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  1. Re: Identifying bowlback mandolin and question about black inside

    With regard to the lining paper: having recently removed and replaced some, I can tell you that either paper, cloth, or veneer (as in Embergher) when applied with hide glue will shrink and pull the...
  2. Re: My latest build: A Mandocello/Liuto Cantabile/Cittern hybrid

    It's MINE! All mine!
    I choose to reveal myself, and I appreciate your professional online privacy-courtesy Jo.
    I play classical mandocello in the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra on a 1912 Gibson K4. I...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    OK let's think this through: on a guitar if the frets are level with top of the bridge, then the saddle will be double the height of the 12th fret action, so 3-4mm which is spot on. Given that the...
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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    The quartet has been strung up and making some very pleasant musical sounds.

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    Re: Should I Resist Waverly Tuners?

    Interesting, Iíve always thought that mandolins, for the most part are beautiful instruments. Someone even complimented me on my Rogue-clone the other day.
    But then the metalwork stuck onto the poor...
  6. Bondhus Screw Grab for stripped screw heads

    I bought this product a year or so ago, and was disappointed that it didn't work for removing worn pickguard screws on a vintage guitar I was working on. Keep in mind, they were completely rounded...
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    If I recall it's an Aero Ukulele.

    https://ukulelemagazine.com/stories/great-ukes-flying-high-with-the-lindbergh-inspired-aero-ukulele
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    One could even just string it up with 2 strings per course.
  9. Re: Dark trails appeared on the neck of my mandolin

    I keep looking at this and wondering if it is sap coming to the surface as the wood dries. How old is this mandolin?
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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    I forgot to post some "finished" photos, so here we go:

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    Sorry about the fuzzy photos, I knew my camera needed replacing, but didn't realise how much!
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    It’s always puzzled me as to why a new instrument that appears to have been through the wars is worth more than a shiny one whereas an old instrument that looks new is worth more that one which is...
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    Re: Tailpiece angle adjustment

    Aside from the tailpiece not closing correctly if the angle is too low, cast or machined tailpieces (like Bill's) can impose a bending moment on the tailback and ribs in that area if they are set too...
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    Re: The Australian Mandolin Quartet

    The two mandolins for the quartet strung up today. A bit exciting! The mandola and the mandocello will get done next week. They sound quite similar, but with subtle differences. So far, doing what...
  14. Re: How is Tuning Drift with Rubner Tuning Machines

    If, during set up, the intonation "compensation" of the bridge and nut are fine tuned, the mandolin will seem to stay in tune longer simply because the strings can be tuned closer to exactly equal...
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    Re: mandolin wolf tone?

    A good friend (who is also a MC reader/contributor) suggested that I post more on the topic of wolf notes and possibly add some audio tracks so you could hear what wolf notes are. Searching through...
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    Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Some interest in bowlback mandolins recently. I might as well post the one I have, as I have not seen "inside" views quite like this, anywhere else. I hope you find them entertaining.

    This is the...
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    Orionís Belt

    Iím not much of a mandolin player but I have fun trying. Here is my latest attempt at creating something that resembles music.

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    Re: an aesthetic question

    Was Jordan marketing Gibson mandolins back then?
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    Re: an aesthetic question

    Aesthetics aside, the tuners you have are probably fine and the tuning problems are more likely the string nut.
    If you, or a good set-up person if you don't consider yourself to be one (or don't...
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    Re: Reset bowlback mandolin neck

    I can't tell from the pictures whether the cause of the problem is a bowed neck, or a change in neck to body geometry, or both. I suspect both.
    I probably wouldn't be able to tell without the...
  21. Torrefied, thermally cured, "roasted wood" for the home shop

    Some very good friends of mine have been getting excellent results in their instrument builds using some variation of the torrefaction process whereby they basically cook the wood for specific times...
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    Re: New Conservancy project

    Yes, American Conservatory and the closest from this 1912 catalog page is #603.
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    Re: Interesting crack on shopgoodwill?

    Looks like at least a late 1940s to early 1950s A-40? Square script with dot touching the G and no back binding. Here's the SGW post link for those who like to play at home:
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    Re: New Conservancy project

    Pleijsier's book shows an L& H ad that has a 12 string American Conservatory mandolin with the same design on the guardplate and the same tailpiece. The inlays are just four dots on the board and the...
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    Re: 1996 Gibson F9 worth saving?

    Is it me, or is that a BIG truss rod pocket; 'looks like you could get a sparkplug wrench in that hole....hence the break location.....

    If it was your great granddaddy's mandolin or another with...
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