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

    Condino flux capacitor back bracing
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    Re: Heat gun in steel pipe?

    The Watlow catalog has thousands of different heat sources. I've been buying flexible silicon heat blankets and cartridges from them for 25 years.
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    Re: Heat gun in steel pipe?

    For $11 you can get an electric charcoal / BBQ starting element from Home Depot or any similar store. Stuff that inside your bending pipe; they are reasonably malleable, so you can drop it in a vise...
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    Re: Dark glue in in center seam

    Either cut it apart and re do the joint or throw it away and start fresh.

    Any perceived time and materials loss now will be nothing compared to the whole joint failing three years from now when...
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    Re: Nut file sizes

    Google is your friend....

    Search around and you will see that they are very common and made in literally thousands of different shapes and sizes. The photo you posted is merely one example.

    30...
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    Re: Shaping an archtop

    I want every one of you to live a safe happy life, free from tool incidents. I nearly severed about half of my left hand when I was 18 working on my second guitar with a very sharp chisel.

    Both...
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    Re: Nut file sizes

    You could cut and paste this response for 95% of the questions asked here!

    Adding a little, find one who also teaches and get a lesson in setup work. You'll learn the skills, but more so, you'll...
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    Re: Shaping an archtop

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIQu1e8DGUw
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Well..... I've heard it had nothing to do with mandolins and everything to do with one of the board member's wives late night after the Christmas party and a lot of eggnogg......;)
  10. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    The guitar is for when I'm playing solo, leading the group & singing, or I need to be very clear in my musical theory communication.

    The mandolin is for when too many guitar players show up.
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    You'll need some of this:
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    Re: 1913 Gibson Mando Parts Value?

    Are the tuners the inlaid Handels with the fancy swirly swirls or just the simple white buttons?
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    Re: Help identify this wood

    "tonewood"...;)
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    Re: I want to build a mandolin...

    Ha! 'Didn't know that LMII sold those!

    Maryland is a short drive to Asheville. A few days visit as a student would set you on a righteous path for that A5 build you are describing....;)
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    Excellent link Adrian.

    As a former student of the Oberlin Acoustics workshop, I've been telling people for almost 10 years that this is the place to go, but the only response I ever get is a blank...
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    Re: K-1 Tone Bar Dimensions

    Most of us would call the small traditional K-1 brace that runs perpendicular to the grain near the bridge a single transverse brace; "tonebar" is most often associated with two semi- parallel...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    One thing I think we can all agree on is that tappity, tappity, scratch, bend, flex, glitter sprinkling, & rubbing a (un-)lucky rabbit's foot all have one thing in common. They give us some kind of...
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    Re: Dove Tail Joint

    There is an old guy about 4 blocks from my shop that has a great saw & tool sharpening shop. He has been at the same location since he got back from Korea & started the business. Great work &...
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    Re: Pine, what a tone

    I have some of that exact board of eastern Hemlock, purchased from Ted Davis back in the day. There seemed to be very poor adhesion between the layers of that wood. It would always split on the...
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    Re: Tap tuning using a guitar tuner?

    +1000!
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    Re: Cloth for varnish

    Spit shining is a great analogy for finishing by hand, although there seem to be far too few folks who have experience with either.

    Haven't any of you heard about "Stradivari's secret varnish rag...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    I don't even know what that means, but it sounds like a whole lot more fun than playing Sally Goodin' for the 1135th time!;)
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    When the bluegrass guys call for a paid gig, I'm a bluegrass musician.

    When the jazz guys call for paid gig, I'm a jazz musician.

    When the Irish guys call for a paid gig, I'm an Irish...
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    Re: Dreadnought build

    A completely radiused ("domed") top will make it difficult to get a clean fit at the neck joint and the fingerboard extension over the body.

    I build them with a radius below the soundhole fading...
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    Re: why no carbon fiber mandolins?

    The majority of the 500+ ALCOA aluminum basses were painted. That is part of why I get suck a good price for the polished & pimped out models. The Pfretzschners were the opposite. Most were...
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