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  1. Re: Don MacRostie & Red Diamond mandolins

    Yes; 'got to see the entire process is detail...
  2. Don MacRostie & Red Diamond mandolins

    Dustin & I had the pleasure of a lengthy visit with Don MacRostie at the Red Diamond Mandolin corporate headquarters last week.;)

    I was incredibly impressed with Don as a person- an all around A+...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    That's the number one reason why I respond here and ironically the number one reason for getting flamed out by folks who seemingly have never built one instrument but know more than my...
  4. Re: Experience in Using Effects on Acoustic Mandolins

    I've tried a LOT of distortion / overdrive pedals and the only one that really works well with a piezo pickup is a Sparkle drive. It is like a tube screamer with a clean channel mix.

    As for my ...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    "....Half that will be plenty....." :popcorn:
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    That is what the entire mandolin cafe has turned into these days- a bunch of grumpy old men talking about mandolins.

    A wise old man should understand better than most the limited amount of time...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Having built many fanned fret instruments and played at least fifty by multiple builders, I'll say that it is useful for more complicated instruments like citterns and 5/6+ string basses, but it is...
  8. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    I wondered about that; possibly, but here is no sign of lubrication-very dry nitro. Whatever it is, the quality is strong enough that you could do a nice 'burst
  9. Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    No mandolin content here, but very applicable to this forum and the collective knowledge of some of the folks here.

    I pulled these circa 1940 Epiphone tuning machines off a (rather large)...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    ".......I guess the guy building Red Diamonds knows what he's doing......":popcorn:

    The search engine will generate close to 1000 previous threads about graduations, arches, and their effect on...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    $#@)!^& finish problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: EM-150 questions

    "Mr. Condino"????? Is my father on the mandolin cafe??????

    Case love x1000!

    I've been looking for one of those for about a decade to match my guitar cases:
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    Re: Olive oil staining on top?

    Add some anchovies and call it good....;)
  14. Re: How to adjust the bridge on a fanned fret 10 string mandolin?

    Setting up the bridge on a ten string fanndola is the same as any other instrument: make a small adjustment, play it a bit to see if that is the sweet spot, repeat. The bridge is pretty simple....
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    Re: Hope this never happens again

    I once "left" my wallet on a train in Tokyo. 'Went back the next day and on the rack above the seats there was a nice note from the fellow who found it telling me that it was safe, secure, and how to...
  16. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    Ellis!


    I'm more inclined to think that the right mandolin chooses you....
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    Re: EM-150 questions

    Can we see some photos of that sweet pinstriped Geib case??????????:grin:
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    Re: Liquid hide glue using salt?

    I'm able to glue on an entire upright bass back or top in one session using traditional hot hide glue with no additives and no help. With a little practice, you should be able to do the same thing...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    'Another thread with bunch of half deaf old geezers arguing about tone .....;)
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    I asked this question pretty extensively a few years ago among the best builders in the world. Ten different people gave me about 25 conflicting answers so......I took the top ten designs, depth,...
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    Re: Improvising

    Start listening to and practicing with horn players, like Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue....
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    Re: Mandolin ToneRite on guitar?

    Snake oil does not discriminate between intruments.;)

    Just park your guitar next to your home audio speaker.....
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    Re: Did someone say PICKS?

    So from the description, all of these were stolen from his employers and now he's trying to make a profit on the stolen goods via craigslist.....
  24. Re: 10 high end guitars seized by Moose & Goose, find good homes,

    'Gonna be a whole lot more kids signing up for band this semester!
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    Re: A request of builders

    ".....It amazes me how often folks, wives, players, suffer with a problem which could be quickly fixed or improved-upon with only a brief discussion. Sure has helped me from persisting in being an...
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