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  1. Re: Anyone know what the old flatirons were finished with?

    CA might be the best thing for you to use anyway, but the typical way to test the finish is to remove a tuner and dab an acetone-dampened swab in the footprint. A cross-linked finish won't be...
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    Re: Ups insurance a ripoff

    Well, only true if the box falls on its back. If it falls forward [just as likely] the string tension is pulling in the direction of the shock. It's a crap-shoot.
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    Re: Cutting Shellac for sealing

    I think you are referring to a post of mine. I can't buy 190 proof Everclear in California. If you can get that, it's fine. I bought pure ethanol from Quality Chemical [Amazon] which is denatured...
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    Good work. Not elegant, but I have done similar using a banjo resonator or tailpiece bracket.
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    Right. These usually have a pretty minimal break angle to begin with; if you lower it further the bridge just scoots around on the head when you play hard and it goes crazy out of tune.
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    Well, you've got that short scale length to deal with, you know. Anything lower than mando tuning is likely to sound un-musical. Heavy strings tuned down are just going to flap in the breeze.
    But...
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    I'm very familiar with the banjo neck attachment you describe. It's not the best, but it works. Taking material off the heel won't get you anywhere; you'll just end up with a gap. Does the end of the...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    Lacquer still scratches pretty easily. Are you offended by a clear guard? I do quite a few of those, and it's not hard. I use heavyweight adhesive laminating sheets from the stationery store.
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    Re: F hole crack repair

    Paul Hostetter once gave me a super idea for crack-stoppers. A Tyvek mailing envelope cut into small circles works great; it’s about impossible to tear so the crack can’t lengthen. I was skeptical...
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    Re: Vega Bowl Back

    "Spanish cedar" it is, which is neither Spanish nor cedar. It has a "cedar-like" aroma.
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    Re: Vega Bowl Back

    rcc56, I understand what you are saying, and I appreciate your work on that A4. I too assume my work will be examined under bright light with a magnifying glass.
    I recommend the book "Artifacts in...
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    Re: Vega Bowl Back

    If you are converting a bar-fret instrument to T frets and making other modifications you should not consider this job a restoration. I'm not being judgemental, but a restoration means returning the...
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    Re: Bowl Back Mandolin needing some TLC

    Thin cyanoacrylate glue wicked into those fissures will at least slow down the crumbling celluloid. Nothing will stop it, though.
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    Re: Bridge saddle repair - which glue to use?

    Nice work. If anyone notices and asks about it, b.s. them with something like "Yeah, the second harmonic on the A was a bit harsh, so I did that to tame it a bit."
  15. Re: Staining spruce to avoid blotches and unevenness

    Since as a repairer/restorer I am often trying to match a repair to the stain adjacent, I always use diluted stain and build color slowly, so I can adjust as needed. Another thing I do on softwoods...
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    Re: Transfers and Tru oil

    Maybe something like this to add some edge detail?
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/175499716703233858/

    Your top doesn't look so bad; you're just not done. Keep building and blending color.
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    Re: How serious is this?

    Do you have the instrument in hand? Toward the bottom of your photo there appears to be a crack traveling down one of the staves, possibly extending from your circle.
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    A slight convex arch to your brace might be a real good idea, in fact. The string tension will flatten the top out.
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Yes, your brace will be necessary to keep the top from collapsing.
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    Re: Speed neck recommendation

    Some use nothing at all. I have always used my concoction of equal parts pure tung oil, polyurethane varnish, and mineral spirits; applied several times over a week or so. First rubbed in with 400...
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    Re: How to inlay my logo

    No, it won't tarnish; it just gets more beautiful the older it gets. I love the look on turn of the century banjo headstocks. While you're at it, it would be easy to incorporate a line a few mm in...
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    Re: How to inlay my logo

    You might shoot an email to one of my neighbors up here, Harvey Leach [harv@leachguitars.com] and show him your design. He can CNC these for you very reasonably.
    Alternatively, it might look nice...
  23. Re: Has anyone ever heard of Country Roads brand mandolins ?

    Ah. I thought it was older.
  24. Re: Grand daughter is a Lefty - Help needed converting RH to LH

    Speaking from the point of view of a left-handed person who plays in the so-called right handed manner, I'd ask you if she were interested in piano would you look for a left-handed one?
    Both hands...
  25. Re: Has anyone ever heard of Country Roads brand mandolins ?

    That's a name I haven't come across, but lots of identical instruments used to show up regularly with many different names on the headstock. Just depended on which importer ordered them. Japanese or...
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