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  1. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    Traditionalists endlessly cry,"...Whole lotta' nuthin' ...." while modernists complain about too much tradition.

    Build what is in your heart and don't worry about other people's opinions.
  2. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    Excellent point. I'd much rather make them all bright purple sunburst finishes, but that would limit me to six potential buyers in the US....
  3. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    A+

    Count me as #6 & 7....with the occasional #5
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    Re: Merlefest moving to September 2021

    A+ move if they can work it out . The weather and fall colors in North Wilkesboro during that time of the year are fantastic. They were very close to the epicenter of the 5.1 earthquake this weekend!
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    Re: String winder

    Franks Cranks & Nicolo Alessi are my daily drivers in the shop; those and an old Jim Dunlop that I hacked up and superglued to make it fit little mandolin knobs over 20 years ago and it is still...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    Thanks Skip; I thought it was you but didn't want to name drop unless I was sure. Those prices and selection that Mike linked are fantastic!

    Thanks to the new supplier, now we can get into...
  7. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    To make it to a high level of craftmanship that will pass all the tests of fanatically critical customers and players, an all wood binding F5 in natural finish can take almost twice the effort. It...
  8. Re: Bridge saddle repair - which glue to use?

    I broke an upright bass bridge on a gig a couple of years ago, on gig 1 of 3 for New Year's Eve, and got it back together for six weeks of gigs with a cheap tube of CA glue that was in the pub...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    No way; business is booming for those guys. I know them personally, including several of the big dogs; we just talked a couple of days ago (some new Condino tools are coming down the pipeline!).
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    If you are a dedicated dumpster diver / bottom feeder, you can usually find the same product in larger sizes at some of the pet supply places for even cheaper prices.

    I believe there was a thread...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    Often, people get an idea in their heads but have never seen or felt it practice. To help with this, I have an old Taylor guitar neck in the shop. I pulled all of the old frets and in cascading order...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    The ones that I've made seem to emphasize the high end more so they appear brighter with bell like clarity, sometimes too much. They remind me of what it is like when you remove a Loar style...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    Mammoth ivory....the purple colored has a better "chop" than the yellow.......;)
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    Re: Happy ending for stolen mandolin

    No consequences for yard sales fencing stolen goods?
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    Re: Refinishing a Flatiron F5?

    '93 was probably Fullerplast or one of the similar early modern poly finishes that everyone on the west coast was using. There is no intrinsic value in one of those finishes- they are simply what...
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    Re: bigger fret wire size

    EVO .037 x .053 mandolin fretwire is my favorite- plenty of height but still nice and narrow so you get very precise accurate intonation. It lasts approx. 4-5 times longer than traditional nickel...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    8 months ago you could have done a lot better.

    Plenty of people are advertising prime prices right now, but.... with 30 million middle class folks out of work, and the whole country going to #@!%...
  18. Thread: Refretting

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    Re: Refretting

    Quick answers:

    1) VERY HOT!!!

    2) Yes, I have used EVO mandolin wire on an electric bass. I also used it on one of my small custom 3/4 Les Pauls and it is fantastic- amazing how low and quick...
  19. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    +1
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    Re: New Big Muddy - Myrtlewood!?

    I had a hand in approx. 50 Breedlove builds back in the day that were made from Myrtle wood, including several mandolins that were solo builds. It is one of the great under rated domestic tonewoods.
  21. Thread: Refretting

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    Re: Refretting

    Allparts sells the same bone nut blanks for $2 each.

    I actually like the nut files. I have a full set, all the way up to bass sizes and wondered why it took me 20 years of improvising with other...
  22. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Any sign of previous Gorilla Glue or epoxy is a deal breaker for me.

    Possibly the greatest single day in my 40 years of building and repairing instruments was the day I learned to politely smile,...
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    Re: buying tonewood

    That is the saw I have. I paid twice that for a non running one missing the motor and parts; worth every penny. I've probably made at least $50,000 using that machine over the last decade. Fantastic...
  24. Thread: Refretting

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    Re: Refretting

    For my first several hundred fret jobs, including those at the factory, I never owned a fret bender. I filed a small notch in my workbench where the tang would rest and then I'd just rub a two foot...
  25. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Time for the once a century rebuild.

    -Back removal is fine; the no back binding on these makes it a straightforward task. Be aware that you may have to make a compressing jig to get everything...
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