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    Re: 1930s? Salvador Ibanez neck joint

    Perhaps not. If it is Spanish construction, the heel of the neck is continuous with the neck block. If the heel is a separate piece glued to the neck shaft (a common practice in classical, Spanish,...
  2. Re: How do you test the qualities you're looking for in a Mandoli

    A quick look over to see what the general craftsmanship looks like. Not just 'fit and finish', but also proportions and lines. Is the neck well shaped? Is there anything that might affect...
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    Re: 1930s? Salvador Ibanez neck joint

    With the back off you can see if it is Spanish construction (the sides are let into slots in the head block). Those necks can't really be re-set, but you can "slip the foot" to restore proper...
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    Re: 1930s? Salvador Ibanez neck joint

    Does it have a 'foot' at the base of the head block (where the block glues to the back)? If so it might be Spanish style construction.
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    Re: Is there "ideal" neck relief?

    It's a little early to get into this (waiting for relief to show up after all), but yes, relief can be added. The rod can be tightened to cause a very slight back bow, the frets can then be leveled,...
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    Re: Small top crack repair

    When we work blind inside an instrument applying cleats using the "gizmos", we pretty much take what we get as far as grain alignment. I think of the cleat as a way of aligning the crack more than a...
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    Re: Small top crack repair

    I searched "Teeter" (the inventor(?) of the "gizmos", or at least the person who wrote about them) and found several threads. This one has pictures......
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    Re: Is there "ideal" neck relief?

    There is no "ideal" amount of relief. Some players play Bluegrass and play hard, some players play classical and play with a lot of dynamic range, some play many other types of music, some use light...
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    Re: Toxicity of finishes

    That we use many toxic materials in our lives and that we need to take appropriate precautions to avoid injury.

    As players, we don't have much to worry about. Cured finishes are hardly harmful at...
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    Re: Heads up! Nitrocellulose products dwindling

    This is the way it's been for my entire existence as a luthier:

    Learn to use a finish product, it leaves the market.
    Learn to use alternate product, it leaves the market.
    Learn another, gone...
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    Re: White Stained Mandolins?

    There was a trend called "pickled white" some years ago for furniture, trim, cabinets and such. I think there were several methods of achieving the look, and perhaps some internet searching can lead...
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    Re: Satin NC lacquer how to advice needed

    I add flattener (silica powder) to my usual (Mohawk) nitro. Some finishers spray regular gloss lacquer first and only add flattener to the final coats, but I normally use small amounts of flattener...
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    Those are the good ones!
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    Re: Glue for lose binding on finished instrument

    Usually, old bindings come off with bits of wood fibers still glued to them rather than coming off as clean plastic. I've used Titebond to re-glue plastic. It doesn't really stick to the plastic, but...
  15. Thread: Beware EVOs

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    Re: Beware EVOs

    Same string set for each set up? In other words, same strings (brand, gauge, material) before during and after Evo?
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    Re: Side bending. Is this worth saving?

    I agree with the last 2 posters.
    When we have bent curly maple into scroll shapes for 30 years or so we learn that the wood cracks sometimes and we have to repair minor cracks. May as well lean that...
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    Re: Headstock Scroll repair?

    No need for a new overlay. Any competent repair person can glue the scroll and touch up the finish to make the repair look good. The trick is knowing who is competent and who is not. (I'm...
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    Re: Headstock Scroll repair?

    I recommend Bill Bussman.
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    Re: Broken Headstock Curl

    Could have happened in the car... do you have dogs and/or kids? (Can always blame them, after all...)
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    Re: Broken Headstock Curl

    Frankly, a mandolin can't go into the case with a fully intact scroll and come out broken unless there is a blow to the case, the case is dropped or something like that. Things like that just don't...
  21. Thread: ToneRite

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    Re: ToneRite

    Evidence?
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    On average, red spruce is said to have the highest stiffness to density ratio of spruce species. That does not mean the every piece of red spruce is stiffer than every piece of Euro, Engelmann,...
  23. Re: Varnish finish vs lacquer - durability question

    A custom builder should be able to use nearly any finish you want.
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    Re: Rounding edges when not binding

    Sandpaper.
  25. Re: Tailpiece visibly off-center on new $50 mandolin--send back?

    A playable mandolin that can sell for $50 (a tank of gasoline)?
    Are the strings centered in the fingerboard? That is the important thing, and if something wasn't quite centered and aligned during...
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