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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Good question. Probably for the same reason that they put them in in the first place.
    The Loar that Danny Roberts owned had had a Virzi installed. The mandolin is noticeably thinner from top to back...
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    Re: Cracked neck block

    Screws might improve strength if there is plenty of sound wood to hold them, but dowels will not add strength.
    A couple of well placed and well installed screws with counter sunk heads covered by...
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    Frankly, I don't know how people manage to wipe dyes successfully on a sealed wood surface. I know there are those who do, but I can't do it to my satisfaction. The mandolin in the video has no...
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    Re: Cracked neck block

    Oh, I see: Your mandolin, your time, valuable to the owner. Spend as much time and effort as you wish, economics are out the window!

    Be good to that shoulder, follow the PT advice and heal at your...
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    Re: Cracked neck block

    You can glue it, but then you essentially end up with a butt joint for the neck because the side grain joint that was originally there is no longer of any particular use. The neck tenon would still...
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    Re: Tips for better rhythm playing

    While that speaks to the technique of those people in many cases, it is one of the things I use to evaluate mandolins. Does a chop chord sound full and robust or does it sound like a strident slap?...
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    Re: I want to build a mandolin...

    FWIW, when I decided to build my first instrument there was no internet, no video tutorials, and not much instructional material available. I read everything I could find about instruments,...
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    Re: Tips for better rhythm playing

    A "thick and chunky" chop comes from a combination of right hand and left hand technique. The right hand needs to be whatever the "sweet spot" distance from the bridge is, and the left hand needs to...
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    Re: String windings on Waverly tuners

    Yes, it bothers me. (Heavily opinionated tirade to follow.)
    The tuners that were used on Loar-signed mandolins had straight string posts rather than the far superior capstan-shaped posts of other...
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    Re: K-1 Tone Bar Dimensions

    I shift x-braces forward in mandos (from mandolin to mandocello), and make them reasonably small and light. I've been happy with the results. I did a "build thread" here for a mandocello a feew years...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    I was right there with ya unlit that last sentence. If it had been "more craft than science" I would have been with ya all the way through.

    I admit that I don't have a very thorough understanding...
  12. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    Strings don't have to be strictly 'sympathetic' to affect the sound of played strings. Anyone who is familiar with the sound of banjos can easily hear the difference when the instrument is tuned...
  13. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    I remembered posting this in a previous thread on intonation and rather than try to write it all down again I 'copy-and-pasted' it here. The last part is the most pertinent to this discussion. As...
  14. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    Assuming this is a direct quote, it is to his credit that he said "I think one of the reasons the guitars sound so good on that album is that we were not using electronic tuners."

    There really is...
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    Re: Pine, what a tone

    Ted Davis said he tried eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) for at least one guitar top. I remember him saying it wasn't very good for tops, but I'm not sure I remember why he didn't like it. Looking...
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    Re: Pine, what a tone

    Most people don't understand just what a specialized field selecting, processing and using 'tonewood' is. I don't remember what the percentage of spruce trees is suitable for instrument tops, but...
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    Re: Pine, what a tone

    [QUOTE=Nevin;1849822]Pine tends to have a lot of knots which can make getting a good clear board a problem.../QUOTE]

    That could just as easily be: "[Spruce] tends to have a lot of knots which can...
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    Re: Pine, what a tone

    That could just as easily be: "...Most [spruce] available these days was grown too fast, cured too quickly, cut poorly..."
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    Re: Body movement in a 1915 A.

    OK, that changes everything... or nearly everything.
    The fingerboard surface of the neck will need to be milled for a good glue joint to the fingerboard, so milling it level with the riser block...
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    Re: Body movement in a 1915 A.

    That's a lot of questions all at once. I'll see how much of it I can cover without investing too much time when I, of course, should be doing something productive... (yeah, right...).

    I'm not sure...
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    Re: Dreadnought build

    Surely Peter meant 15', not 15".

    Yes, there are different considerations for floating bridge vs fixed bridge, but in general, "flat top" guitars (including those with typical induced arches) are...
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    Re: Dreadnought build

    Now that we have holographic studies of plate motion in acoustic stringed instruments we can see that, in fact, archtop and flat top instruments behave very similarly in the way they transform string...
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    That was me doing that video (not sure who @starburst is :) )
    For some reason that thing has kind of taken on a life of it's own. I didn't intend it to be an instructional video. That mandolin was...
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    Re: Dreadnought build

    I don't know how common it is for dreads, but I was surprised to learn many years ago that it is done at all. It is a technique that seems to have it proponents.
    It is true that the top will pull up...
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    Re: Dove Tail Joint

    It's been so long since I've been able to find someone to sharpen carbide tipped blades properly without overcharging that I suspect they gave up getting blades sharpened. Lots of people recommend...
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