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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    Yes, the holes initially were same diameter 0.25"" all the way thru, but I ended up having to ream the back of the holes on the back of the headstock to mount the tuner plate. As I said before,...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    When drilled perpendicularly to the top of the headstock, the mounting plate of the tuners would not lie flat against the back of the headstock.
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    When I make a little sketch I see what you mean and I agree. Even better IMO is to grind/drill/file out the installed bushing so its vertical axis aligns with that of the tuner shaft. This is not a...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    I have not had any success drilling tuner shaft holes perpendicular to the face of a tapered head stock though others have. I guess if you drill big enough holes and/or have lesser taper it may...
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    Re: Exposed Bushings

    To my eye, the back (away from the nut) of each bushing is more exposed than the front. This I believe is the result of the bushings tending to line up with the tuner shafts which are likely to be...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    If it is just a temporary situation like a potential buyer or friend wanting to play your instrument I have had some luck with Post-it notes. They look weird but save the finish.
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    Re: Douglas fir

    Ben Vierra asked "Were all of the "seed pods" or samaras in this configuration, or was it just a few on an otherwise standard tree? If the whole tree was like that, it would be very interesting to...
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    Re: Douglas fir

    This seems like a good time for having the attention of tree people. I was in Portland (Oregon) 7 or 8 years ago, walking thru a city park on top of a hill and I spotted some Maple(?) trees having...
  9. Re: Happy Birthday Dennis Vance, hoping for a transplant

    A very Happy Birthday to you and my very best wishes for your full recovery. If I was in the market for a mandolin, based on your fine reputation on this forum, I'd be looking to you. -Larry
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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    Put a capo on the fifth fret of an ordinary mandolin.
  11. I enjoyed very much- very clear and clean.

    I enjoyed very much- very clear and clean.
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    Re: diminished value from a repair?

    Any recourse from shipper?
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    I started my first one in 2007 and am about halfway through number 4 now, thus my rate is around 4 per 14 years, or 0.286 mandolins per year. This probably exceeds the rate I can sell them.

    I'm...
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    Does it make any sense that strings go bad because of uneven stretching? If a section of a given string has a weak spot where it stretches more than adjacent sections, the string would lose its...
  15. Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    I'm no expert but two things that I have think I have learned when it comes to bending are: First, you need to get the wood hot, right below the scorching point, where the fiber layers easily slide...
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    Re: A-style and F-style.

    Today's automobiles more of an "A" look in comparison to the Fins and chrome of those 50 odd years ago thus the A style is more contemporary.
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    I wish someone would write a paragraph or two that explains the physics of truss rods. It seems to me that the string tension is trying to bow the neck upward and the truss rod is installed to...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Hey Marty, do you have or know of a simple gadget that measures the "planarity" of a work piece. I have made any number of table tops and would love to know how well the top surface conforms to a...
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    Re: Eastman - back/neck separation

    String tension has won the battle on that instrument. If it were mine, I would remove the strings, very carefully and thoroughly clean out the heel to button area, try to push the heel back to its...
  20. Re: looking for 2-point f-hole mandolin plans...

    You will have to decide what kind of headstock shape you want and you can be as creative as you like. I like the simplicity of the snake head on two pointers.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I have been slowly building my 4th mandolin and thought there may be some interest in the set-up I use for cutting a Vee slot for the neck. (I don't have the skill to cut a well fitted dovetail, and...
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    For many years I was pretty convinced that "empirical evidence" was redundant. I was thinking what other kind of evidence it there. Then one fine day I thought of 'theoretical' evidence....
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    Re: V joint question

    I did have that in mind.
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    Re: V joint question

    I agree, a well fitted dovetail joint is the best but a poorly fitted one is perhaps the worst. I have been following this issue for years and the number of reported failures of dovetail neck...
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    Re: V joint question

    I cut a straight tapered mortice in the heel stock with my router and jig. I then use a thin board to make a "neck" and tweak the angle till I get its extension to be a desired height above the top...
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