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  1. Thread: Wood ID

    by j. condino
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    Re: Wood ID

    I guess I'll be stuck using all of that damned red spruce that grows right here locally.....;)
  2. Re: Central Oregon - I need to try a Weber Yellowstone

    Different companies have different economies of scale and production methods, but as a whole, my experience says this statement is incorrect.

    Things are certainly different from the old company in...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    It isn't the microphone or his fancy old mandolin.....;)
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    Re: Shop questions

    It takes a certain personality to enjoy upright basses & working on / building them.

    For me....upright bass payers are typically 10 times easier to work with than mandolin players, they always...
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    Re: Shop questions

    " I never feel like I have enough space. If all I did was make mandolins in there it would be plenty big, but I build guitars and repair various fretted instruments ..."

    Be glad you are not a...
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    Re: CITES Question

    At the last big guitar show I attended, receipts and paperwork- just the old paperwork, not the wood- documenting pre ban Brazilian rosewood were selling behind the scenes for prices that would have...
  7. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    [QUOTE=Marty Jacobson;1837753]......All the mistakes I made were 100% my fault for being cocky and impatient.

    Instrument 2 is where I really went off the rails of hubris. I spent the better part...
  8. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    THIS ^^^^^^^ is part of why the F holes should be cut after the top is installed, not from a random pattern applied before the top ever meets the rib garland!!!!!! You'll also learn a lot about...
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    Re: Arch fingerboard for F4

    I've done quite a few of them that way- four in the last year.

    There are a couple of lurkers around here who own them; 'pretty sure they are ok if I mention it. Adam Tanner has one that had the...
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    Re: Persimmon mandolins?

    Thx for the kind words of support.

    Most of the materials I have been building with for the last 15-20 years is ancient, impossible to find, air dried for 50-100+ years, exotic, and comes from the...
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    Persimmon mandolins?

    I picked up some beautiful North Carolina persimmon from the Hampton Brothers yesterday for my new Carolina Quartet project.

    Has anyone built an F5 using persimmon for the back and ribs?
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Bass

    Spend $12k for this and you get a novelty item that gets pulled out for 15 minutes a few times a year.

    Spend half that on a decent 3/4 upright bass and you'll make $100 a night anytime you want...
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    Re: Griffith Loar

    There was an old ad floating around from the Mandolin Brothers monthly newspaper that had it priced around $7500 in the late '70s.

    I believe there was a brief period of a few days maybe a half...
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    Re: Name that wood

    tonewood
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Sneak preview of a new Condino Brazilian rosewood & red spruce mandolin w/ tuning machines by Nicolo Alessi:
  16. Re: seeking advice/connection to builder to re-top an F5

    I can't foresee anyone willing to take this on. Student instruments are just that- learning situations for you to develop. Anyone who has the skillset to do this correctly will realize that there are...
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    Do any of you grumpy old geezers actually use them for tuning your mandolin or just yelling at kidz to get off your lawn?

    If you are not satisfied with the Waverly, then buy from Nicolo Alessi.
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    Re: Distortion on mandolin

    I run my mandolin through a pedalboard on a regular basis. I may not have a gig use for it, but it makes for some fun afternoons here. If you are using an electric style pickup, start with a tube...
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    Re: Go Bar question?

    If you are in a basement shop with exposed rafters, there is no reason to build a big fancy contraption. Just make your "bars" out of scrap hardwoods and spring them off the ceiling. I have about 100...
  20. Thread: Gal

    by j. condino
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    Re: Gal

    They also host what I believe is easily the best instrument building related convention anywhere in the world!
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    Re: Refretting a Gibson A

    Some half deaf old geezers lack the ability to tell any difference in the setup and sound and complain that everything is a "Whole lotta' nuthin", while others have very very good hearing and can...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    "Tonewood" ;)
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    A new Brazilian rosewood Condino dreadnought headstock + snakewood button Waverly tuners.
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    Re: Dual action truss rod install

    Well... I don't forge the raw materials. I buy commercially available rod stock & then thread, mill & manipulate it into all of the specs I want. 'Been doing that for about six + years now and will...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    In the 132 mandolins that I've built, I've only had one with a neck issue. It had a Siminoff style truss rod with the right angle bend that broke at the bend- just like 99% of bicycle spokes brake at...
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