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    Re: NMC, a great experience today

    From a student model to a German made violin is a big step. You're a good daddy Soliver, and daughters are indeed precious (I have two). Sticks are an important part of the game at her level, good...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    To echo what the experts have already said:
    • That veneer felt smooth but wasn't sanded enough in the areas that came up dark. If you wet the wood with water or naptha, you'll see those areas...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    Laguna makes nice stuff for sure. I think the real advantage of that fancy fence would be if you wanted to do multiple passes producing veneer slices of uniform thickness. You didn't mention species...
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    Re: dents in the neck

    If you end up refinishing, I would consider a satin finish. Fender does this on their production electrics now and the neck feels much slicker than gloss, which can get sticky. The satin finish does...
  5. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    Yes, many people do this to get even color tones on spruce. You can scuff sand it back to smooth with say 400 or 600 grit before applying color. If sunbursting, it allows you to move the color around...
  6. Thread: tuner install

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: tuner install

    I have a violin peg reamer that I use for this. I go slowly until I get to the point that that bushing goes in to about a mm or so proud of face of the peghead with moderate pressure. I mark that...
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    Re: Lacquer to varnish?

    Don't touch the lacquer! If it's valued at $8k, it must be by a good luthier. Lacquer cracks and crazes, shrinks and color shifts as it ages. But because if its composition, it becomes integrated...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    Build five and and tweek the graduations, how do they sound compared to a $3500 mandolin? Learn finishing (do you already have a 60 gallon compressor and a good gun?) Dyes, sunbursts, and immaculate...
  9. Thread: Which bridge?

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Which bridge?

    My experience with Cumberland bridges is that, compared to cheaper brands, the Cumberland produces stronger notes in the trebles and better note definition all across the board. That may or may not...
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    Re: Re fret prices?

    Bound fretboard, $350 would be my minimum. Someone who charges less is likely not carefully dressing the fret ends. If you're playing bluegrass, I would defintiely go with EVO gold- 4x the lifespan...
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Wow! Some incredible As in this thread. Raising two kids on a public schoolteacher's salary, I couldn't afford a 3k instrument, so I learned to build. This is #5. I mostly play celtic/contradance...
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    Re: Losing My Religion

    Collings mando? You have an amazing guitar collection, I think I've seen a couple in posts on AGF.
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    Re: Reducing chrome Grover F tuner shine.

    Joey's idea, used judiciously, sounds the safest to me. Bear in mind that when you abrade a chrome plating, you're inviting corrosion down the road- and those tuners are likely to work very smoothly...
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    Re: Upgrading a tailpiece

    I put a James on my #1 and absolutely love it. But putting $160 of hardware on an entry level mando is going to be a limited improvement in tone, due to the construction of the instrument. If you are...
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    Re: Again with the picks

    A third vote here for the TAD40-1R. It has become my go-to guitar pick for playing rhythm guitar in contra music, LOTS of control and just the right amount of give string noise in the chop. It'll do...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

    TC Unitune- fast, nails the pitch instantly. Bright, easily seen in any lighting (including bright sunlight). Accurate, when you tune both strings in a pair, they're in tune with each other. Pricey...
  17. Thread: Hiscox cases

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    Re: Hiscox cases

    Living in Florida, another important consideration is that the case is insulated with a closed-cell foam IIRC, which provides much better thermal protection. Instruments put together with hot hide...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Not to dis carbon fiber, but I've built 5 mandos with regular truss rods and don't consider the weight in the neck to be significant. Even with medium gauge strings they require very little, if any...
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    Re: filling fret wear

    It's way too soft to stand up to wear. Unless you're only looking for a stopgap measure to get you through a few months, I'd consider it a waste of money. In 6 months you'll be right back where you...
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    I have both a James and an Allen on mandos. The Allen cleans up easily now (I don't know how many years the lacquer coating will hold up) but changing strings on it is not an enjoyable experience. I...
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    Re: Collings MTO Honey Amber gloss top

    If it really bothers you, put a finger rest on the instrument. If it truly is all the way through the finish and you're seeing raw wood, an experience luthier can drop fill it with lacquer but it...
  22. Re: A model: Adding a strap button to the heel.

    An unconventional 3rd option. A 5/32" hole drilled through the heel with a bootlace threaded through it. I've done this with 4 of my mandolins now with no ill effects. Granted, I am the builder and...
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    Re: Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Yes, that is considered standard size for guitars and LOTS of builders/luthiers install it in mandos. I have it in two of mine and I love it. Very little sign of wear 3 years in. BTW, that "medium...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Whoa! Is this your new Collings? If this is the new mandolin you were so pleased with not long ago, then it's probably just in need of a tune up to reset to the seasonal climate change. Adjusting the...
  25. Thread: Eastman tuners

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: Eastman tuners

    Grover 309s are wonderful, smooth machines and very reasonably priced. I'd replace the machines on your 315 since you like everything else about it. You could always switch back to the originals if...
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