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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    Tusq is a proprietary item, no composition available, no msds, but probably a phenolic. Likely known under other names. As such, very limited solvent possibilities. Ashing it will convert it to...
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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    Pitch and resins on files and power saw blades can usually be dissolved with laundry detergent. Soak for an hour, brush or filecard clean, then oil for rust protection. If you have commercial blade...
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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    I have a file card, which sometimes isn't enough. One of the "tricks" I've tried is a scrap of hard wood, which sometimes isn't enough. Hadn't thought of a soft common nail, not a bad idea.

    I...
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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    A soft common nail can clear hardened stuff between the file teeth.
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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    For wood rasping, I mainly use vixon and plas-ti-cut files that have have quite large (and sharp) teeth, for them the standard file card makes quick work of it. For nuts, saddles, and fret ends I use...
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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    Sharpened popsicle stick for mill files, for rasps a wire brush.

    After a quick search, people recommend CMT 2050 blade and bit cleaner...
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    Re: how do you clean your files?

    I sometimes have something similar and use a sharp awl. Pick the spot out of your file.
  8. Thread: New F9

    by AlanN
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    Re: New F9

    Per DH, F-9 mandolins are finished with thin coats of satin lacquer. Here's my 2015 (DH signature). Upgrades include Schaller gold tuners, EVO Gold FW74 frets, Bruce Weber traditional bridge...
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    Re: Ultra low action

    count the turns of the wheels. It helps to know the thread spacing. So, if the threads are 24 to the inch, then one turn raises the bridge by 1/24th of an inch. By laws, then you'd raise the...
  10. Thread: Ultra low action

    by pops1
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    Re: Ultra low action

    Have for years, I even carry a gauge to watch for any changes from humidity or dryness and put it back to it's low action. Jethro couldn't understand why anyone wouldn't play with low action. My...
  11. Thread: New F9

    by courier
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    New F9

    Got my F9 yesterday from Carters .It's a 2002. Very few dings and setup is great.Couldn;t be more satisfied.It was a pleasure doing business with them.Bo was my salesmen.
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    New Stiver Today!

    I picked up my new Stiver about seven hours ago at Lou Stiver's home. Upon installing an arm rest and a strap I have barely set it down.
    I no longer miss the Collings I sold to help fund this...
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    Re: New Mandolin Day!

    Thought I would share my fun from the opening. VERY happy about this... 186572186573186571
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    https://youtu.be/VPjTimH47qY
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    Virtual Shop Tour(s)... I'll show you mine

    I’ve posted in a few other threads about how I have been working in my shop to make it more conducive to instrument building as I’d like to at least give it a try. I have finished a majority of the...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    Here it is outfitted with a matching maple McClung armrest from Doug Edwards at Hill Country String Works.
    http://hillcountrystringworks.com/armrest5.html
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    It arrived today!
    Beautifully built and sounds great!
    Came with a nice foam and canvas case, similar to Guardian and Gator cases, made by Hosco Japan.
    186492...
  18. Introduction and my new to me Gibson Fern

    Hi guys. New user here just popping in to introduce myself and join the fun. Im a player from rural TN, somewhere south of Nashville and north of Muscle Shoals, living in Tokyo for the last 15+...
  19. New Podcast - "At the Crossroads" with Paddy Cummins

    Hi all,

    I hope you don't mind me posting this here. On the back of my previous radio show which finished at the end of 2018, I have now started up a new podcast available on Acast and Spotify.
    ...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    I've been waiting patiently and watching the progress since Feb. Another week is not a big deal. Should be here by Friday. I'll post a video and a review when it arrives.
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    All finished and ready for shipping!

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    Carter Vintage Guitars on GibsonTV

    Really enjoyed this. And... wait for it... wait...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkh6iA3noJM
  23. Re: An (incomplete) list of recorded black mandolinists

    Baron your thread reminded me that I have not seen the cafe's own DataNick post in a long while.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOEl8lFq_P4
  24. New Joe Campanella F-5 at The Music Emporium

    This appeared on The Music Emporium's social media yesterday. Anyone looking for one of these, they don't appear often and usually are not in stock long. I think his work is some of the most...
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    The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Hi all. Ive been a member of the forum since 2006. Before June of 2006 Id never touched a mandolin. The Caf quickly became a main part of my daily life.

    Scott Tichenor, Mike Edgerton,...
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