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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Gibson wasn't competing with anyone about what the scroll looked like. I've pointed out before that IMO the teen ovals usually had much better scrolls. I think workmanship in those days was overall a...
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    Winfield Cancelled

    Haven't seen it posted so I'll do it. Just saw the notice that Winfield is off. If you bought tickets they're good for next year.
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    This is the only oval I ever made. It was at the request by someone who had bought a couple of other F-5's. It required moving the oval forward a bit. I haven't heard it in years but it had a...
  4. Thread: F-5 Galaxy

    by Jim Hilburn
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    F-5 Galaxy

    This is a Hubble photo in National Geo. Don't know what the real name is but to me it's the F-5 galaxy.
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    Should I mention the Japan connection? Oh, never mind.
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    Just look at them. They sound worse.
  7. Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    There's really only 2 actual hillbillies in that picture.
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    Hilburn #12 peghead

    This is a mandolin I built in the mid 90's. The only time I posted a picture of it was in "Mandolin Oddities". However the peghead caught my attention this morning from it's perch on the wall and I...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    As far as fixing mistakes goes it kind of depends on if your selling it or not.
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    Re: Does this look like an issue?

    My guess is they didn't scrape the color to the edge of the binding to get a very clean line and not have to worry about scraping into the wood.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Watch some videos of violin guys knife cutting them.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I think I remember Will Kimble say he cut his with a razor knife.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    This is the method I came up with using a dremel drill press and an elevated platform with a pin under the cutter. Had the plexi template already.
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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    Shout out to Andrew Mowry who took out time from building and with his family has been sewing some masks.
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    Re: Musician quotes

    Jethro Burns: How to select a mandolin
    First, it should be cheap. How it looks isn't important. Nobody's going to see it but you. Tone isn't too important. Chances are no one's going to listen...
  16. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NY6mgm21Bo

    Worth a few minutes.
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    Re: Fretboard Riser

    1/2" at the crosspiece. That's from the rim to the bottom of the fingerboard.
  18. Thread: Blue Chips

    by Jim Hilburn
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    Re: Blue Chips

    Before I ever bought one I remember a guy at Winfield retrace his steps to our camp and was on all fours with a flashlight going through the grass.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    The plans are sold through Elderly Music.
  20. 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: 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 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: 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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