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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    I am retired & build octaves as a hobby. I've built about a dozen & sold 2. Despite the doubts of others, I agree wholeheartedly with SBJ's post above. I was skeptical at first but decided to take...
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    Re: Fret board slotting

    A zero fret would make things much simpler; no shimming required. Also slotting the nut is much easier since it is only a string spacer. Some folks like zero frets & some don't. I started using...
  3. Thread: Zero fret repair

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    Re: Zero fret repair

    I have used zero frets on my last dozen or so builds, all octaves. Before working on the fret, I would suggest being sure that the problem is not that the nut slots are too high. I have had that...
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    Re: New 2nd generation Coombe flat top

    I appreciate your response, Peter, & look forward to seeing your published information.

    - Earl Tyler
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    Re: New 2nd generation Coombe flat top

    Peter - I hope your finger heals soon & well! I have been experimenting with new (to me) bracing styles for flat top OMs. I've lately been working with a sort of modified "H" bracing pattern with...
  6. Thread: OM Rib Height

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    Re: OM Rib Height

    I forgot to mention that if you are not already familiar with Andrew Mowry's Neck Geometry Calculator, it can be quite helpful:

    https://mowrystrings.com/neck%20geometry%20calculator.html
  7. Thread: OM Rib Height

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    Re: OM Rib Height

    I am just an amateur, but I've built about a dozen OM's in the past few years. Mine have been about the same size as Peter's with the exceptions that I have used a 3" (~75mm) body depth & 22" scale...
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    Re: I must've done something wrong......

    I have used paste wax in the past for some jigs. My biggest concern here is that wax or something similar might seep into the wood & compromise subsequent glue joints. Since the current jig is for...
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    Re: I must've done something wrong......

    I guess I was mostly surprised because someone had suggested using the process I described on jigs & such to prevent sticking. I wish I could remember the context; perhaps I'm just mis-remembering....
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    I must've done something wrong......

    I've seen it mentioned several times in the past on this forum that a good use of outdated Titebond is to paint surfaces with a diluted mixture to prevent other glue from adhering to the surface. So...
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    Re: CMC joint arthritis (no mandolin content)

    Curt, I can't address your question directly either. My hands have bothered me most working in the shop building instruments, or any other kind of hand-intensive work, for that matter. I do get...
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    Re: CMC joint arthritis (no mandolin content)

    Thanks, Daryl; that's a potentially interesting approach that I had not even considered. I'm on the edge of the Plateau in Cumberland County so it's a bit of a drive to Bristol, but the distance is...
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    Re: CMC joint arthritis (no mandolin content)

    Thanks, Leslie, for the report on your surgery. It sounds like you are doing quite well! I have been afraid that the surgery would be debilitating for a long while, but your experience thus far...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    I won't call myself an expert, but I agree with you Phil. It must be that others are somehow seeing the problem differently than you & I do. I'm not prepared to say that anyone is wrong, but we...
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    Re: Low/No budget DIY mandolin making tools

    I've made a couple of gouges from old files. The steel is quite good & takes an excellent edge. One I heated & hammered into a curved profile, gouge shape. The other I made from a half-round file...
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    Re: "H" Bracing for a flat-top Octave Mandolin

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    I have experimented with that configuration recently & so far I like the results. I built a 12" top, 22" scale OM with that bracing pattern & I believe it is one of the best sounding I...
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    Re: CMC joint arthritis (no mandolin content)

    Thanks to all for helpful replies. I went to see hand surgeon yesterday, Dr. Douglas Calhoun in Knoxville TN. After a lengthy discussion we decided to go with injections in both hands again & wait...
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    Re: CMC joint arthritis (no mandolin content)

    Thanks, Tony; I appreciate any help I can find. I'll search for the ingredients online & see what I can find. I'm not at all excited about the surgery route. My biggest worry is that it might be...
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    Re: CMC joint arthritis (no mandolin content)

    Thanks, Bill, for your response. From what I've learned from online research, the procedure you described seems to be the most common. I understand that recovery time is about 3 months, for each...
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    CMC joint arthritis (no mandolin content)

    I have worsening arthritis in the CMC joints at the base if both thumbs. At this point I'm considering surgery as a possible remedy. I'm wondering if anyone here has had this surgery & could help...
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    Re: tuners for a bouzouki build

    I've been using Gotoh SG38's on several octaves with good results. Individual tuners are available at Warmoth.com. Individual Schallers are also available there but are more than 3X the price. I...
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    Re: 6 mandolins in 2 days

    I posted pictures several weeks ago of test set-up I built, inspired by James Condino's. The top was secured to the external linings by PVC clamps. I imagine that most folks thought it was a...
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    Re: New Guitar=Bodied Octave

    Graham - It appears from the photos that the neck heel is a cross-grain block glued to the neck. Is this correct? I admire the simplicity of the design. That would greatly simplify the neck...
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    Re: New Guitar=Bodied Octave

    Lovely, indeed, Graham. I, too, am interested in the details of the neck joint. Any pictures?

    Thanks - Earl Tyler
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    Re: Flamed Maple Top on a Mandolin

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    I built this OM with an Eastern redcedar top. I think it sounds good, but the redcedar seems to require stiff but very light weight bracing.
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