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    Re: New Kelley mandolin violin style

    Nice to see someone else doing violin style mandolins. I love building this way.175938
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    Re: Tap tuning

    I've now built 11 instruments, 7 mandolins and 2 OMs so still consider myself a "newbie" still. Like others, I have tried the 'Tap-tuning' route albeit a via a more 'empirical' method. I'm reserving...
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    Re: Amp Advice

    I use an AER 60 for my mandolins - love it!
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    Re: Non-scroll headstocks on F models

    I use a bigger, symmetrical head on my two-point and F5 mandolins and a slimmer profile om the A5s

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  5. Re: 2nd mandolin (for UK guys particularly)

    I have one of my early two point mandolins available (bit like a phoenix). Its got a few dings but could be re-finished. It's fitted with a McIntyre pick up. Have a look at my website for contact...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Octave mandolin No.2

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  7. Re: What’s the hardest tune you can play on mandolin? (Or family)

    Have a go at 'Flippen'
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Just off the bench, fiddle-style OM finished to match one of my fiddle-style mandolins.170357
  9. Re: Is there an effect if you reverse the treble and bass tone ba

    Very good!
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    Re: Help me choose a back

    653 is nicer than 648, but I have a thing about one-piece backs so I'd go for that.
  11. Re: Black Ice Tuner unscrewed /falling out ................... a

    I have a Gibson F9 and a Weber Fern, both with Grovers, never had a problem with them. But, a recent self-build using a set of 309's I got from a friend has had issues with the retaining screws on...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    20" scale two-point octave mandolin with violin style edges. One piece rippled sycamore back.

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    Re: V-Joint fixture plans

    Here's a pic of the jig I made. Used on 9 instruments now with good results.167722
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    Re: A list for first time builders

    Based on my last few years of building mandolins post retirement this is pretty accurate...
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    Re: Material cost to build

    Firstly I'm UK based so comparisons may be difficult. i would put my average material cost at around £250-300 per build including 'consumables'. It could be a lot cheaper if I used far-east sourced...
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    Re: Neck block size?

    I'd be interested in responses to this too as I'm just about to start a similar instrument with carved top and back, although probably it will be a two-point design. I aim to use sycamore for the...
  17. Re: Fretting the board before gluing to neck

    Me too.
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    What sort of character are you after? If you are aiming for a mando that would pass for something from a factory or professional workshop I can see it would be a challenge and satisfying if you...
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    Re: Clark 2-point Mandolins

    I really like the two-point design for jazz and swing, it seems a nice balance between the simplicity of an A model and the complexity of an F-style. As for pick ups I've used McIntyre in a few of my...
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    Re: Recommendation for a Jazz Mandolin

    I build mandolins largely to suit my own jazz and swing playing. Not sure if timber choice is the biggest issue. I've used both Engelmann and European spruce, the key for me is to get an even...
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    Re: Refinish mandolin?

    I've had to remove finish i was not happy with on some of my builds - scraper every time. Just avoid 'digging in'.
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    Re: UK supplier of spruce wedges

    Try David Dyke at Luthier Supplies. I have had quite a bit from him. Violin maker Tim Phillips has also had some wood for sale recently.
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