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    Re: Figlio mandolin repair

    [QUOTE=lukewinter;1772638]...As far as frets goes, is there a standard height they should be when new?.../QUOTE]

    To be a little more specific than Jim, no, there is no standard height for frets. I...
  2. Re: 1923 A2- To Drill Or Not to Drill? That is the question...

    Just posting to be posting here, I guess...
    If you use the viola-style clamp be aware that those things are intended for instruments with overhanging plate edges (top and back edges). There is no...
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    Re: Small rattle in soundboard...

    When you tap and hear a rattle, it could be anywhere.
    I'm not absolutely clear on your stage of completion, but check everything, tap everywhere, listen from every direction, you might track it...
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    Re: Side bracings?

    I don't know of anyone who routinely braces mandolin sides. Wood pieces for mandolin sides are narrow enough that they generally don't 'pucker' much, and if they do pucker slightly it is usually...
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    Not quite 45 degrees, but angled. That makes the grain even shorter on one side of the mortise.
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    That's what I thought.
    That is a weak place in a head block with the grain running that direction, and the most common mandolin neck joint failure that I see in repair work. Because there is short...
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    Re: repair or replace neck block

    If it is broken where I think it is, I think a replacement is the best repair.
    (If pics show up and I'm wrong about where it is broken I may retract that statement.)
  8. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    :grin:

    Lots of very good, developed players played the one I put 3 sizes in, and I don't remember anyone claiming a better feel if they noticed it at all. I didn't point the frets out before they...
  9. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    I once made a mandolin with three sizes of stainless steel frets. Wider from 1 to 7 or so, medium from 8 to 15 or so, and narrow the rest of the way up. I owned that mandolin for a few years and got...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    The pulses of energy from the strings set the whole instrument in motion, and the laws of physics tell us that all parts of the instrument move in their respective normal modes of motion, and that...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    I'm not sure what you mean by the 'vibrating cycle', but the bridge "feels" straight tugs from the vibrating strings. Square pulses, as I've heard them described. The bridge and the top respond as a...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    If you can think of something, rest assured that it has been tried.

    FWIW, banjo players frequently change tailpiece height and/or angles to raise or lower downward force on the bridge, and sound...
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    Re: String angle over bridge

    There are various schools of thought on this.
    One is:
    A sharper breakover angle applies more static downward bridge pressure to the top so string motion drives the top better.
    I don't subscribe...
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    Re: questions about a neck build

    I install my mando rods deeper at the heel by shimming. I use 2 shims, one to each side of the path of the saw so that the saw doesn't knock the shim off cutting through. I use a spot of superglue to...
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    Re: Repair question

    You might be able to get away with a cheap and dirty repair then. If the break can be closed without undue force, some glue and a wood screw might be just the thing. Such a repair can be reasonably...
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    That's still a lot of hammers.
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    Re: Repair question

    It can be repaired. Anything can be repaired, it comes down to practicality, value of the instrument, cost of repair and all that. The value of the instrument can also influence the repair method....
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    Re: Replacement Tuning Machines

    If this is the mandolin that I think it is, the post holes are accurately drilled. There is no need to change the bushings. Any tuner set with modern standard spacing (all but a very few) will drop...
  19. Re: Making a Brass Hammer (from plumbing parts)

    I'd rather buy a hammer than a lathe (yes I would, if I could).
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    Re: KM200S - Is this crack serious?

    Sorry, I couldn't see the thread title while I was reading so I didn't know what kind of mandolin it was. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what neck joint was used in a KM300S. The cracks appear to be in...
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    Re: KM200S - Is this crack serious?

    Without knowing what the neck joint is it's hard to tell how serious the situation is.
    What brand is the mandolin? (That might let us know what kind of neck joint was used.)
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    Re: Nut Width Decision Advise needed

    These days most people think of 1 1/8" (1.125") as a standard width for a mandolin nut. I suspect you would find that suitable. 1 1/8" is not really thought of as a wide nut. 1 3/16" and 1 1/4" are...
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    Re: varnish question

    If it's a hairline it's probably a poor fit of the binding to the channel. It won't help this time, but a slight bevel to the bottom edge of the binding, so that the outside edge is the tight edge...
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    Re: varnish question

    Can you get a good picture? Is it a crack or just a depression? Do you know what caused it? Is it from scraping the binding? Poor adhesion of binding to wood?
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    Re: Sapele end block grain orientation?

    I wouldn't laminate. It doesn't really matter which way you orient the grain. If you want to go to the trouble to look up the dimensional stability of your side wood, top wood and back wood and...
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