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    Re: Here's a Doozy....

    I've successfully glued loose braces through the F holes on an A-50, but it was a difficult and messy repair. I had to buy some miniature deep throat clamps from my violin supplier to get the job...
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    Re: Name that tune - sorry, NMC

    Actually, although the A part is rather similar to East Tennessee Blues, I believe it is something else, but I don't know what.

    The fourth and twelfth bar of the A section of East Tennessee Blues...
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    Re: Gibson F5-L 1991, what do i need to know

    Yes, they are. Along with tenor banjos. Although the old ones seem to be of less interest than the ones being made now, at least for the moment.
    And pre 1960's Martin and Gibson flat top guitars...
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    Re: Gibson F5-L 1991, what do i need to know

    Yes, 1980 was pre-Carlson.
    Gibson was owned by Norlin in 1980. Juszkiewicz, Berryman, and Zebrowski bought Gibson at the beginning of 1986. Gibson acquired Flatiron, which was Carlson's company,...
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    Re: Gibson F5-L 1991, what do i need to know

    Are you sure they haven't been mating when your back was turned?
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    Re: Is it worth repairing?

    It appears to me that the front top brace is flat-sawn. I can't tell about the other one.

    Flat sawn braces on a top are a no-no, and might very well be the cause of the top's failure. A brace's...
  7. Re: Duff A style mandolins, like to hear owner thoughts, some ?

    Hope the Duff works out for you.

    Bob Smakula's shop is probably the best at restoring the fine old circa 1900 banjos. They reset dowel stick necks as a matter of routine, and they know how to...
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    Re: worn top question -- Regal tenor

    I think it looks a lot better than it did.
    Now you can play it without worry.
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    Re: Uneven frets...done deliberately??

    If I do a partial fret job on only the first few frets, I go for a close match on the wire size. 2 or 3 thousandths higher doesn't bother me, but any more than that does. And a significant...
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    Re: Is it worth repairing?

    Yes, we can see it.
    Good luck with your project.
    I highly recommend that you spend some time browsing the excellent articles about instrument repair on Frank Ford's www.frets.com.
    Lots of good...
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    Re: Is it worth repairing?

    Stew-mac's wood is fine. I'm sure that others can suggest at least a half dozen other suppliers. Stew-mac sells a ukulele top that should be big enough for your job for $14. For your job, that...
  12. Re: Duff A style mandolins, like to hear owner thoughts, some ?

    There have been a lot of good mandolins made in the last 10 years.
    It's a lot different from the old days when there wasn't very much to choose from.
    Even with current inventory shortages, I'm sure...
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    Re: Is it worth repairing?

    I can't say anything for sure without seeing the instrument in person, but my first reaction from looking at your first picture is that this might be a candidate for a new top. If you decide to do...
  14. Re: Duff A style mandolins, like to hear owner thoughts, some ?

    I would lay odds of 10 to 1 that re-fretting a Duff or nearly any other modern mandolin of quality would be a very simple and straightforward job.
    Virtually all modern fret wire is sized for slots...
  15. Re: Duff A style mandolins, like to hear owner thoughts, some ?

    Well, if you can do the plane and re-fret yourself and the tone and the neck profile fit you, yes, go ahead and play it over the weekend and see if you like it enough to go to the trouble of getting...
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    Re: Nut file sizes

    Well, Strad didn't have no belt sander either.

    But when I changed houses and was able to set up some real shop space rather than working on the kitchen counter, I wasn't sorry when I purchased a...
  17. Thread: Nut file sizes

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    Re: Nut file sizes

    Or you could find a competenr acoustic fretted instrument repair person to set up and adjust your instrument.
    With any luck, it won't cost much more than a set of good files that you will only use...
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    Re: Nut file sizes

    Joe, it appears that the Grobet round edge joint files are not listed in their current catalog. They might have been discontinued.
    The Stew-mac nut files will work.
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    I suppose it would at that.
    I remember a circa 1940 F-4 with a gorgeous quilted back that belonged to a friend of mine that had a couple of booze spots on it.
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    Re: Nut file sizes

    The Stew-mac nut file set gauged for mandolin [their product number 0942] will work fine. They list the sizes as .013", 016", .028", .042". The cost is $62.53.

    Or, you can go to a jeweler's...
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    So, if tru-oil builds so slow, and still needs levelling and polishing, why do folks favor it over French polished shellac?
  22. Re: Where do the names F-style and A-style actually come from?

    My first significant other named her mandolin "Matthew." I'm pretty sure that the only reason she chose that name was because she liked the sound of it.
    We invited a younger fellow [we were all...
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    Re: Beginner staining & finishing

    Dry sanding clogs sandpaper quickly, especially on the finer grits. "Pellets" of finish can develop in the paper, and scratch the surface of the work. Wet sanding minimizes clogging. It also cuts...
  24. Re: Where do the names F-style and A-style actually come from?

    Annie? Flora?
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    The earliest application of the term "Artist" model was applied to the F style mandolins. There is no reference to the word "Florentine" in the 1903 catalog.

    Gibson was a corporate venture almost...
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