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

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    #002: Redbud & Walnut, with Redwood top.
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    Re: Nyberg Flattop Mandolin Build Thread

    I'm about 99% sure all "flattops" have some induced arch that is created by a slight curvature of the bracing. It's usually very slight. To my understanding, the arch is what counters the weight of...
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    Yes...

    Aside from the comfort they offer, as well as protecting the finish from your sweat, I've always been of the opinion, that much in the same way that the Tone Gard holds the mandolin off...
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    Re: Looking for some new tunes

    If you're interested in learning Jazz, the 'Cafe's own Pete Martin has a lot of great content on YouTube!

    If you want some tunes that are easy to learn Jazz tunes, 2 that I've learned and really...
  5. Re: Making a bridge setting jig - good idea or not?

    I like your ingenuity, how you accounted for all variables! ...Here is a method I used, I believe I saw on YT, possibly from Stew Mac. It probably wouldn't work with the style of Cigar Box uke you...
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    Re: Flattop Top Thickness?

    Thanks Tom and Marty, and to be clear, I am modifying someone else's plans.

    Just as with my first I am making a pancake mando (Flatiron style) with plans from Terry Majewski of Crystal Forest...
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    Re: Truss Rods vs Carbon Fiber?

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    Hmmmmmm...
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    Re: Flattop Top Thickness?

    Roger that Marty, any recommendations on how much depth to add to make a notable difference?

    You still think .165" is the best starting point for thickness?
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    Re: Tone-Gard Alternative

    Yea, I agree with Jonathan, something tells me you're looking at the wrong thing in the picture. I do have an ebony armrest on the mandolin. What's in discussion here is the mahogany bar across the...
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    Re: Flattop Top Thickness?

    Yes by darker, I do mean more emphasis on the bass end... So okay, I'll add those implementations to the plan. Sound Hole reduction should not be too hard since I plan to do ff holes this go round,...
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    Re: Flattop Top Thickness?

    Well here's a kerfuffle....

    I found a piece of the top wood for my first build. It is 36 square inches by 0.1325" thick and weighs 36 grams... easy math... that's 1 g per square inch. I did...
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    Re: Flattop Top Thickness?

    HA! yea John, you called it!... I have some leftover pieces, so I can probably extrapolate... I do feel like I should have thinned the top on the first one some (its a little quieter than I would...
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    Flattop Top Thickness?

    I remember reading that when you carve redwood or cedar for an arch top, that you typically leave it thicker than spruce. Does the same rule apply to a flattop?

    I bought some redwood for the top...
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    Re: Looking for a bridge

    Minorkey, just to be sure, even if you get a new bridge, it will have to be fitted to the top. I seriously recommend going through Rob Meldrum's set up e-book, which is a worthwhile endeavor because...
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    Tone-Gard Alternative

    I'm a fan of the Tone-Gard and have one on both my SA and my Jacobson, but I didn't want to try to invest in one for my recent flat top build because I'm not sure it would have fit right, but I did...
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    Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    Every time I play my Silverangel I feel that way. Almost 95% of the time with the other 2 as well.
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    All of that aside... I think it's pretty stinkin' cool!
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    Re: Truss Rods vs Carbon Fiber?

    This is great information... thanks so much everyone.

    In the hunting I have done, one annoying anecdote I can share with anyone else looking: when it comes to Carbon fiber, the term "rod" only...
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    Re: Truss Rods vs Carbon Fiber?

    Ok, so what's your preference within the links above, or is there any difference?... LMI's truss rod has a coating that supposedly minimizes vibration, the SM version seems pretty basic.... and what...
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    Truss Rods vs Carbon Fiber?

    Which do you prefer and why?

    I used a carbon fiber rod in my first build and it was super easy, but I've noticed that Truss Rods are on average about $10 less cost wise (ie LMI) and DO off an...
  21. Re: The best scroll video! ASMR for F style fans!

    He makes it look so easy!... Awesome video, thanks for sharing. I started watching this series and lost track of it. This one was great!
  22. Re: My wife gifted me two mandolins for Christmas!

    That's awesome John, you have some talent in your family!!!... along the same lines, my oldest daughter made me a clay duck playing the penny whistle along side a pig playing a mandolin; I do think...
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    Re: Strap for A with strap button

    I just got a new strap from Lakota Leathers; round braided black and tobacco... my pancake mando has strap buttons for both ends of the strap so I just asked the guys at Lakota to punch a hole in the...
  24. Re: which is better mass produced mando...Loar or Eastman

    I was once told by a guitar player that they thought Eastman Guitars were more expensive than others, so they were surprised when I told them that the MD305 I had at the time was one of the more...
  25. Thread: Weird sound?

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    Re: Weird sound?

    Try weaving a piece of leather or something similar between the strings between the bridge and the tailpiece and between the nut and the tuners;... It my be what's called sympathetic vibration: its...
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