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  1. Re: Thile and Grier at The Prism Coffeehouse, 2002

    I really miss the prism.
    Partly I miss the old location, but mostly I miss being able to go to shows there without driving 400 miles!
  2. Thread: Sprayed Glue?

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    Re: Sprayed Glue?

    It is possible that they spray glue, but I know that some manufacturers have things kind of like blotters or sponges in the shape of the part to be glued. The worker would simply press the part down...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    I started to realize that several years ago. I was standing on the front porch of Tim's house with my poker buddies. On the 4th ring of the telephone inside the house I said "Tim, do you want to get...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    The answer is...
    Money!

    All we need is a collection of mandolins, some high level players, some high level listeners, some average players and listeners, some luthiers and a bunch of fret wire....
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    That's not what I'm saying, and even if it was I wouldn't say "all the people".
    What I'm saying is: it is awfully easy to fool ourselves and so I am skeptical any time someone claims to...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Strings move (vibrate) when we pluck or bow them, frets don't (OK, every part of an instrument moves a little) to speak of. String movement is what drives the instrument to make sound. Frets simply...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    ...And that's just one example. Sometimes people claim that they can hear, see, feel, etc. differences because of their experience and expertise. Sometimes it can be demonstrated that they can and...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    When stainless and evo frets were introduced, I figured it was just a matter of time before people reported that they could hear a difference between them and nickel silver. Just a matter of time...
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    Re: Figlio mandolin repair

    [QUOTE=lukewinter;1772638]...As far as frets goes, is there a standard height they should be when new?.../QUOTE]

    To be a little more specific than Jim, no, there is no standard height for frets. I...
  10. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Just posting to be posting here, I guess...
    If you use the viola-style clamp be aware that those things are intended for instruments with overhanging plate edges (top and back edges). There is no...
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    Re: Small rattle in soundboard...

    When you tap and hear a rattle, it could be anywhere.
    I'm not absolutely clear on your stage of completion, but check everything, tap everywhere, listen from every direction, you might track it...
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    Re: Side bracings?

    I don't know of anyone who routinely braces mandolin sides. Wood pieces for mandolin sides are narrow enough that they generally don't 'pucker' much, and if they do pucker slightly it is usually...
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    Not quite 45 degrees, but angled. That makes the grain even shorter on one side of the mortise.
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    That's what I thought.
    That is a weak place in a head block with the grain running that direction, and the most common mandolin neck joint failure that I see in repair work. Because there is short...
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    If it is broken where I think it is, I think a replacement is the best repair.
    (If pics show up and I'm wrong about where it is broken I may retract that statement.)
  16. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    :grin:

    Lots of very good, developed players played the one I put 3 sizes in, and I don't remember anyone claiming a better feel if they noticed it at all. I didn't point the frets out before they...
  17. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    I once made a mandolin with three sizes of stainless steel frets. Wider from 1 to 7 or so, medium from 8 to 15 or so, and narrow the rest of the way up. I owned that mandolin for a few years and got...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    The pulses of energy from the strings set the whole instrument in motion, and the laws of physics tell us that all parts of the instrument move in their respective normal modes of motion, and that...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    I'm not sure what you mean by the 'vibrating cycle', but the bridge "feels" straight tugs from the vibrating strings. Square pulses, as I've heard them described. The bridge and the top respond as a...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    If you can think of something, rest assured that it has been tried.

    FWIW, banjo players frequently change tailpiece height and/or angles to raise or lower downward force on the bridge, and sound...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    There are various schools of thought on this.
    One is:
    A sharper breakover angle applies more static downward bridge pressure to the top so string motion drives the top better.
    I don't subscribe...
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    Re: questions about a neck build

    I install my mando rods deeper at the heel by shimming. I use 2 shims, one to each side of the path of the saw so that the saw doesn't knock the shim off cutting through. I use a spot of superglue to...
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    Re: Repair question

    You might be able to get away with a cheap and dirty repair then. If the break can be closed without undue force, some glue and a wood screw might be just the thing. Such a repair can be reasonably...
  24. Re: Making a Brass Hammer (from plumbing parts)

    That's still a lot of hammers.
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    Re: Repair question

    It can be repaired. Anything can be repaired, it comes down to practicality, value of the instrument, cost of repair and all that. The value of the instrument can also influence the repair method....
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