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    The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Hi all. Iíve been a member of the forum since 2006. Before June of 2006 Iíd never touched a mandolin. The Cafť quickly became a main part of my daily life.

    Scott Tichenor, Mike Edgerton,...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    You mentioned an A5, Dan. Do you like two-points? Of course, thereís always a danger in buying new and paying the cost of depreciation when youíre a notorious horse trader. :))
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    To say the truth in my almost 30 years of work in luthiery I have used NONE of the specialty tools offered by the Stew mac or LMII or similar.
    I admit I bought fretsaw from S-M with my first order...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    The absolute essentials for me were a set of fret lifters, a crowning file, a slotting saw, a set of deep throated bridge clamps for flat-top guitar bridges, and a set of nut files. That's all.
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    Basically, that's where you use a Sharpie to mark the tops of the frets. The Sharpie is used twice in the leveling process. First, the tops of the frets are marked black and the frets are leveled...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    Most of the tools necessary for general lutherie can be bought from sources other than luthier's supply houses. If you are adept, some of the more specialized tools can be made by modifying common...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    I agree with rcc56 that that Z file is a specialty tool aimed at someone who probably shouldn't be doing the fret work to begin with. I do have several different fret files bought long ago from...
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    Re: Fret Files and Other luthier tools?

    The Stew-mac Z file that soliver linked to is an overpriced boutique file. Every year or two, Stew-mac comes out with another designer file. Stew-mac makes some wonderful tools, and I've found a...
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    The beagle has landed

    Bought a basket case Gibson Junior snakehead last fall. Refinished it and had my local gear whisperer add hardware and some frets. Folks here recommended a Cumberland Acoustics bridge and a clamshell...
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    Re: Live From Home

    How 'bout this!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0KYeMssHiY
  11. Thread: Time to build?

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    Re: Time to build?

    It doesn't take me any time. I walk into my shop and time disappears.

    Anyway, you're asking the wrong question. "It" doesn't take any time. You take the time. If you want to build one in...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    Ever time I see this thread I keep thinking of "One Mandolin to Rule Them All".

    "One mandolin to rule them all,
    one mandolin to find them,
    One mandolin to bring them all
    and in the...
  13. Great new composition by Joe K. Walsh - mandola and bass

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-_amWy-FmE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2IneHW2fAB_gCf3XCFToEWP2pUwEPk9DbFPjAs7kzbESYXu_wT9urD47o
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    Flat top Arch back mandolin

    Hi Guys,
    Hope that you’re all keeping well and safe- a video for your viewing pleasure!
    Take care Gary
    https://youtu.be/lTKxQ2xx2ts
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I have been slowly building my 4th mandolin and thought there may be some interest in the set-up I use for cutting a Vee slot for the neck. (I don't have the skill to cut a well fitted dovetail, and...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Pics of the two mandolins. The more guitar shaped instrument is the second of this design after I posted the first one a few weeks ago. This one is around 1/4" wider and longer and seems more in...
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    Re: Live From Home

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHlh9qX73jc
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Wait, I thought a circle of fifths was a bunch of guys sitting around drinking whiskey. Pretty sure you all have it wrong.
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    Man. You must'a grow'd up rich if your neighborhood had cups not beer bottles hanging on the tree!
  20. Over and Out / Paul Glasse & Aaron Weinstein

    Hereís a fiairly new tune I wrote called Over and Out. It basically a blues with a bridge, in the key of F. I made a simple iPhone video of myself playing the melody and the very talented Aaron...
  21. Appendectomy: Trust Your Gut (some mandolin content)

    Title says it. Went to the ER yesterday and had my appendix swiftly removed. Symptoms started Tuesday and never got that bad, to be honest. Iím glad I trusted my gut, despite my hesitation to visit a...
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    Re: "J'attendrai" Gypsy Jazz

    The mandolinist is David Holodiloff, who is in California. He has some other great videos out there. Here is one that I have played quite a few times.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl6ACp_x_kM
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    Re: Practice cutting dovetails by hand

    How 'bout bolt on that 2013 neck and move on from that Odyssey of an adventure, and then build a few more with bolt-on necks while you become a dovetail master?
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    Re: Conversion from cheap 6 string

    After a few weeks, I'm making a few modifications to the tenor conversion. Here is a before and after (I don't have any photos pre-tenor conversion. Whoops!)

    Here it is right after conversion:...
  25. Re: Has Anyone Received Stimulus Check? (Possible Mandolin Conten

    I rejoice for every person who finds the mossy overgrown path that leads to the purchase of a mandolin.
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