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    Re: A couple of build questions

    +1 What John said.
  2. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    i would have to agree with every one else that this is definately not a Lyon and Healy, and the seller has been somewhat loose with the truth. Just about everything is wrong. It looks like a flat...
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    Re: E string constantly breaking

    What is the scale length? Someone once asked me the same question, why are the E strings breaking? Turned out he was stringing up a mandola to mandolin pitch with mandolin strings. Longer scale...
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    Re: new bridge for flat top?

    +1 for the Brekke adjustable flat top bridge.
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    Re: Tenor Guitar plans

    We were surrounded by fires and it went dark for 3-4 days from the smoke, but have emerged from all that with no damage. Only problem has been our rainwater tank is now contaminated with ash and the...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar plans

    LMI has one

    https://www.lmii.com/plans/3556-plan-tenor-guitar-scott-antes.html
  7. Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Most of us are not very good at marketing. Andrew Mowry's story is very familiar to me, I am also an introvert, so salesman I am definitely not. The first mandolin I sold took 9 months to sell, and...
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    Re: tuner install

    Yep, that is how I do it.
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    Currently it has D'Addario EFT74, but Thomastic mediums should also work well on it. I will post pictures on the new birdseye archtop hopefully with some sound clips once it is finished. Not far to...
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    It does have an induced arch, radius 15ft. The pictures do seem to make it look more than what it is. The Army Navy and Flatiron mandolins also have an induced arch at about the same radius, but...
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    Re: A new A with mostly Australian timbers

    Yes, and we have had plenty of smoke smell, but I prefer the smell of King Billy Pine. Not as strong a smell as Huon, but sweeter. That must be one sweet smelling mandolin! Both King Billy and...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    Ah yes, drum sanders. I bought one over 20 years ago when it was reduced price. It sat in the big carton for a few years because there was no room to set it up. So I did without one for some...
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    I run a bead of water along each fret and steam it with the soldering iron before starting to pull the fret. Keep the soldering iron on the fret as you pull so it stays hot. That softens the Ebony...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Thank you John. Pretty much as I suspected.
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    What resonant frequency (i.e. normal mode of vibration) are you referring to? I am not disagreeing with you, but there are many more than one.

    There is a lot of speculation in the previous posts....
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    Re: 7th fret problem

    Yep, I was stumped as well when I had a similar problem on a guitar. Solved it by changing strings, so the suggestion above to change to a different string type is a good one.
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    What Andrew says.
  18. Re: Scale length for an octave mandolin build

    What Graham says. I use 21 inch scale length on my octave mandolins, but they are specifically designed to make it easy for playing melody. I use mandola strings on them so string sets are readily...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    There are failure rates for everything, and from what I have seen from over 25 years of instrument making the failure rate of truss rods is higher than carbon fibre. From over 200 mandolins and...
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    Re: Fret board slotting

    You would need to do the maths from the Gore Gilet book to work that out for mandolin. I don't know because I have not done it, but it is not much.
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    Re: Fret board slotting

    What HoGo says. Shortening the fretboard at the nut a tad does help intonation. If you want to go into more details on that then read the book by Australian luthiers Trevor Gore and Gerard Gilet. ...
  22. Re: Couple of strings going out of tune regularly. Machine heads?

    There is always Australia Post. I also live in country Australia and get mandolins posted to me regularly.
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld string weights

    Dean, I have not tried Thomastics on any of the classical flat top mandolins so I can't really answer your question. I did change to Thomastics on the Maple Pancake mandolin you played and it made a...
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    Re: Rubner Tuner availability?

    I have used quite a few Rubners on my mandolins but have pretty much given up on them because of availability problems and now use Schaller GrandTune. I can get them locally, but there are still...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld string weights

    My experience of Thomastics has been somewhat mixed. You need to suck it and see. On some mandolins they work beautifully, but on other mandolins they suck. On my Lyon and Healy reproduction...
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