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  1. Re: Top Crack Weymann Keystone Bowlback, How to draw together

    Pops, I assume you meant "fit dry, remove, apply glue, and insert" . . . ?

    It might help if you can smooth out the inside edges of the crack a little bit, perhaps with an X-acto blade, or a very...
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    Re: Feedback: First feet pulling job

    You'll get the hang of it after awhile.
    I've seen first attempts that were a lot worse.

    If you really want to have fun, try pulling frets on a hundred year old Gibson on which the frets and...
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    Re: Feedback: First feet pulling job

    Use a soldering iron to heat the frets while you are pulling and walk the pullers across the board very s.l..o...w...l...y....

    You don't want to really pull, at least not much. Let the pullers...
  4. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    I sand a radius into the top of the saddle. You can do this by eye, or with a radiused sanding block.

    Usually, I rough it out by knocking a little off starting at the ends and tapering to just...
  5. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    Radiusing a bridge saddle is about 20 minutes work. You have to adjust the string compensation; the lengths will be altered slightly by the radiusing process.

    If you want to learn, don't be...
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    Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    If Tut Taylor spent his whole career playing Dobro with a flat pick, you can play a mandolin with finger picks as much as you like.
    And a right hand finger will come in very handy for someone who is...
  7. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    Yes, it is a coarse tool. To radius a flat fretboard requires the removal of quite a bit of wood, especially at the outer edges of the board. A surform might come in useful, but only for the...
  8. Re: Considering applying a compound radius to my One And Only

    It can be done while the fingerboard is on the instrument.
    It's a good idea to protect the peghead and body with some thick cardboard.

    You will have to pull the frets, then get to work with the...
  9. Re: From "an antique store", Kay? Sears? Silvertone? Thanks

    My guess is that this instrument was made in Europe.
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    Re: b & s Barrington mandolin

    The guitar appears to me to be a budget model with a birch top. Although I do not believe that this instrument was made by Harmony, Harmony made many instruments with similar woods and appointments,...
  11. Re: Top Crack Weymann Keystone Bowlback, How to draw together

    On "open" cracks of this sort, it will probably be necessary for you to fit a spruce splint into the crack. Leave it high and scrape it level to the surface after the glue has set with a cabinet...
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    Re: A real Gibson A two point?

    This is an example of what we call intentional forgery.
  13. Thread: black residue?

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    Re: black residue?

    Most likely, glue was used to install the frets, but wasn't cleaned up very well before the final sanding and polishing. It's probably a combination of glue, ebony dust, and steel wool particles.
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    Re: how much should I offer for this mandolin

    If that mandolin was made when I think it was, we had very limited choices in what was available.

    The local store that specialized in acoustic instruments carried Washburn, Alvarez, Flatiron, and...
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    Re: how much should I offer for this mandolin

    Practically speaking, modern era Washburn's vary in quality of tone and construction from passable to pretty bad.
    The more recently made ones I have seen tend towards pretty bad.

    I would offer...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    You can make a triangle file yourself by buying a decent one at any hardware store and grinding the corners safe on a grinding wheel or belt sander. It only takes about 5 minutes, and you'll save a...
  17. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    You can get a Hill style viola chinrest clamp from www.internationalviolin.com.
    The Hill style clamps work very well, and you don't have to modify the instrument.
    You'll need to make a mounting...
  18. Re: Gibson F4 serial # 12756, 1911: question about FON

    It appears to me that there is at least one other number that has faded out, which might have been the number "6". There's an empty space between the "5" and this faded number. To me this suggests...
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    Re: L&H Model A string spacing

    I make my own. It's not hard to do, but it does take a bit of time.
    Whenever possible, I prefer to have an original in-hand to use for a pattern. I have seen at least 3 or 4 variations on L & H...
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    There's no need to pull off that top. Just carve away everything that's brown with the tools of your choice, and watch your fingers.
    Follow John's guidance about the grain if you use the same kind...
  21. Re: We got your Gibson snakehead mandola right here!

    I know that instrument, the current owner, the previous owner, and its history going back to the late 1980's.
    The current owner will accept an offer, perhaps lower than one might consider to be...
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    Re: L&H Model A string spacing

    You can narrow the courses modestly with no consequences to the sound of the instrument as long as the work is done conscientiously. If you do so, you will notice that the outer courses will be a...
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    Re: 10 Essential Jazz Guitar Chord Rhythms

    Actually, the old timers [including Monroe] didn't chop nearly as much as most people think.

    Who wants a snare drum banging away in a ballad?
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    Whatever you do, there should be a way to execute the work without removing the top.

    Do you know somebody who has a smart phone who can shoot us a picture or two??
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    If the back is off, you can carve out all or part of the block bit by bit with a drill, router, chisels, gouges, or whatever else seems handy.

    If possible, put the instrument back in the mold...
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