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    Re: Washburn Bowl back neck re-set

    Again, thanks for te excellent info, everyone! I've been infatuated with bowl backs for some time since excellent quality instruments are frequently available for very low prices since most folks...
  2. Re: lattice or x brace reconstruction on oval hole 1915 Washburn?

    By all means "save this from the dump!" I have restored several of these mandolins (great instruments!) and they respond well to all of the suggestions above, particularly re-enforcing the sound...
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    Re: Carolina Quartet & Persimmon fittings

    Excellent project and workmanship! Congratulations on receiving the grant. I love persimmon and would love to hear the final results. I had an old, large persimmon tree fall down in my yard about...
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    Re: Thats a suprise Regal Reverse Scroll

    No food comments, but here's a odd question of the day...

    I can't help but notice that the dove tail angle matched the angle of the body curve at the neck joint almost perfectly. Is it possible...
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    Re: Washburn Bowl back neck re-set

    Thanks very much, everyone. I appreciate hearing things from the mandolin world viewpoint!

    rcc56, great explanation of the problem! The current fit is very tight so I'm also leaning towards plan...
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    Washburn Bowl back neck re-set

    I am currently working on an American Conservatory (by Washburn) bowl back mandolin that needs a neck re-set.

    The instrument came apart easily with no issues or damage.This is a mandolin without...
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    Re: removing the top of a 1915 Washburn

    I have worked on quite a few Washburn guitars and mandolins ober the years and I can concur that the lower edge of the side binding is definitely NOT in line with the top-to-rim joint. I recently...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    I am delighted to say that the operation was a success and the patient has made a successful recovery! Using John Arnold's work as an example, I created a series of very thin spruce re-enforcement...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    I feel better knowing that! I've got 2 of the side support pieces in, I'll need 2 more before I deal with the bridge.
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Here's the latest in the saga. As mentioned previously, I glued the un-repaired cracks beneath the bridge and cut out as much damaged wood as necessary before inlaying in new spruce to create a...
  11. Re: Wrapping strings around tuners too many times restringing?

    Years ago, I read an interview with Lester Flatt who spoke about this very thing. He said always had three or 4 turnings on the post and said essentially what Pops1 just said; more windings = less...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Nice work, John! Clearly, opening the back makes everything easier. I love the idea of putting in the patch from the inside. No shaving off the "overburden" of the spruce patches like I'll be...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Here's an update:

    I completed glueing up all the loose braces and gluing the damage to the top beneath the bridge. It was apparent that even with a careful glue job, there was enough damage and...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Thanks very much for all the comments and advice! Very much appreciated. Here's where I am at now:

    As discussed, I'm working through the sound hole (there are several cracks around the sound...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    A new top would almost certainly improve things, but that IS well beyond my pay grade! I did speak with the owner and we agreed that removing the back is more work than this guitar warrants. I'll...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Thanks very much for the excellent comments and advice. Yes indeed, things DO go wrong! I've made plenty of mistakes over the years.

    Here's a few more details:

    I did soak the bridge plate...
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    Re: Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    Agreed on all counts! Sadly though, this is the instrument of a friend and I don't think a pro repair shop would take this on for all the reasons you stated (and I can't image the bill if they did)!...
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    Martin D-18 Bridge plate issue

    I recently was asked to work on a Martin D-18 that had previously been repaired, but that had the bridge pull off. A closer inspection showed serious deformation of the top and evidence of a...
  19. Re: bridge recommendations for a Weymann mandolute

    Hi Scot63, I've restored on Mandolute and have two more in line for eventual restoration. Here are pics of the bridges I've seen.

    1) 201613 This is what I have seen on multiple Weymann...
  20. Thread: Tree planting

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    Re: Tree planting

    Hi John,

    I'm in Illinois and I have three very large Oak trees in my yard, probably 100 years old give or take. I believe one is a Shingle Oak and the others either a red or white oak. Every...
  21. Thread: "The Tree"

    by Ginridge
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    Re: "The Tree"

    I had some Osage Orange cut up several years ago while I was having a custom guitar built (Tony Klassen, new Era Guitars, excellent!). We have a number of Amish saw mills in the area and I got to...
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    Re: Banjo-Mand finish issue

    To report back, the heat method indeed does work. I used a moderate heat, watching constantly, to make sure I didn't scorch anything, then followed with a light alcohol wipe. That took care of the...
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    Re: Banjo-Mand finish issue

    Ha! I'll put light strings on it if that will bring world (or banjo) peace!

    I'll look at options but definitely believe in the 'do no harm" method of restoration. More importantly, I'll see what...
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    Re: Banjo-Mand finish issue

    Thanks very much, John and Dale. I'll look for the slower solvent and try a gentle heat to see if that does any good. I'd hate to have to sand it down and try to re-match the staining.
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    Banjo-Mand finish issue

    I recently was asked to restore a vintage Banjo Mandolin. It probably dates to the 20s or 30s and was made by one of the big Chicago builders (Regal, Washburn, Harmony, etc) and is a decent quality...
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