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    Re: Cutting Shellac for sealing

    I'm in EU, but I guess if you look around you'll find supply of absolute (anhydrous) ethanol with just tiny amount of the bittering agent added. What I use is sold as fuel for ventless fireplaces (I...
  2. Thread: Exposed Bushings

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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Well, for me English is foreign language and what I thought of is wrench that is in form of hexagonal tube, or sometimes round tube with ends crimped into hexagonal shape. There are many...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Here is one older thread about the same issues with some similar drawings.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/122402-Headstock-Taper-and-Thickness/page2
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Just once on my first mandolin. They still work OK. But for next 10 or so mandolins I made my own stainless steel bushings closer to the vintage size.
    I still have a box full of those long Schaller...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Perceived loudness is not the same thing as measured volume in decibels. Human ears are funny and give us at least little chance to be heard.
    The Fletcher-Munson curves of eual loudness show that at...
  6. Thread: Exposed Bushings

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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Tapered headstock on mndolins was not just someone's wild idea but necessity to keep the vulnerable transition from thin neck into headstock strong. Ends of plates are very close to nut so you need...
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    Re: Washers and buttons and coins. Oh my....

    I don't think they used these objects as is but rather reshaped them so basicly they used them as raw material. Back then there was not as wide selection of pick materials as we have. Now you can buy...
  8. Thread: Exposed Bushings

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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    It took them years to get to this state so it may take few years again. Perhaps the mandolin experienced some humidity swings recently and this is result. Push them in and you are good to go for a...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    That's it. I bet they once were installed flush and slowly wandered out of their holes. Sometimes the humidity changes cause a bit of loosenes of the holes over time and especially the tapered...
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    Yes, that happened at least three years ago when I noticed the tree (and being tree nerd always looking around for trees it wouldn't take me many drives around to notice). The fallen part is gone as...
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    And here is my most recent find from today's walk through woods... again beech of similar size but in completely different part of country.
    I cannot be sure what is inside but the waves in the bark...
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    Just to show some more pics of trees I met...
    Here is one spectacular european beech (fagus sylvatica) I found while driving few years ago... We drive that way quite often so I stopped there just to...
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    Re: Kentucky KM1050 Or KM1500

    I've played several recent (from 2005-2015 or so) Chinese-made KM-1000's series and they were consistently good instruments (and I am picky), some even surprisingly good. I have played only two or...
  14. Thread: Douglas fir

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    Re: Douglas fir

    I've seen the German and Dutch tree plantations. Sometimes looks like corn field, but with trees, all trees perfectly aligned but rarely larger than telegraph post. Then a large Harvester machine...
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    They don't care about the forest and just peel the bark on every promising tree, then it is perfectly clear what you have inside.
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    As has been said sometimes it is possible, sometimes not.
    BTW, here is the poplar in question (poor pics from my not-smart phone)
    The beech I mentioned had big open split where you coud see the...
  17. Re: Travelite Case - doesn't close without applying pressure. Nor

    What kind of mandolin? Not all are created equal. Post pics if possible.
    I own a Travelite and there are pads on the lid that presses against the tailpiece cover and neck. No pressure on bridge.
  18. Thread: Top repair patch

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    Re: Top repair patch

    Anything other than direct wood to wood contact with infinitesimal glue line will show. Even glue that penetrated at the joint can show.
    Another way to hide this tear out would be along the line If...
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    Re: Top repair patch

    I would add that what John said works for top grade professional work where perfect fit is norm and you don't want any visible staining of surrounding wood. If your fitting is not perfect, any gap...
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    Re: MIX Carbon Fiber Mandolin Truss Rod Question

    I guess the fingerboard was glued on with epoxy and could react to heating and clamping to straighten the neck....
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    Re: Douglas fir

    I can confirm that. I've been tree and woods nerd all my life and always watch for "interesting" trees on all my trips (I mostly look for odd wood grain etc - just few days ago I found black poplar...
  22. Thread: truss rod install

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    Re: truss rod install

    Simple vintage Gibson style bend. Important is how deep the line connecting the anchors is. And aslo position of the headstock-side nut - you don't want it in the thinnest part of throat but higher...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    The "higher strength glue" does mean that at some given concentration the glue gel is stiffer when a probe is set against it. It has nothing to do with glue joint strength.
    I haven't seen ANY real...
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    Re: Value of a good restorer

    Sure violin repair is well ahead of mandolin or guitar repair standards. However, I wouldn't agree with the added value. Violin with such cracks would be practically unsaleable in classical violin...
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    Re: Givens Saddle - custom size?

    There is quite recent thread with similar crack glued and reinforced. I've done that many times and it always held. Though in this case the break looks like it is not just split along grain but there...
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