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    Re: What's up with Ukes?

    I attended a jam session recently that was composed of older professional amplified electric guitar and bass players, myself on a new loud A style mandolin through a microphone, and a couple of...
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    Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    To the OP: You have asked several questions describing your ideas for making non-standard modifications to a standard-built mandolin. It makes sense to ask experienced builders and repairers to...
  3. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    PM Marty Jacobson and see if he has anything available.
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    Re: When a mandolin tunes itself

    Do you open the case when you arrive at the venue and let the instrument acclimatize for about ten minutes before you check the tuning? That is a common practice among the acoustic old timers in my...
  5. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    If you develop a habit of tuning it every time you pick it up, you'll be in good shape whenever you play it. The second habit, not often discussed, is to learn to tune it quickly. At that point, I...
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    Re: Finish cracks?

    If your primary concern is how it looks and you can send it back, then send it back because this will bug you from now on. As mentioned in this thread, this is not the usual cracking and crazing of a...
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    Re: Thats a suprise

    I want to ask the OP to see about renaming this thread to include the words "Regal reverse scroll" so that the information here can be found more easily in the future.
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    Re: Waxing the mandolin

    Several builders recommend wax as a protective layer. I can see how wax can have some good uses. I've tried various good waxes (Mother's, Turtle Wax carnuba, Johnson's Paste wax, and a couple of...
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    Re: What is the story behind the "scroll"

    I've had the back off a few F5 style mandolins. I haven't found any stories behind the scrolls. :grin:
  10. Re: Anyone compared Fender 346 EXTRA HEAVY with Blue Chip CT55

    I'll suggest that you try taking an emery board file and put a right hand bevel on a new Fender Extra Heavy pick. Make it roughly a 45 degree angle to the two edges. See how it feels immediately....
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    Re: Thats a suprise

    Yet another angle on a dovetail joint!
  12. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    Yes, I am over-thinking it. That's because yesterday I looked at my folder that has all the tab and notation files I've collected on this tune. I found it written in A and G; I found different chord...
  13. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    In my searches for bluegrass song tabs, I've seen quite a few scores with the notation like the OP posted. I like to create a file in Tabledit in the correct key showing the notation correctly....
  14. Re: Looking for some help on recent luthier visit.

    It would help to know what kind of mandolin this is and it's age. The repair ticket indicates more serious condition than just needing a neck adjustment and some finish repair. The after photos...
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    Re: Gibson A2 binding

    I urge caution. Loose binding always looks like a simple fix, but it often isn't. I would entrust it to someone with experience doing this repair.

    If the binding hasn't shrunk and presses easily...
  16. Re: Tried this string comparison technique?

    It's an interesting idea, PB. I hope you'll try it and report your findings. My question is that if the different strings from two sets have different tensions, will you get a fair representation of...
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    Mandolin Literature

    I see where there have been a number of requests on the Cafe for mandolin literature. Most are asking for building or playing instruction. Here is something from American Literature dated 1899.
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    Re: Looking for older plans

    Sometime around 2016, I searched for Army/Navy mandolin plans. Campfire mandolin plans from Crystal Forest were all I could find available, so I purchased that plan. Additionally, I read all the...
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    Re: table top drill press

    Three or four years ago, I bought a lower end bench top Ryobi. It works fine for the limited work I do with it. It looks and sounds like it has some wobble, but it drills clean straight holes. It is...
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    Re: Buzz on open D string on jbovier ELS

    All good suggestions here. I'll add that I start with the paper in the slot to help determine what kind of permanent repair is needed. A thin piece of paper may stop the buzz. If not, a second thin...
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    That should raise lots of questions.

    Great music!
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    :grin::grin::grin:
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    What is that little instrument?

    I know there are many stories on the Cafe regarding this question. I just had my own experience with it. Wanted to pass it on, but can't find the old threads.

    I was at a local well-known music...
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    Re: Buzz on open D string on jbovier ELS

    Another temporary instant easy fix: put a tiny piece of paper under the string in the nut slot.
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    Re: Oh dear

    "Basically they would have a "stick" with tacks pushed through at the fret spacings, and use that to mark the fretboard. Then use an angled edge pushed against the neck and a tenon saw to cut each...
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