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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Just to follow up on this thread, I want to give a shout out to the Dragonplate/Allred folks. They are super-efficient and prompt on order processing and shipping, and also do a great job of...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Okay, James, good point. I am satisfied with my purchase and will not complain again.
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Good suggestion, Marty. Challenge accepted and answered. Six 24" pieces will cost $36.66, but the shipping drops to $21.96. Which is more acceptable, but still seems a but harsh for shipping light...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Checking around on dragonplate.com and thought I'd order three pieces of .250" x 48" carbon fiber rod to experiment with. Total for the order is $33.33. That's quite reasonable. But the shipping...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Going up through the 12,000 grit Micromesh pads will get you pretty well up to a mirror finish. That's a good way to go.

    Nice price on that eBay offer, BTW. Thanks for the tip.
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Stew-Mac sells luminescent side dot material. Also comes in blue. Quite effective.
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    "Spend your energy on getting a well responsive box with the scale and air cavity combination that work well together, not the fanned fretboard distraction. If you don't get those two combinations,...
  8. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    Thanks! Couldn't enlarge the image on the device I was using.
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    What do the contact surfaces of the tuners look like?
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    There's a good chance the over-the-body frets were pulled in order to make the guitar playable due to a neck angle and/or bow problem.

    Those are some nasty wounds on the back of the neck. ...
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    Thank you for the comprehensive explanation, John. Most helpful.
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    Truss rod angle and depth

    I haven't found anything about this in prior threads, so if it's been discussed before I apologize.

    Happened to flip open Siminoff's Construction Manual today just because it was handy at...
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    Deleting posts

    Sorry to have to ask this, but I've searched the archives and can't find anything about it.

    How do you delete a post made in error? According to the forum guidelines it's supposed to be an...
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    [Deleted due to redundancy.]
  15. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    Thanks for the clarification. That seemed too good to be true. And it is!
  16. Re: Measuring the top/back through soundhole.

    I covet a MAG-ic probe. Their "Pro" level software will even draw the instrument and note all the measurement locations. But the gizmo and the software together set you back about $400US with their...
  17. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    I mainly use a home-brew compressor, built on an 80-gallon tank with a big Baldor 5hp motor and a two-cylinder pump. It produces 16 SCFM at 90 PSI, which is sometimes needed to run a 1" impact gun. ...
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    Re: Zero GLide Nut

    This post wouldn't have anything to do with last night's Stew-Mac email discount offer on Zero Glides, would it? :grin:

    I've used Zero Glides on several instruments, usually to satisfy customer...
  19. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    No reason why not. I have an A5 wrapping up that's going to be black due to, uh, "cosmetic issues," so it's a good candidate. Always liked the flame design on the original 1980 Harley-Davidson Wide...
  20. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    1) Now I know who to call when my H-D needs a flame job. Beautiful work!

    2) The Harbor Freight "professional" gun (~$70) has proven good enough for about 98 percent of jobs in my shop. Like any...
  21. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    No water, no oil. Heat and time only. The wet instrument neck will likely require a refret.

    @atsunrise, same reason you don't want to be too frequent or aggressive in oiling a fingerboard. Too...
  22. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    My "neck-straightening machine" is a length of aluminum I-beam (just because it was on hand) and two leather-faced cauls. Pressure is applied at the appropriate point with a C-clamp backed by...
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    Re: Harp guy?

    Okay, then, I'm on it. Worst case, I might make a new friend.

    The piano mechanic dude says this guy collects fine instruments (including Steinway grands), so the harp might not be too junky. We...
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    Re: Harp guy?

    Okay, since there's been such an enthusiastic and helpful response to this inquiry, tell you what I'm gonna do. I'll meet with the guy, get some photos of the instrument in question, and post a...
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    Re: Harp guy?

    @Eric, thanks for the propers. Also work on Harley-Davidsons, too. (Hate to speak blasphemy, but sometimes I have to take a break from luthierizing.) Have some great neighbors, one of whom makes...
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