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  1. Re: Local spruce + tonewood suppliers in the Adirondacks?

    Try Gilmer's in Portland, Oregon for a huge selection of woods. Their spruce is quality.
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    Re: Stew-Mac style A kit build

    Nice mando---now play the heck out of it. Did you stain the top?
  3. Thread: Necks

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    Re: Necks

    No---consider that each string has tension that varies but is roughly 22 pounds per string times 8 or about, give or take, 180 pounds of pull. That pull is essentially two anchored ends against the...
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    Re: What makes Chop?

    I love chopping on the 2 and 4----and singing harmony. Was told early on that a mando can serve as the snare drum.
  5. Thread: side thickness

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    Re: side thickness

    I concur with .08---of course, wood that is flat sawn, IMHO, tends to bend more easily than heavily quilted, birdseye or fiddle figured maple. I have found that patience is very important and it...
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    Re: Some help identifying this Banjo Mandolin

    Run!!
  7. Re: how many of you venture up to-or beyond the 18th fret ?

    That its unmarked territory and should be approached with caution----"monsters live here." I cannot generate a clear note that far up the neck---sounds like tinkling glass.
  8. Thread: Mandolin Kits

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    Re: Mandolin Kits

    Ken--the Forum has Ad #133640 for rims and necks . Keith Terry looks as if he has everything except tops and back to get your students started at a very reasonable price.
  9. Thread: Tap tuning

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    Re: Tap tuning

    What he said.
  10. Thread: Tap tuning

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    Re: Tap tuning

    Is "tap tuning" akin to a voodoo, shamanistic approach to trying to reach the best outcome. When one might consider the whole being a sum of the parts---perhaps trying to take each individual...
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    Heavier strings=louder volume?

    I am still trying to cope with the physics behind string tension and gauge. Does using heavier/thicker strings promote more volume? I understand that the tighter the string the higher the...
  12. Re: If you could ask Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers one quest

    Ask if he ever considers "playing a song at either a slow or moderate pace---one that allows the listener to embrace the melody?"
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    Re: Fabric Softener for bending sides

    Barney---no negatives after several builds over ten years. I do not know if the liquid evaporates while bending...I do have to occasionally spritz with a spray bottle....fThe wood seems to accept...
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    Re: trapeze tailpiece

    OP----the photo of the trapeze posted by David shows a tailpiece that can easily be modified. A piece of bar stock that is drilled to accommodate 8 strings is quite within even a challenged...
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    Re: Fabric Softener for bending sides

    Graham----after checking the label----it is ALL Fabric Softener, "Fragrance and dye free"---bought it at local grocery market in the laundry and detergent section. I squeegied th liquid off with my...
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    Re: Fabric Softener for bending sides

    I used SS fabric softener on some sides a week ago---left the ribs in the form for a week while I left on a camping trip, came back to find that the ribs have no "spring-back" and hold the intended...
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    Re: Fabric Softener for bending sides

    Success--I managed to bend highly figured sides without experiencing "breaking out" at the weaker sections. To determine if it was just my imagination, I also bent plain flat sawn maple---bent like...
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    Re: Fabric Softener for bending sides

    Thanks and a shout out to bennyb for leading me to the correct thread. I had used SS fabric softener a year ago on some highly figured maple for the ribs of a mando. I found that it seemed to work...
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    Fabric Softener for bending sides

    I have read and heard that some builders have soaked their wood in fabric softener previous to bending on a hot iron. I tried to search forum for any articles and postings concerning this but have...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    Question to the OP and Peter-----are you positioning the transverse brace directly under the bridge? Is this the common placement in
    all Gibson mandos?
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    Re: Flatiron Pancakes:  How many models?

    Fatt-dad...."The Thread" went on and on for 47 pages? Is that some sort of record? If I found a pancake for 300 dollars I would snap that puppy up!
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    Re: Steve Winwood - Breedlove 'KF''

    Interesting pace to plug in the jack---never seen one quite like this.
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    Re: Here's a good local cl....cringe.

    My advice would be to either run it through a wood chipper or spread auto bondo over the top and spray it flat black.
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    PVW----perhaps accessing Youtube and typing in "How to build a mandolin" would give you a huge assortment of videos that would point you in the right direction and would motivate you to take action...
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    Re: No Power Tool Mandolin

    Here in ranch country, when we encounter someone who is all talk and no action we say..."He is all hat and no cattle." The poster, in my humble opinion..is being rewarded for speculation with no...
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