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  1. Re: Looking for a repair person, north Jersey, NYC

    Manny Salvador “Guitarcraft” in NYC.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Each to their own. No problems with cleats or dust.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I apply a thin casein solution on the inside of slab cut backs to stiffen.
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    Different areas of the plate require different angles of attack with your tools. You’re learning this. Keep going. I’m unfamiliar with an “ultimate scraper.” I make mine from .4mm spring steel stock...
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    Re: From Rough Carving to Finish Sanding

    I don’t sand. I use scrapers.
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    Re: side bending - cracking

    Sounds like your iron may not be hot enough. Water should bounce off, not simmer off. Use a strap. Wet the side going against the iron. Use a fluid back and forth motion as you bend the ribs.
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    Yeah don’t cook oil varnish in a covered pot unless you’re looking to make mandolin shaped fly paper.
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    Re: Value of a good restorer

    Whoa, what a story!
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    Re: Value of a good restorer

    You may indeed be in the wrong line of work. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing! There are several paths you can take. None of them are part-time. Meet us back here in 10 years, when you start going...
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    Re: Repair Estimate too High?

    Different luthiers have different costs and abilities and will have different rates. My rates are 2/3 what they were when I was in NYC. You can always shop around and get different estimates but keep...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    An hour at the bench is worth more than an hour price checking. For me at least.
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    Re: Rocklite Ebano fingerboards

    Thanks everyone! What are you gluing them with? My main income is violin family instruments so I use hide or bone glue for pretty much everything. Not using new ebony is the goal. I’m already using...
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    Re: Rocklite Ebano fingerboards

    Thanks for the info. I’m not so concerned with having to remove one. If something’s at that point then I already expect the possibility of making a new board. Has anyone refretted one? What do you...
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    Rocklite Ebano fingerboards

    Anyone here regularly use Rocklite Ebano for fingerboards? Does it glue well with hide glue? Does it hold up well as a fingerboard? Any other thoughts on its workability vs ebony? Cheers!
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    Re: Problem E strings

    I would play around with strings. Without having the instrument in hand it’s hard to make recommendations. From my experience instruments are overdriven more often than underdriven when someone’s...
  16. Re: Irish trad musicians that use Blue Chip TAD 40 pick

    Thanks for your replies! I think I'll try one of these Blue Chips for Mandolin and stick with the nylon on tenor banjo. I hadn't thought of getting any new picks until some bluegrass players were...
  17. Re: Irish trad musicians that use Blue Chip TAD 40 pick

    Thanks for the replies! Seeing your pick choices has me thinking I may want to try some for tenor banjo as well. I've only ever been able to play clean with .73mm nylons on tenor banjo. Are you guys...
  18. Irish trad musicians that use Blue Chip TAD 40 pick

    I use triangle picks (celluloid, ultex, tortex) that are 1.0mm thick on my flat mandolins for Irish music. The Blue Chip TAD 40 is the same size and shape. My question is for Irish trad musicians...
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