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  1. Thread: Tuning up

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Tuning up

    I wouldn't advise tuning a mandolin up a whole step. There's already a lot of string tension on the mando at standard pitch. Yes, and chord shapes are so easy to move up the neck.
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    Re: How Long do your J74Strings last?

    I'd say at 2 hours a day you got your money's worth.
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    Re: Where to buy armguard hardware

    Violin chinrest hardware is available on ebay for a few bucks. You'll want to line the part that clamps on the top and back plates with cork or leather to prevent finish damage.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I'm with Dale on this one. Because maple is denser, backs can be thinner than than tops. Each wood is different of course and maples vary quite a bit. Your maple is nicely quartered and should remain...
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    Re: Stupid string question

    Yes, always true, at least with PB strings on acoustic instruments.

    I put them on, stretching them 3x as I replace each string, getting everything up to pitch and then put it away in the case...
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    Re: Heiden Heritage

    VERY classy mandolin! I'd love to hear a good recording of it. Varnish finish?
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    Hi Lee,
    I would venture to say you didn't take a high enough leap. I think you need to move up to the +$1000 range to find significant improvement. If you shop in the upper model ranges of Kentucky...
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    Re: Allen Tailpiece

    For me the attraction of the solid cast tailpiece is comfort and durability. The slide on tailpiece cover on the traditional stamped tailpiece can become prone to rattles and buzzes if not bent...
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    Re: Clipping/Cutting Excess String

    Flush cutting end nippers. Hard to find and expensive but they cut the string flush with the tuning post. I only have a pair because I'm a luthier and do fretwork.
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    Re: Inexpensive F style case

    The Gator Journeyman series case has a canvas outer covering, but LOTS of foam padding inside and a very comfortable handle. Not weather proof, but better protection than the Canadian wood hardshell...
  11. Thread: Detached back

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Detached back

    Not sure what kind of glue Eastman was using back then, I'm guessing not PVA. Should be a straight forward repair for a competent repairman. More expert heads will weigh in I'm sure. I'm guessing at...
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    Re: Epoxy pore fill and sunburst

    Another possibility: Mikey- you haven't mention what you're topcoat will be or how you are applying it. If you have a spray rig, then your least risky approach would be to spray the sunburst....
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    Re: Epoxy pore fill and sunburst

    Hi Mikey,
    In the electric guitar building world, some people do use epoxy for grain fill, specifically a product called Z-poxy which is thinner than traditional epoxy. It's thin enough you can...
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    Re: Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    0.080" wide bead is pretty much the standard on new mandolins now, including some very expensive ones, and it's what I put in my 3 personal instruments. It does produce a little bit meatier tone IMO...
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    Re: D'addario strings (Consistent breakage)

    As a luthier, this is my experience as well. Something about the repeated loosening and tightening back up sequence fatigues the metal and E strings pop, invariably on the last bringing up to pitch...
  16. Thread: Mandocello nut

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Mandocello nut

    I have no experience with any double strung instrument larger than an octave mandolin. My guess is that you may be OK, provided the spacing at the bridge does not change. The widest arc of string...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Bummer about the tuners, certainly not what you would expect from new machines. If it were me, I'd return them. I've use Grover 309s on several mandolins and they work beautifully.
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    Actually, DADGAD may have gotten it's start in Irish music, but it's definitely not limited to it. Over on the Acoustic Guitar Forum there are accomplished fingerstyle players who post beautiful...
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    Re: Fret popping up on my new mandolin

    That end of the fret wasn't bent to match the curve of the fretboard at that end. If there is no buzzing on that fret or the one above it (does the string note clean above and below that fret) DO NOT...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Are the strings you put on the same ones you were using before? You wouldn't think that changing tuners would cause a buzz. Since it's only on the open strings, the nut slots are too low for that...
  21. Re: Buffing Out Marks in Nitrocellulose Finish?

    "Buffing" with an electric buffer I would leave to the hands of a professional. You could try hand rubbing out the marks. I'd start with the least aggressive compound such as "new car polish" or...
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    There are some good books out there on DADGAD with tab in them. Since Celtic is what you're interested in, there's no reason not to start with DADGAD. I would suggest you consider a body size larger...
  23. Thread: Fret Size

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Fret Size

    I assume the 0.080" wide wire became popular in the past because of extended lifespan. The traditional narrow bead wire develops grooves pretty quickly if you hit hard (can anyone say bluegrass?). It...
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    If there's a slight bow in the neck with no string tension and the bottom frets have been pulled, my guess is that under string tension the neck bow is severe, hence the nylon string conversion and...
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    Thanks HoGo for the thorough explanation. I love the look of curly maple in the rims and have been using an outside strap over a hot pipe. Of course, I have experienced the wood cracking along the...
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