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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    Yes, Kay Kraft's are cool. I've probably had 5 or 6 over the years -- mostly basket cases that I restored, but I did find a near mint one once at a guitar show that had amazingly low action --...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    Our neighbor is an Amazon addict -- daily deliveries -- which is their business, (and we wonder why main street in small town America is dead...) but, anyway, they are delivered by UPS and my little...
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Hey, I've seen worse! Usually, the person doing it has no tools and uses a screwdriver and a hammer to make the hole! Good job on keeping it playing!

    Actually, I've seen that kind of access hole...
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    Re: Weak trigger finger woes

    I do a similar woe on eBay, although on more of a time delay -- I see something I like, I put it on my watch list, it is there for months, somebody finally buys it, THEN I get mad at myself for not...
  5. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    I repair a lot of instruments every week, probably hundreds every year......these devices are already leaving marks that won't come off. Also, marks from people who "park" their capo on their...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    Years ago and just for fun to see what would happen I would send postcards to friends with purposefully vague addresses -- something like: To: Bill, blue house on corner of Sycamore and Third,...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    My experience -- 35 years mail order (what they called it before eBay and the internet...) and mailing something around 9,000 plus packages -- mostly instruments and related accessories, records,...
  8. Thread: 1918 f4

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    Re: 1918 f4

    A real beauty, Darryl! Interesting analysis of the 1925 style details, as well.
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    Re: Opera singer guitarist in need of help

    If you get an Aria (brand) mandolin, then you could sing the aria and play the Aria............:)

    Sorry, hard to resist a setup like that.....................:mandosmiley:
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    Re: Bridge Pin Reamer

    How about start over? Get 8 new matching pins, drill the needed holes, ream, if necessary.........taper/no taper is not really important at this stage of your "guitar building" IMHO........you just...
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    Re: Bridge Pin Reamer

    Just fit them one at a time. A word of caution, go slow with the reamer -- it is easy to cut too much.....
  12. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    My boss at the vintage guitar shop would say, "play it for ten minutes and you'll get used to it!" (when people would try to apply their list of dream specs to a vintage instrument.....)

    Hagstrom...
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    A similar thing happens occasionally at pawn shops -- they get a nice instrument but overprice it due to lack of that kind of specific knowledge. (sometimes a small town pawn shop is the ONLY...
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    Re: Seam separation repair on Loar era F-4

    The hole on a 9 string is smaller than a pore on a mahogany back or side, so it really can't be seen.....

    If you fill it, it would probably draw more attention to the repair, IMHO....FWIW
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    Re: Potential USA Recesssion?

    A couple thoughts.....

    Don't buy as an investment, buy because you like it.......

    Collectors who bought "high" in 2008, still have those instruments today, because they can't sell them for half...
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    Re: Seam separation repair on Loar era F-4

    I made some years ago from old clear plastic Seymour Duncan pickup boxes. I turned the box upside and mounted the tuner on one of the sides. Anyway, they worked pretty well and being clear I could...
  17. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    It just crossed my mind that my former employer at a music store, a fiddler, always used a shoulder rest on his violin when playing -- same idea, I guess.....to elevate the violin from your shoulder...
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    Re: Gibson A5-L unsold for 15 years

    They seem to be asking $4350 for a new, unsold 17 year old Gibson and it is not getting any interest...........

    What do you think a fair price should be?
  19. Thread: My Pava

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    Re: My Pava

    awesome! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    Graham, those Kay Kraft guitars have a specific neck problem that happens with age and wear -- there is a non-adjustable metal bar in the neck under the fretboard which tends to crack the fretboard...
  21. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    Well, tuning is a requirement -- isolating the mandolin from your belly is not, IMHO....

    Actually, I applaud ANY manufacturer, especially small business who can achieve what Tonegard has achieved...
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    Re: Monteleone style mandolin

    The above links are NOT the Rover mandolin being discussed, FWIW. The "Owchar" looks very nice, but is not $499........
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    Re: Is there "ideal" neck relief?

    Good tip, John!

    Another old trick at least with guitars is that some acoustics will buzz with 12's, but won't with 13's due to the added tension giving a slight relief.

    Also, a lot of short...
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    Re: "Brand New" 1930s Regal Mandolin

    Less than 24 hours to go and it has received one starting bid of $159.............FWIW.

    Not sure that the nicest one in the world is worth much more than that, but we'll see..............

    NFI...
  25. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    The only problem I see is that a tonegard gets in the way of USING your belly as a tone dampening device for those subtle passages.......

    Actually, I hate to criticize something that brings so...
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