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  1. Re: Eastwood P90 Tenor is going to make me broke!

    Oh, OK. I'm lusting after a Helix as well. Sure is cheaper than buying a comparable number of pedals.... amps... cabs.. right? I thought the value proposition was solid. My business manager...
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    Agreed- and the only way to be sure that it's a permanent fix, other than a whole new nut. The super glue in the slot will probably last years if not decades, as well.

    Cutting a nut slot properly...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Ideally all frets should be crowned.

    In reality, everything's a compromise. Sometimes I'll really quickly level the frets on an instrument when I'm not being paid for fretwork, just a setup. I...
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    Re: Oval vs F

    Oval hole:
    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson/40-beaumont

    F-hole:
    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson/jacobson-29-mandolin-beaumont-rag
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    Re: Rigel pricing inquiry

    Every Rigel I've played has been an absolute beast of an acoustic mandolin. One of the best mandolins I've ever played is a Rigel (Jason Koornick's two-point).

    I also believe every Rigel I've...
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    Re: TC Octave top bracing

    My Fender-branded octave mandolin, similar to yours, was x-braced if I recall correctly.
  7. Re: Aluminum saddle on vintage Gibson ovals

    I made a batch of reproductions a few years ago. I still have some. I think the biggest benefit is probably that it will never crack!

    Doesn't Evan Marshall have an aluminum saddle on his Gil?
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    Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    Evelyn was a very generous and encouraging person. I've learned countless new tunes from her arrangements, which she sent out a few times every year. You will be missed, Evelyn!
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Milling frets 15 through the top the range to have a gradual (downward) taper addresses this. Personally, I think having the lowest possible action without mechanical (buzzing) issues is the best way...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I get that - now, after building several failed instruments, at least. I was mostly saying it hoping to save others in the same place from as much time as I wasted.
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    For me, the advantages for a 4-course instrument are:
    1. Looks epic, harp vibes, yeah?
    2. Allows you to use a shorter scale length on the treble side, where most of the complex melody usually...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Yes, absolutely. Not for, say, Red spruce vs. Sitka, in which no major species generalizations are going to hold true all the time.
    But let's say you get a set of graduations that works well in...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Tony, look up a past thread by Cafe users Walt and Joe Mendel. Joe made Walt a badass mandocello. The bracing was much beefier than yours, especially along the direction of the strings. Your plan is...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    The E course has slightly less tension than the G course in normal mandolin string sets.

    The number one factor I have found in getting low action and maintaining full power (1mm on the E course...
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    Re: Quick French Polishing Question

    As long as it is pre-dyed to match the rest of the instrument and has a couple coats of shellac in that area already, it blends in fine. Like Adrian said, some creativity is needed to get those areas...
  16. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    Haha, first thing I thought... Marvel Mystery Oil!
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    Re: 8 string solid body playability

    Do you have a recording interface? ToneLib-GFX computer software can be tried for 30 days for free and will let you see if the concept of an acoustic simulator pedal makes sense with your instrument.
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    Re: Olive oil staining on top?

    Don't feel bad, who could have possibly predicted that. You have a couple options. First is not to worry about it, it's probably not the worst thing that's ever happened to that guitar. The second is...
  19. Re: How to adjust the bridge on a fanned fret 10 string mandolin?

    That's pretty extreme. Probably sounds better than the one I built, but also probably harder to adjust to in terms of feel. Lots of ways you could build it. Perhaps the one Mr. Holanda played was on...
  20. Re: Naked Bridge Post Is Shredding My Palm

    I take the top of the bridge off, sand the post down, and dome it beneath the level of the wood so it looks intentional and nice. The posts aren't supposed to stick up above the wood, there's no need.
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    Re: Hearing Aids

    So... just thinking about a cost-effective solution. What about some basic studio headphones, quite good ones can be had for $40-50, a decent microphone, and a preamp which lets you monitor as you...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I don't miss wet sanding, or seal coat/topcoat issues, at all. :-)
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    Re: lacquer problem

    Any possibility of moisture getting into your air? That's the only other thing I can think of. I ruined a batch of several instruments I was refinishing with lacquer a few years ago because the air...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    Hey, at least it's a club with no membership fees which all of us get to join... :-)
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    Re: Fingerstyle mandolin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x4eJhbX7gk
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