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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    I have used Waverlies, older Schaller, Schaller GrandTune, Rubners, Stew Mac golden age, Stew Mac restoration tuners. The earlier golden age tuners were problematic, but they fixed most of the...
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    Re: Lacey Act Questions

    Wrong. Once again, CITES is an international treaty, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Lacey Act which is a USA only law. To conform to the Lacey act requirements the USA resident is...
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    New flat top mandolin

    Recently completed flat top mandolin. I call it a "classical flattop" because it has a body shape and size the same as a Lyon and Healy style C. Top is red Spruce, back and sides are Black Heart...
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    New Birdseye oval hole

    It has taken a while, but finally I have got around to posting these pictures. This is a recently completed one of my oval hole mandolins. Woods are Red Spruce top, Birdseye Maple back and sides,...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    +1 What John said.
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    Re: Tenor Guitar plans

    We were surrounded by fires and it went dark for 3-4 days from the smoke, but have emerged from all that with no damage. Only problem has been our rainwater tank is now contaminated with ash and the...
  7. Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Most of us are not very good at marketing. Andrew Mowry's story is very familiar to me, I am also an introvert, so salesman I am definitely not. The first mandolin I sold took 9 months to sell, and...
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    It does have an induced arch, radius 15ft. The pictures do seem to make it look more than what it is. The Army Navy and Flatiron mandolins also have an induced arch at about the same radius, but...
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    I run a bead of water along each fret and steam it with the soldering iron before starting to pull the fret. Keep the soldering iron on the fret as you pull so it stays hot. That softens the Ebony...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    What resonant frequency (i.e. normal mode of vibration) are you referring to? I am not disagreeing with you, but there are many more than one.

    There is a lot of speculation in the previous posts....
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    Re: 7th fret problem

    Yep, I was stumped as well when I had a similar problem on a guitar. Solved it by changing strings, so the suggestion above to change to a different string type is a good one.
  12. Re: Scale length for an octave mandolin build

    What Graham says. I use 21 inch scale length on my octave mandolins, but they are specifically designed to make it easy for playing melody. I use mandola strings on them so string sets are readily...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    There are failure rates for everything, and from what I have seen from over 25 years of instrument making the failure rate of truss rods is higher than carbon fibre. From over 200 mandolins and...
  14. Re: Couple of strings going out of tune regularly. Machine heads?

    There is always Australia Post. I also live in country Australia and get mandolins posted to me regularly.
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    Well yes and no. A truss rod will correct a minor bend in the neck and in that respect are insurance. However, I have seen plenty of bendy necks that can't be corrected by the installed truss rod. ...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Some years ago when Lynn Dudenbostle had the Griffith Loar in for some repair work, he described the arching to me. As far as I can tell from that, it would be safe to assume that Gibson used the...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Yep, exactly, and also stiffness of the back and how it relates to the top. Way too much attention is paid to thickness measurements which are pretty much irrelevant if you don't pay attention to...
  18. Re: L&H Model A vrs Gibson Construction differences

    Yes they are quite different. The overall build is lighter than the Gibson's so the top and back are carved thinner, but the bracing is the same with a cross brace behind the sound hole. The top...
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    Re: V-shaping a C or round shaped neck

    Easiest way to do this is to use a scraper. Scrape to the shape you want, smooth with sandpaper, then finish. I have done a few.
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    Ebony and mahogany don't need to be addressed. They are already exempt in finished products. Rosewood is not at the moment.
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    Re: New 2nd generation Coombe flat top

    My finger has now healed enough for me to play a few tunes, so here are some sound clips -
    http://petercoombe.com/Pictures/for-sale/Mandoln246/Lord-Inchiquin.mp3...
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    Re: New 2nd generation Coombe flat top

    It is X braced similar to a guitar with the X reinforced with carbon fibre. Basically they are built more like a flattop guitar using some of the principles in the design book by Australian luthiers...
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    New 2nd generation Coombe flat top

    This is a new flattop just finished. It incorporates some new technology that I discovered that makes flattop mandolins sound a lot better. This one embarrassed the arch top I use as a reference,...
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    First step, get a "normal" job that pays the bills. Next step get some basic woodworking skills. Next step get a shed and some tools (paid for by the normal job), and some wood (also paid for by...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    With modern materials, the quality of wood you can get nowadays, and modern methods there is no reason why you can't build a much better sounding mandolin than a vintage Kalamazoo. I have made and...
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