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  1. Re: Fixing up a cheap case - is 3M spray adhesive a bad idea?

    3M Super 77 or Super 90 doesn't offgas significantly once sprayed. Spray it on both sides, let it sit for 3-5 minutes before assembling, and it's pretty much inert. Leave it for an hour if you're...
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    Re: Bridge Misfit

    Hard to see from the pictures. But from what I can tell, it looks like you're really close!
    How does it sound?
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    Re: Fiebing's Leather Dye

    Whether I'm staining with alcohol or water as the base, I inevitably screw things up.
    When I screw things up, I sand back the surface with 400 or 600 grit along the grain until I've not completely...
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    Re: Bridge Misfit

    Keep going, I'm pretty sure you didn't ruin it. The little gap in the foot doesn't make a difference whether it's there or not, many people consider it preferable for it not to be there. Just realign...
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    It's so surprising that the color of the trucks makes that big of a difference. ;-)
  6. Re: Are Thomastik-Infeld Strings That much Better?

    They aren't that much "better". They are that much "different". It's almost like the difference between a steel-string guitar and nylon-string guitar. They aren't the same structure, and if you put...
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    Re: Choice of wood for ribs?

    Choose aesthetically. For one thing, you'll probably break or damage the set you want to use unless you have a lot of experience. For another, as long as they're 1.5mm or thicker, you have plenty of...
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    Re: Neck angle for mandola?

    Doesn't matter. As long as you can get a reasonable bridge height, you're good. You can get away with 1/2" or so with a non-adjustable bridge, or more like 5/8 to 7/8 for an adjustable bridge.
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    From a purely economic and marketing perspective, isn't it extremely useful to believe that instruments, all instruments, must only get better, and never worse, with more playing and age? And isn't...
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    Re: back thickness

    I've made my bigleaf maple backs between .170" (4.3mm) to .200" (5mm) in the thickest area. In addition to thickness in the center, recurve thickness and pattern of the graduations makes a big...
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    Re: back thickness

    Arched or flat? Braced or unbraced? Quarter, flat, or rift sawn? Bigleaf or sugar maple?
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    Re: Conference Call Jam Session !!

    Just going to point out that while conference calls by anything other than ISDN won't work, good old fashioned multitrack recording still works fine!
    - Lay down a click track and backing
    -Layer up...
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    Re: Conference Call Jam Session !!

    You should watch the brilliant 1997 movie "Shooting Fish".
  14. Re: Transplanting a new tenon in a screwed up neck joint

    How about a floating tenon, a la Festool Domino? Or a floating tenon, and a bolt?
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    Re: In Tuneness and Buzz

    This is a good article:
    http://lutherie.net/nuts.html
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    Re: Tuning failure

    If you use Android, this tuner gives a very clear indication of the exact fundamental frequency you're tuning. Whereas a lot of other tuning apps hop around from octave to octave, this one locks on...
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    Re: DePaule Nouveau inlay advice

    Andrew Mowry has a pretty genius method of using a photograph, overlaid in the CAD program, to lay out pearl inlay blanks. No reason why it wouldn't work for hand-cut inlays as well - in fact, that...
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    Re: Scuff and level sanding?

    #1 tip -- sand along the wood grain.
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    Re: Transtint Dye for finishing HELP?

    Try using water... way easier. No detrimental effects just from dying it with waterbased dye. It raises the grain a bit, then you sand the raised grain with 400-600 grit and dye again, and it no...
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    Re: Transtint Dye for finishing HELP?

    Trans-tint and denatured alcohol? Why not water?
    I bought amber, bright red, medium brown, red mahogany, brown mahogany, blue, and black. You can mix any color, other than bright greens, from that...
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    Re: Hypothetical Wierd Question ?

    That's kind of the background behind my offset oval hole mandolins. They sound fine. Not like a bluegrass mandolin, and not like an oval-hole mandolin. Lots of sustain, but not tubby, lots of...
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    Re: Play better when alone

    Rip off that band-aid! Play where people walking by can hear you, but aren't really paying attention to you. Then, play with a small circle of people at about your same level and whom you know well...
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    Re: Binding problem, any help?

    I love John Hamlett's suggestion that "it's always easier to make it look worse than to make it look better".

    When I have to replace binding, I try to remove it back to a logical original joint....
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    Re: Sorry for this string height question

    A good fret height at the first fret is "as low as you can get it without buzzing".
    This is usually around .003" (the thickness of a sheet of paper). But you can get it lower. Making a nut is...
  25. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    https://www.elderly.com/products/gibson-lloyd-loar-f-5-mandolin-plans-version-3
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