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    Re: On the search for a fingerboard

    Try Randy Allen. I got some radiused fingerboards from him a few years ago.
  2. Re: L&H Model A vrs Gibson Construction differences

    Yes they are quite different. The overall build is lighter than the Gibson's so the top and back are carved thinner, but the bracing is the same with a cross brace behind the sound hole. The top...
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    Re: V-shaping a C or round shaped neck

    Easiest way to do this is to use a scraper. Scrape to the shape you want, smooth with sandpaper, then finish. I have done a few.
  4. Re: Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions

    Nope, it is not included.
  5. Re: musical instruments exempt from cites rosewood

    This is nothing new. This problem has existed since 1992 when Brazilian rosewood was listed on Appendix I so the current changes will make no difference. It just reverts back to what it was before...
  6. Re: musical instruments exempt from cites rosewood

    Ebony and mahogany don't need to be addressed. They are already exempt in finished products. Rosewood is not at the moment.
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    Re: New 2nd generation Coombe flat top

    My finger has now healed enough for me to play a few tunes, so here are some sound clips -
    http://petercoombe.com/Pictures/for-sale/Mandoln246/Lord-Inchiquin.mp3...
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    Re: New 2nd generation Coombe flat top

    It is X braced similar to a guitar with the X reinforced with carbon fibre. Basically they are built more like a flattop guitar using some of the principles in the design book by Australian luthiers...
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    New 2nd generation Coombe flat top

    This is a new flattop just finished. It incorporates some new technology that I discovered that makes flattop mandolins sound a lot better. This one embarrassed the arch top I use as a reference,...
  10. Re: IV A Style Mandolin Build - Back plate question

    Yes you can, I have done it with some success.
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    First step, get a "normal" job that pays the bills. Next step get some basic woodworking skills. Next step get a shed and some tools (paid for by the normal job), and some wood (also paid for by...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    With modern materials, the quality of wood you can get nowadays, and modern methods there is no reason why you can't build a much better sounding mandolin than a vintage Kalamazoo. I have made and...
  13. Re: IV A Style Mandolin Build - Back plate question

    For an oval hole mandolin that is most likely too thin. I say most likely because wood varies so much. If it is a really stiff piece of Maple it might be ok, but my guess is probably not. You can...
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    Re: OM Rib Height

    Mine have a dovetail neck joint, neck angle is 1.5deg. The top and back have an induced arch (domed liked a guitar) of 15 inches. The bridge height I aim for is 22mm. What I do is to fit the...
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    Re: Octave sound diffence?

    There is a difference, but you have to bear in mind there is no accepted standard for octave mandolins. Size of body, depth of body, and scale length can be anything you like and all affect the...
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    Re: OM Rib Height

    Carved will give you a different sound and they are a heck of a lot more work and are more expensive to make. I was going to make a carved OM after making the first flat top OM, but I liked the...
  17. Re: New bridge for Octave Mandolin? (low action, buzzing, spacing

    Yes I use a custom made Brekke bridge on my octave mandolins. If you give Vern the bridge height and width you need he should be able to make something for you.
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Yes, agreed. My top of the line flat top is cheaper even taking transport costs from Australia to the USA into account. Helped by the exchange rate at the moment. Mine also have an adjustable...
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    Re: OM Rib Height

    My octave mandolins are 300mm wide and 390mm long in the body. Body depth is 65mm internal. A style shape. Scale length is 21 inches, nut width 34mm. There are no standard sizes for octave...
  20. Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    I think one thing is missing in this discussion and that is what do you mean by "loud". Is it the amount of energy in the sound waves radiated by the mandolin (the physics view) or is it how we can...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    The non rosewood species that are listed in Appendix II such as Madagascar Ebony and Honduras or Brazilian Mahogany are exempt in finished items. Rosewood is not exempt.

    For more information go...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Well you can't tell the difference. But that is not the point. For Ebony, unlike Dalbergia species (rosewoods), finished instruments are exempt so they don't need to tell the difference. Appendix...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Well as I said earlier, there is an exemption for personal instruments. If you accompany your rosewood guitar across the border there is no need for any CITES documentation. The exception to that...
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    Re: cites rules on older instruments

    Correct, Indian Rosewood is listed together with all Dalbergia species in Apppendix II of CITES. There is one exception in that if it is your own personal instrument accompanied by you across an...
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    Re: Substitutes for ebony?

    Nope. My country has far more species of non tropical hardwood trees than any other country in the world. Around 500 species of Eucalyptus, and about 1000 species of Acacias, and that is just a...
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