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  1. Thread: Blue Sky Boys

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    Re: Blue Sky Boys

    That's par for the course for Ken Burns-- he puts his main focus on a limited number of people.

    I see that the Wikipedia article mentions Earl starting off on mandolin, but I have never heard that...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    Your fingerboard is likely original. Gently radiused boards are common on carved Lyon and Healy's.

    I don't know where the idea comes from that L & H used bar frets on their carved models. I have...
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    Solving unexpected problems

    An old Martin 00-17 came in today needing a neck re-set. I use a 2 x 5 heat blanket plugged into a Harbor Freight router control [thank you for the suggestion, Mr. Dudenbostel] to warm the...
  4. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    I tried that, but couldn't see anything for sure. You must have better video than I do. Oval hole 15's were probably better sounding than the f-hole models. Martin never quite figured out how to...
  5. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    The one on the right is either a Martin style 15 [oval hole] or style 2-15 [f hole].
    Hard to say for sure which one it is with that deep shadow on the face of the mandolin, but I think it's a 2-15....
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Congrats. The next time it will be easier, but not necessarily less nerve-wracking. Kind of like pulling flat top guitar bridges or fingerboards.
    Check that top brace while you're at it. I bet a...
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Whatever you do, protect the top underneath. Sometimes the guard will let go suddenly and come flying off with a vengeance. If that happens, a nail can put a deep scratch in the top.

    I try to...
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    The pins [they are really nails] on these 'teens Gibsons go right through the fingerboard at a significant downward angle [maybe 30 degrees] and penetrate the top.
    It can be difficult to get them to...
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    Re: Cracked banjo headstock

    CA glue is a very bad choice for this repair. If it does not hold [which is very likely], it will seal the wood pores on the surface of the break. Then, it will be nearly impossible to repair it...
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    Re: Opera singer guitarist in need of help

    If you are speaking of the aria with mandolin accompaniment, and you are going to be singing the aria, you will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to play the accompaniment well while you are...
  11. Thread: Cracked Bridge

    by rcc56
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    Re: Cracked Bridge

    With a little luck, the saddle from a new Golden Gate bridge will fit on your current bridge base, and you won't have to modify anything.
  12. Thread: Cracked Bridge

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    Re: Cracked Bridge

    I used to try to glue cracked saddles back together. I've tried four different kinds of glue with no long-term success. Some gave way immediately, while the one that held up the longest might have...
  13. Re: Martin Krajicek and "unusually octave" mandolin.

    This tuning used to be more common than it is now. I believe Howard Armstrong [a.k.a. "Louie Blooie"] used it sometimes, as did other blues/jazz/ragtime players.

    Norman Blake used it on the...
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    Re: does this look right?

    Hmmm. It looks like the grain may be running through the line. If so, it might not be a joint at all. But it definitely looks like a splice in your first picture.

    An in-hand inspection with a...
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    Re: does this look right?

    It looks like a splice to me.
    I would be very surprised if it originally left the factory like this.

    I can't say for sure without seeing more pictures, but the most likely explanation is that the...
  16. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    There are no Nuggets for sale in Nashville today. They turn up fairly often, though. I don't know how many he has built with a wider neck.

    Gruhn Guitars carries Newson mandolins. I've played...
  17. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A #1674 1925 - looking for info

    The last fretted instruments built in the Lyon & Healy factory were made in early 1928. They continued to make harps, and still do. They also continued to operate a number of retail stores.

    Tonk...
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    Re: a little help here

    Hot hide glue.
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    Re: Heads up! Nitrocellulose products dwindling

    Non polyurethane varnishes are getting scarce also.
    Water based varnishes are varnish in name only.
    Violin varnish and raw shellac are still available.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy Style C with planed fretboard

    As long as the neck is straight and the instrument seems to be stable, there is no major concern. There is enough wood there for a refret. The frets at the angled end of the fingerboard can be left...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy Style C with planed fretboard

    If the existing fingerboard is doing its job, the only reason for replacement would be cosmetics, not structural concerns.
    In other words, "elective surgery."
    Fingerboard replacement will increase...
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    Re: Lyon and Healy Style C with planed fretboard

    To refret and adjust that mandolin in my shop would cost perhaps $450 to $500 if the neck is straight, the fret slots are correctly located, the nut can be re-used, and there is no additional work...
  23. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A #1674 1925 - looking for info

    I will add that your style A is one of the latest ones that has come to my attention. The only carved top L & H/Washburn instruments that I have personally seen that were made much later were style...
  24. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    You can mask the bindings while the rest of the instrument is being stripped.
    You might start out dry, and carefully try some coarse steel or plastic wool or even a coarsely sharpened cabinet...
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    Re: Looking for a GOOD flat top mandolin

    Don't forget older flat tops, such as those made by Martin, the Larson Brothers, Vega, and even some of the better instruments made by Regal and Oscar Schmidt.

    For whatever it is worth, every...
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