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    Re: Buzz on open D string on jbovier ELS

    All good suggestions here. I'll add that I start with the paper in the slot to help determine what kind of permanent repair is needed. A thin piece of paper may stop the buzz. If not, a second thin...
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    That should raise lots of questions.

    Great music!
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    :grin::grin::grin:
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    What is that little instrument?

    I know there are many stories on the Cafe regarding this question. I just had my own experience with it. Wanted to pass it on, but can't find the old threads.

    I was at a local well-known music...
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    Re: Buzz on open D string on jbovier ELS

    Another temporary instant easy fix: put a tiny piece of paper under the string in the nut slot.
  6. Thread: Oh dear

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    Re: Oh dear

    "Basically they would have a "stick" with tacks pushed through at the fret spacings, and use that to mark the fretboard. Then use an angled edge pushed against the neck and a tenon saw to cut each...
  7. Re: Dark trails appeared on the neck of my mandolin

    I keep looking at this and wondering if it is sap coming to the surface as the wood dries. How old is this mandolin?
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    Re: Shaving bridge feet

    What is the measurement at the 12th fret now? You are about to risk your bridge. Lowering the bridge 3/32" means that you are planning to lower the action at the 12th fret as much as 1.5/32. Low...
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    Re: Crooked fret slots on bowlback

    The first mandolin repair I did some years ago was to replace the fret board on an old turn of the century bowl back. The ebony looked about like yours, and the frets were not quite as bad as yours....
  10. Re: Anyone compared Fender 346 EXTRA HEAVY with Blue Chip CT55

    I have to confess to writing out of confused memory. Everything I said above relates to the Fender 351 picks. I am embarrassed. But, I think everything I said relates directly to the 346 shape as...
  11. Re: Is is possible to increase neck mass by buiding it up somehow

    I guess I'll be the nay-sayer. In my experience, the mass of the neck has a measurable influence on the volume and tone of the mandolin. Shaping the neck by removing additional wood (mass) is part of...
  12. Re: Anyone compared Fender 346 EXTRA HEAVY with Blue Chip CT55

    I played a gig this weekend and somehow managed to lose the pick. It is very unusual for me to lose picks, but at approximately 35 each the loss of 2 in four years isn't bad. It took about 5 minutes...
  13. Thread: IV F5 kit

    by Tom Haywood
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    Re: IV F5 kit

    Thanks for giving a little background. It looks like that kit comes with the top already glued to the ribs and the top binding channel already cut. Cutting a channel on the back is optional.
  14. Thread: IV F5 kit

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    Re: IV F5 kit

    My avatar on the left is the back of that mandolin. A kit is just a collection of all or most all of the parts you need to build a mandolin. The parts are chosen by someone else. You get what you...
  15. Thread: IV F5 kit

    by Tom Haywood
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    Re: IV F5 kit

    I built an IV F5 kit about 15 years ago when I was first learning to build mandolins. It produced a very, very good sounding and playing mandolin. I pulled it out last week and decided to use it this...
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    Re: Crushed stone for headstock inlay?

    I would like to hear if anyone has tried mica. I have a small collection of rocks with sufficient mica layers to do a couple of head stock inlays, but haven't talked myself into using it. I think it...
  17. Re: Gilchrist Using The Tone Traveler On Mike Compton's Mandolin

    That method of inducing vibration into the bass, along with the heat from the roof, will surely cause it to open up in a short time.
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    Re: What's the best way to dust my fretboard?

    One of my mandolins stays on a stand or wall hook. I find that playing it daily keeps the dust off the fret board. It has dust in other places, but not on the fret board.
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    I think you have figured out the best course of action. I had to do a somewhat similar repair on a mid 70's D-28 a while back. I'm trying to remember the details. The bridge and bridge plate were...
  20. Re: Anyone compared Fender 346 EXTRA HEAVY with Blue Chip CT55

    I switched to the Fender 346 Heavy about 4 years ago, then to the Extra Heavy about 6 months later. That's all I use now. I prefer the feel and sound to the plastics in any of the other picks. I had...
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    Re: Help with sealer coat

    There are so many ways to achieve what you want that my way may or may not be much help. I'm going through a similar thing right now. I've seen it before because I prefer shellac to seal and to...
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    Re: Jam Etiquette re: Playing Mandolin Chords

    If the players are actually playing or trying to play bluegrass, it is entirely likely that they will insist on the mandolin playing chop technique, chop chords and bluegrass timing, as well as...
  23. Re: Gibson Must Now Face Antitrust Litigation in Heritage Case

    In the Armadillo (Dean) case outcome last month (as reported in the news). a Texas jury apparently found that Dean violated Gibson's body shape trademarks on 3 guitars, as well as the headstock shape...
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    Re: Fan to cool the band

    Fans tend to knock instruments out of tune if you are directly in the breeze. Potentially a lot of re-tuning while you play.
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    Re: Mandolin Strap button installation

    I just ran across this thread while searching the internet for mandolin sized strap button screws. The Stew Mac screws are 1" long, which is too long IMO. Maybe it's me, but I can't figure out how 1"...
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