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    Re: Weighty Question

    My point was, as others have observed before:
    Why is the change which was observed nearly always positive? If a tailpiece, etc. has such power over the tone of an instrument, why don't we see a...
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    Re: Weighty Question

    The Gore/Gilet books have a long section with lots of data showing that you can significantly change the tone and responsiveness of an instrument by attaching mass to the sides of an instrument. It's...
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    Re: fast-acting pocket audio recorder

    When looking on Amazon, look for "voice activated recorder".. there are a ton of them. They must be able to start recording pretty quickly if they're voice activated.
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    Re: Hills of Connemara

    Don't know anything about the tune, but I know about the hills of Connemara...
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    Re: Acoustic Engineer

    Or CFO.. Chief Foodprep Operator...
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    Re: Satin Nickel Tuners

    Plastic. And the Golden Age buttons go from a satiny black to a glossy black from handling really quickly, so they are really quite glossy in practice. Which would be fine, but they're not really...
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    Re: knot in top

    Buy the wood from Bruce.
    And also build an instrument with this piece that you like. I've yet to be disappointed by the tone from an instrument I made from pieces of wood that had a good-sounding...
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    All I can say is, I'm no stranger to things taking a bad turn. Just keep pushing, you'll get there and it'll all be worth it.
    I know you know this, and I know I know this, but sometimes it's worth...
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    Re: Adding side port to mandolin

    I don't think you're going to substantially change the projection qualities of the instrument- but careful!
    Adding a side sound port to an instrument not designed for it is going to act...
  10. Re: Teensie-Weensie little position markers

    Elevate makes two tools that would be handy, I haven't used them and NFI.
    You could make a version of the hole drilling jig, and then use a solid carbide downcut endmill in the jig for perfectly...
  11. Re: Information on quality of the ARBOR f style Mandolin requeste

    It has a real carved scroll on the back, so it's a solid back. The top is, as well. You can't carve veneer, so this is all solid.

    Not sure what the cracking is about, but structural damage is...
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    Re: knot in top

    Wish I could blame the wood supplier for all the tops I've ruined by being dumb.... ;-)
    Cool that John and whomever the OP's wood supplier are will replace wood with a pitch pocket. By that point,...
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    Viking, a supplier of torrefied lumber for exterior use, specifies "NOT FOR INSTRUMENT USE" very specifically when marketing their timbers. Not sure if brittleness is a consideration, or what the...
  14. Re: Information on quality of the ARBOR f style Mandolin requeste

    If you can get it for $200 or so, it's probably worth a shot. A Kentucky or similar A or F made in the past decade is going to be a much better instrument, though. Once you get up into the $350...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    Y'all know Radim Zenkl, right?

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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Try picking the strings at at around the 15th fret. Many new players don't realize how sweet a mandolin can sound if they move out of the "parking lot" zone of picking right next to the bridge.
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    Re: Upgrading a tailpiece

    Fretwork & properly filed nut and bridge slots are two things which, for the cost or less of a James tailpiece, might have a good chance of improving both the instrument's tone, and your playing...
  18. Re: Pelican Vault 730 as a Double Mandolin Case

    I checked a Pelican 1615 Air case full of metrology equipment (i.e., very heavy, very expensive, very delicate) and a headless travel guitar during international travel this summer. I had the...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Another way necks can fail is due to the individual grain or stresses in the neck wood. A metal truss rod does very little to help stabilize the neck wood, and in fact increases some local stresses....
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    First mandolin made in my new shop!
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    Re: Book disappointment

    I started with the Siminoff book (in an earlier form than currently available, but largely the same content).

    I've also read The Mandolin Project.

    Both are worth reading, but if you're going...
  22. Re: Tang Width on a Loar 520 for new frets

    I avoid doing refrets whenever possible. It is very hard to make money doing them, but I guess that's true of most lutherie jobs.
    If making money is not the plan, then plan to buy the right tools...
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    Re: Worst scroll of the last century?

    That's not why you buy 'em... there are plenty of cheap instruments out there with traditional-looking scrolls, but which don't deliver as an inspiring musical tool. I believe our job as luthiers is,...
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    Re: filling fret wear

    Celluloid boils at 204 F!
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    Re: filling fret wear

    Seems like a good way to melt binding...
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