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    Re: Books About Mandolins

    Thanks, Jim. I had a look at their website and they offer every other page size other the than 8x10". Bother!

    It is not worth getting it printed here. The cost per copy would be around the same...
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    Re: Books About Mandolins

    An update on The Mandolin - history. I received an email a couple of days back from the publishers where going to re-print the book. They have gone out of business, and as The Mandolin does not...
  3. Re: Article: New in Print - The Art of Mandolin Making by Alfred

    As someone who has also written a book on building mandolins, I can only say this is a superb publication The historical side alone is excellent and the clear and logical approach to building a...
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    New carved soundboard bouzouki

    A new Irish bouzouki. 26" scale, 14" wide carved European spruce soundboard, Tuilp Satinwood (Australian sub-tropical hardwood) back and sides with flamed maple binding, mahogany neck with two-way...
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    Re: Books About Mandolins

    It is entirely possible that the books are in a container somewhere. They are not really my books anymore, they belong to Lemur Press, who are not being responsive to emails. We shall see what...
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    Re: Books About Mandolins

    Sue, I had hoped it would be available by now, but the publishing industry moves in mysterious ways. Lemur Press is a publisher which finds out-of-print books and reprints them to give them a second...
  7. Re: Another D'Aquisto inspired art-deco mandolin

    The second one is available, and I can always make another maple one :grin:
  8. Re: Another D'Aquisto inspired art-deco mandolin

    Hello Len

    I thought I had posted some pics of the first one, but I can't see them here anywhere. Here are some pics and the mandolin recorded by a friend of mine, Tony Hunter, one of a few people...
  9. Re: Another D'Aquisto inspired art-deco mandolin

    I had to look up 'plotzing' (not in the general Australian vernacular). Thank you, I think :)
  10. Another D'Aquisto inspired art-deco mandolin

    The second of the Jimmy D'Aquisto inspired mandolins, This one of Sitka and Tasmanian Blackheart sassafras.

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    A new mandola

    A newly strung up mandola, 16.5" scale made from spruce and Australian blackwood. An audio sample and I apologise for my playing.

    https://soundcloud.com/graham-mcdonald-4/legs-mazurka-1

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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The next two mandolins, or at least a mandolin and a mandola, on the bench. The mandolin is the second of the D'Aquisto inspired art-deco madels, this one made from Sitka and Blackheart sassafras. No...
  13. Re: Seeking Octave Mandolin Plans and Advice

    Think about a capo. Alternatively a new 21" scale instrument. Too many unknowns to just change a neck.
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    Re: A guitar bodied mandocello

    Four on a plate mandolin tuners are lighter than 8 guitar tuners, but you have the drill the holes very accurately to stop one or more of them being stiff. The StewMac drilling guide can be very...
  15. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    Yes, please. PMed to you.

    Cheers
  16. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    Thank you, that is very interesting!
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    Re: A guitar bodied mandocello

    String length is a trade-off between playability and tone. It would seem generally accepted that the 24.75" Gibson 'cello scale is really too short for the C string to work optimally, but it is...
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    Re: A guitar bodied mandocello

    Jim, I have been using that sort of X/lattice bracing for over 30 years. There is something inherent in the lattice which gives a quick attack a clarity and separation to a note, but I have no idea...
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    A guitar bodied mandocello

    A recently strung up mandocello. 27"/68.5cm string length. 15"/38cm wide body, 4"/10cm deep at the tail, 3.5"/8.8cm deep at the neck join. Sitka spruce soundboard with hybridX/lattice bracing,...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The art-deco mandolin soundboard carved and braced and glued to the sides.

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    Re: Top and back run out

    Run-out, or the lack of it, is important in flat-top instruments like guitars where the soundboards are only 1/8" or less thick and you want the longitudinal cell structure running as closely as you...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    A second of the D'Aquisto inspired mandolins. I was at a meeting the other week and the table in the meeting room was veneered in Blackheart sassafras, a timber only found in Tasmania, it it struck...
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    Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Dylan,
    My nephew in Sydney, Jesse Johnston, who is a very clever and skilled musician recorded these two short tracks as parts of backings for songs (I think). It will give you can idea of what my F...
  24. Re: Bridge placement for correct intonation

    Find someone with an electric bass and measure the compensation on that. Compare that to the compensation on an electric guitar and put your bridge in between the two. The thinking here is that your...
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    Re: Can't connect to the MC server

    Some one at the ISP has done some magic and I now have access again, which is better than having to use my phone as a hot spot.

    Cheers
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