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    Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    The last time I tried to order ivoroid, there was a hazardous substance shipping restriction and the shipping charge was going to be like 10x the amount of the material. A compromise I've come up...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    I read on another forum that Stew Mac was recently bought out by some big company. Perhaps the new corporate heads are trying to recoup some money. I'm not ashamed to admit I own a few of their tools...
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    Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    What! No one told you serious mando heads all play tele's? Edit: I see you ended up with a tele after all. A Marshall might be a little intense. To keep the peace, you might better go with a...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I have wrestled with the ethics of this situation myself. Lots of mandolin players (even talented ones) simply can't afford the price of entry for a really good mandolin. A Collings MT-2 (what I'd...
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    To the OP, as you can see in the excellent pictures provided by thistle, F5s are complicated critters. Refinishing by someone who has experience with blending colors for a burst and scraping binding...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    My only experience with MOP nuts on a mando is one I tried to repair for a friend/customer. On that particular nut, the skinny areas between the courses and on the outside of the E string were weak...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    Standard size guitar wire (0.080" w X 0.043 h) is commonly used on a lot quality mandolins these days. I speculate that this originally started because skinny wire wears grooves so much quicker...
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    Re: buying tonewood

    If you're looking for a more modern saw that's easy to set up, Laguna makes one within your budget range. Asian manufacture, not Italian but still their engineering. I wish they would have been...
  9. Thread: Refretting

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    Re: Refretting

    There are a few pricey tools that are worth it IMO. A precision ground fret leveler is a must to true the tops. I have the SM tubular steel one and it works great. The fret nibbler is also necessary...
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    Re: Wood identity question

    I love the design with the abbreviated two points, whose the builder?
  11. Re: Coming back to Mandolin and have a few questions.

    The old Gibsons referred to are going for closer to $2k these days and are oval sound hole which is likely not the sound you're after. In the $1000 and under range for F hole instruments, Eastmans...
  12. Re: Staining spruce to avoid blotches and unevenness

    Read this somewhere a long time ago (maybe here) and have been doing it ever since. Seal the spruce with a light coat of very thin mix of shellac. Sand back enough to get smooth (your 320 grit), then...
  13. Re: Weber Mandolins: Alaska Specialty Woods Sitka Spruce

    Wow, Mr. Condino your treatment is unfathomable! They obviously didn't want your business and should have just come out and said so. I've only built five mandolins but all my spruce billets came from...
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    Re: diminished value from a repair?

    Not to redirect from the repair issue, but- looking at that break and how the Hoffee case cradles the neck its whole length, I'm trying to visualize how the mandolin could have shifted inside the...
  15. Thread: Dammit!

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    Re: Dammit!

    Long ago when one of my daughters was at ballet rehearsal I was out in the hall waiting. I watched as the lead ballerina came out of the studio, sat down and took the point shoe off her right foot....
  16. Re: Playing a collings - what would an "upgrade" really get me?

    The Collings englemann top mandolins I've played and worked on are nice instruments, but not banjo killers. In terms of playability and consistency, you're probably already there with Collings. If...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Another YES! here. I recently refurbished a mando I built back in the 80s and sold to a friend. Over the course of a decade or so he had worn right through the nitro on the top at the spot where his...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Nice Nashville (sort of) tele! Short scale? What is it about mandos and teles? I build both as well. For me it was the praise and worship band at church that drew me into the electric world. I also...
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    Re: Convert Grover 309N Tuners to Worm Under?

    If your peghead is tall enough for them to fit worm-over, I'd install them that way. The physics of that orientation levers the cog gear into the worm. They work very reliably and smoothly set up...
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    Re: Rib assemblies too small?

    3/16" smaller will not be noticed by anyone other than a serious connoisseur and the change in chamber volume isn't going to affect the sound to any degree you'd be able to hear. I would go with it...
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    Re: Dammit!

    Major bummer Mohican! You might try vitamin E oil and see if that speeds up the healing process. The first thing that popped into my head was "Ah, perfect incentive for pinky exercises" (my pinky is...
  22. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    The James tailpiece is a wonderful design and a joy to use if you change strings much. The satin finish does attract dirt a bit IME. I put an Allen on an earlier build and, to me, the advantages...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    You can get what you want without a gun. As you discovered, you need a very high concentration of dye on the darkest part and may have to go back over it several times. I shoot the darkest parts...
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    Re: Time to practice hand rubbed sunburst

    Steve's advice is spot on (just look at his instruments!). I seal spruce tops with super blond shellac and then lightly sand with 320 just enough to get smooth. For the darkest margins at the edge, I...
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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    For wood rasping, I mainly use vixon and plas-ti-cut files that have have quite large (and sharp) teeth, for them the standard file card makes quick work of it. For nuts, saddles, and fret ends I use...
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