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  1. Re: inlaying on wood other then ebony, ( lighter color)

    Slow down, use a good magnifying visor and make the inlay fit nice and tight.
  2. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    In general, carved, arched mandolins are not more expensive than carved arched guitars. Likewise, flat top/back mandolins are not more expensive than flat top/back guitars.
    (I other words, it's the...
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    Re: Ivoroid picguard material

    Call Steve at Cumberland Acoustic.
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Didn't read my post did ya?
    Tearing those labels off without damaging the string and then having to clean the strings with naphtha are the reasons for the complaint.
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    From counting the grain lines in a top (half) we can determine how many years of growth are represented in the top. That is all we can tell because what we can't tell is:

    -how much wood was cut...
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    Not "this instance", but for me the shellac sealer is to stabilize my dyes before scraping the bindings so that I don't smudge color around while handling and scraping the instrument. Perhaps I could...
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    Re: Waverly Tuners tight

    Stewmac may think we need to install the tuners like they say (after all, it almost requires using their tool), but in fact, Waverly tuners can be installed differently from that tutorial with...
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    Re: Waverly Tuners tight

    Waverly tuners are made with close tolerances. That makes them feel great when we take them out of the box and spin the knobs, but it means that slight spacing errors, or slight misalignment of the...
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    I assume there are good ways of applying a shellac sealer without spray equipment, but since I'm better at spraying than any other finish method it's my go-to procedure. If you can avoid smearing...
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    OK, that explains the grain filler.
    After the filler is applied and dried, I would spray two very light coats of 2lb cut shellac (approximately 2lb cut, I only measure sometimes), let that dry,...
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    What wood are you finishing?
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    Re: Regluing a loose back

    If the back is shrunken and will no longer align all the way around the rim, I normally "average it out" so that there is a small amount of misalignment all the way around. It is usually not very...
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    Re: Gibson A model Heel Cap Gap.

    A small amount of strength in the neck joint is lost with the cap-to-heel joint loose, but some A-style mandolins had heel caps that were not part of the back at all, so there should be as much...
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    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    From my own experience, not from anything I've read or been told, here is a 'hypothesis' that I have formed.
    First a little background;
    We know (as mentioned in this thread among others) that to...
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    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    There is an edge there; the finish stops at the corner of the fingerboard because there is no finish on the fingerboard surface. The finish is also applied very thickly. That combination; thick...
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    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    OK, it makes more sense now. I'd call that the top edge of the 'board.
    It not a real problem, other than aesthetically.
    As for being normal, well kind of. When a finish is applied that thick it...
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    Re: Question about Finish Chipping

    We'll need pictures to have an idea of what's going on. It may indicate a structural problem, but it might be that the chipping is the only problem. Is it normal? Maybe...
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    Re: Dry Bending Sides

    David, I've bent sides without added water. There is always some moisture content in wood (unless it is freshly oven died), and it seems to me that some wood bends better with less water and some...
  19. Re: How to lower action - old Gibson A1. Top or bottom of bridge?

    Just make a new replica bridge. Those old one-piece bridges are a simple design and not difficult to make. The most complicated part is fitting to the top of the mandolin and cutting the steps in the...
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    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    +1, and if I could "+" more than that I would.
    We need to know where we are going before we start. Plastic wood is almost always a no-no in instrument work.
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    Re: proper fret dress

    181250
    Clearer notes, better intonation, easier playing, better appearance, more work by the luthier.


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    Not very clear notes, difficult slides, difficult intonation, less work by the...
  22. Re: Does changing tuning on a tenor require different saddle?

    Ha!
    I have a pretty good ear, but once in a while I have customers who can hear pitch variations of seemingly about 1 cent or less! Those folks can never feel like they are actually in tune, and it...
  23. Re: Does changing tuning on a tenor require different saddle?

    First of all, 'compensation' is a compromise. Tuning can never be perfect at every fret and every string (with standard frets). So, with that as background, going from CGDA (I assume you meant that...
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    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    First tip:
    Wait until you have the mandolin in your hands to decide what needs to be done and how to go about it.
    You can get plenty of advice here so feel free to ask nearly any question, but it...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    To me that all comes under "wood stiffness properties" as well as split resistance, stability and other things that were not specifically mentioned. If I have a piece of wood that is low density, low...
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