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    Re: String width at the bridge

    Quite possibly :)

    Treat it as a guide.

    Cheers
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    Re: Equipment advice please

    I have had a 16/32 Taiwanese clone of a Performax for 20 years and it gets used every day. It is .5mm/.020" out of whack from the inside to the outside, which I could probably shim out, but I have...
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    I have always worked on using the same flare (or is that flair?) as a guitar fingerboard. The way I was taught is that the fingerboard width at the 12th fret is the string spacing at the saddle. A...
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    Re: Seeking Grandfather's record

    If the Brilliant Mandolin Orchestra was performing up to 1945 there would not have have been 'tapes' of their playing. The only way of recording live performances at that time was direct-to-disc...
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    Re: Hugo D'Alton

    I suppose you found this EP back cover from 1960? For a well known musician, he did seem to be a little photophobic 8-)
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  6. The Mandolin - a history publication update

    The initial print run of The Mandolin - a history is just about sold out. I had resigned myself to the book going out of print when all the copies were sold, but I was approached by a small publisher...
  7. Re: Non-mandolin question: Archtop, violin building references

    The Benedetto book is the only book available on building archtop guitars and useful for ideas about mandolin family instruments as well.For violins, I have been using Henry Stobel's Violin Making...
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    Re: UV cure finish issues

    There have been numerous reports on luthier discussion forums about difficulties with UV cured finishes. A couple of recurring themes are incompatibility between sealer and top coats from different...
  9. Re: NMC, but for users of the California State Library in Sacrame

    Thank you both for the offer and the link but I was able to see the article in question while I was there with the assistance of a very friendly and helpful librarian. As it turned out, it did not...
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    Re: Binding router

    At its simplest, all you need is a gramil or something similar. These can be store bought or home made. The Schneider Gramil is good, the Ibex cutter works fine or one can be made from some bits of...
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    A couple of new instruments

    An F style mandolin of Sitka and quilted big-leaf maple. Ebony fretboard and head overlay with the new Schaller tuners and an Allen tailpiece. The other is a 21" scale five course cittern for GDAea...
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    I have been using .020" x .250" black and white plastic strips from StewMac and second Andrew's scarf join idea. They offer a .040"/1mm thick black strip as well, but the .020" bends easily enough...
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    Re: Next Adventure In Binding

    Some of the modern plastic binding, like Boltaron, just don't like heat bending in the same way as celluloid. ABS is not bad, but others plastics can be difficult.

    Cheers
  14. A new way of hearing a mandolin orchestra

    An email newsletter fro the Fretboard Journal mentioned a new recording by Canadian singer/songwriter Kevin Breit (who I had not previously come across). One interesting thing about this recording is...
  15. Re: What is this amazing-looking instrument?

    It is a Portuguese mandolin, a bandolim in Portuguese. The main drawback to the peacock tuners is that they need loops on both ends and there is a special tool sold in Portuguese music shops to put...
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    Re: Another prototype

    I think this one is still a little too stiff. The free-plate tap pitch was around where I thought it should be, but there is a metallic edge to the sound and I think a strong resonance around the b...
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Nice one!. Now, on to number 2... You didn't think you were going to stop at one, did you 8-)
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    Another prototype

    A second prototype for a planned mandolin quartet of two mandolins, mandola and mandocello. The body of this one is a little larger than the first, around 6mm longer and wider as well as a little...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Thank you Patrick. Two of my friends, with around 60 years of mandolin building between them, suggested either carving the slab sawn quit maple thick or applying some sort of stiffening agent.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The quilted big-leaf back for the mandolin, the rim of which I posted a week or so back. The second pic has had a little water sprayed on. Any suggestions about hardening/stiffening the maple?
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The rim assembly of a new F-5 style mandolin. The oddly shaped tail block is for a pickup socket to the side of the tailpiece.

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    Re: A new OM

    It is the guillotine model :grin:
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    A new OM

    After a decade or so of mostly building mandolins, suddenly I have orders for a couple of OMs and a bouzouki. This one was strung up last week and will be heading off to its owner in the next few...
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    A couple of new mandolins

    A couple of new mandolins strung up, one for a client, the other an experiment in soundboard carving and bracing. The commissioned mandolin is a 2 point model inspired by the Washburn mandolins of...
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    Bending quilted big-leaf maple

    I am about to bend sides for an F-5 style mandolin out of some quilted Big-leaf maple I got from Bruce Harvie some years back. I have bent lots of flamed maple, but wondering if there are tricks or...
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