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    Re: Top and back graduations

    The plans are sold through Elderly Music.
  2. Re: Making Head block for F5. " the old fashioned way"

    I can't imagine attacking an F without a bandsaw.
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    The A2Z I mentioned had amazingly been in the same family since it was bought new. However it was bought new in India by an aunt of the owner who was a missionary there. It ended up in Boulder under...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    One problem with older instruments that had been stored under the bed was celluloid off-gassing when confined to a case. very unstable stuff. I had an A2Z come in once and the case looked like a fire...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    One thing I know, I don't have any natural talent in B.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I don't know, but I'm seeing the bottom of the recurve under the tailpiece as being at least half way up in the center of the TP. But the other giveaway is how the recurve narrows along the sides to...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I saw the Tucker in the classifieds and shared it with Jacob Hagerty who is beginning to build some nice mandolins. It is an extreme example of one way to do the recurve. But watching and listening...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    The older oval mandolins did have an inlayed maple stiffener to help re-enforce them. These days it's easy to get and install a carbon fiber re-enforcement.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Concerning the reference to the Stew-Mac print, I learned the hard way that those grads are way too heavy. They show 1/4" in the center which is what you might find on an archtop guitar.
    Adrian...
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    Re: Traditional Bridge w/ piezo

    Fishman uses a really cheap Chinese bridge for theirs. I actually retrofitted one of their saddles to a Cumberland base before.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    There's a lot of talk about thicknesses and that's very important, but to me the actual shaping of the plates is the key. It seems that many new builders don't get the recurve right. It isn't a...
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    Re: Chris Thile's first mandolin

    I was just wondering what the Gibson was that he is holding on his first album Leading Off. I would guess it was a Flatiron era but never have known. The album was from '94.
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz playing a Nugget Mandolin

    I've always thought I drove Mike out of Colorado because I was always dropping by to bug him about how to build mandolins. Dorenac, I might have seen your mandolin on the bench.
    That Eldora shop...
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz playing a Nugget Mandolin

    She said it was next serial# to Tim's but thinks it's a 79. I would guess earlier, like 76 but don't really know.
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz playing a Nugget Mandolin

    That has to be a very early Nugget, like mid to late 70's. As an aside, I bought the second Ome mandolin but first A style which Mike built in 1975. When I first went to the shop to check it out it...
  16. Re: Upside down "Whale" inlay on headstock - Where from?

    Along with the originally mentioned builders, Will used it, and I just saw it on a Kentucky.
    I did a version that was a little different. Someone once said mine looked like a frollicking person in...
  17. Re: Praise for the contoured and rectangular Ameritage cases

    The company is GWW and they made custom cases for me that were not as fancy as the Ameritage line but basically in the same box. I was able to select exterior and interior colors and hardware options...
  18. Re: Upside down "Whale" inlay on headstock - Where from?

    Quick look through Google and found this from 1908. Inlay was positioned low on the peghead. A 1906 in the Archive has a flower inlay instead.
  19. Re: Upside down "Whale" inlay on headstock - Where from?

    It was on the Gibson A-3 model but I'm not sure of the dates.
  20. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    It's like 6 degrees to Kevin Bacon. All conversation eventually leads to mandolins.
  21. Re: PBS documentary on the history of Bluegrass

    Watched it. It was great! Maybe more on Japanese bluegrass than needed, but very did a great job of following the branches from Bill. Great interviews with so many influential players as well as...
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    Re: New case option

    I would say there's less of an attempt to make it look high end with the shiny material and hygrometer, just utilitarian. My concern with a case is that the bridge be protected and with the neck and...
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    Re: New case option

    I've been posting pictures the same way for 15 years and now they start showing up wrong.
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    Re: New case option

    I got the dreadnaught case some time ago to replace the old hardshell. It's great.
    They must nick you for shipping when ordering direct.
    Doh! Need to read. $10 shipping.
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    New case option

    My friend Geo showed up with his Gibson in this Pro Rock Gear case. Looked it up on Amazon and it's $79. Not even listed as a mandolin case, it's called a Folk and World music case.
    I like the way...
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