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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    "Tonewood" ;)
  2. Re: Article: Weber Announces Pause in Mandolin Manufacturing

    From a sales standpoint, the domestic mandolin market is measured in tens of thousands of units per year while the domestic guitar market sales are measured in millions of units per year. That is a...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    Well....they've been making upright bass necks for 400+ years with at least a gigantic 42" string length and occasionally in the 44"+ range with an average of approximately 300 lbs of tension. Nobody...
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    Re: Amazing Nugget F5 at Carter's!

    Guilty.

    I bought a Zenith Stratosphere in 1984 as a college freshman at Goodwill for $15 in good working condition. Brought it home, threw all of the old tubes & junk in the trash, and made a...
  5. Re: Article: Weber Announces Pause in Mandolin Manufacturing

    This is incorrect.

    When I worked for Kim Breedlove, I "built" 2 1/2 mandolins per day before lunch, while getting constantly verbally abused that I was too slow, earning $7 per hour. The guitars...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    A new Brazilian rosewood Condino dreadnought headstock + snakewood button Waverly tuners.
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    Re: Dual action truss rod install

    Well... I don't forge the raw materials. I buy commercially available rod stock & then thread, mill & manipulate it into all of the specs I want. 'Been doing that for about six + years now and will...
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    Re: Nugget Tailpiece on Flat-Top

    The longer afterlength also seems to add a bit more harmonic complexity and overtones if unmuted.
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    In the 132 mandolins that I've built, I've only had one with a neck issue. It had a Siminoff style truss rod with the right angle bend that broke at the bend- just like 99% of bicycle spokes brake at...
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    Re: Another Siminoff Neck Joint Question

    I understand it is your first mandolin.

    We all want you to succeed.

    Every mandolin player and builder I have ever met is anal retentive faaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrr beyond the rest of all the...
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    Re: Dual action truss rod install

    For years I used most of the commercially available dual action truss rods, with mixed results. The mass and weight always bothered me. After about 20 years of that, I was having a conversation with...
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    Re: Another Siminoff Neck Joint Question

    Five weeks now mucking about with mediocre unnecessary jigs and such but still no finished neck joint....

    Does anyone still want to argue that spending an hour (or less) hand cutting a simple...
  13. Re: How to repair a gap between back plate and binding on 1914 A3

    The all too often used vintage Gibson alignment torture device might be of help:
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    William, was it on this table with the big frames? I was wondering about that when I took the photo last year.
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    Re: Trading instruments in the classified

    Ironic as it may be, I've had more than a few transactions with people who seemed very responsible yet the deal went south and I got hosed. I've also had some fantastic ones where I literally met...
  16. Re: A style mandola from vertically flipped H model plan?

    The most important thing would be to make sure you are using a great set of plans. There are a lot of different people selling mandolin shaped object "plans" and a few folks that offer excellent...
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    Re: Lloyd Loars in the classifieds

    Why? The banjo guys stole the whole show having so much fun, laughing, and owning the room!

    I learned a lot a that show. Being able to see groups of the different batches so you could really...
  18. Re: Gibson K1 mandocello bridge string spacing

    The bridge slotting should be a direct factor of the neck dimensions. Use the fingerboard edges as your guide and space the bridge so that you have the desired amount of clearance from the edges of...
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    Re: Lloyd Loars in the classifieds

    Yes, most get traded privately and never come up on the open market.

    'Looking forward to Loarfest happening again this coming year; where else in the world can you see 50 in the same room on the...
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    Re: Circa 1909 Gibson A-broken neck

    Buying an old volkswagon may be cheaper and less frustrating....
  21. Re: What's your preferred staining or dying method?

    ".......apply finish and lament all those scratches that somehow made it through the whole process...."

    Truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Many folks will tell you it takes about a half dozen years to learn...
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    Re: Snakehead Fingerboard Width

    A bound fingerboard snakehead will have a wider 'board than an unbound. Find out what model he had.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    'Nice maple back old F4 in for a visit:
  24. Thread: Alder ribs?

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    Re: Alder ribs?

    Soft, easy to work, cheap, middle of the tonal spectrum. That is why Leo bought it back in the day for solidbodies. The lack of heavy figure makes it quite "bendable". Like everything, there is a...
  25. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    I'm surprised John Arnold has not commented yet; I'd guess he is lurking.

    I've cut plenty of spruce by hand and I buy it from several different sources.

    When I buy it from the local Duck...
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