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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    No wonder they fired Loar.
    I'm curious too. I sure didn't notice anything but then I wasn't aware of what to look for.
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I noted the additional fingerboard markers today. Eli was a classical player and if the music called for it you played up the extension.
    Another thing that occurred to me was that Eli owned this...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Here are some pics from my time spent with the Eli Karasik Loar this morning. Sorry, I didn't write down the serial when I heard it but it's a January 5, '23. Wonderful sounding instrument that's in...
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    Re: Modern F4 options?

    To me if I wanted an F4 I'd get an F4. They're usually not hard to find and unlike a Gibson F5 they haven't gone stratospheric in price. And they're just so cool.
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    It was mentioned that this thread has been beat to death yet I see new builders who donít get it, in my opinion anyway. And some longtime builders. Thatís why I post.
  6. Thread: Stickers

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    Stickers

    So I just recently got a case that you can put stickers on and I knew I had some catching up to do. But then I realized I had a Cartwright sticker thats been on my bulletin board for probably 25...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    Here are a couple of Loar shots from the Archive that I believe show the gentle curvature of the recurve near the tailpiece that I think is very important to the way the string load allows the top to...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    This is my second mandolin from about 1981. This is what I would advise against. While it doesn't look like much of a recurve it's there but begins to climb just barely beyond the edge. And this...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    After saying finding profile photos is difficult I thought I would submit one of my #66 which is getting close although I see things I'd change if I had it to do again. However this is a particularly...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    I think new builders should pay more attention to getting the shape of the plates as close as possible to the print and hopefully you have Adian's print. You can tap away and measure your thicknesses...
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    Ome mandolins

    Ome made their first mandolins in the spring of 1975. I bought #2 "A" model directly at the shop. The first 4 were made by Mike Kemnitzer. He also cut some inlays for future use that were similar to...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    I said hawksbill but I think I meant eaglebeak.
    Here's one I'm familiar with. After studying this subject for years one thing I've noticed about good looking scrolls is that the opening doesn't get...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    The reason there's a point in the florida transition started with the oval mandolins. It was to blend the FB to the soundhole and was carried over to the F5.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    To me the best scrolls were always the teens mandolins. No quick bends, just perfect flow.
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    Yeah, it always seemed to me the earliest Derrington mandolins before the turn of the century had the best looking scrolls.
  16. Re: Mando wall hanger at Paulís Coffee and Tea in CO

    Pauls had a long-standing Saturday afternoon bluegrass jam until Covid shut it down.
  17. Thread: Top carves

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    Re: Top carves

    Here's a Loar photo that somewhat shows what I mean.
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    Re: Top carves

    If you have a recurve that drops steeply from the side and then steeply up toward the apex, making a trench so to speak, there is no chance for that to be flexible like a very slight drop and then an...
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    Re: Quality control on Waverly tuners

    They should have lost a little of their price along with the cachet.
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    Re: Chris Thile - 10 representative tracks.

    Shadow Ridge is still my favorite mandolin track of all time.
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    Re: Top carves

    I'm a broken record about plate shape, but how the recurve is shaped and how steep the climb to the apex is has a huge amount to do with tone, as much or more than thicknesses. I learned this the...
  22. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    I probably shouldn't have said anything but since I did I've just keep going.
    To me, and I was a custom builder, I'm no different than anyone else selling a mandolin that's hanging on a wall except...
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    Here's an example of what you end up with.
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    Re: Suitable for a neck?

    I drew this diagram of how I used slab boards to get what I call a quartersawn neck that has long straight grain on the side of the neck instead of what I call "baseball bat flatsawn grain. Maybe...
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    Re: 61 F5 at Carters

    Besides being popular in the south bluegrass also became popular on northern campuses. Guys like the Charles River Valley Boys, Grisman and Wernick were all exposed this way.
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