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    Mandolin as carry on?

    Anyone have recent experience flying with their mandolin? I've only done it once a few years ago. I was able to take it and a carry on bag to store in the overheads.

    I'm flying Delta next week....
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    Re: dents in the neck

    I would avoid drop filling with lacquer as it's going to shrink down over time requiring lots of fill and sanding sessions. Also, takes a long time to cure before you can sand and buff.
    I would...
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    I was just going to mention this. I think it makes a big difference along with heat from a flat tip soldering iron (helps to clean and "tin" the iron tip frequently to get the best heat transfer). ...
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    Can't recreate that with any amount of baking.
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    I've built 4 guitars with torrefied spruce. The 4th one I built for myself to see how it holds up. I've heard and read that HHG doesn't like to stick to it. Built mine with all HHG to test. ...
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    Re: Bracing f5's

    I put parallel, and then X braces into the same mandolin to compare. It's all in this thread;

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/138621-6-mandolins-in-2-days
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    I've only built guitars with baked wood. Had similar issues. It's very brittle, sanding is strange, (fibers ball up like bread dough). Had problems with lacquer adhesion. Can't steam out a dent...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    #3? What year was that built?
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    Re: Overclock your mandolin?

    No offense to anyone involved, but using that term here just sounds dumb to me. I get what they are trying to say, but there's no computer chip in there.

    I certainly don't see the benefit to pay...
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    Re: italian spruce

    I bought what Hans had left after he quit building. Built one F5 with it so far. I would categorize it as somewhere between engelmann and red spruce for density. Mandolin had nice headroom and...
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    Re: Rubner Tuner availability?

    I too look forward to the new Rubner tuners!
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    Re: Rubner Tuner availability?

    I agree Peter. That's what I switched to after waiting indefinitely for Rubners. I had problems with the last 2 sets I bought and had to exchange them. Apparently, there was a manufacturing error....
  13. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    Brick is right, a CNC only gets you so far. None of the high end shops are making a final product exclusively on CNC. For carving plates, it gets the rough hogging of wood done. They still need to...
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    Re: Rubner Tuner availability?

    I suppose it was a bit generous. I thought the performance of the Rubners were on par Waverly.
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    Re: Rubner Tuner availability?

    I'm hopeful they become available soon, not holding my breath anymore however. I've had to find alternatives for the last 3 mandolin builds. I'd put the quality of the Rubners up with Waverly. ...
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    I'm another lefty that plays right. Seems like there are a lot of us out there! I started on violin, teacher wouldn't even consider left hand. Transition to guitar and mandolin followed later...
  17. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    I was shocked to find that surprise Monday morning when I jumped in the car. Even though it will come back after Thanksgiving, this stunt helps me decide to cancel my subscription. Playlists repeat...
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    Re: Don MacRostie & Red Diamond mandolins

    That would be a worthwhile trip. I would love to spend some shop time with Don.

    I've only played one Red Diamond, an A. Thought it was as good as anything else that's out there.
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    Re: Colortone nitrocellulose lacquer

    Thanks David. I didn't use any sealer. The color was mixed in the lacquer. I pore-filled the mahogany back and sides with a water base grain filler. I've not had good luck with vinyl sealer in...
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    Re: Colortone nitrocellulose lacquer

    Pretty sure it's Behlens. At least it used to be. I just sprayed a guitar with it. Didn't flow as well as Cardinal, or Seagrave, but did build and level nicely in the end. Whatever you do, don't...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    Sorry to hear that David. Nothing like getting to the finish line building an instrument and having issues.

    Does not apply to your situation, but I recently learned the hard way that Cardinal...
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    Re: Rubner tuners are back

    Can't wait for the F style to be available. Planned on using them on my last 2 mandolin builds, but there was always delay.

    I've found tuners and cases to be a source of frustration in mandolin...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    I make templates out of acrylic sheet all the time. I usually do .100" thickness. Cut it close to the line on my bandsaw. It does melt a little of the edge and that builds up. You can snap off...
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    Re: Binding laminate

    Axiom is the only place in the States I know of to get real celluloid binding. Not sure what binding scheme you are using? I've found the traditional .090" ivoroid/b/w strips are a lot easier to...
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    Re: No Wires ! Joe Walsh w/ Molly Tuttle

    Great sound and performance. The only thing better would be to stand right in front and hear just the air molecules vibrating from the instruments.

    Unfortunately, there are too few venues to...
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