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    Re: Fret markers

    I've seen them in both positions on mandolins. The oldest mandolins I own all have them at the 10th fret, so I think it is partly traditional. I've built them both ways and concluded that the dots on...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    The damage I see with instruments that have been in "storage" for a long time is most often due to low humidity and temperature changes. That is, they spent a long time in a case in an uncontrolled...
  3. Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    Every once in a while you can find a set of those tuners for sale. The big problem is that a knob may break. or the gear may not hold a string in tune. I believe you are better off to put modern...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Views about Loar thickness graduations ultimately come down to beliefs. My experience has led to a belief that I've not read anywhere, so here it is in a nutshell. Mr. Loar had some kind of a degree...
  5. Re: And Now for Something Completely Different. Gong Master Sven

    I've had one for several years. Same make and model as in the video, but the more "standard" 32" orchestra size. I've played larger and smaller ones, but not the 80". Use of the gong is a very...
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    Re: Light bulb test of top plate

    Before posting a photo to the Cafe, I save it to my computer, run it through a photo editor (usually a free online editor or collage maker), save it on my computer and upload that file. It preserves...
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    Re: A request of builders

    As Wrenchbndr indicates, whether new or repair, fret work is slow and tedious work. Translation - expensive. There are so many factors that can leave a new build not quite right or that can develop...
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    Re: Sam Bush interview

    Going to see him play in Atlanta tomorrow night. Cool connection with Duane.
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    Re: StewMac kit

    I've tried various jigs for putting together the binding plies. I finally discovered it's much easier for me to do it completely by hand without a jig. And it is easy. Paint about one inch with...
  10. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    Perhaps the main lesson I've learned in lutherie (and life) is that everything depends on achieving a balance. "Ideal" is the perfect balance between differing forces, differing goals. That balance...
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    Re: Jam etiquette

    There is some kind of a pattern to what they do at each jam. I suggest sitting out for the first couple of songs and just observe how the breaks are handed out. If they are distributing them through...
  12. Re: Introducing the Haywood Mini Camper Suitcase Travel Mandolin

    Here's a video of this mandolin doing what it was designed for. Traveling in a suitcase; being played in a hotel room. Listen with headphones for best sound.


    https://youtu.be/R7uHVrrzHr4
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    Funny you should ask. I have tried all the picks folks recommend. It was the the Blue Chips and the Prime Tones that caused me to try the classic Fender 351 Heavy played on the rounded corner on the...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    I should explain that the 12 hours included flattening the radiused board, making bullet end EVO frets, working with a new (to me) method to remove frets from ebony without a single chip out,...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    Going with the OP's question. I built a small acoustic mandolin to fit my large suitcase. The suitcase is the mandolin case. Clothes and supplies are the padding. The suitcase is regular checked...
  16. Thread: Woodstock

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    Re: Woodstock

    That was the day I discovered that my parents were pretty smart. I had planned to be at Woodstock, although I was 13 and not sure exactly how to get to New York from Georgia. The parents had a...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    If it looks in person like it does in the photos, then I recommend a full refret. It looks like substantial wear through fret #9, with some slight wear through fret #13. Filing everything down to get...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Was the quote you received given over the phone or was it from an in-hand evaluation of the mandolin? If it is a request over the phone, there's a good chance it will be on the higher end of the...
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    Re: Luthiers in Atlanta?

    Thanks, Marty.
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I realize this thread is not the best survey, because most of the posters bought the EVO fretwire and would tend to like it. However, there is nothing preventing anyone from saying they don't like...
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    Re: How old is this Greek bouzouki?

    If you haven't already, you might try doing a google search for Greek bouzouki photos and see if you can find one with the same pick guards. That might give you the name of the maker. It's a slim...
  22. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Introducing their competition to Fender's Road Worn Series?
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I have replaced nickel-silver frets on several mandolins with EVO gold “medium” size wire, and I found that the resulting tone was different to my ears. Given that the same strings were used and that...
  24. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    If you haven't already, get a lesson somewhere on counting the beats, then practice the songs at a slow tempo and count the beats while you play. It will seem like a lot to do, but your ear, your...
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    Re: TablEdit Pick-up Measure

    +1 to both answers above. The "reading list" method is good if all you want it to do is play the pickup measure correctly. Set up the reading list and save the file. If you want to print the...
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