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    Re: another contour map question

    Each maker has his own style of arching (albeit mostly based upon the Loar style). Basicly the A or F style have the same arching except the scroll area. Some carve the recurve all around top...
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    Re: Best Bridge Jig Stew Mac or Cuberland ??

    Don't forget that it is most useful on new mandolins with nice smooth arches. Older mandolins have often dented or deformed tops under bridge feet and the jig won't work as nicely (just takes you...
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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    It makes things simplier when there is clear nitro over unstained rosewood.
    Violin makers would in never touch up more than the minimal bare spot, even FP over larger area is frowned upon these...
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    Re: Ibanez M522 top collapsing

    Sorry to be harsh but doing all that tuning nonsense is not going to save your mandolin. First, if you ever want to use any tap tuning technique your build specs MUST be consistent and any tuning...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    When veneer is glued on under pressure the glue can penetrate and some parts or pores can be sealed and cause uneven staining as well.
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    I buy alcohol for stackfree fireplaces, it is 99.98% ethanol (200 proof?) and only tiny amount of added denatonium benzoate. It costs just under 2 EUR per liter bottle. I once put my finger in mouth...
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    Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    That is called "social security insurance for luthiers" :-)

    My advice regarding OP would be build quality (and you can do quality setup or repairs as well to finance your building) and the...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    I once saw a vid on YT that was about bandsaw setup and the guy (representative of some company producing saws) explained about geometry of the wheels and the rubbers (tires?) being even more...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    You should notice that most of the videos are of sunbursting hardwood, especially curly maple. That is a breeze to do compared to carved spruce top (even flat top spruce is incomparable to carved)....
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Who? McClanahan? Perhaps he just started numbering with 700... Common practice. Many makers or factories use fancy numbering systems containing encoded date and year so the resulting number is in 5or...
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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    It's hard to tell from the photo, but it appears like a poly finish. Even if the crack is well aligned when glued, the chipped finish at the crack will be visible. On gloss I've had good luck with CA...
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    Re: Pls critique this nut work

    Think that the bearing point will take most of the force and will slowly abrade lower over time. I noticed this especially on pearl - unwound strings - player with agressive sweat combination where...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    One should also think that they were noto working alone but had workshop with aprentices. In times of stradivari that was typically whole family pluse several aprentices and journeymen all working...
  14. Re: Vintage Gibson---Anything Other Than Ebony for a Teen's Gibso

    I've seen 20-21 F-4 with fingerboard made out of either dark BRW or some similar rosewood. Definately not ebony but quite dark to match factory specs...
  15. Thread: dents in the neck

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    Re: dents in the neck

    Have a look at frets.com Frank demonstrates steaming of dents. I would stay away from drop flling with CA unless it is hard Poly fininsh. CA will look good initially, but after some aging the patch...
  16. Thread: tuner install

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    Re: tuner install

    I drill perpendicular to back of headstock (just lay the headstock onto drillpress, otherwise I would have to use some atapered piece of wood to counter the taper of headstock) but I always ream the...
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    Re: tuner install

    You don't really need the jig. If you can draw nice clean pencil lines and stick an awl right into their intersection to create prick that will lead the brad point drill that is all you need. Make 8...
  18. Re: Grover? Gotoh? Schaller? Golden Age Mandolin Tuners?

    That's what I was thinking about.
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    Re: tuner install

    Tuner instalation is almost purely functional thing. Players don't want instruments with problematic tuners. The installation is simple enough so many folks tend not to pay enough attention to...
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    Re: tuner install

    I still wonder why you all want to drill stepped hole? I've always drilled full 8mm (or whatever diameter needed for given bushings) hole through the headstock in one step and never had any problems....
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    Re: Fern Loar F5 Attic Find

    The mandolin in the pics is clearly not the same as the "attic Fern". Look at the tuners the mandolin has tuners farther apart at the top of headstock and the holes appear to be drilled right through...
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    Re: F5 fretboard extension problem area?

    There are many ways how the extension is attached to the instrument but generally if the neck joint is stable and wood well seasoned there is not very much tension around it to cause it come loose.
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    Hand tools can be very effective compared to electric tools. Folks tend to forget that great many modern tools (and jigs) werenot created to make the work more efficient but to enable less skilled...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    You can do it all with hand tools only but some tools are realy necessary. You need excellent handplanes #4 #6-7 and one of the small benchplanes for small tasks and if you get a good toothed blade...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    Train your hand skills in woodwork, don't just buy jigs and special gdgets that promise that anyone can get great results (perhaps you will get them, but will learn nothing). I've seen folks who...
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