    Re: Steel string ukulele

    I made a steel strung resonator octave guitar at the behest of a guy in Panama. Don't know what kind of music he plays.

    I was skeptical about the project - he wanted a dark finish (on brass) and...
  24. Re: Tailpiece needs repair - suggestions appreciated

    I vote for solder on the underside. You could try soft solder (~350-450 deg.F). Scratch away the plating around the posts, and flow it over and around the ends. But the heat you'll need even for...
  25. Re: Are there any Classical Mandolinists in the Vancouver BC area

    A good place to start might be Bruce Clausen, who posts in some mandocafe forums.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/member.php?7104-Bruce-Clausen
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