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  1. Re: got a live one here folks, and he is coming in hot

    It looks like a low quality instrument with pressed back (possibly even laminate). The center joint is coming apart (perhaps from heat or low humidity) which is never a good sign.
    If it's well...
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    Re: Fitting neck on Stewmac F5 kit

    Looks like you did the neck fitting without the riser block glued on.
    I agree with John. I'd glue piece of new maple on the heel and shape it.
    You need to create PERFECT tight joint and use strong...
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    Sealing wood before staining is tricky.
    Stains (or better said dyes in this case) are formulated to add color directly onto wood fibers. If your wood is encased in sealer (shellac) they will not...
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    Re: Cody Shuler Loar inspired cases

    They look great! I wonder if he plans to build shaped version similar to the Collings cases?
  5. Thread: bending pipe

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    Re: bending pipe

    There are many simple heating elements available in form of thin stick with two wires at one end. Some are even bendable. Just choose the power you need. You can fill the pipe with sand or fireclay,...
  6. Thread: bending pipe

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    Re: bending pipe

    Actually you don't want to stretch the outside too much, especially on flamed maple the stretching is reason for all the splits during bending. Generally wood bending is done by removing as much...
  7. Re: Just when you think you've got it figured out...

    Most of the old Cremonese violins have been modified to such extreme that the original makers would not recognise them. ALmost all finish worn off, edges worn away and often replaced with new,...
  8. Thread: bending pipe

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    Re: bending pipe

    I use such one as well. 2" dia plumbing pipe with electric heater stick inside, One end welded and whole filled with fine washed sand. Other end closed with lid made of piece of sheet metal.
    I just...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    BTW, here is where serious researchers among violin makers were some 10 years ago...

    https://www.reghviolins.com/publications/Strad3D.Panel-2007VSA.Proc.pp.187-230.pdf
  10. Thread: HOGO's prints

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    Re: HOGO's prints

    Few thoughts....
    Copiers (and thus scanners) have tendency to keep one dimension exact (or very close to exact) - the one across the laser sensor which is fixed size while the other one (along the...
  11. Re: Identifying German Made Mando...maybe 1920's?

    I've had couple of similar mandolins. They came from Luby (former Schonbach) which was part of Markneukirchen/Schonbach instrument making center on the borders of germany and later Czechoslovakia....
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    Re: 2 piece slab cut back?

    Grain doesn't indicate strength. It's just visual thing. Pretty much all vairetied of maple have been used for mandolin backs and sides, though for neck harder types are preferred (or use reinforcing...
  13. Thread: guitar plans

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    Re: guitar plans

    I've created whole F-5 drawings in Adobe Photoshop. I never regretted the step and still use it when I need to start drawing using photographs as base material. Only later I converted teh drawings to...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    +1 on what James said. You can search teh internet and find several deflection jigs in action and you can build your own but unless you reproduce their arching shape and their wod selection and they...
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    Re: 2 piece slab cut back?

    Most Loars had backs from two pieces of maple of whatever grain orientation the lumberyard supplied, typically slab, very often not even matched pieces, just two sequential pieces from one longer...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    I do not but several known makers use it - Don McRostie, I think Tom Ellis just to name few. I know some top tier violin makers measure deflection to gauge their bass bar stiffness.
  17. Thread: Dove Tail Joint

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    Re: Dove Tail Joint

    Here are some threads where I posted how I do it.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/149762-Practice-cutting-dovetails-by-hand...
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    Re: Best prices Gibson F5

    This is public forum and the post while not directly answered the OP question was not off topic,
    IMO, as the question is basicly unanswerable. We don't know waht kind of tone is OP looking for,...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    BC is generally more smooth on the surface than Primetone (perhaps it's the printing process of dunlop that leaves less smooth surface) but once polished to same level they feel the same. Wegens have...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    I do that all the time. All you need is zour wife's fingernail set. Adn some fine sandpaper or micromesh for polishing.

    I do hear subtle differences in the video posted above but those picks are...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    Do a blind test with picks of same shape and size. I DID so I know. Otherwise your ears will hear what your mind wants to hear knowing which ick is being used. As a player I can feel difference in...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    I've played dozens of various picks before I settled on shape I liked most. I intentionally say shape and not brand/material as my experience and tests have shown that the shape is the biggest factor...
  23. Thread: Pucker in top

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    Re: Pucker in top

    if you can see it the camera can too, but you need to turn the flash off and try several lightnings. Or at least describe more clearly where it is... is it somewhere near tonebar, or it's end etc.?...
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    Re: Rubner tuners on Eastman MD305?

    But the weight of the machnes would go up significantly. I'd take lighter machines with 14:1 ratio over heavy machines any day.
    Years ago I was really fighting the bug of making my own machines...
  25. Thread: Pucker in top

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    Re: Pucker in top

    Post a pic. Reflections of light from several angles.
    From the OP it's hard to imagine where exactly the spots are. Could be many things, but I somehow doubt that the raising of the action is what...
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