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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    Banjo parts: Smakula Fretted Instruments, Elkins W. Va.
    Bob Smakula is the best person to talk to about odd size banjos heads. He is very knowledgeable and very helpful.
    www.smakula.com
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    Re: ISO mandolin teacher Chattanooga, TN

    I am in Chattanooga and have been teaching for thirty years.
    PM me if you are interested.
  3. Re: Tenor Guitar Question: Convert an old guitar or pull the pick

    Can't tell for sure from the pictures, but the strings appear to be just about laying on the last couple of frets.

    There should be at least 5/64" clearance between the top of the 12th fret and the...
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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    I'll bet a nickel that one or more of the last few frets is loose or high, or that there is a rise in the fretboard over the body, or a combination of all of these.
    Look it over again very...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Good luck, John. I did one something like that some years back. Like yours, they didn't leave me as much old spruce to graft to as one would wish for. May the spirit of creative carpentry guide...
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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    First, raise the bridge and see how far up you have to go before the problem goes away.

    Ideally, a mandolin should play if the distance between the 12th fret and the bottom of the string is .060"....
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Todd, have you ever pulled and re-set a neck? Repaired a split X brace? Made and installed a bridge of any kind? Opened up an A-4 that had a large shard pulled away from the inside of the top and...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    When they do crack, it's job security for me.

    The last one I repaired was a recent guitar made by a very competent builder. It did not have the brace. There was a crack on both sides of the...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    A thumbnail history of Martin popsicle braces:

    Originally, all Martins made at least as far back as the 1860's had a popsicle brace.
    When Martin introduced their 14 fret models starting in 1929,...
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    Re: Pickguard Reset on Weymann Bowlback

    Celluloid has always been flammable. It is neither any more nor any less flammable than it was 100 years ago. When it gets old, it may become more flammable. Celluloid that was sealed with finish...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    No brace is meant to prevent damage from overheating. Unless you want overbuilt instruments like 70's Gibsons. And they are still susceptible to heat damage.

    There are many causes for...
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    Re: Help with Martin Style 20 at GC Brooklyn

    Well, chances are that the one in NY was probably not Bill's personal instrument, but Bill's was the same model. You'll see that mandolin in virtually every picture of the Blue Sky Boys.
    Earl...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Well, 70's Martins have gone up, though only modestly, believe it or not. Ironically, the prices on mid to late 60's models have gone down. You can't predict the market.

    As far as modifying...
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    Re: Help with Martin Style 20 at GC Brooklyn

    Bill Bolick of the Blue Sky Boys played a Martin style 20 as his mandolin of choice for 70 years.
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    While I heartily agree with James, I don't worry too much about folks who re-work old Kay and Harmony instruments.

    And I'm not too worried about re-working an old Goya 12-string with a 4" x 14"...
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    Re: Help with Martin Style 20 at GC Brooklyn

    Well, Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester NY has two style 20's, and they would give you at least a passable description over the phone, but you would have to pay more. They are a long established...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Fun and games.

    My latest project: a 12 string with good wood and a 4" x 14" bridge plate made of 1/4" plywood.
    The original configuration:

    186849 186848

    I removed the bridge...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    If you like the instrument as-is, you might be better off leaving it alone. There is a risk that you might not like it as much if you have additional work done.
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    I've changed several instruments over from plastics to bone. In all cases, there was at least some difference in the sound. Sometimes the difference was minimal, sometimes it was quite significant....
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    Mon Francais est tres petit.

    En Anglais: In the US, the importation and exportation of Brazilian rosewood [dahlbergia nigra] requires special permits to conform to CITES regulations.

    Other...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    Starting sometime in the early '60's, most Martin guitars gradually became heavier in build. By the mid '70's, they had become quite heavy indeed. The changes to the instruments encompassed more...
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    Re: sanding/scratching picks for better grip

    I sometimes cut some grooves into the surface of a pick with an X-acto knife. I cut in three directions-- horizontal, vertical, and at an angle. It will work on any kind of pick.
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    Re: Pickguard Reset on Weymann Bowlback

    If the original pickguard shows significant signs of deterioration, I would avoid re-using it.
    I have not found a satisfactory method for flattening old celluloid.

    If you will give the dimensions...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    Perhaps.

    It seems to me that Putnamm could afford to improve his skills with hand tools.
    If he were to hand carve a couple of saddles, he would learn more about using those tools, and also learn...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    "Parts are parts . . ."
    Well, yes and no.

    The bridge is the primary medium that transfers string vibrations to the body of the mandolin.

    If the bridge is made of good materials and the...
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