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    Re: Tone right

    In 2008, everyone was playing Mumford & Sons.
    The music was so boring, everyone's mandolins went to sleep, hence the need for Tone-Rites to wake them up.
    It was something of an epidemic. Play...
  2. Re: TurboPlane, Safe-T-Planer - Powering through plate carving

    Both are good options. Combined with the drill press method and a good deep dial indicator, you have about as close to an ideal setup as you can get without getting into duplicarvers and such. Do...
  3. Re: Using pine, other "non-spruce" woods...

    Redwood! It's my favorite top wood. Tapping and flexing will give you a sense of it's properties. More rigorous/quantitative tests will give you more confidence.
    A big problem with lumber store...
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    Re: Back to f-holes?

    Is Mark Agnesi OK with you posting that?
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    Water to blend, never alcohol. Alcohol dries too quickly.
    As the water slowly dries on your blending pad, you get finer and finer control. Keep moving until you're not doing much of anything, don't...
  6. Re: Best mandolin wall stand, e.g. hook etc?

    I had instruments on Hercules wall mounts through a minor earthquake and everything was fine. I like String Swing or Hercules for mandolins.
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    Re: Waverly tuner bushing reliability

    Google says 412 E Bryant St, Bozeman, MT 59715. No other hits for the address (i.e. other companies having moved in there) or for Wavely Mfg Company anywhere else. I did do a search for "Waverly...
  8. Re: So what would a 27" scale mandocello sound like?

    In this article, Richard Morgan says he's made them up to 860mm (nearly 34") in scale length:
    https://www.themandolintuner.com/hair-loss-a-luthiers-journey-8/
  9. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Are we talking about a cease and desist letter, or are there suits? Seems like mandolins would be pretty far down in their list of priorities to bring actual cases to court. I can imagine their...
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    Re: eBay sales tax

    Speaking of B&H, they have a new credit card which credits you for the sales tax which you now have to pay in any state when ordering from them. So if you run a production company or something, you...
  11. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    If it were patented, it would be guaranteed to be public domain by this point. That's the point of a patent - you get exclusive rights for a time, then it's free for anyone to use. Trade dress and...
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    Re: Hardwood tops

    The Grand Concert models have walnut or maple tops (at least so far... Who knows what he'll come up with next).
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    Re: Rounding edges when not binding

    I would recommend keeping them as sharp as possible (visually) while not being uncomfortable. A lot of new builders do unecessary rounding, and I think it makes instruments look sloppy, especially if...
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    Re: Hardwood tops

    Arik Kerman also used (before he retired - though his son is supposedly building in his style) a hardwood top paired with an internal 2mm thick spruce soundboard near the back of the instrument. The...
  15. Re: Varnish finish vs lacquer - durability question

    Remember that "best" is user-subjective, and price may not have any correlation to tone. Best for you might be a more durable finish. There is no correlation that I'm aware of between tone and...
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    Re: Hardwood tops

    Have a look: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/140606-New-Labraid-(Brian-Dean)-Grand-Concert-Jazz
  17. Re: Varnish finish vs lacquer - durability question

    The original A9's didn't have much of whatever the finish was that they used. That was a quick, simple finish, not at all what high-end builders mean when they say "varnish".

    The "varnish" I use...
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    Re: Clean picks

    Has a positive side effect of making the fiddle players run the other way every time they see you a'comin'...
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    Re: Old Woodworking Machines

    Did you know Craig McClure who ran that shop? He bought us a very similar Oliver with 36" wheels when he was running the College of Architecture shop at GT when I was a student. Craig had a lot of...
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    Re: Round core mandolin strings?

    They're certainly the most expensive. I wouldn't consider them the best value, but they definitely have their place (which is at least 100 yards away from a bluegrass jam).
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    Re: eBay sales tax

    Etsy is also collecting sales tax on some, if not all, sales. May depend on the state.

    Not sure if any of them are actually paying sales tax, that's a whole other question...
  22. Re: Can we talk about tuning mechanisms for a sec?

    Preston tuners stay in tune. I'm talking about a 9-string Waldzither, come back months later, it's pretty much in tune.
    I just built my son a headless travel guitar. He's 8, knocks it around, plus...
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    Re: Clean picks

    My bad, it's actually German. https://www.menzerna.com/products/solid-compounds/
    I was being a little goofy, but I do really buff my picks on my industrial buffing arbor.

    For you, I'd recommend...
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    Re: Clean picks

    I use a two horsepower motor and expensive Italian buffing compounds which require dedicated exhaust to eradicate the harmful particulates.
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    Re: Fret setup.

    If you get bored....
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