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    Re: Bowlback repair of missing back strip

    Out of the closet and on to the bench - good deal.
    Those backs scare me.
    Does it hold up to string tension now?
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    That seems like a do-able exercise. If you have plans you can go ahead and shape the head block and the neck heel to approximately the correct shape and size, too.
    After you are in command of the...
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    Re: Did Elvis prefer the scroll?

    Prefer it?
    He was the scroll!
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    Re: Truss rod soda straw?

    C'mon. You know good and well that Mr. Loar used paper straws. However, they were all tap tuned and had a resonate chamber frequency a half-step down from the body's.


    Sorry. I tried to stay out...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    That is high art, right there.
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    Re: Mandolin Secutity

    Put the mandolin in the banjo case.
    Turn in the banjo at the police station - they have a no-questions-asked policy...
    Juuuust kidding.
  7. Re: Cleaning Mouse feces and urine out of an old garage kept guit

    David, I've got no real help to offer, but some ideas.
    Using deionized?/distilled water to clean in small areas followed with a damp kitchen sponge that left on the area would act as a wick to pull...
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    Re: X braced oval hole mandolins.

    David,
    In no way am I qualified to suggest a bracing pattern. I think I have done 3 ovals, one "short-handled" and 2 regular. All were transverse, and the board was on the top.
    It would open up...
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    Re: X braced oval hole mandolins.

    Are you thinking this new one will have an elevated fretboard?
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    Re: How did this happen?

    No explanations, but for the top - what about "wind" or "wind shake" where the tree is bent or torqued so much it delaminates/cracks to some degree, but lives on. Upon sawing out you might not...
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    Re: A vs F style

    If the Griffith A is the best mandolin ever what can you suggest comes in second?
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    Re: Neck block grain orientation

    Yes. Stack them top to bottom.
  13. Thread: Fret saws

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    Re: Fret saws

    There is a new-to-me saw company l learned about from Highland Hardware: Bad Axe Tool Works. They are expensive, but they are a saw company and offer tune-up and repair to their saws and others.
    ...
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    Re: Toned auction in England through Tarisio

    Oh billkilpatrick!
    You didn't invoke the "I ain't ever..." clause, did you?

    Every time I've done that it ain't long before I went and did it.

    It won't be long before winter. A pile of shavings...
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    Re: Ambrosia Maple?... just curious

    I hope you saved enough wood for the back and sides of the matching mando!
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    Re: Ambrosia Maple?... just curious

    154418154419154417154420
    I did take a bite of that apple...
    but I'm no luthier, nor cabinet maker.
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    Re: New Hamlett A

    What a beauty! That one must be keeper.
    Is that miss-matched wood on the top, like we like?
  18. Re: Can you tell how severe this might be from a pic?

    When you have it in hand look for a repaired headstock scroll, or other upward forced trauma to headstock or neck. If not then it may well have been hot (left in car in summer) like Hogo said.
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    Re: Pete Rowan, Tony Rice, and..

    I am pretty sure that is Brynn Davies (spelling) on bass and Sharon Gilcrist (spelling) on mando.
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    Re: Maple top mandolin

    Uh. Mr. Jacobson?
    Is that Dean on your bench?
    I would love to check out one of those.
    Agree that the Dean has a walnut top, but doesn't it have a spruce soundboard?
    I remain curious as to other...
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    Re: Practice backboard/carving questions

    My bad. You said it was a backboard!
    I don't know if there is a "grain rule" on slab-cut backs

    About the amount of flat to have will be determined by the arching and recurve. You'll need at least...
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    Re: Practice backboard/carving questions

    Plate carving with the thumb planes is the most rewarding activity known to me.
    There are plans you can buy.
    You can study mandolins in hand, and don't forget there is this sites' archives to study...
  23. Re: A visit to Blackheath New South Wales Australia & Pagan Mando

    How did all those Pagans sound?
    Do they tend to sound like a family, made by one person?

    I too regret not crashing in on Mr. Hamlett - once so close and now off to that "dark and bloody ground,"...
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    Re: What is the function of the body?

    Bill,
    I am not sure that even if science could answer your questions and wonderings that I would want to follow "their parameters."
    If science could build a L. Loar-sounding mandolin every time (if...
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    Re: WOW - Some Gilchrist in classifieds

    It looks like it's got the high arch model, too.
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