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    Re: Redtip wood?

    The plant is Red Tip Photinia. Very popular among landscape architects in NC and SC ~40 years ago. It grows at a furious rate. A lot of people used it for hedges or yard screens, then discovered...
  2. Re: Stew mac -- waverly f-style mandolin tuners

    FWIW, just learned this past week in discussion with a colleague that Don MacRostie chucks his new tuners in the drill press and runs them for awhile as a break-in procedure to ensure consistent...
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    My personal favorite rural directions story goes back to serving on a fire department in the far western North Carolina mountains 30 years ago. One night the official location of the call dispatch...
  4. Re: No mandolin content. Taylor Guitars story about sourcing wood

    A long time ago, I made a living in marketing and public relations. (Please pardon me; I was young and stupid.) The referenced article is an attempt to gin up a product press release from Taylor...
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    Re: Some instruments take time to sell

    There's a fellow in these parts who specializes in the Viola da Gamba. That's pretty much the definition of a narrow market niche. But he builds on commission and they don't gather any dust.
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    Re: Fiebing's Leather Dye

    That's an interesting burst.

    Your question gnawed at me for a couple of days, so I looked up an MSDS for Fiebing's Leather Dye...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    "As I see it, each type of scraper has it's place,..."

    Roger that. In matters of taste, there is no argument. For each application there's a proper tool, and that decision can be very personal. ...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    The Carruth scrapers are 3.5mm thick. Much closer to an ice skate blade than a card scraper, and they work on the same principle. The working edge is hollow-ground; It's not a "burr" as on a card...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    StewMac sells their "ultimate mini grinder" as the optimal tool for sharpening Carruth scrapers. It uses 3" wheels. I've found that diameter just right for the purpose. You can get what's...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Just to follow up on this thread, I want to give a shout out to the Dragonplate/Allred folks. They are super-efficient and prompt on order processing and shipping, and also do a great job of...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Okay, James, good point. I am satisfied with my purchase and will not complain again.
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Good suggestion, Marty. Challenge accepted and answered. Six 24" pieces will cost $36.66, but the shipping drops to $21.96. Which is more acceptable, but still seems a but harsh for shipping light...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Checking around on dragonplate.com and thought I'd order three pieces of .250" x 48" carbon fiber rod to experiment with. Total for the order is $33.33. That's quite reasonable. But the shipping...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Going up through the 12,000 grit Micromesh pads will get you pretty well up to a mirror finish. That's a good way to go.

    Nice price on that eBay offer, BTW. Thanks for the tip.
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Stew-Mac sells luminescent side dot material. Also comes in blue. Quite effective.
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    "Spend your energy on getting a well responsive box with the scale and air cavity combination that work well together, not the fanned fretboard distraction. If you don't get those two combinations,...
  17. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    Thanks! Couldn't enlarge the image on the device I was using.
  18. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    What do the contact surfaces of the tuners look like?
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    There's a good chance the over-the-body frets were pulled in order to make the guitar playable due to a neck angle and/or bow problem.

    Those are some nasty wounds on the back of the neck. ...
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    Thank you for the comprehensive explanation, John. Most helpful.
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    Truss rod angle and depth

    I haven't found anything about this in prior threads, so if it's been discussed before I apologize.

    Happened to flip open Siminoff's Construction Manual today just because it was handy at...
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    Deleting posts

    Sorry to have to ask this, but I've searched the archives and can't find anything about it.

    How do you delete a post made in error? According to the forum guidelines it's supposed to be an...
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

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  24. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    Thanks for the clarification. That seemed too good to be true. And it is!
  25. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    I covet a MAG-ic probe. Their "Pro" level software will even draw the instrument and note all the measurement locations. But the gizmo and the software together set you back about $400US with their...
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