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    Re: E strings unraveling

    There's not much else that can be done to form a loop in a plain (unwound) steel string. Sometimes they don't slip, sometimes they do, but a hook that has a flat or flats to kink the string loop, or...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    The end of the string is looped around and wound around the string. That winding can slip if enough tension is present.
    When the loop goes around a round, smooth peg, there is very little resistance...
  3. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    You're probably right, but Dr. Kasha might not have agreed with you.
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    You do indeed have round smooth string posts and you are likely to continue to have loops slipping. Replacing the tailpiece would be one remedy, reshaping the posts would be another.
  5. Re: Thoughts on neck profiles and a mandolin upgrade

    ...or any number of custom builders.
    This is exactly the type or reason to go to a custom builder; to get the exact neck profile you want. The thing is though, you have to know the exact profile you...
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    Re: Sealing a sprayed sunburst

    Keep your layer of shellac sealer as thin as you can. I've never had problems with very thin shellac sealer coats under lacquer, but thicker shellac coats can cause problems with lacquer. I usually...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    Yes, we need to know what type of tailpiece it is.
    If the "pegs" on a tailpiece are round and smooth, the loops of unwound strings (A and E, particularly E) can sometimes slip. Not much to do about...
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    Re: Sealing a sprayed sunburst

    A light spray of shellac will not affect the dyes, but if the sprayed coat is the least bit too wet the dyes can move.
  9. Re: how to rip binding strips from celluloid sheet stock

    Yep, that would be ideal, and from the looks of strips that I have seen that's how they were cut. Nearly no waste and no flammable dust
    When I worked "at the factory" we bought celluloid binding...
  10. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    Braces serve more than one function. Braces (or tone bars) do function as beams to distribute string/bridge load, but that is a static function. They also have dynamic function where they stiffen the...
  11. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    Probably not because there isn't really a whole lot of science out there pertaining to brace position, so it would be hard to site science supporting importance of brace placement to sound. The...
  12. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    Scientific studies of guitars and mandolins indicate that brace positioning is not important. Total mass and stiffness are the most important considerations regardless of how a top is braced.
    As for...
  13. Re: Quality tuners for F style - opinions welcome

    The Schaller grandtunes are good, I just don't like them because I think they're ugly and the gear ratio is so high (18 to 1?) that it takes forever to tighten the strings. As it turns out, the only...
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    Re: Top Plate Carving/Graduation Questions

    Indeed there are varied philosophies.
    Truth is, I don't know what the suggested grads are in the newer version of the Siminoff book, but the old version had grads that most of us think are too...
  15. Re: Quality tuners for F style - opinions welcome

    Rubner and Alessi are both good (superior to Wavery overall IMO). Both are rather difficult to get, Alessi particularly difficult in my experience.
    I have three sets of Rubners on hand and need one...
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    Re: In need of repair: Peter White mandolin

    Several post showed up here before I clicked "reply" so I've edited out the redundant parts of this post.

    It is common for luthiers and customers to enter into situations like this without written...
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    Re: Tipping a Luthier

    As a luthier I can tell you that it is apparently not customary to tip a luthier. Once in a while someone pays me more than I ask for a repair, and even one or twice for a custom instrument, but it...
  18. Thread: Intonation

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    Re: Intonation

    You are correct that I normally shorten the distance from the nut to the first fret, and your explanation is close, and could even be considered the same as this explanation:
    Imagine a string...
  19. Thread: Intonation

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    Re: Intonation

    A few things:
    -Yes, equal temperament exists and can be considered a compromise. When we use frets we are almost completely bound by it.
    -Even accurately placed frets are not perfect because of...
  20. Thread: Indian Ebony

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    Re: Indian Ebony

    When determining moisture content of wood, stable weight means the piece weighs the same each time it is weighed over a period of time. If the piece is still loosing moisture (drying) it will weigh...
  21. Thread: chisels

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    Re: chisels

    Maybe, but you don't have to sharpen clamps!
    If I have enough chisels to just grab another and avoid sharpening, eventually I have a huge backlog of dull chisels and have to spend hours sharpening!...
  22. Thread: chisels

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    Re: chisels

    I have one set of chisels; Freud 1/4" through 1" bevel edge. They are usable, will take a good edge though it is not a particularly durable edge, they're kind of short and the handles are not offset...
  23. Thread: Indian Ebony

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    Re: Indian Ebony

    I picked up a similar turning blank at Woodcraft once, and sawed it into mandolin fingerboards.
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    Re: Collectiing the dust from exotic woods

    For a better color match, using dust lighter than the wood works best for me. Walnut sapwood in glue/epoxy gives a color very close to the heartwood of the same piece. Sometimes I mix different dusts...
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    Re: Collectiing the dust from exotic woods

    Ever since I saw this I quit saving dust and instead save scraps. Rather than scrape with a chisel ( I hate to do that and dull an edge sharpened for a different purpose) I simply use a scraper.
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