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  1. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Tension figures are easily available from some manufacturers.
    Here's some info from the Thomastik and D'Addario websites:

    TI medium: 126 lbs.
    TI heavy: 154 lbs.

    J73 light: 156 lbs....
  2. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    I don't know of many choices in flatwounds.
    Personally, I've always favored standard nickel or 80/20 bronze on the old mandolins. These days, I lean more towards nickel.
  3. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Except for the 36, that's heavier than I would recommend for an L & H. It might stress the top, and these older mandolins usually seem to respond better to lighter strings.
  4. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Congratulations.

    Thomastiks are popular these days. But if you don't want to spend big bucks on strings, you can good results with more standard strings. It's a good idea to stick to a fairly...
  5. Thread: Mandolin Parts

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    Re: Mandolin Parts

    A hand-carved bone nut is the best choice.
    Fretwire with a crown ~.080" wide x ~.040" high will provide good results.
    Traditional endpins are violin style and would require a tapered reamer to...
  6. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    And the snakeheads were only made from 1923 to 1927 or so. After that, they went back to the paddle head. Those later paddle heads had truss rods and tended to have a slimmer profile than the...
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    Re: Was just gifted a 1906 mandolin

    Sunburst's post covers just about everything.

    If the pickguard is not inlaid into the top, the mandolin was made a bit later than 1906, which is not a bad thing. The serial number, if readable,...
  8. Re: Why are old Gibson snakeheads worth so much more?

    I've had quite a few oval hole Gibson A models in my hands.
    My experience is that their tonal characteristics can vary considerably from instrument to instrument, but I have not found any...
  9. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Good luck on the L & H style B. They are very fine instruments, and remarkably consistent in quality.
    And if you ever do any performing, they will eat up a microphone.
    The one you're looking at is...
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    Re: Mandola string advice sought

    I will confirm that the D'addario mandola set is too heavy for old Gibson mandolas.

    I recommend the following set for these old-timers: 12-20-32-49
    Loop end singles are available from D'Addario...
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    Re: question on restoring an old gibson

    John gave you some good info in his first post.
    It would probably be necessary to at least remove the part of the fingerboard that covers the top.

    I also agree that the instrument has already...
  12. Re: Lost in my search of a mandolin for classical music

    Mandolins with "canted" tops [tops with a crease adjacent to the bridge] tend to have a sound that might be considered to be "traditionally suitable" for the classical repertoire. Good choices would...
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    Re: Mandola string advice sought

    I make up my own sets from singles-- 12-20-32-49.
    It's a good set for the old Gibson oval hole mandolas.
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    Re: Will CA Help on These Stradolin Cracks?

    Bill, thanks for considering me. And Mike, thanks for the referral.
    For the record, I'm in the Chattanooga area, not Nashville.
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    Re: Will CA Help on These Stradolin Cracks?

    The use of CA will make a correct repair impossible.
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    Re: Purchasing a good beginner mandolin in Canada

    Folkway Music in Waterloo, ON-- www.folkwaymusic.com has a dozen mandolins in stock, including several Eastman models, amy of which would be a good choice for a first mandolin. A model 505 would...
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    Re: Tell me why not: Carbon fiber bracing.

    All I know about it is that a friend of mine who has built a few instruments built a guitar with laminated CF/spruce bracings.
    A couple of the braces eventually split, and he said he would not build...
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    Re: Gibson F-5 neck on Ebay

    For the benefit of future viewers in case the julienslive link expires, the match for Jim's example is a Gibson F-12, serial number 964724, made sometime during the 1970's.

    Both necks have the...
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    Re: 2nd Mandolin. Ellis? Gibson? Clark? Weber?

    You can pretty much knock Gibson off your list unless you decide to buy an antique one. Except for a short run of flat top Army-Navy reissues and a very small number of custom order modern...
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    This is an example of what Don Teeter, who wrote one of the first good books on guitar repair [required reading], referred to as a Q & D repair. Quick and dirty.
    I only use such techniques for...
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    Re: Waxing the mandolin

    Disclaimer: "Paste wax may be hazardous to your finish's health. Wax at your own risk."
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    Re: Neck heel crack repair on beater mandolin?

    I agree with your wife.

    If I was going to try glue, I would not use CA. I would flex the joint gently while rubbing Titebond into it, then try to find some way to pull it into position so the...
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    Re: Gibson F-5 neck on Ebay

    My initial reaction was to say that if it is a Gibson neck, it's a prototype, but . . .

    I did a little digging. Checked Gruhn's Guide, and they noted that F-12's made from 1970 to 1980 had a...
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    Re: Washburn Bowl back neck re-set

    You can use a 1" x 5" 25 watt heat blanket, available from McMaster-Carr or MSC Industrial to lift a mandolin fingerboard. You can use the same heat blanket to lift flat top guitar bridges. A...
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    Re: Washburn Bowl back neck re-set

    I haven't done one exactly like this, but . . .

    1. Rather than using the guitar oriented techniques such as removing material at the bottom of the heel, you might instead consider installing a...
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