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    Re: Why carve a plates outside first?

    I chose violin family instrument as an example as carved soundboards on them go back to at least the 16th century, rather than the carved archtop mandolin and guitar which were the invention of...
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    Re: Why carve a plates outside first?

    In a factory environment with machined blocks of wood of regular size where the plates are carved mechanically by a duplicating router or CNC router it would make sense to carve the inside first, by...
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    Re: Attic Find

    Without a scale or some measurements it is hard to be sure, but I suspect a guitarra built with standard tuners cause he couldn't get any Preston style tuners in the US.

    Cheers
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    And that looks like more tortoise shell around the soundboard and the rosette. Instant confiscation at almost any customs inspection in the world! The structural implication of that edge decoration...
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    I suspect the front of the head and the fingerboard are veneered in tortoiseshell, like from actual turtles/tortoises, not celluloid.

    Cheers
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    Re: italian spruce

    There is lots of spruce growing in Northern Italy and several suppliers who cut and sell it. As far as I know all spruce in Europe is the same species, but growing in different climatic conditions...
  7. Re: Scale length for an octave mandolin build

    I suggest 22" as a good length for an octave mandolin. It is a good compromise between string gauge and playability, in that strings from .012"-.046" suit a GDAE tuning and the frets are close enough...
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    Re: Book disappointment

    The first big print run (2000 copies) included an envelop with the printed planes, 2 A3 sheets printed double sided. That print tun sold out a few years ago and the only practical method of keeping...
  9. Re: Sliding Door Side Port, CBOM Makers?

    John Monteleone does such things 8-)
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    Re: Ivoroid picguard material

    PM sent.
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    Re: String spacing

    This might help, it seems to work quite well.

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  12. Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    Evelyn very generously contributed to the Kickstarter campaign a few years back, putting her hand up for a bent-top flat back classical mandolin which she said she enjoyed playing. She was a great...
  13. Re: Historical mandolins and cultural preferences

    I didn't try to move the bridge and I can't imagine why it would be glued down, other than the Lombardic mandolins had fixed bridges. It may simply be that the shellac or varnish had softened and the...
  14. Re: Historical mandolins and cultural preferences

    I spent a couple of days in the old warehouse that the Stearns collection was housed in back in 2012 or2013 and photographed and measured pretty well all the mandolin family instruments there. From...
  15. Re: Historical mandolins and cultural preferences

    Eugene, might that odd Embergher be the six course instrument in the Stearns Collection at the University of Michigan? I will post some photos tomorrow.
  16. Re: Brescian/Cremonese mandolin body dimensions

    Stephen Morey mentions 6 Cremonese mandolins for his book with the body lengths 245mm,226mm, 243mm, 225mm, 235mm, 229mm though he notes most of those measurements were from the various museums'...
  17. Re: Octave Mandolin in Australia - struggling to find up to date

    There are several of us who make such things to order in Australia, but in a higher price bracket :)
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    Re: New five course mandocello

    Looking forward to hearing what you do with it!
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    Re: Lombardic mandolin

    I see them more as a separate evolutionary line of mandolins, a direct descendant of the early gut-strung Baroque mandolins which were really just a very small lute. They lost their double courses...
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    A new book on ukulele building

    An off topic moment, but I would crave your indulgence.The first copies of my new book on building ukuleles have arrived from the printers, but it is really only relevant for folks in Australia (and...
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    Re: New five course mandocello

    Hello Bernie

    Nut is 48mm / 1 7/8" wide (I think). That is the width of the headstock shape at the nut. I didn't make up a template as I figured this was a one-off, so I layed it out based on my...
  22. Re: Gibson Army Navy (Reissue) AN Custom (mid-90s)

    I did find a reference somewhere that only 8 of these mandolins were made with Gibson (rather than Flatiron) branding and presented to various world leaders at the G7 summit in Houston in 1990. A few...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin History

    The rise in popularity of mandolin orchestras in the 1890s led to the introduction of various mandolin family instruments, initially following the pattern of the bowed string instruments: mandolin,...
  24. Re: Gibson A5G, 1986, Nashville, Derrington ??

    My timeline might not be totally precise, but I am pretty sure that Gibson were not making A-5 mandolins in 1986. It would have been at least a year or two later before the factory in Bozeman was...
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    Re: CBOMS in Ireland

    There is an active Irish Bouzouki page on Facebook, managed by an Irish bouzouki player and with several Irish builders active contributors. That should give you a start.

    Cheers
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