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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Milling frets 15 through the top the range to have a gradual (downward) taper addresses this. Personally, I think having the lowest possible action without mechanical (buzzing) issues is the best way...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I get that - now, after building several failed instruments, at least. I was mostly saying it hoping to save others in the same place from as much time as I wasted.
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    For me, the advantages for a 4-course instrument are:
    1. Looks epic, harp vibes, yeah?
    2. Allows you to use a shorter scale length on the treble side, where most of the complex melody usually...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Yes, absolutely. Not for, say, Red spruce vs. Sitka, in which no major species generalizations are going to hold true all the time.
    But let's say you get a set of graduations that works well in...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Tony, look up a past thread by Cafe users Walt and Joe Mendel. Joe made Walt a badass mandocello. The bracing was much beefier than yours, especially along the direction of the strings. Your plan is...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    The E course has slightly less tension than the G course in normal mandolin string sets.

    The number one factor I have found in getting low action and maintaining full power (1mm on the E course...
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    Re: Quick French Polishing Question

    As long as it is pre-dyed to match the rest of the instrument and has a couple coats of shellac in that area already, it blends in fine. Like Adrian said, some creativity is needed to get those areas...
  8. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    Haha, first thing I thought... Marvel Mystery Oil!
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    Re: 8 string solid body playability

    Do you have a recording interface? ToneLib-GFX computer software can be tried for 30 days for free and will let you see if the concept of an acoustic simulator pedal makes sense with your instrument.
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    Re: Olive oil staining on top?

    Don't feel bad, who could have possibly predicted that. You have a couple options. First is not to worry about it, it's probably not the worst thing that's ever happened to that guitar. The second is...
  11. Re: How to adjust the bridge on a fanned fret 10 string mandolin?

    That's pretty extreme. Probably sounds better than the one I built, but also probably harder to adjust to in terms of feel. Lots of ways you could build it. Perhaps the one Mr. Holanda played was on...
  12. Re: Naked Bridge Post Is Shredding My Palm

    I take the top of the bridge off, sand the post down, and dome it beneath the level of the wood so it looks intentional and nice. The posts aren't supposed to stick up above the wood, there's no need.
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    Re: Hearing Aids

    So... just thinking about a cost-effective solution. What about some basic studio headphones, quite good ones can be had for $40-50, a decent microphone, and a preamp which lets you monitor as you...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I don't miss wet sanding, or seal coat/topcoat issues, at all. :-)
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    Re: lacquer problem

    Any possibility of moisture getting into your air? That's the only other thing I can think of. I ruined a batch of several instruments I was refinishing with lacquer a few years ago because the air...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    Hey, at least it's a club with no membership fees which all of us get to join... :-)
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    Re: Fingerstyle mandolin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x4eJhbX7gk
  18. Re: Newly carved Guitar shaped Octave Mandolin top Buzzing

    And holding it and tapping it in different places, including damping the fiber inlays with your fingers. Possibly it's a dry glue joint along the inlays somewhere.
    Could also be a split somewhere in...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Heaven just got a little cooler. RIP Ivan.
  20. Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    A violin's effective range, because of its bowed nature, extends far further up the fretboard than a mandolin's.

    You can play up the fretboard, and a lot of music has been written utilizing the...
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    I'm pretty sure it's not intended as solely acoustic. All his other instruments are (amazing) deconstructed to a pretty significant degree, so I think this is his deconstructed acoustic.
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    Nothing, really. It's a completely different structural concept. Both can work, but it's a little like comparing a tractor to a Ferrari. Both are powerful, but different approaches.
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    Re: Tacoma mandolins

    Tacoma mandolins were the best mandolins available from a factory under $1000 until 2003 or so...
    The main reason was that they came well -- actually beautifully, set up. And so they sounded and...
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    Re: What are these bridges called?

    I call them (at least the top one) "zero downforce bridges". I think I got that from a GAL publication, not sure who coined it. Of course the downforce is not exactly zero, but probably a pound or so...
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    Re: its only a Dollar..

    Hmm, that's a good find. But doesn't have the flat top near the heel. it's more like this Epiphone...
    https://reverb.com/uk/item/2504670-epiphone-mm50-e-2014-blonde-f-model-mandolin-mint
    Yep,...
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