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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Dr. Cohen found a "noticeable" lowering of one particular frequency due to the Virzi. Other modes affected as well. Cohen admits that his listening conclusion were based in his own hearing, so...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    They lower the resonant frequency of the air chamber by adding mass to the top. If that makes a particular mando sound better with a lower resonant frequency, then the mando will sound better.
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    Re: Advice for Sound board flexibility.

    I'll just post my notes I've saved to my computer over the years. Probably the only measurements that would be valuable to you is near the bottom, Macrostie's measurements he did on my Gibson A5L...
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    Re: What do you see?

    I wouldn't worry about the illusion that the bridge is sinking into the top. If you are worried, look for other pics of mandos at the same angle and notice that the string reflections always seem to...
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    by fscotte
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    Re: UPS rant

    Secret.

    Have the shipper mark GIFT on the box. UPS treats it like gold and won’t hold them.

    My brother has been at UPS for 30 years, been a driver for 20.
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    Re: Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    Thanks! I had to check that tab, and it appears for some reason there are rests that are missing in the tab. And that seems to be something the tab builder did at that time, left out rests and just...
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    Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    I'm posting this here because many of us play guitar in addition to mando. And the fact that Tony's work reaches beyond just guitar, influencing other musicians no matter what instrument they play. ...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    If building to Griffith Loar A standards, you may wanna pay more attention to the arching.

    Dudenbostel described it as "long and low". I wouldn't trust the Siminoff plans either. One reason...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Right Jim, I feel the shape of the arch/plates is significantly more important than the thickness.

    Even minor differences in the arch will affect the strength of the plate.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    The shape of your arch will determine the thickness.
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    Re: lacquer problem

    You don’t need to wet sand, just sand.
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I like to think that the culprit is something in the spray gun itself. Clean those things throughly.
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    Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    Finally, this is the sensor I bought.

    https://www.vernier.com/products/sensors/magnetic-field-sensors/mg-bta/

    You also need the Go Link to connect it to a computer:
    ...
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    Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    I bought a device from Vernier and had to dismantle it a bit. Glued in a regular disc magnet at a specific distance from the circuit, and used Vernier software to take measurements.

    I bought a...
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    Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    I built my own magic probe a few years ago. Cost about $100.
  16. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    I'd give it more time. If it's only been a week, give it another week.
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    Strong candidate for fretboard removal, and installation of carbon fiber rod.

    Easy peasy.
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    Re: Crack~say it isn't so!

    Every mandolin is built with a crack right down the centerline of the top.
  19. Thread: ToneRite

    by fscotte
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    Re: ToneRite

    Until someone clearly understands why good tone is achieved in one mando and not the other, I'll withhold any opinion as to what does or does not improve said tone.

    As of right now, we don't know...
  20. Re: TurboPlane, Safe-T-Planer - Powering through plate carving

    I use an angle grinder with 40 grit pads for roughing inside and out.
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    I sand the top to 400-600 grit before staining.
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    Re: Using pine, other "non-spruce" woods...

    If it's wood, it's light, and stiff, and has few defects or run-out, you can use it.

    Pine doesn't know it's pine. Sometimes pine thinks it the world's best spruce.
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    Re: Mandolin Build kit on stewmac.com

    I have and what it normally proves is that any differences in tone/sustain require a somewhat significant amount of mass to be added or removed.

    More important is where the mass is added or...
  24. Thread: Isabel A

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    Isabel A

    Always love when an Isabel Mandolin owner posts some sounds of their new Mando. I built this mando to be played in an "intimate" setting with fewer instruments, but Bryan found a way to bring out...
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    Re: First Time Binding Questions

    You may be interested in giving the Siminoff Dremel attachment a try. Unfortunately Siminoff no longer sells tools and such, but you could contact him via his site, he may have one laying around. ...
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