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    Re: Darkening Finish After Tru Oil

    Mmm, probably a bit late to think about that now. Would be quite difficult to get an even colour now with dye without starting over. However, very likely to will darken with age and exposure to...
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Yes it is a good idea to use an induced arch in the top and if also you use Carbon fiber tow on the brace then the top should sink hardly at all. Think about it. The carbon fiber is arched with the...
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    Re: Do I need a brace under the bridge?

    Yes you will need a brace under the bridge. The Gibson Army Navy mandolins have a single brace under the bridge similar to your picture, but they are notorious for sinking tops. With the brace in...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Yes that is exactly what I have been searching for. Something between the junk and the expensive premium cases and having reasonably good quality, and these seem to fit the bill nicely. Looks like...
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    Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Since the demise of Presto cases 18 months I have been trying to solve the mandolin case nightmare. If you are in the USA you have a lot more choice in cases, but here down under we only have crappy...
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    Bearclaw is common and is of no structural nor is it a sound issue. It is especially common in European Spruce so it is normal, it is not a fault, don't worry about it. It shows the top is actually...
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    I have used Waverlies, older Schaller, Schaller GrandTune, Rubners, Stew Mac golden age, Stew Mac restoration tuners. The earlier golden age tuners were problematic, but they fixed most of the...
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    Re: Lacey Act Questions

    Wrong. Once again, CITES is an international treaty, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Lacey Act which is a USA only law. To conform to the Lacey act requirements the USA resident is...
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    New flat top mandolin

    Recently completed flat top mandolin. I call it a "classical flattop" because it has a body shape and size the same as a Lyon and Healy style C. Top is red Spruce, back and sides are Black Heart...
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    New Birdseye oval hole

    It has taken a while, but finally I have got around to posting these pictures. This is a recently completed one of my oval hole mandolins. Woods are Red Spruce top, Birdseye Maple back and sides,...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    +1 What John said.
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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...
  13. 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: 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: 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

    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.
  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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    There is always Australia Post. I also live in country Australia and get mandolins posted to me regularly.
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    Well yes and no. A truss rod will correct a minor bend in the neck and in that respect are insurance. However, I have seen plenty of bendy necks that can't be corrected by the installed truss rod. ...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Some years ago when Lynn Dudenbostle had the Griffith Loar in for some repair work, he described the arching to me. As far as I can tell from that, it would be safe to assume that Gibson used the...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Yep, exactly, and also stiffness of the back and how it relates to the top. Way too much attention is paid to thickness measurements which are pretty much irrelevant if you don't pay attention to...
  24. Re: L&H Model A vrs Gibson Construction differences

    Yes they are quite different. The overall build is lighter than the Gibson's so the top and back are carved thinner, but the bracing is the same with a cross brace behind the sound hole. The top...
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    Re: V-shaping a C or round shaped neck

    Easiest way to do this is to use a scraper. Scrape to the shape you want, smooth with sandpaper, then finish. I have done a few.
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