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  1. Thread: Tonegards

    by Jeff Mando
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    Re: Tonegards

    I repair a lot of instruments every week, probably hundreds every year......these devices are already leaving marks that won't come off. Also, marks from people who "park" their capo on their...
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    My experience -- 35 years mail order (what they called it before eBay and the internet...) and mailing something around 9,000 plus packages -- mostly instruments and related accessories, records,...
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    Re: Bridge Pin Reamer

    How about start over? Get 8 new matching pins, drill the needed holes, ream, if necessary.........taper/no taper is not really important at this stage of your "guitar building" IMHO........you just...
  4. Thread: My Pava

    by Jeff Mando
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    Re: My Pava

    awesome! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    Graham, those Kay Kraft guitars have a specific neck problem that happens with age and wear -- there is a non-adjustable metal bar in the neck under the fretboard which tends to crack the fretboard...
  6. Thread: Tonegards

    by Jeff Mando
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    Re: Tonegards

    The only problem I see is that a tonegard gets in the way of USING your belly as a tone dampening device for those subtle passages.......

    Actually, I hate to criticize something that brings so...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Seems to be a popular topic for discussion. Things usually sound better after 20 minutes or so, but it might be my hands "loosening up!" Or, a combination......
  8. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    Not sure I get the "blind taste test" argument.........it's never totally about the sound, it's more about builder's reputation, resale, etc......you know, the whole "waiting list" thing....people...
  9. Re: Lyon & Healy Style A #1674 1925 - looking for info

    Congrats, Timothy! That's a real beauty!
  10. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    Well, like ya say.......hypothetical......:grin:

    It's a nice thing to own, to hold, to play......no argument there....:cool:

    What the heck, it's STILL cheaper than a sports car!!! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    I, too, am conservative when it comes to spending money, but I am not sure I understand why it would take years........?

    In the 70's I had a job after school and minimum wage was only $1.90 an...
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    Re: Crack~say it isn't so!

    You would think a cracked instrument would be worth a lot less than one without a crack, but I see a lot of instruments listed with repaired cracks and it doesn't seem they are being discounted much,...
  13. Re: My new very thick unknown mandolin -what is it?

    To repeat, this site is more fun with pictures.........

    Yep, could be from Paracho, Mexico -- a town where they have been making guitars, etc. for generations. Most are cheap trinkets for the...
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    Re: Espana mandolins

    If you have wanted one for 11 years -- I say GO FOR IT!!! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Sellerís Remorse - 2008 custom Weber Fern

    Good luck with your search, Kevin. Hopefully, it will work out.

    I smiled at the above quote, thinking of the early days of the internet and how an ex-girlfriend from college, from 35 YEARS...
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    Re: Disappointment

    It's a tough call, especially since you can't hear it until you spend the money -- cost of mandolin plus repairs. If it turns out great, it could be a bargain, both soundwise and...
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    Re: Cleaning up an old bowl back

    When loosening or tightening mandolin strings, wear eye protection or keep your head turned. Sounds like overkill, but strings often break and have hooked themselves in people's eyes.........FWIW.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    1. Pride of ownership
    2. To be one of the cool kids.
    3. Good sound.
    4. History
    5. Some place to "park" your savings.
    6. Bragging rights (see #1)
  19. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    Great picture, Darryl! It looks like you live in a treehouse! :mandosmiley:
  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    If the tuners and pickups were replaced they could be used as a normal electric guitar. Pretty simple stuff.

    Some active guitars use passive pickups and are only active in the sense that the eq...
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    Hi Joe,
    You are correct. It doesn't have to be perfect to sound good or play ok. Nobody knows that better than professional musicians, who often neglect or delay maintenance on their instruments....
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Reminds me of my made in Japan high school acoustic. The action was too high, so I lowered it, but then it buzzed on certain notes/frets -- I still loved it and played it everyday and learned to...
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    I'll give it a try....

    First, you have to be somewhat of a "handy" person and like building and taking things apart to see how they work. Dad had tools, so I was always watching him and learning...
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    Re: 1940s Gibson A-50

    FWIW, and probably a useless and insignificant point to mention about "riveted" wartime Klusons. Technically speaking, "riveting" refers to the rivet being hammered into place. Whereas, "pressing"...
  25. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Very true, but we don't discuss those things on this forum. This is a mandolin/music related forum........:mandosmiley:

    mandolin joy :):mandosmiley::cool::)):grin:;)

    mandolin outrage...
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