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    Re: Refinishing a German Bowlback mandolin

    Nice result Bill. It's a beautiful instrument. (And thanks for reminding me about Plektra.)
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    Re: Kerman style build

    Thanks Bob. The back, sides and neck are Queensland Maple, the soundboards are European spruce and all the black is ebony.

    As for the internal soundboard, I couldn't really picture how Kerman...
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    Kerman style build

    After listening to Avi Avital and Jacob Reuven recordings last year, and liking their sound more and more, I decided to have a go at making an Arik Kerman style of mandolin based on all the...
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    Re: Mandolin classical literature

    Chris Acquavella has two very useful repertoire lists on his website, one Baroque/Classical, the other Romantic/contemporary:
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    Re: Late medieval lute just finished :)

    Lovely instrument.
  6. Re: Natural plant based resins in oil-based varnish

    I'd say the varnishes used by the Cremonese violin makers are pretty successful. Some of them still look great after 300 years. Although there's a lot of argument about how they were made, the...
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    Re: A Cantigas lute I just finished

    Very nice, as always.

    What kind of mould/form do use when making the bowls?
  8. Re: Playing a cool Japanese duet on my new Hopf Bowlback

    Great stuff! I enjoyed that a lot.
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    Re: questions about hide glue

    You can tell that you haven't exceeded the open time of the glue if liquid glue squeezes from the joint when you clamp it. If the glue looks or feels 'jellied' while you're gluing up, then you were...
  10. Re: German style bowlback in Australian timbers

    That's right, the nut is 28mm. Standard width on a Gibson bowlback ;)
  11. German style bowlback in Australian timbers

    This is my first bowlback instrument - a sort of 'German' classical. I say 'sort of' because the body shape is not quite as round as other Seiffert-style mandolins, and it has a Gibson scale length...
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    Re: chalk fitting

    With the 'Siminoff' joint (or tapered mortise and tenon, violin neck joint or whatever) I've done the chalk fitting the other way round. Get the neck part of the joint to a perfect taper, then don't...
  13. Re: The Song of the Japanese Autumn by Het Consort & Sytse Buwald

    I think that's one of the most exciting mandolin ensemble performances I've ever heard. Really wonderful. Thank you.
  14. Re: how even can I expect to get an amber shellac finish?

    Alcohol.
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    Re: glue pot on the cheap

    A baby bottle/food warmer works well, has adjustable thermostat, and is a nice neat size. You can pick them up pretty cheaply, especially secondhand.
  16. Re: how even can I expect to get an amber shellac finish?

    Just to confuse you with a different perspective... I've been through the same difficulty with similar results to yours and decided I couldn't live with the blotchiness (particularly around the...
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    Re: Cutting Binding Channel

    Spiral bit with a depth stop works well. Use some supports to keep the instrument level. Here's the pic.
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    Re: Some mandothingies from most recent batch

    That's a really marvellous bunch of instruments. 'Mandobeauties' would be more appropriate.

    I'd love to hear the five-course 'thingy' over its full range. It's something I'd like to have a shot at...
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    New GBOM

    Having posted this in the Pictures forum, I realized that it should probably have been here, amongst its own kind, so I'll double up. It's a just completed Octave made mostly from local Australian...
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    GBOM - Queensland Maple

    Here's a recently finished Guitar Bodied Octave with a 21.5" scale.

    Top - Adirondack Spruce.
    Back, sides, neck - Queensland Maple (Flindersia brayleyana)
    Headstock, tailpiece, pickguard -...
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    Re: My hat is off!...

    I'm sure it depends on the ebony, because I've found New Guinea ebony considerably easier to bend than some other timbers. For very tight curves, like around the heel cap/button, I've resorted to...
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    Re: Mandola Specs

    Nice work Pete. Bet you're itching to get some strings on it...
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    Re: Jacobson Genius!

    Wow, Pete. You're turning Blackheath into Kalamazoo.
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    Re: Mandocello build thread

    I've just been testing out an Arbortech Turboplane prior to attacking some big octave mando plates with it. Seems like a really good tool. You can take quite fine cuts with good control.
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    Re: 2nd F style Mandolin build

    Not a hurdle if you like playing scales...
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