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  1. Re: NMC rare relic (re-purposed autoharp body)

    Hey, for the same $800 there are some fairly decent therapy mandolins out there!
  2. Re: Wrote me a new song... so I added some mando!

    Whoa! What got me mostly is the dichotomy of painfully honest (honestly painful?) lyrics over a bright & bouncy instrumental - not something you hear every day. Nicely done!

    I was about to...
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    Re: What do you see?

    What I see (because I already own one) is that the saddle is slightly tilted toward the fretboard; that is, there may be a 5-degree or so bend between the saddle and the bridge base. May not be...
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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    I'm no leather expert, except to note that some super-soft leather can also be super-stretchy. It'd be a shame to do lots of braiding just to end up with a 6-foot long shoelace.

    BTW, I use both...
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    Re: Confusing Gibson Flatiron

    Unfortunately, luthier & Cafe member Paul Hostetter died earlier this year, but thanks to his family continuing his website, THIS gem of tunerosity is still available to us. Enjoy, and apply...
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    Re: Confusing Gibson Flatiron

    Edit: Whoops! Photos added while I was typing, so mostly "never mind". But I gotta say ...

    That is THE best photo of what I've called the "knife-edge worm & rectangular cog" style of gearset,...
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    Re: Anyone ever heard of a 'Kitolin'?

    Fan frets and the bridge is not fanned at all ... is there any possible chance of actual "intonation"?? Other than, ya know, the bad kind?
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    Re: The Kentucky

    $150 certainly qualifies. Well done!
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    Re: Advice on how to learn sheet music?

    Even though I was several years into mandolin when it came out, I found Don Julin's "Mandolin For Dummies" to be a great refresher for what I did now and an eye-opener for what I didn't. (Had read...
  10. Thread: Classifieds

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    Re: Classifieds

    Looking from the programming/software side of things:

    - The program inherently "knows" whether pictures have been attached to the ad, and can easily indicate that on the listing.
    - There is, as...
  11. Re: Restorig my Strad-o-line hit a slight snag

    It seems that either the C# fret (9) is too high or the C fret (8) is too low, causing the C# note to sound when you fret on C. Try sighting down the fretboard along the treble edge - a break in the...
  12. Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    Maybe a (matching finish) wooden spacer would let the headplate be installed over any modern 4-on-a-plate tuners?
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    Re: 1924 Martin Pickguard

    I just can't see Martin applying such a far-far-from-elegant pickguard.
  14. Thread: Need advice

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    Re: Need advice

    My impression, having played and/or worked on several Sigmas, is that Martin took at least some degree of pride in what they put their name on. Cheaply-built yeah, but poorly-built no. Maybe...
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    Re: 1924 Martin Pickguard

    (Not sure if the question breaks Cafe guidelines. If so, sorry, and please delete...)

    Given the surface texture of the pickguard in the Reverb photo w/ plenty of reflected light, might it be...
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    Not that I'm recommending, but just as an example of what can work:

    In the late '80s, when I had little knowledge of repair, I filed a friend's Yahama guitar too low. Having NO idea what a...
  17. Thread: Reid & co

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    Re: Reid & co

    Obviously not a brand that many are familiar with! It probably generates more questions than answers, most of which YOU could tell us since you have it in hand.

    - Guessing that you have Googled...
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    Re: Case for Venetian-style Kay

    Not the help you asked for, but ...

    I've been trying to pry a similar but well-worn Kay, long ago abandoned by its owner, out of a music store near my in-laws in Florida for the past 12 - 15...
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    Re: High frets on mandolin.

    Maybe some clearer description would elicit some useful response. A wide number of factors, in the instrument, in your fingers, or in your technique, could be involved.
    - "Essentially unusable"...
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    Re: Strap installation question

    On mandolin especially -compared to guitar- it's good to keep the stap out beyond the nut and among the tuners, as some have suggested. Some mandolin fingerings aren't at all happy with the strap...
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    Re: Hope this never happens again

    In '70 or so, several of us needed to rummage thru ancient filing cabinets at my downtown NYC job. Being the weekend, "way-less-than-business" attire was the rule, including my semi-tattered jeans. ...
  22. Re: How to change strings on mandolin with different headstock???

    A Suzuki is not much different than any other "slot-head" mandolin or guitar. And re-stringing any of them is pretty similar. Here's Frank Ford's demo of re-stringing a (non-slotted) mandolin...
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    Re: Resonator mandolin repair

    I think "yeah".

    AND I think the damage could have even happened inside the case, if the case's padding geometry allows the end-pin to impact the rim of the case before the body is stopped by the...
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    Definitely worth doing! Note that the current tuner posts are so much smaller than the holes they're in; that can't make for smooth tuning once the strings are at tension. Maybe that was the reason...
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    What beautiful wood, even after the dang capo! (Or maybe it served as bracing on a construction site?) Close-ups of headstock & tuners would be interesting.

    I'm assuming that, like most...
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