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    Re: need a new batch of spruce

    Best regards to the OP and to those who made such good suggestions. Our observations as to how a tree grows though would tell us that there may not be a denser material at the base of a tree but that...
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    Re: Spruce on the radio!

    What's a matter guys? You don't know firewood when you see it? I'm thinking that he looks for tight grain, knots, and what nots. It maybe what he doesn't see that's good. -h
  3. Public Domain mandolin music from the old Edison-type Cylinders.

    I'm starting a new project and fell into this wonderful place. My apologies if this has been linked to already. Enjoy. -h
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    Re: Best way to learn by ear?

    If all I had to work with was this video and my mandolin, I might pick out the first measure of 5 notes or so (after pausing the video) then the next measure (pause) and play the measures as a string...
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    Re: mandolin neck joint

    I appreciate this. Who knows? You may be the one to come up with something entirely new. The Osage Indians have a saying: "A man knows why he does something. A man makes a bow because he wants his...
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    Spiffy designs...
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    Re: Roger Siminoff's Book

    Your public library probably has what's called "inter library loan" and you can actually loan them from other libraries at no extra cost to you. Figure out which one (or both) you like look them...
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    Re: Wood Storage Disaster

    I know what this stuff is. It's similar to the old-time fire retardant insulation they used to spray in attics... made of ground up newspapers treated with borax. -h
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    Re: Wood Storage Disaster

    What's that I see in my BIC lighter? Butane in a liquid state, right? The dopers use liquid butane to eek out hash oils from hemp dregs so I think Bernie might be on to something even though he might...
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    Re: This is how it should be??

    Was the mandolin on that particular train? Did it originate in Chicago? There may be a rider in your homeowners insurance policy about loss of personal property items in storage at a remote...
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    Re: A question about, well, music?

    Hey Cullen. It seems to me that you're asking us to make a mechanical interpretation of what might sound strange.

    Casting your written notation aside (as I am ignorant of that) I consider musical...
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    Re: Cypress as a tone wood

    In general terms, density charts (@ 20% moisture) show cypress to be about 13% more dense than spruce. How this might relate to building a mandolin I have no idea unless there's a way to compensate...
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    Re: Was this a deal?

    Hi. I built this jig for resawing small pieces on the Craigslist Craftsman Bandsaw I got recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgytcjbE708

    I want to try this too as soon as I get some type of...
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    Re: headstock break glue choice?

    Here's US source of fish glue:
    http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=20019&cat=1,110,42965&ap=1

    I used thick CA gel in the past. (When I was building scale model planes.) It might be a...
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    Re: German Concert Mandolin- design ideas etc.

    That's something I didn't even know about. How awesome! The old fiddle just might get a work over. -h
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    Re: German Concert Mandolin- design ideas etc.

    If you'd appreciate the impressions of an oil painter gone rogue, I can state that it's like painting a picture from a photo. One must make sure that the photo is worthy of whatever designs YOU would...
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    Re: Local Woodworking supply and brand issue.

    (It seems to me that you should have at least looked at the Craftsman again...) -Harry
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    Hello Mr. Vest. I'm still just thrashing in deep waters but your ideas are valuable to me. You do mean "middy" and not "muddy" right? Either way gets the point across though. Earlier (within the last...
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    Nope.
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    It would probably be a stretch for me to be able to tell if there was any difference. I appreciate your point of view. As long as they like what they are hearing, everybody's happy. -h
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    I haven't even HEARD of them much less seen any of them.




    Have you seen any that failed? How did they fail? -h
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    Nice one John. -h
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    Re: Unarchived Loar at skinner auction?

    I'm thinking the pen(s) used for the longhand were different from one another. -H
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    I was believing that the nut is actually a bridge of sorts, which not only sets the scale length but the downward pressure on that bridge defers some absorption of energy (in the form of frequencies)...
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    Re: Nut Materials: Stone?

    I think Mr. Henze solved that issue by throwing his zero fretted wrench into the works. So, should capos be made of stone too? Nahhhh! That's DEFINATELY another thread. It's appreciated Willie....
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