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    Re: C F Martin mandolin

    No, rottenstone and tripoli are two different things.

    Rottenstone is gray in color and cleans and polishes more than it cuts. It is the traditional material used to bring varnish finishes to...
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    Re: Contact The Mandolin Store?

    Email is not the most reliable form of communication. Maybe the emails went into a spam folder, either theirs or yours.
    When in doubt, give them a call.
  3. Thread: Sprayed Glue?

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    Re: Sprayed Glue?

    "Is it possible that some kind of glue is being sprayed?"

    Yes, it's possible. If so, I do not know what the expected production advantages would be. If the manufacturer has a rash of glue joint...
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    Re: What’s going on with this bridge?

    From picture #3, it looks like you might have a bump in the fingerboard somewhere around where it comes over the body.

    You can try to raise the bridge on the treble side to temporarily compensate...
  5. Re: Why do L&H Model A, B, & C owners use TI mittels and not star

    I have no experience with Thomastik strings. If the tension figures that other Cafe members have cited are accurate, their unwound strings have a slightly lower tension than the US made strings of...
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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    Oval hole mandolins are generally preferred by most classical players. They also work well for British Isles music.

    A 500 series would be a better instrument, but you might also want to consider...
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    Re: Bowlback repair of missing back strip

    . . . How to remove the original stave?
    Use a very sharp knife, and clean up the work with a small sanding block or file.

    String gauge?
    Lighter is better. Perhaps 9 to 34 on a bowlback.
    ...
  8. Re: Why do L&H Model A, B, & C owners use TI mittels and not star

    I do not necessarily agree with Mr. Hostetter's statement about only one choice of string gauge being available in the old days.

    I have strung L & H's with D'addario or GHS 10 1/2 -14 -24 -38 for...
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    Re: Bowlback repair of missing back strip

    It would probably be easier to replace the whole stave than to try to make the new piece fit the irregular line of the break.

    If you use bottled hide glue for the stave, make sure it is fresh. ...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Well, for a "perfect" test, you would have to have a way to change the frets back and forth on one mandolin instantly.
    And then have it played over and over by a very well calibrated robot.
    And...
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    Re: Feedback: First fret pulling job

    It might also help to read a couple of well respected books on violin building and repair. In some ways, a mandolin can be more like a violin than a guitar.

    And buy Kamimoto. It is still in...
  12. Re: Truss rod: Too tight? And still a string-ward bow.

    If you believe that your truss rod is not functioning, you can 1] make sure there is enough thread on the rod to keep the adjustment nut from bottoming out, and add a washer if necessary, or 2]...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    If it will make you happy, I will amend my statement to say "no significant difference in weight."

    Percent difference would be less than +/- 1% difference in weight between the two materials. ...
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    Re: Feedback: First fret pulling job

    To repeat what Adrian said earlier, more than 90% of the questions and procedures about fret work that are asked about on these forums can be answered by studying Frank Ford's excellent website,...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    According to Axiom's website:

    1 lb. of .080" x .043" fret wire contains 67 feet of wire whether the alloy is 18% nickel-silver or EVO.
    Both wires are identical in all dimensions.
    No difference...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    There's not much in lutherie that's not hard on the back, shoulders, neck, hands, or eyes.
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Frets that are loose, poorly seated, or unlevel can have a significant effect on tone.
  18. Re: Top Crack Weymann Keystone Bowlback, How to draw together

    Pops, I assume you meant "fit dry, remove, apply glue, and insert" . . . ?

    It might help if you can smooth out the inside edges of the crack a little bit, perhaps with an X-acto blade, or a very...
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    Re: Feedback: First feet pulling job

    You'll get the hang of it after awhile.
    I've seen first attempts that were a lot worse.

    If you really want to have fun, try pulling frets on a hundred year old Gibson on which the frets and...
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    Re: Feedback: First feet pulling job

    Use a soldering iron to heat the frets while you are pulling and walk the pullers across the board very s.l..o...w...l...y....

    You don't want to really pull, at least not much. Let the pullers...
  21. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    I sand a radius into the top of the saddle. You can do this by eye, or with a radiused sanding block.

    Usually, I rough it out by knocking a little off starting at the ends and tapering to just...
  22. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    Radiusing a bridge saddle is about 20 minutes work. You have to adjust the string compensation; the lengths will be altered slightly by the radiusing process.

    If you want to learn, don't be...
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    Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    If Tut Taylor spent his whole career playing Dobro with a flat pick, you can play a mandolin with finger picks as much as you like.
    And a right hand finger will come in very handy for someone who is...
  24. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    Yes, it is a coarse tool. To radius a flat fretboard requires the removal of quite a bit of wood, especially at the outer edges of the board. A surform might come in useful, but only for the...
  25. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    It can be done while the fingerboard is on the instrument.
    It's a good idea to protect the peghead and body with some thick cardboard.

    You will have to pull the frets, then get to work with the...
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