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  1. Re: Renaissance lute and baroque guitar I've built

    Jo, you do such beautiful work! And you build them so quickly! Are the back and sides on the baroque guitar sycamore? They sure look like it.
  2. Re: Very sad - Topanga Banjo Fiddle site burned down in the fires

    This was just sent out by the Topanga folks:

    "As you may have heard, Old Town in Paramount Ranch was severely damaged. The Topanga Banjo*Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival has used this venue for...
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    Re: Straight Up Stings - Review and Question

    I've got them on my '99 Flatiron Festival. They sound much better than the J-75s which were my old favorites. I've been using them for a couple of years now.

    I haven't had the tuning issues, but...
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    Re: Support you Local Lumberyard

    Thanks for the tip, Marty! Very good to know.

    And thanks Mark!
    I think curly maple when it's been stained and finished looks like a pond of honey with a breeze blowing across it.
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    Re: Support you Local Lumberyard

    I built this tenor uke from a maple board I found at Home Depot last year. I don't feel too bad learning on relatively cheap big box store wood.

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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Thanks David. It was such beautiful wood, but I only had a small piece. It ended up being just enough for a soprano uke. I hope you'll post pics of your curly walnut guitar when you start building it.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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    Curly walnut back and sides, red spruce soundboard, Brazilian cherry fretboard, mahogany neck soprano ukulele, with Gotoh planetary tuners. Just finished. Sorry, I messed up...
  8. Thread: Once owned by

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    Re: Once owned by

    This doesn't exactly respond to Br1ck's original post, but I thought I'd throw it in anyway. Last summer I came across an 1891 Martin 1-21 with its original coffin case on consignment in an antique...
  9. Re: 2000 flatiron festival f5 truss rod might need changing

    That's the thread! Thank you; that was kindly done.
  10. Re: 2000 flatiron festival f5 truss rod might need changing

    I have a '99 Festival that had a similar problem. The neck wouldn't respond to truss rod adjustments. I posted on this problem here a long time ago. It turns out that the builder had sanded right...
  11. Thread: Trust yourself

    by SGraham
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    Re: Trust yourself

    This very thing happened to me last August with an 1891 Martin 1-21. When I first plucked a chord the sensation was very similar to what I felt the first time I saw my wife walk into the room. She...
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    Re: Vintage photo of a Stradolin

    G7, I think.
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    New Forster Session King Tenor

    I've been wanting a tenor guitar that can hold its own alongside other instruments in an acoustic, unamplified setting. I have a loud, sort of strident 1938 Capital (Gibson "B" brand) archtop that...
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    Re: I am now full time

    Thanks for sharing, Barry. We're all cheering for you.
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    Re: Session King tenor guitar

    This one will be coming my way soon. I'm beside myself with anticipation!
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    Re: Best Hearing Aids for Mandolin Players

    I've got the Oticon Alta2 Pro Ti. Over several sessions, I brought in a ukulele and a mandolin and played them while my hearing aid doctor tried to get the aids dialed in. I was very unhappy with the...
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    Re: Mandolins Are For the Birds!

    Thanks for sharing that, Emmett. That's very cool. I once was picking my mandolin in the garage with the door open when a little bird (black phoebe) came and landed on my drillpress table and started...
  18. Thread: Martin O17-T?

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    Re: Martin O17-T?

    Thanks, Chip. I haven't heard it yet, and I can hardly wait. I agree about the CGDA tuning, especially when you're playing with another guitar. Octave mandolin tuning puts you right in the same range...
  19. Thread: Martin O17-T?

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    Re: Martin O17-T?

    They would, Charley, but I took off the old Klusons just now and hit the them lightly on my polishing wheel and they cleaned right up. They still seem to work well, so I think I'm just going to give...
  20. Thread: Martin O17-T?

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    Re: Martin O17-T?

    I drove out to Venice Beach to see the O17 T and ended up buying it. I had a delightful time visiting with the family of the original owner who passed away a few years ago at the age of 107. He...
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    Re: Be careful to whom you loan your instruments

    This reminds me of my freshmen English students when Titanic first came out: "Hey mister, how come that lady threw that diamond off the ship? Why didn't the director stop her? Can they go down and...
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    Re: ticks at festivals....

    I live in So Cal and never saw a tick until I took a walk in the woods once in North Carolina. It was way up on my back and I was convinced it had dropped on me from a tree. While we don't seem to...
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    Re: How do you play a "dark" vs. "brighter" tone?

    I use a rest stroke for a darker tone.
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    Re: To assemble or buy cheap

    Building your own instrument is absolutely absorbing. You will build the thing a hundred times in your head during the process of building it on your bench. It can lead in unanticipated directions...
  25. Re: Persimmon (American ebony) fret boards and bridges

    If you decide to use desert ironwood watch out for the dust. The oil in it is pretty irritating. That stuff puts big painful welts on my hands. It's real pretty, though. I found it fine for...
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