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    Re: What is a "Selected Spruce Top"?

    My first mandolin has both top and back from rejected wood. And several later ones as well. Mostly rejected by snobbish violin makers as "not good eough". I took the bad wood from them and all of...
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    Re: Homemade Casein Picks

    The formaldehyde bath is pretty important part of the process. It acts as crosslinking agent and completely stabilizes and transforms the plastic. Without this it will be very sensitive to dampness...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    In thes case of A it is just the thin lamination that became crumbly and can be saved and in the case of the f-2 headstock one could just measure exact thickness of the lamination and remove it,...
  4. Re: rarest of rare in the classifieds, great instrument, super pr

    Yes. EWOB, I don't remember year but my hair is much much more grey in color than on the photo. The band didn't last very long and I played with few others in early 00's but quit playing in bands in...
  5. Re: rarest of rare in the classifieds, great instrument, super pr

    BTW, both of these two mandolins were made of same woods (from same trees / billets I resawed), everything, maple, spruce, even ebony for fingerboards. They have small SS wire from Jescar.
  6. Thread: Cutting Pearl

    by HoGo
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    Re: Cutting Pearl

    Cutting thicker pearl with laser is tricky business but I've seen some standard thickness inlays apparently done with lasers. I suppose they were done on higher level machines and perhaps it's the...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    In the first example it appears to be epoxy glue he used. In the second he didn't say what he used to glue. The crumbly black veneer isn't going to provide good gluing surface as needed for HHG so...
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    Re: The Gibson No.6069

    The strip was chemically dyed wood very likely not pearwood, but maple and the "rotting" is result of the dying process.
    Frank Ford has article on frets.com solving exactly this issue. I believe he...
  9. Re: Easy small modification to Eastman 305 fretboard extension

    Congrats to you all!
    I just cannot keep one thing for myself.... I see that some of you sanded or removed wood dangerously close to the last fret. Be prepared that the guy refretting it in the...
  10. Re: Finding a strap with holes the right size for my mando.

    I made all my straps out of whatever soft scrap leather I had and never punched a hole. I used razor and scored T shaped cuts with the long foot in direction of strap towards player shoulders. The...
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    Re: Refinishing a German Bowlback mandolin

    Nice case! Someone like this company could take over production of Collings cases...
  12. Thread: Binding router

    by HoGo
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    Re: Binding router

    It can be used and DOn McRostie shows it on the videos but one had to be aware of power of the tool. I made my own extension for similar tool and it worked for me as well.
    Some folks expected it to...
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    Re: Tailpiece busted - is this normal?

    The broken original is certainly brass if you zoom in you can see the golden cast at the break. Very likely the britteness due to stamping process is reason why it broke.
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    Re: Halsey mandolin, fiddle and bow

    You won't find mandolins that are built closer to Loar specs than Bills, ANYWHERE! I believe he even replicated the old odd thread on trussrod. He made all the metal hardware to match era specs. He...
  15. Re: rarest of rare in the classifieds, great instrument, super pr

    SHipping can be costly these days, the latest two mandolins I shipped by Fedex were 294EUR (I believe) shipped (both) in one custom plywood/styrofoam shipping box I make (75x73x17cm total size)....
  16. Re: Suggestions for the Solution of Limited Options Problem

    I believe Kentucky KM-150 (correct me if I'm wrong) has been suggested as very good starter mandolin for good money and likely it will be available through many online retailers (possibly in Turkey...
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    Re: Halsey mandolin, fiddle and bow

    What you are looking at is French polish over oil varnish which is what many believe was used on Loars. The finish ages into such texture/patina. You can see it on many Loars that were not...
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    Re: Tailpiece busted - is this normal?

    That tailpiece looks like thin brass sheet. Prucha tailpieces are stainless steel base and covers are plated brass. They are much stronger.
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    Re: How Long do your J74Strings last?

    I know one such guy. One tune and e/a strings go black. Amazing!
    I'm the lucky one and my sweat doesn't seem to do anything bad to strings. All I can hear/see is the change due to tension and...
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    Re: How Long do your J74Strings last?

    I just refretted my mandolin. I wanted to make new nut and some other adjustments to bridge, so I decided to put back the old strings (I'm certain they are j-74s) so I won't have to loosen new...
  21. Re: rarest of rare in the classifieds, great instrument, super pr

    All the hearsay above is ... true :-)
    I was surprised to stumble upon this thread (I don't remembere I ever visited this classifieds/ebay subforum) but the title "rarest of the rare" as the last...
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    Re: Kentucky km-180 spare parts

    You could ask Saga music if they have them, they will probably supply whole tailpiece. For the bushing you could ask around some music shops or instrument repairpesons if they have one (or a set) in...
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    Re: Cool Covid Online Jam of Bluegrass Musicians

    I used to playe with four of them in bands years ago and they're getting better and better.
    There is more in the works, the bass player contacted me about recording a mandolin track for the next...
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    Cool Covid Online Jam of Bluegrass Musicians

    watch the violin player :-)

    https://youtu.be/9x7FcehLbfs


    https://youtu.be/9x7FcehLbfs
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    Re: Could a broken truss rod cause a buzz?

    On old Gibson with curved truss rod buzz is much less likely than on straight rod. There were cases when the inner nut inside the heel was loose and slowly fell off the rod, but in such case the...
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