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    Re: floor racks

    One thread from a few years ago is here
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    I added two photos to the response above.
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    [Edited: made a couple of pictures; note that that is not glue around the bracket, it is stray metal polish from when I cleaned up the top of the bracket, which gets a bit corroded over time; maybe...
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    Re: Carbon fiber mandolins

    My custom-made carbon fiber A5 has had zero trouble dealing with the frequently brutal climate in North Thailand, though I have been careful never to leave it in a car for any length of time. It has...
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    Re: Flat top Arch back mandolin

    That looks and sounds wonderful, Gary. Fantastic work.
  6. No mandolin content. Taylor Guitars story about sourcing woods

    An interesting article from Rolling Stone about how Taylor guitars are seeking out alternative, unglamorous sources for quality woods.
  7. Re: My Levin Mandolin, Master Model 42 from 1955

    I enjoyed your clip. The Levins from the forties and fifties are really sweet. I envy you that acquisition.
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    Re: It's here! Peter Coombe flat top.

    Looks wonderful, sounds very fine.
  9. Re: Small diameter round braided strap source

    I haven't made any for a while, but I used to make exactly what the OP is talking about, using 4mm leather strips braided into a four-part round braid learned from a youtube clip. I gave some of them...
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    Re: Northfield F5S On the Way

    Let's spare a moment for Dennis when he tries to sell that Collings after all this publicity about its shortcomings.
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    Re: Wanted: Japanese Bowlback mandolin case

    I am fairly sure that such an enquiry doesn't belong on the forum, and should go in the Classifieds.
  12. Fine music broadcast from Glasgow, Scotland

    Jenn Butterworth and Laura Beth Salter are lecturers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This concert broadcast from home isolation in Glasgow, and complete with fine mandolin content, was just...
  13. Tough times may mean more Skype lesson opportunities (NMC)

    With many gigs and tours being cancelled, opportunities to support top professionals by taking advantage of online lessons may be about to rise sharply.

    I do know a US tour by top...
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    Re: The straps I ended up making

    You need to go into edit mode / Go Advanced and sort out the photograph. The attachment hasn't been done correctly.
  15. Re: Pelican Vault 730 as a Double Mandolin Case

    If you hang around long enough, eventually you might get answers based on your questions, not on your photo :)

    You have already identified the biggest drawback of Pelicans, their considerable...
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    Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    How about the instruments on a Mandolin Rushmore?

    Gibson, Monteleone, Gilchrist, Kemnitzer?
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    Re: The straps I ended up making

    Good work, Gunnar. You will find that when making a round braid strap, if you make the braid much tighter, the result is the strong, round, rope-like effect you might want. Your very loose braid...
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    Re: The straps I ended up making

    John - look up 'mystery braid' on YouTube. It's made from a flat piece of leather (like a belt) with parallel cuts made along its length, except for short uncut tabs at each end. Then you do a lot of...
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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen AX

    I know I'm like a broken record, but I think you're selling your instruments short by continually showing bluegrass/trad clips that, in my humble opinion, don't really allow the tonal qualities of...
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    Re: Strap making question

    This the video I keep going back to when I forget how to make round (rope-like) braid from four strands of fabric or leather.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0afO40tsqAc
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    Re: Strap making question

    I've had fun making a few different designs, some flat, others braided. The braiding techniques can easily be round on YouTube by searching for 'four strand leather braiding' or similar. Some designs...
  22. Bert Deivert's international recording

    I don't think my friend, blues mandolin maestro Bert Deivert will mind me sharing this video that he just put on a blues mandolin Facebook page.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmkd_0qZZ-g
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    I should have mentioned that it never comes off; the mandolin easily fits in my Travelite case with the gizmo attached.
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    These pictures, despite the evidence of my lack of attention to cleaning and polishing my old 1970s no-name F5, should show roughly what the backrest device is all about.

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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    There was really not much to it. The wood was a piece of scrap soft white wood I literally picked up from the side of the road. I spent quite a lot of time shaping it using a rasp and sandpaper. The...
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