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    Sure, many folks use Titebond or other similar...

    Sure, many folks use Titebond or other similar glues. I have been using fish glue lately for a lot of repairs instead of hide glue. Clamps of any kind that don't damage the finish or put marks on...
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    Thanks Graham! I have a 15' form that I use for...

    Thanks Graham! I have a 15' form that I use for guitar backs, but I was thinking of a more extreme arch that would compare to flat topped mandolins that have the top bent across a lateral brace. I'm...
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    I have decided to build a "double topped" mandola...

    I have decided to build a "double topped" mandola after having a very successful experience building a double topped lap dulcimer. I used two layers of sitka spruce veneer with an inner layer of 1/8...
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    For the last two instruments I built, I used fish...

    For the last two instruments I built, I used fish glue as a sealer colored with Brer' Rabbit Blackstrap Molasses. Fish glue gives a nice yellow color and the molasses darken it. If anyone wants to...
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    Here is the eye on the back of the guitar. This...

    Here is the eye on the back of the guitar. This is my main guitar. It's sort of a Nick Lucas copy. The sides are laminated from walnut. The back is made of two walnut veneers with a sitka spruce...
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    Here is an eye that I made to fill in a knothole....

    Here is an eye that I made to fill in a knothole. I cut individual pie shaped sections of walnut veneer and glued them together, then drilled out for the pupil and cut a black disc from a violin peg....
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    I have repaired or rebuilt five Stradolins. The...

    I have repaired or rebuilt five Stradolins. The first one I did is shown above. A friend owns it and it is quite loud. The ones I have taken apart have had tops that were essentially all the same...
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    I have a Flexcut brand gouge that is 8 inches...

    I have a Flexcut brand gouge that is 8 inches long and the spring in the shaft makes it very comfortable to use two handed. I actually do the contouring with a few hundred holes drilled with a...
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    As an interesting twist to this discussion,...

    As an interesting twist to this discussion, consider what Niles Hokannen did. To become a better teacher, he *relearned* mandolin left handed to better understand what beginners go through. He...
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    Eugene-- You are correct and I perhaps...

    Eugene--

    You are correct and I perhaps shouldn't be so prescriptive. I can only say that from my own experience from first trying right handed that becoming left handed was a huge improvement for...
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    If you are really left handed then you should...

    If you are really left handed then you should play left handed if you want to be the best you can be. The fretting hand is a slave to the picking hand most all the time. The pick drives the music....
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    I haven't played either of those instruments, so...

    I haven't played either of those instruments, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

    For short scale, strings would be looser and thus easier to fret. There is less of a stretch, so there is...
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    So I guess what I am asking is whether the domra...

    So I guess what I am asking is whether the domra is easier to play, but still dynamic and versatile enough to work in settings where people normally play mandolin. From looking at the Caprice 24...
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    I am curious to know whether a domra is easier to...

    I am curious to know whether a domra is easier to play than a mandolin and if so, is it a good instrument to play all different styles of music that mandolins play. I know, bluegrass isn't likely on...
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    The Steinberger tuners are heavy, but are very...

    The Steinberger tuners are heavy, but are very smooth with a 40:1 ratio.
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    Back, sides and neck are all the same red maple.

    Back, sides and neck are all the same red maple.
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    Here is the only mandola I have made. 16 inch...

    Here is the only mandola I have made. 16 inch scale, Steinberger gearless tuners, X braced, my first attempt at inlay. I hope to make a matched pair mandolin/mandola from lacewood this winter. Let me...
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    I'll second on the Flexcut, though I only have a...

    I'll second on the Flexcut, though I only have a couple of their gouges. I have one large one that is 8 inches long and a shorter 5 inch one. I use them both for trimming/shaping braces as well as...
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    What about black locust? I built a xylophone out...

    What about black locust? I built a xylophone out of it for my daughter and found it to be tough but workable. After it was oiled, it had a nice golden color.

    Woody
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    Steinberger tuners work great, but they are even...

    Steinberger tuners work great, but they are even heavier than regular tuners.
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    Does anyone know whether the peacock tuners are...

    Does anyone know whether the peacock tuners are any lighter than "conventional" tuners? Is there a manufacturer of watch key tuners? Seems like this would be a preferred option on long neck...
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    I used KTM9 on a mandola I built, brushing it on...

    I used KTM9 on a mandola I built, brushing it on over shellac sealer/color coat with similar results. It seemed a bit soft for several days, but hardened after that. Very transparent. Dead easy to...
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    I built a mandola and used ebony binding. It took...

    I built a mandola and used ebony binding. It took patience to bend but actually worked out fine. I have used quarter sawn sycamore and just tried holly. The grain in the sycamore, if it's...
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    From reading these comments, it makes me question...

    From reading these comments, it makes me question why maple is so very much preferred over all other species. Is this just tradition? If you were blind tested, could you discern mandolins that are...
  25. I would like to know Dave in Tejas what the...

    I would like to know Dave in Tejas what the dimensions of your brace under the bridge is and have you tried different sizes and cross sections. My thinking so far from my experience with bracing...
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