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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    I was the one that posted the thread about bone that I’d bought in Otto, NC. It was at Culpepper&co. near Franklin, NC. I bought enough bone knife scales for $20.00 to last me the rest of my life.
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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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  3. Thread: Redtip wood?

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    Re: Redtip wood?

    This is anecdotal only, but when I was in SC one of our tree service contractors complained that it was "hard as iron". I never tried to use the wood.
  4. Condino Brazilian rosewood mandolin #164

    I've been pleasantly suffering through the quarantine enjoying a new mandolin: #164, the 4th in sequence from my favorite Brazilian rosewood log. 1989 Ted Davis red spruce, 1950s Brazilian rosewood...
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    Re: Sapele end block grain orientation?

    I wouldn't laminate. It doesn't really matter which way you orient the grain. If you want to go to the trouble to look up the dimensional stability of your side wood, top wood and back wood and...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Playing around with some bound head plate ideas for the next couple of developmental mandolins as part of a project to build a matched mandolin quartet.The one on the left is bookmatched gidgee or...
  7. Re: No mandolin content. Taylor Guitars story about sourcing wood

    The problem is not wood.

    The problem is Bob Taylor insisting on consuming 130,000 guitars a year worth of wood.
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    Re: Some instruments take time to sell

    Viola is an under appreciated instrument. Used primarily in chamber music and symphonies, the type A parents always aspire that their talented little ones will be the next Joshua Bell, so they steer...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    Further beating on this expired equine: The whole concept that you can maintain a straight edge while cross-grinding by hand is simply flawed - at least at the level that might be relevant. You...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    Be aware that maintaining the straightness of the straight side of the scraper as you grind the edge is on you. One of the first things I had to do with a Carruth scraper at my place of work was to...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    I don't think the Carruth scraper is a fancy tool. Just elegant in its simplicity. More power to ye if you want to fashion a piece of 3/16" steel into a scraper. I would rather spend a few dollars on...
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    Re: Cleaning Mold From Inside a Guitar?

    Former environmental scientist here. I doubt any chemical treatment is necessary. After cleaning it, dry everything out, put it out in the sun for a day or two. Bring it back inside and and monitor...
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    Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    I'm posting this here because many of us play guitar in addition to mando. And the fact that Tony's work reaches beyond just guitar, influencing other musicians no matter what instrument they play. ...
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    Re: New member, old Gibson.

    I also live where I have a "winter" bridge and a "summer" bridge. I used Red Henry's articles about making fixed height mandolin bridges to make my own. It's fun to try out different woods, too....
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    The gap you reference is normal. This is called an elevated fret board. A mandolin with this feature allows more of the top to vibrate. In the case of your Ibanez the elevation seems crudely...
  16. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    I don't know...
    but it looks like something from the metal of the tuner has infiltrated the wood under the finish. I base that on the color looking to be in the wood under the finish, and it looks...
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    If you compare the two x-rays you can see how much further up the headstock the TR nut is on Gibson (thanks to curved shape of rod) than on Collings. The Gibson headstock is definately stronger...
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

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    Jonathan, this is a xray of a couple years old Collings MT, don't know if this will help with the discussion, but here it is.

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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    I agree with above. I posted about this in one of many previous threads on MC. Typical Loar rod was curved (that is also visible in the original patent granted to McHugh...
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    I asked this question pretty extensively a few years ago among the best builders in the world. Ten different people gave me about 25 conflicting answers so......I took the top ten designs, depth,...
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    A new book on ukulele building

    An off topic moment, but I would crave your indulgence.The first copies of my new book on building ukuleles have arrived from the printers, but it is really only relevant for folks in Australia (and...
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    Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    Finally, this is the sensor I bought.

    https://www.vernier.com/products/sensors/magnetic-field-sensors/mg-bta/

    You also need the Go Link to connect it to a computer:
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    Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    I bought a device from Vernier and had to dismantle it a bit. Glued in a regular disc magnet at a specific distance from the circuit, and used Vernier software to take measurements.

    I bought a...
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    Solving unexpected problems

    An old Martin 00-17 came in today needing a neck re-set. I use a 2 x 5 heat blanket plugged into a Harbor Freight router control [thank you for the suggestion, Mr. Dudenbostel] to warm the...
  25. Thread: Harp guy?

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    Re: Harp guy?

    Sligo Creek Harps in Silver Spring, Maryland. http://www.sligoharps.com Rick, the craftsman/owner is a stand up guy, too.
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