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    Re: Marathon, Florida

    Journeybear, Thanks for the reply. Darn, I am leaving way too early next Sunday.. I don't think we will make it down to Key West this trip, but if we do, I will try to make it on Thursday and will...
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    Re: Marathon, Florida

    So I'm getting to visit the Florida Keys for spring break 2011. I expect to be spending most of my time fishing and snorkeling but would be interested in getting together with someone to pick some...
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    Re: Antique Photo of a Mandolin of the Day

    Jim, A good friend of mine grew up in Elgin. I asked him if he recognized anyone in that picture. He said no, but responded with the information about the Elgin Watch Factory. Seemed interesting...
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    Re: Antique Photo of a Mandolin of the Day

    Great Photo -
    In 1939 times were very good in Elgin. The Elgin Watch Factory
    <<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin_National_Watch_Company>> was in full swing.
    It had an even greater effect on...
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    Re: Your Winfield Tornado Stories

    We were camped in the Pecan Grove when the tornado sirens went off and we scrambled to take down our EZ-Ups & awnings, put instrument in vehicles, and close up camp. It got really dark, the winds...
  6. Thread: Ellis #200

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    Re: Ellis #200

    Incredibly sweet! Congratulations Ben.
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    Re: My Siminoff H-5 Mandola Kit

    Let me first thank you all for your suportive comments.
    barrangatan, your comments about post-assembly is consistant with what I experinced as well. Seems I was really worried that I was going to...
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    My Siminoff H-5 Mandola Kit

    I finally finished my Siminoff, H-5 kit.

    I did post a few in-progress pictures on another thread but now that I have it finished, I thought I would post some pictures here as well.

    ….It all...
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    Re: Siminoff H-5 Mandola kit

    Thanks hank & Don. I opted for the red spruce top and a one piece curly back. I believe the scale length is something like 15 5/8 inches although I have not measured it.
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    Re: Siminoff H-5 Mandola kit

    I bought a Siminoff, H-5 kit and am very pleased I did.

    It all started when a friend let me play his AL Smart mandola. I fell in love the way it played and really enjoyed the thick, rich tone...
  11. Thread: Splotchy Top

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    Re: Splotchy Top

    Thank you all for your input. Some very helpful advise … some very funny stuff too.
    I appreciate the information on airbrushes (I do need one) and expect to buy one someday soon… just not now. ...
  12. Thread: Splotchy Top

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    Splotchy Top

    Working on my 2nd build and am having problems with the coloring process. Have been using alcohol based stains and was trying to get a pumpkin colored top. Problem is I am getting a distinct...
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    Shaping the Scroll

    Just a quick question - I’m in the process of shaping the volute on an F style scroll and was wondering what others have found to be the best way to uniformly finish that concave part on the scroll...
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    Re: Fret board extender

    Another option: I could use some of the cocobolo scrap I have to make a whole new "solid" extender. Would the cocobolo be a good wood for this application?
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    Re: Fret board extender

    Thanks Bill,
    I was expecting the two woods might be visible but planning a darker stain in that area anyway. As for using maple…. Actually don’t have any scraps. So, if I have to go out and get...
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    Fret board extender

    As I was fitting the fret board extender to the top, I managed to over cut it and have made the extender too thin. Now the maple extender sits just below where the plane of the fret board should...
  17. Re: Tru-Oil, Behlen's Rock Hard, or something else?

    Derek, I used Deft lacquer that comes in a rattle can for my mandolin and found that it was very easy to apply. When I ran out – I found it at several hardware stores…so it was easy to find. ...
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    Bill - Is the one you were thinking about...

    Bill - Is the one you were thinking about w/external tone bars? Doesn't appear that they are carved into the top though. #A very cool looking design. Sorry I don't know anything about the...
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    Just a thought about what to call a thickness...

    Just a thought about what to call a thickness diagram......
    From a non- luthier perspective - When I start to think about maping or charting 3-D things in two dimensions, I find Geological terms...
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    Just in case you are in the Austin area October...

    Just in case you are in the Austin area October 20-22, 2006 and want to pick & listen to some good music - I just received the following information about the Austin Sting Band Festival. Didn’t know...
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    The Ultimate Stand- How did you get the...

    The Ultimate Stand-

    How did you get the clutch connector off the tube without destroying it? #

    First off, sorry about the humongous picture...
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    Tim, Two ideas that were not mentioned above...

    Tim,

    Two ideas that were not mentioned above for keeping stringed instruments handy.....

    First – I find the best stands for leaving instruments out and “handy” to be the wall hanger type. I...
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    Andy - I routed the cavities for my inlay with a...

    Andy - I routed the cavities for my inlay with a Dremel tool fitted with a Stu Mac Router Base (all borrowed from a friend). To cut a channel for the 22 gage wire I bought several different Dremel...
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    I ended up using 22 gage sterling silver (square)...

    I ended up using 22 gage sterling silver (square) wire that I found at the local bead shop - cost me $1.50 per foot. It was the thinnest wire they had that was “flat” although they did have round...
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    newmando7, I had the same issue on my first...

    newmando7,

    I had the same issue on my first one too. Adrian offered good information - if you would like to read more on the topic you might try searching the Builers forum for title-
    "Tone bars...
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