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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Volume can come at a price. I remember once, maybe 15-20 yrs back I was at a jam and someone had a custom-ordered mando from one of the companies out west, may have been Flatiron, I can't remember....
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    Re: A request of builders

    I can understand why the OP refrained from contacting the builder, IMO that responsibility should fall on the owner that paid for it (take the instrument back to the builder and show them what good...
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    Re: crack in top, F model

    Without seeing a picture, it sure sounds like the crack is following the grain. If it's not the center seam but close to it, it's less likely to be caused by stress unless it's carved way too thin....
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    Re: Which bridge should I get?

    Hey Charlie,

    I'm not sure how big of a difference you'll hear on your old Gibson. On my new builds (F hole A models) Cumberland bridges made an impressive difference over the $20 cheapies, and...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Transtint dyes are indeed very colorfast (wear gloves!). If you have some residual color left in the top, you're going to need to go pretty dark. I would dye the wood first. Transtint dye is VERY...
  6. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    mandos and harleys? Where else but on the cafe :-)
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    Re: Show off your back side

    #5, nicknamed Jurassic Park180170
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    It's the "Builders and Repair" section and most luthiers work on all different kinds of instruments. There's a wealth of knowledge here on challenging cases and how we deal with them.
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    Re: Solving unexpected problems

    Wow! That's a lot of repairs, sounds like it was hit by a car. Good work and I hope it sounds great when you're done.
  10. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    Dale covered the subject quite thoroughly. I have been spraying furniture for quite awhile and instruments for 10 years or so. A good source I found was Homestead Finishing. The have a mid-level line...
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    Re: Mojo on beloved Daley mandolin

    I was a pinky planter too until I put finger rests on my current instruments. I opted for narrow ones made of ebony sanded out silky smooth and angled down about 15 degrees. It did change my...
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    Re: Polishing Frets

    +1 on the EVO gold wire when you refret. I'm 3 years in on two mandos, an acoustic and an electric with no visible wear. In the mean time, for polishing I use a dremel with the little felt wheels,...
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    Re: Pava Satin v Pro

    Finish sheen itself shouldn't affect tone much unless it's applied too thick. Probably the most significant consideration is that satin finishes over time take on a sheen in the places where there is...
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    Since this is a cheap guitar to begin with, you may want to try the the "reheat and clamp" method mentioned by Jeff Mando. I did this many years ago on a low value instrument. I used a length of 2"...
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    Re: IV A Style Kit Binding Channel

    On second glance, Dale is correct. My eye was caught by the raised ridge about an eighth of an inch below the channel. Getting the channel to a uniform depth for that short center scratch shouldn't...
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    Re: IV A Style Kit Binding Channel

    Without seeing more, it looks like the the binding slot maybe too deep on the left if the rest of the instrument is routed to the depth on the right. High tall is your binding? Do you have a means of...
  17. Re: suggestions/thoughts for someone wanting to learn inlay work

    Hi Daryl,
    I imagine there's lots of good info on the web with photos/video of the processes involved. Two very important things to consider are magnification and lighting (especially if your eyes...
  18. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    Down here in the land of major air conditioning, a mandolin's strings' pitch can change in a few minutes time as the instrument acclimates. The TC unitune is extremely accurate and quick to nail the...
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    Re: Advice needed for this seam separation

    Hi Marty,
    How did you deal with the shrunken binding to get it back in place? Did you have to cut it and infill? I have a similar situation with a 20 year old Taylor guitar (not worth an $$$ repair)...
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    Re: Fret level after 10 months

    [QUOTE=Br1ck;1729941]I would say that after basic setup skills are acquired, fret work is the next thing to learn. Either start with your least expensive instrument or go buy a beater. I had multiple...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    I'm with Tom on this one, it looks like you need the whole first octave, not 7 or 8. You don't mention how many years of use that wear represents, but as much as you're using this instrument, you...
  22. Re: How much hydraulic fluid do these pedals take?!?

    I'd say with that tonedexter you should have all the juice you need. Looks like a great setting for bluegrassin, pick up a storm!
  23. Re: man I need a good tuner foot pedal model. not clip on

    The original poster was seeking input from other members based on their experience with pedal tuners, not a real commonly used item among mandolin players (and mandolins are tougher to tune than...
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    Re: I need a mandolin stand for stage use.

    If you sit to play, something small and light like this will work:...
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    Re: Strap attachment - A style, no body button

    The method outlined in Gary's post above sounds like the way to go if you don't want a strap going under the fretboard extension. As a luthier, I have built all of my mandos and actually drill an 1/8...
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