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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    Loboguy- it is a cool tool-good work. Here's my feedback to make it more functional (sorry to give you homework). First I really like that you can hear the notes in the modes. I'm not sure what the...
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    Re: Keep Rigel or learn on different instrument?

    If you haven't played a mandolin before I'd try to learn on the Rigel. If you (or your instructor) thinks it's a problem after a while then you can always have the neck shaved down. Here's someoneto...
  3. Thread: Time to build?

    by RobH
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    Re: Time to build?

    Being an amateur builder I have no time frame. I don't do a step until I have it worked out in my head, and every step is a new skill set. When I get to finishing, that's when I least want to rush...
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    Re: looking for 2-point f-hole mandolin plans...

    Where do you want the points to be-symmetrical, offset one larger that the other? If you can build a mandolin from scratch you should be able to take a regular F blueprint and adjust it to your...
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    Re: How do you rip the wood for your ribs?

    I also use an old Craftsman Oscillating sander with a fence. It works great, It makes a perfect drum sander for parts up to around 4 inches + the sander is one of my most used tools. I sand the...
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    Re: DePaule Nouveau inlay advice

    I'd also ask DePaule how wide the inlay is at the nut. Your customer might not be considering that but if they gave you a nut width they want the inlay might not allow that.
    Rob
  7. Re: Anyone compare the cheap Ashton Bailey's that are on Ebay?

    I bought two from different vendors. Quality was similar to each other. I never had an actual Ashton Bailey but they look pretty close and were $40 cheaper. I put one on a flat top mandolin I built...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    I bought a fiberglass Crossrock case last year and I'm very happy with it. Neither my 2 point or F style fit into my Superior fiberglass case...it's too tight. The Crossrock has plenty of room- even...
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    Re: Book disappointment

    My Copy of the Mandolin Project came with an envelope that had full size plans (although they only showed 1/2 side but of 4 different bodies). Maybe they aren't supplied in the UK. They also show...
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    Re: Bridge and Tail Piece Recomendations

    I just built a flat top based on Graham McDonald's book and it has about a 12/15' radius. I bought a $10 Chinese knockoff of the Ashton Bailey tailpiece (quality was pretty good- and it perfectly...
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    Re: Ball end strings for an electric mando?

    I use Fender 2250L Nickel plated steel ball end mandolin strings on my Mandobird VIII...I like the sound and playability.
    Rob
  12. Re: Local spruce + tonewood suppliers in the Adirondacks?

    I've bought some nice figured maple at Lakeshore Hardwoods https://www.lakeshorehardwoods.com in Pulaski but I haven't actually been to their showroom yet. They've come down to NJ with the...
  13. Thread: NJ/NYC Suburbs

    by RobH
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    Re: NJ/NYC Suburbs

    Jeff, I highly recommend Barry Mitterhoff's Jam Class starting May 6 in Springfield NJ https://letspick.org/class-pages/bm-2019-05/ You will meet pickers at all levels at the class, and Barry is a...
  14. Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra Spring Concert May 5th

    The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra will have their spring concert "MANDOLIN AND THE MOVIES" on Sunday, May 5th at 3 p.m.
    Auditorium of Bloomfield Middle School
    60 Huck Road, Bloomfield, NJ 07003...
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    Re: Warped Flat Back Boards

    I think Dan Erlewine has the answer you are looking for
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0emWxl67tF0
    Rob
  16. Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra Holiday Concert Saturday, 12/15

    The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra will have a free Holiday Concert
    Saturday, December 15th at 1 p.m.
    Bloomfield Public Library Little Theater
    90 Broad Street, Bloomfield NJ 07003
    Free Concert,...
  17. Re: Looking for a hard case that works with Tone-Gard

    Check out Crossrock Fiberglass cases. They have a lot of room..they even come with an extra pad at the bottom near the tailpin. I also have a Travelite and the Crossrock has more room..a toneguard...
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    Re: Neck block/ Fretboard extension support

    I use a Dremel 1/2 diameter sanding drum on a flex shaft (or flex shaft attachment if you have that) so I can get in parallel. I also have a foot switch so I can control the speed. I do most of the...
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    Re: Spindle Sander for Binding Thicknessing?

    I have used an oscillating spindle sander to get sides down to .80 and I had pretty good control of the thickness using the 3" drum. I would think you could do binding but I would start with 80 grit...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Also if you want to play a lot of songs in relative minor keys you need to know the key of Bb to play in Gm, F for Dm and Eb for Cm.
    For example Lonesome Moonlight Waltz in Dm
    Rob
  21. Thread: Pick guards

    by RobH
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    Re: Pick guards

    The Epiphone Mandobird has a pickguard. Do you mean a raised finger rest or a replacement? It has a shallow neck angle and doesn't really need a fingerest, but if you need a replacement , you can get...
  22. Thread: bending lacewood

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    Re: bending lacewood

    I second the idea of veneer and lamentations. Check out classical guitar maker J.S. Bogdanovich. He wrote a book on making classical guitars and has a web site. All of his sides are laminated....
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    Re: Case Covers - Suggestions?

    I have a Prince double tennis racquet case that fits a Weber branded A case perfectly. It's waterproof and has a small zippered pocket, handle and strap- not a lot of extra room but some of the...
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    Re: Dudenbostel Dovetail Neck Jig

    I'd like to revive this discussion because I'm also curious about using a straight dovetail. Should the back be glued on first and does the button act as a stop? if not how is the neck held at the ...
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    Re: R.I.P. Paul Kantner

    My wife and I were in NYC a few years ago (I think '07) and we stopped into the Whitney Museum to see the show Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era. I saw a small sign that the Jefferson...
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