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  1. Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    There is a modern school of classical guitar builders who use a balsa/carbonfiber lattice for soundboard bracing. The CF is top and bottom of the balsa making it like an I beam, rather than...
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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    I usually bring over a tube or two for affectionados in the US. A visit in July next year for there GAL convention is planned. If you feel the need for some of Godszone sandwich spread it can be...
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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    No one here buys Vegemite in tubes. Glass jars with a kilo at a time are the go.
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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    Mr Garber's geographical observations are indeed correct. Below is a pic of an Australian Vegemite and cheese scroll, clockwise! (Vegemite can be explained if required)

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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    Here is a Regal branded mandola with a matching scroll on the head, which I think is very cute. Photographed in Fred Oster's shop in Philadelphia. I am currently building a carved top and back...
  6. Re: MAS attack - L Yosko labeled turn of the century mandolinetto

    A few things slipped through the indexing process. You don't realise they are not there until you go and look for them....
  7. Re: MAS attack - L Yosko labeled turn of the century mandolinetto

    Here is a Yosco bowl back from Fred Oster's shop in Philadelphia. It is serial no 601 and Fred dated it to 1920.

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  8. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    I have used CF tubes around 1/4" in diameter. A visit to a local archery shop or club (if one is near) would probably get you a couple of broken arrow shafts for very little money. 3mm might be a...
  9. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    Dave,

    You have to remember that the main role of the braces on a flat-top mandolin such as this is to stop the soundboard caving in. Ladder bracing works as well as anything to resist the...
  10. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    Before any of us can make any sensible suggestion we do need to see some pics. In 1915 Lynn & Healy were making other flat-top/back instruments as well as canted-top bowl back mandolins. What do you...
  11. Re: What’s the nicest mandolin you’ve ever seen?

    That is Helene, and she is only holding the mandolin. Thank you Martin Stillion (Mr Mando) for the biography. 8-)
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    Re: Hybrid X Lattice

    A screen shot of the reply screen, with the necessary icon circled 8-) Mind you, I do this on a desktop Mac and have no idea how it might look or work on a phone.

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    Re: Hybrid X Lattice

    Posting pics is a bit clunky but it does work once you get the hang of it. There is probably some step by step instructions somewhere on the forum, but the simple version is to click on the little...
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    Re: Hybrid X Lattice

    I am always happy to answer questions directly. Just drop me an email.

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing some pics of the finished instrument.

    Hope the children get better soon.

    Cheers
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    It is a customer who already has a mandocello and at least one of my mandolins, so I would like to be able to repair the Breedlove for him. I got the neck off quite easily. It is held on by a 2 x...
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    Thank you all for advice and suggestions.

    Charley,
    It is a well built mandolin with quite spectacular flamed big leaf maple on the sides and back, a perfectly quartersawn spruce soundboard, an...
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    Re: Breedlove Rogue repair

    James,

    SN 6551. The other question is the finish. I am hoping nitro? Breedlove guitars are now a pre-cat polyurethane but all the old info seems have have disappeared from their website.

    Cheers
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    Breedlove Rogue repair

    One of my local customers was rear ended with his Breedlove Rogue mandolin (in a solid case) in the back. It got bounced around with the bridge forced down onto the soundboard, breaking the top part...
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    Re: Hybrid X Lattice

    There are. couple of different ways you can approach this. My suggested brace size is 3 x 6mm (1/8" x 1/4") spruce. You can make a fully lap joint lattice beforehand, but they are quite flexible and...
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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    The cello top is also King Billy, but not as clean as the other three, which all came from the one billet. Finish is Wurth semi-gloss rattle-can lacquer, which Gerard Gilet put me onto. I have...
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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    The quartet has been strung up and making some very pleasant musical sounds.

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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    The two mandolins for the quartet strung up today. A bit exciting! The mandola and the mandocello will get done next week. They sound quite similar, but with subtle differences. So far, doing what...
  23. Re: A new Stromberg-Voisinet inspired mandolin

    Strung up the little Stromberg-Voisinet inspired mandolin yesterday. For those unfamiliar with these, the Stromberg-Voisinet company was the precursor to Kay and this design lived on for another 30...
  24. A new Stromberg-Voisinet inspired mandolin

    A post about a 1920s Stromberg-Voisinet mandolin a few weeks back reminded me that I had traced the body and head outline when I did a bit of work on one a few years ago. So here is perhaps the first...
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    Re: Essay on Mandolin Orchestras

    A couple of details: The event in Paris in 1878 was the Exposition Universelle, like the Worlds Fairs held in the US last century, though I would imagine there was other smaller events with public...
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