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    Re: Need recommendation for clear finish

    Water borne finishes are about the most colorless of finishes. In fact, some can tend toward blue, so amber color is sometimes added to neutralize the blue "haze".
    As for application, some people...
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    When the pairs (courses) of strings do not note in tune with one another, the possible problems are: -the strings -the nut -the bridge. It is not likely to be the frets.
    by process of elimination...
  3. Re: Kluson Supreme F Type Gold Mandolin tuners

    I don't know what is inside of them, but I bought them from the rep at the ASIA symposium who assured me that the gears are an upgrade from those in the old Klusons. Whatever is under those 'funky'...
  4. Re: Kluson Supreme F Type Gold Mandolin tuners

    The new Klusons are not the same gears as the old ones. I bought a set and put them on this mandolin.
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    Truth is, I don't think I would like the look on an F5 peghead, but I think they 'fit'...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    RE lowering frequencies:

    For those who don't know, Dave Cohen added a "Virzi thingy" to his test mule mandolin (removable back for testing things) and found little difference between the measured...
  6. Re: What was your biggest challenge in making an F style mandolin

    That would probably be: getting a price for the mandolin that reflects the work and skill that goes into building the thing.
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    Re: Screws for tuner buttons

    I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but it would sure be easy to believe that tuner manufactures got together and decreed that all brands must use different thread sizes for button screws. In fact, many...
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    Re: 7th fret problem

    That's why I'm stumped on this one. If a tuner cannot detect an intonation problem it just doesn't make sense that there is one. I can't think of any physical problem with the mandolin that would...
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    Re: 1948 Martin 2-15 Repair Questions

    For the record:
    I have repaired collapsed mandolin tops by "sandbaging" with heat, by chalk fitting new wood, and other methods. I have worked on these old Martin mandolins and have even replaced a...
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    Re: New OM build maple neck questions

    Scarf joints are common in guitar construction, especially classical guitars with their relatively lower string tension. They are not as common mandolin family instrument construction. There is more...
  11. Re: NY Times profiles Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co.

    I have seen and tried the one and only mandolin produced by Troublesome Creek.
    What do I think? Well, I built the thing so of course I like it a lot!
    The mandolin is a prototype, made by me....
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    Re: 1948 Martin 2-15 Repair Questions

    Those tops were badly under-built in the tail block area and often collapsed there. Not much to do other than a new top.
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    The last time I learned a new instrument (banjo) I found that I could put it down and come back in a couple of hours and move forward again.
    The process was sort of like: pick up the banjo in the...
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    Re: italian spruce

    It's European spruce (Picea abies). On average, it tends to be less dense than either sitka or red spruce. I've used it a couple of times, but I apparently don't quite know how to get the best out of...
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    Re: $200 to spend on a new or used Mandolin

    If you want carved arched top and back, go used (A). If you want flat top and back you might be able to find a decent new one in that price range, but a very good used one might be available.
    I...
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    Re: How much of a concern should this be?

    Common in old instruments (and not uncommon in newer ones), usually results from flatsawn ebony in the fingerboard, not a reason for alarm, just something to be fixed when it comes time for a re-fret.
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    Re: Point protectors

    Wow, I've been getting away with dovetails all these years...:cool:
    I like ivoroid for corners with ivoroid bindings. It melds to the binding, it resists bumps, is not easily knocked off of the...
  18. Re: inlaying on wood other then ebony, ( lighter color)

    Slow down, use a good magnifying visor and make the inlay fit nice and tight.
  19. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    In general, carved, arched mandolins are not more expensive than carved arched guitars. Likewise, flat top/back mandolins are not more expensive than flat top/back guitars.
    (I other words, it's the...
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    Re: Ivoroid picguard material

    Call Steve at Cumberland Acoustic.
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Didn't read my post did ya?
    Tearing those labels off without damaging the string and then having to clean the strings with naphtha are the reasons for the complaint.
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    From counting the grain lines in a top (half) we can determine how many years of growth are represented in the top. That is all we can tell because what we can't tell is:

    -how much wood was cut...
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    Re: Preparing for a Tru-Oil Finish

    Not "this instance", but for me the shellac sealer is to stabilize my dyes before scraping the bindings so that I don't smudge color around while handling and scraping the instrument. Perhaps I could...
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    Re: Waverly Tuners tight

    Stewmac may think we need to install the tuners like they say (after all, it almost requires using their tool), but in fact, Waverly tuners can be installed differently from that tutorial with...
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    Re: Waverly Tuners tight

    Waverly tuners are made with close tolerances. That makes them feel great when we take them out of the box and spin the knobs, but it means that slight spacing errors, or slight misalignment of the...
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