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    Re: Binding router

    Nice inventive setups, all! I may have mentioned this before as another way to add flexibility to routing, namely devices called spindle motors. These have come down in price recently since they...
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    Re: Tailpiece busted - is this normal?

    The price and quality of these are all over the place but I generally go for the Prucha tailpieces sold by Greg Boyd.

    https://gregboyd.com/product/prucha-mandolin-tailpiece-nickel/
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    Re: Eastman - back/neck separation

    Just wanted to close this out for the record that Eastman came through on a warranty replacement. Very pleased.
  4. Re: What are some good "Guitar Body Octave Mandolin makers out th

    Bayard Blain makes nice flat top (and carved) guitar bodied octave mandolins.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDeF720I0k8&feature=emb_logo...
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    Re: How Long do your J74Strings last?

    My experience is 2 - 3 hrs/day you get a good month. Cleaning helps a lot I think. But let's be honest, that beautiful ring and tone from a fresh set ain't lasting that long. At some point, it's...
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    Re: Exotic Canary Wood F5 Back

    I have built a few F5s and that's what I started with. Crazy I know but I learned a lot about building and carving but not a damn thing about tone. My next mandolin will be a plane Jane A5 and I...
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    Re: Collapsed Washburn

    I think I would prefer to build a new one and these kind of things just take away from the little spare time I have for doing it.
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    I don’t use paper towels, but I save old t-shirts and cut them up for staining rags. No lint to speak of.
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    Re: $750 Collings mandolin case at elderlys

    This is well said. Part of the attractiveness of this case is what it tells you about an individual - what he can do when he really sets his mind to something. I'm sure this may sound like...
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    Some of the modern plastic binding, like Boltaron, just don't like heat bending in the same way as celluloid. ABS is not bad, but others plastics can be difficult.

    Cheers
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    Re: Allen Tailpiece

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, What did he say, speak up son. Isn't that what caps are for, us deaf old geezers. I am constantly fiddling with my mandolins because I hear something, or think I hear something,...
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    Re: DAWG picks. YES, they work

    Sigh. I have about 300 dollars worth of blue chip picks. I thought I'd never stray from the brand. On a whim, I bought a pack of 10 dawgs for 10 dollars. I'm now filled with 300 dollars worth of...
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    Re: David Russell Young (NMC)

    Wow! Glad I started this.
    In '78 I took a Boulder Free School class on how to build a guitar from Max Krimmel who should be better known than he is. He had copies of the book to sell and that's...
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    Re: David Russell Young (NMC)

    . . . And then there was Don Teeter's method of pressing frets into oversize slots with epoxy . . . which he later retracted as not being a good idea.

    But the rest of Teeter's book was quite good,...
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    Re: David Russell Young (NMC)

    John, not a good analog. Although the largest force is radial, a prop generates thrust, which bends the blades forward. A Cessna 150, which can have a wood prop, at 2000 rpm, has a measured 200 lbs...
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    Re: David Russell Young (NMC)

    I imagine it would make a neck reset rather difficult.
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    Re: Epoxy pore fill and sunburst

    Cured epoxy is very unlikely to take up dye in any great quantity, and certainly not at the same rate as the wood. I've worked with epoxy a lot on boats, but I'm not sure it would be my first choice...
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    Re: Exotic Canary Wood F5 Back

    I don’t understand why so much attention on preparing this wood for glueing. The Wood Database does not mentions it being oily and in facts states that it “glues well”. Judging by its specs I would...
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    Re: Exotic Canary Wood F5 Back

    Beautiful wood !
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    Re: Exotic Canary Wood F5 Back

    One of the most important things for a glue joint is having freshly prepared surfaces. For oily/resinous woods I've seen many sources say to glue within 15 minutes of making the surface. Sometimes...
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    Re: Drilling peghead for tuners.

    Age-old question, but always good to revisit. I urge first mounting the machines with all screws to properly get backstrap aligned to the holes. Then remove the machines and drill the bushing holes...
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    Re: Repairing varnish finishes

    Many



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    I finally managed to give up cheeseburgers but I still need help.

    I’m actually concerned about fretboard cleanliness.
    -do you know of any products that will remove a five course meal?
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    You could just hold your mandolin away from your belly as I do or go on a diet ! :)
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    Re: Cafe versus Craigslist

    I'll give you that. I guess I should say that texting _should_ give one the time to choose one's words carefully, etc. That's the way I use it anyway.
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