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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    I don't think reducing tension is required. I do reduce tension slightly for shipping but that mostly to prevent any damage if the box gets abused. Tension may "help" to break the headstock or cause...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    E.A.R.S. tuner. Mostly right version, but sometimes also left. They both seem to work equally for me. Pretty good for other instruments ranging from violin to piano as well.
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    If it's stored in proper environment for musical instruments nothing more could happen that with normally used instrument. Perhaps some varnish imprinting may result in contact points if it spends...
  4. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    As I see it, the more stupid things you post there the more subscribers you get. Even the stupid guys can count the change in their pockets.
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    Re: Ivoroid picguard material

    Many EU based companies do not charge the hazmat fee. Some of them will ship acetone based glues via air mail with no hassle at all
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    Re: Stripped screw on case

    That means there are fibrglass fibers in the plastic making it stronger. Often used in plastic kitchenware (IKEA or such) you can see it marked as >PA-GF< or >PE-GF< or something like that.
  7. Thread: String spacing

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    Re: String spacing

    There are defferent preferences among players so you need to know what is standard and what deviations are also used and preferred by some players.
    I used to test drive any mandolin within mile...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    The recurve (meaning the channel deeper than edge) is roughly parallel to edge up to the f hole or widest part of top and from there the recurve gradually vanishes both in depth and width. There is...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Here is where I see the bottom of the recurve (I marked it on th mandolin with red line):
  10. Thread: Dry Bending Sides

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    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    That sounds correct to me (for bending dry or with just little moisture on the inside surface) and that's what I've been doing for curly maple sides. It's simplest way for free-hand bending over...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I might add that the reflections in that photograph may be a bit misleading to think the recurve is quite far away from edge near tailpiece. You need to study the composition and lighting of the...
  12. Thread: Dry Bending Sides

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    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    I think (just musing here) that there is probably vast difference between using tiny or medium amount of water and using fully steamed wood, especially figured.
    If you use no or very little water it...
  13. Thread: Dry Bending Sides

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    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    OFten some rippling is inevitable unless you have precise mould and counter piece that will "iron" the piece flat and keep it there till the bend is fixed. Tight bending strap helps, but the stresses...
  14. Thread: Truss rod or not?

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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    Wood is wood and sometimes the nicest curly piece will be the unstable one that will bend under tension... It may make some customer of your best morel quite unhappy.
    I personally use Loar style rod...
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    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    Perhaps I didn't use good vocabulary, but the cells are long tubes that are pretty much connected into one continuous pipeline all the way up to the top of tree. They cannot just slip one past...
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    Re: Next-generation Wood?

    That process is pretty much how some of the ebony substututes for fingerboards are made. You take some solid hardwood, dye, heat and compress it and you get stronger harder wood that works similarly...
  17. Thread: Dry Bending Sides

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    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    I don't see any principal difference in mandolin or guitar side bending. Guitar sides being often thinner than mandolins' it should be even simpler. I never bent guitar sides but I bent wood for many...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I agree that it most likely started similar to ovals of the era but after seeing some recent photographs I believe there is some sinking in the bridge area and also slightly towards fingerboard and...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I haven't seen the Griffith Loar plans in person so I cannot comment on those. From detailed photos of that one I see that the top either has undergone quite a deformation or the arch was carver a...
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    Re: Buzzing Single Open E String

    Hig fret would most likely cause both strings buzz (unless funky bend is involved at the fret ends). I would check nut slot first. Either entirely too deep or has ramp down towards board which causes...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I don't understand the "nose section" term...?
    What is tinny sound? Does it mean shrill high notes and lack of crispy solid bass? If so, that means your top is likely too stiff. With good piece of...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Sure the shape of arch and it's flow is one of the most important things. From my experience the beginning builders seem to suffer in both getting correct smooth arching shape and good graduations...
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    Re: Gibson mandolin face repair needed.

    If the top is toast then Randy Wood is your man. He's got tons of experience in replacing tops like this and folks talk about his quality work and good pricing...
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    Re: Quick French Polishing Question

    two possibilities:
    - reshape your pad to thin longish shape that can reach under the extension or fold longer piece of cloth few times so you get long pad that you can hold by it's ends and polish...
  25. Thread: A-String Buzz

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    Re: A-String Buzz

    I see few contradicting opinions in several posts above that may confuse you in searching for source of your buzzes. Experienced luthier (or even some better players with some tech knowledge) might...
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