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  1. Re: Detailed plans for a dovetail neck joint jig

    My dovetail video from a few years ago:

    https://vimeo.com/149088032?cjevent=c81c3cd58f2911e981ab006a0a240611


    The goal is for everyone to make better mandolins, not get distracted with too...
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    Re: Question about glue

    I can glue an entire upright bass top to the rib assembly in one session using hot hide glue with no additional help and NOT adding eurea or any other weakening agent. If you are having difficulties...
  3. Re: Who makes their own truss rods?

    Andrew is correct! 'Been making my own titanium truss rods for all the different instruments for almost 20 years; 'never going back to anything else. It can be difficult to work with but Marty nailed...
  4. Local spruce + tonewood suppliers in the Adirondacks?

    I'm headed up north to the source soon and am looking for names and reccomendations for spruce and maple suppliers or mills in the NY Adirondacks where I can go through the stacks and hand select my...
  5. Re: Source for f style worm over tuners

    Nicolo Alessi will make you a wonderful set with the worm over configuration, but he cannot get the actual worm gear in the opposite configuration from his supplier. They will look correct, but you...
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    Re: Finger plane question

    ".....ad the...."

    Looks like my N is on the way out; 'should me corrected to "....and then...."....;)
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    Re: Finger plane question

    I cut sort of a mortise & tennon in the back of the plane ad the used superglue to hold everything together....
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    Re: Finger plane question

    Get one of the mid sized Ibex and put your own handle on it; they are the "gateway plane". The toothed blade is a must for curly maple. I find a small scraper more useful for the delicate recurve...
  9. ASIA Symposium 2019 mandolin building workshops

    The Association of String Instrument Artisans 2019 Symposium at East Stroudsburg State University (in East Stroudsburg, Pa.) is coming up the third week of this month. In addition to hundreds of...
  10. Re: Hoffee case in the Asheville area?

    WTF????

    All I said was I used to work there and I know the guy. You are the one responding like an a$$hole.....
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    Re: Richlite bridges

    As a mandolin builder, I see no reason to ever not use a 2" wide wooden fingerboard. They are cheap and readily available, regardless of your wood choice. When mandolin fingerboards are no longer...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    ".....somewhat of a shame that a particular brand was singled out in the thread title....."

    +1

    See what happens when you buy a new Les Paul or telecaster!
  13. Re: Weldon Lister Tailpiece on Collings

    Beautiful work.....Approx. $400 for the engraving when I talked with him plus a wait time....
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    When the world somehow forgot about buying instruments for tone and making music and non muscians started thinking of them as investments, your soul and quality of life took the biggest...
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    Re: Predicting the Future

    I'd love to see a world that progressed beyond F5 mandolins, dreadnoughts, Les Pauls, and strat / tele clones....but it ain't gonna happen!
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    Re: Orrico tailpiece

    Beautiful to look at but massive- they weighed three times what others do.....

    I used to buy them and then grind away about 2/3 of the material to use it as a core for my veneered tailpieces.
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    Re: Pecan as tone wood?

    Any of the fruit trees work well for instrument woods. The real challenge for me is knowing that I'll spend a similar amount of time on the build but the market will usually pay much better for known...
  18. Re: what is your preferred way to bend fretwire for radius boards

    I use the same one as Marty and John. The old stewmac model would not bend evo wire far enough. I believe the new one is copied from Marty's link.

    You can make your own for about $8 in...
  19. Re: Octave Mandolin deflection tunning

    The specs for a LLoar era F5 are close to the same era mandola and those in turn are close to a Stradivarious cello. It is often amazing to me that on a well made double bass the optimal rib...
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    Re: Telluride Night Grass Tickets

    There are sooooooo many great festivals these days with none of the Telluride hipster hassles or price tag; far better to attend one of those for the great music and visit Telluride on an off weekend...
  21. Re: Jacobson Nautilus Mandolin #39 - Ziricote and Birdseye

    Beautiful, refreshing, & inspiring!
  22. Re: Hoffee case in the Asheville area?

    I was the in house luthier at Dream Guitars for five years; I'm very aware of Paul.....
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    Re: John Sullivan F

    I believe this is inaccurate.

    The Sullivan Banjo company was a different Sullivan from the former John Sullivan that built mandolins, guitars, harp guitars, and fiddles in Portland, Oregon that...
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    Re: Swannanoa Gathering 2019

    "I wonder if they would let outsiders in for jams at night...."

    I live about three miles down the road; I'm up there from about 9pm 'till well after midnight a couple of times a week for the whole...
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    Re: John Sullivan F

    John was a friend of mine and lived a couple of blocks away when I was in Portland. He would have laughed at all of us and said play whatever you have and live life to the fullest because it will be...
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