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    Re: V joint question

    A well made dovetail is the goal, time tested and proven for over 100 years, not some modified half a$$ attempt that is then backed up with dowels because you don't have any confidence in the joint...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    My favorite beat to death thread topic! A bunch of half deaf old geezers arguing about tone!
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    Re: back thickness

    https://luth.org/instrument-plans/mandolin-family/
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    Re: back thickness

    I just typed "back thickness" into the search engine and 20 pages of threads showed up.

    All the secrets of the mandolin universe are in those and have already been answered by some of the best...
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    Re: DePaule Nouveau inlay advice

    Fingerboard chaos like that makes my head hurt. It really makes it a confusing mess to play compared to a simple all black or modest inlaid board.

    From experience, I can tell you already that you...
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    Re: A visit to Ludwig Mandolins

    'Great instrument builder, a good friend, and one of the coolest old geezers I know!
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    Re: The real glue strength

    After 40 years building hundreds of new instruments and literally 1000s of repairs, heated granular traditional hot hide glue is my#1 choice. I'm able to glue an entire upright bass top in one...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    At almost $100 delivered for the set of two for something you can make in fifteen minutes for $4 is definitely a fancy overpriced tool. They might as well sell them at Lie Nielson or Bridge City...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    I have both of those scrapers from Stew Mac, but......

    To be honest I use a shop made set from a 3/16" thick chunk of scrap tool grade steel that cost me $4 just as often, if not more. I sharpen...
  10. Re: Help! Quick recommendation - Paasche airbrush

    I've owned about seven different airbrushes; the Iwata Eclipse blows the doors of the Paasche or Badger models for quality and sputter free atomization!
  11. Re: I'll See You In My Dreams - Django transcribed for mandolin

    Nice; great tune! Could you add a second video showing how you play the chord changes?

    I know them on the guitar, but have been slacking coming up with a smooth, efficient way to play them on the...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    When I worked at the mandolin factory, five of us got into quite a heated argument one day. I had a big beam of African Blackwood and asked the saw operators to cut some sets for me using the $30,000...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    For $20 in scraps and hardware you can make a re-saw fence that will perform as good as anything you can buy under $1000. Good re-sawing is more about patience and skill than a fancy aftermarket tool...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Stradivari ran a small production shop with many workers, family, and apprentices in the old world tradition; he did not work alone. He also lived a very long life was still producing instruments at...
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    Re: tuner install

    ???????????

    My $600 Herdigm double bass reamer is expensive; the little Stew Mac mandolin sized ones are not.

    Some days I use the drill press and go all the way through.

    Some days I use...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Loar's picks were made out of fairy dust and unicorn tears, just like all the rest of the lore....
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Bill, I think even more common around here is the popular third trimester man muffintop back dampener!
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    If Bill Monroe had a Virzi in his instrument, every tone deaf horrible sounding player over the last 75 years would blame it on "no Virzi" instead of "no practicing".......
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    Re: knot in top

    +1000

    Mandolins are easy...

    Imagine what it takes to get a perfectly clear blemish free double bass top- you can easily resaw one into 20+ mandolin tops!
  20. Re: 1984 vs New Duff F5 Style Mandolin

    The video is great, but it not very fair.

    Those two guys would shred that fast on a $35 cigar box mandolin just as well, and I didn't see anyone picking that good at Loarfest last weekend!
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    Loarfest 2020

    'Miss all of you at Loarfest & Banjothon in Knoxville today! Thanks to everyone that helped to make it happen.

    Here was a single table sample in an ocean of vintage goodness and fun....;)

    j....
  22. Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    My favorite "snakehead" Gibson, the Griffith Loar. The snakehead mandola is pretty cool too. Hopefully I'll see both of them next weekend...;)
  23. Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    An early Wayne Henderson dreadnought #3 getting some love on the workbench:
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    Re: italian spruce

    When I lived in the Pacific northwest and was surrounded by beautiful sitka and cedars, my building buddies lusted after red spruce form the other side of the country. My building buddies here in...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    "There are plenty of truss rod failures, but for some reason we never hear about that." +1000


    When someone like Andrew or Marty or Peter, who have a combined century of building world class...
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