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  1. Re: Information on quality of the ARBOR f style Mandolin requeste

    It has a real carved scroll on the back, so it's a solid back. The top is, as well. You can't carve veneer, so this is all solid.

    Not sure what the cracking is about, but structural damage is...
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    Re: knot in top

    Wish I could blame the wood supplier for all the tops I've ruined by being dumb.... ;-)
    Cool that John and whomever the OP's wood supplier are will replace wood with a pitch pocket. By that point,...
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    Viking, a supplier of torrefied lumber for exterior use, specifies "NOT FOR INSTRUMENT USE" very specifically when marketing their timbers. Not sure if brittleness is a consideration, or what the...
  4. Re: Information on quality of the ARBOR f style Mandolin requeste

    If you can get it for $200 or so, it's probably worth a shot. A Kentucky or similar A or F made in the past decade is going to be a much better instrument, though. Once you get up into the $350...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    Y'all know Radim Zenkl, right?

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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Try picking the strings at at around the 15th fret. Many new players don't realize how sweet a mandolin can sound if they move out of the "parking lot" zone of picking right next to the bridge.
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    Re: Upgrading a tailpiece

    Fretwork & properly filed nut and bridge slots are two things which, for the cost or less of a James tailpiece, might have a good chance of improving both the instrument's tone, and your playing...
  8. Re: Pelican Vault 730 as a Double Mandolin Case

    I checked a Pelican 1615 Air case full of metrology equipment (i.e., very heavy, very expensive, very delicate) and a headless travel guitar during international travel this summer. I had the...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Another way necks can fail is due to the individual grain or stresses in the neck wood. A metal truss rod does very little to help stabilize the neck wood, and in fact increases some local stresses....
  10. Re: Your favourite mandolin picture of 2019

    First mandolin made in my new shop!
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    Re: Book disappointment

    I started with the Siminoff book (in an earlier form than currently available, but largely the same content).

    I've also read The Mandolin Project.

    Both are worth reading, but if you're going...
  12. Re: Tang Width on a Loar 520 for new frets

    I avoid doing refrets whenever possible. It is very hard to make money doing them, but I guess that's true of most lutherie jobs.
    If making money is not the plan, then plan to buy the right tools...
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    Re: Worst scroll of the last century?

    That's not why you buy 'em... there are plenty of cheap instruments out there with traditional-looking scrolls, but which don't deliver as an inspiring musical tool. I believe our job as luthiers is,...
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    Re: filling fret wear

    Celluloid boils at 204 F!
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    Re: filling fret wear

    Seems like a good way to melt binding...
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    I've tried it - there are a lot of things that can go wrong, and which are essentially impossible to reverse when they do.
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    Re: Satin-nickel plating?

    How about asking Bill James (Axiom, inc.)? Their plating is very nice, fine-grained satin surface, and they seem to be able to do it without losing the crisp engraving detail on the James tailpieces.
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Try ordering shorter lengths. 4' lengths are expensive to ship, but you don't actually need a length that long (or even half that length) for any instrument.
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    Re: Sliding Door Side Port, Makers?

    I'd talk to Herb Taylor or Mario Proulx.
    http://www.proulxguitars.com/j5_2.htm
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    I'm not trying to be argumentative, either, just having a conversation. Wasn't trying to be a jerk.

    Ok - imagine a 1" diameter tube, cut in half (solid D shape), 12" long, made of solid carbon...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    The principle is that the material along the neutral axis (area of the neck which is neither in tension nor compression) does nothing to add stiffness to a structure. So a hollow tube can often be...
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    Re: Silver vs. Nickel James Tailpiece?

    Nope, but they feel nice, work nicely, and last really well.
  23. Re: Position available in full-time touring bluegrass band.

    They're not actually that big, just feels that way when you've had a few.
  24. Re: Advice for Sound board flexibility.

    What it sounds like you're asking for is some kind of target or metric for wood flexibility, and how that correlates to a functional soundboard.
    The closest thing to that is deflection tuning, which...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld string weights

    They're designed with European and Italian style mandolins in mind, not Gibson-style mandolins. So their Hard (or Stark), as you noticed, are just starting to get into the realm of what we'd consider...
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