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    Re: Tone right

    In 2008, everyone was playing Mumford & Sons.
    The music was so boring, everyone's mandolins went to sleep, hence the need for Tone-Rites to wake them up.
    It was something of an epidemic. Play...
  2. Re: TurboPlane, Safe-T-Planer - Powering through plate carving

    Both are good options. Combined with the drill press method and a good deep dial indicator, you have about as close to an ideal setup as you can get without getting into duplicarvers and such. Do...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    :popcorn:
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    In the violin-making world, these types of discussions have been going on in various forms for a couple hundred years now. Lots of money involved, lots of bright people, lots of skilled craftsmen,...
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    Re: Gruhn's and/ Carter's?

    You only get one chance to make a first impression. A secret handshake shouldn't be a requirement to get someone to talk to you. My sister and I both remarked about how lame the atmosphere at Gruhn's...
  6. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I love the tape Mike....:popcorn:
  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    If you contact these guys you can probably put this signature on the headstock legally. It appears that his estate owns the signature.
  8. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    What's clear to me is that some folks here will always think that if you make an F5 then you are ripping off Gibson and I've been here long enough to know they will never be convinced otherwise. So...
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    Re: Brazilian rosewood for mandolins?

    I remember seeing a Rosewood build of Skips here at the Cafe a while back. Are all the alternate wood builds shown open pored? I’m finishing up on my Claro Walnut stump salvaged F5. There’s been...
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    Re: Brazilian rosewood for mandolins?

    I have a Stan Miller with Brazilian rosewood back, sides and neck, with CITES certificate. A fine instrument that compares well to my previous Heidens, Gilchrist and Red Diamond. 177998177999178000
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    Re: My first mandolin

    Nice work! I wish my first mandolin had looked that good!
  12. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Only a Djibson is djood enough.
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    Re: Loar-period A-Jrs.

    Here's the fingerboard on mine. Don't know if I've seen another like it, with the sapwood and heartwood together. Must have been the cheapest ebony in the pile, but it's a nice look.

    177907
  14. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Wait . . . banjo players have a forum? You mean, like, reading, or is it just pictures?
  15. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The banjo community has not been discussing these events. They have moved on.
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Just because you can do something does not mean you should!
    Just because you can do something does not mean you should!
    Just because you can do something does not mean you should!
    Just because you...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    I totally agree with that and it doesn't just apply to the instrument repair business. I've lived this more times than a normal person should. It's hard to say no to business but there is some...
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    Re: How to repair this broken head stock ?

    Totally agree. Its only in the last few years that I've attempted to develop the skills to say no. Its a difficult learning curve.
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    Re: Skagg's former Gilchrist F-5 for sale - NFI

    Overpriced
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    Re: My first mandolin

    Better to make a functional instrument than a pretty wall hanger, like I have on several occasions. Nice work.
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    Re: Who makes their own truss rods?

    I believe James Condino makes his own titanium trussrods. I haven't worked with it, but it's notoriously difficult stuff to machine.
  22. Re: Local spruce + tonewood suppliers in the Adirondacks?

    21.3 miles from NY state line to Bristol, VT, on hwy 17, like a used C#........
  23. Re: Local spruce + tonewood suppliers in the Adirondacks?

    OP said he is heading NORTH to NY, so the advice here seems to be "go to Oregon, Missouri, and Vermont......" :confused:

    OK, now I understand when some asks what is the best deal in a new F style...
  24. Re: Local spruce + tonewood suppliers in the Adirondacks?

    Swing a bit east to Tommy Lathrops millworks near Bristol VT, flew 140 curly pounds home for additional $50 on Southwest, he cut it to fit the megasamsonite. As far as I know, John at Old Standard...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Phil, Matt,
    I use the bone to promote a better connection from the bridge top to the thunbwheels. A little more clarity and volume. Even with a little more mass. Also makes the the bridge top much...
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