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    Re: V joint question

    Never mind.
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    Re: Neck bowing in an odd place

    I don't think the headstock is pitching forward. That's how it's machined, isn't it?
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    Gosh. Ed must be older than me. I've been playing in public for probably 55 years, in one fashion or another. Mostly bluegrass, some jazz, little gypsy. Etc. I've been through the nervous terror...
  4. Re: Help! Quick recommendation - Paasche airbrush

    I have a Paasche and an Iwata, both dual action. Like them both a lot.
    On a slightly different thought, for doing sunbursts, I much prefer using a detail gun. It's kind of a cross between an...
  5. Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    That's pretty much it. It's all practice, no matter how many instruments you build. Like John Denver said on one of the Circle Be Unbroken albums, when asked if this was the real take or a practice,...
  6. Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    If there's any chance you can spray, it makes a lot of this kind of go away. I hand apply a yellow wash over the whole instrument. To build up a glow underneath. And I use alcohol based for a normal...
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    Re: Fret slot size ?

    That's perfect.
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    Re: Lacquer to varnish?

    Catalyzed finish. They are very durable. They also tend to be pretty brittle compared to instrument lacquers and varnishes. Instrument lacquer, such as available from Mohawk, have plasticizers (sp?)...
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    Re: Tailpiece pressing on top - effect?

    Your description, especially including the sinking under the fingerboard, is sometimes an indication that the top is underbuilt. In such cases, bulging of the top in front of the tailpiece is not...
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    Re: bridge taper

    If you mean the tapered down height of the bridge/base, it's structural. It's a dance between the force of the downward pressure of the strings, the dynamics of the top structure (carved or flat top...
  11. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Good for you. You haven't said what kind of music you want to play. But here's a couple ideas.
    Get your mandolin set up so it's easy on your left hand.
    Learn a pretty fiddle tune in D. Everything...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    While I'm rattling on, I don't use Cardinal lacquer. I use Mohawk. But I've never liked using shellac under nitro. I don't know who told me, but somebody said to use vinyl sealer. That's all I use on...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I haven't paid close enough attention to give any advice about the OP's problem. But I can say this. The problem around the f holes is wet sanding without sealing the end grain. The wood swells from...
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    Re: Michael A Lewis Mandolins

    My best to you, Michael. Like John said, it's good to hear from you.
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    Re: This must be a joke

    The top has cracks. It's more like the cracks have part of a top.
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    Re: IV A Style Kit Binding Channel

    Not to be contrary, but it looks to me, based on that photo, that the section in the middle is actually too shallow. You could probably lower that ledge carefully with an Xacto blade. Draw a straight...
  17. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    Never mind my last post. I just read your post on the other thread. I've used Mohawk Instrument Lacquer for years. The "too much plasticizer" would act like that.
    I'd scrape as much off as possible...
  18. Re: IV A Style Mandolin Build - Back plate question

    I don't understand the hesitancy to contact the supplier/maker as the first course of action if any concerns arise. Call or email. All other speculations should be secondary.
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    Re: A question about guitar bridge pins

    I don't see how bridge pins could make your unwound strings "zithery". If it's a constant buzzing no matter where you fret, you should check how the strings go over the saddle. If the sound goes away...
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    Re: Instrument Appraisals

    Back to the insurance thing. My insurance rider, that I mentioned above, would cover None of my instruments if I played out with any of my instruments. I believe the reasoning was that if you go out...
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    Re: Instrument Appraisals

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Be very wary of the rider on homeowner's insurance. I had insured my instruments that way and when, after like 20 years, I went to up my insurance quite a...
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    Re: on finishing, ( finally)

    Marty, I know the feeling.
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    Re: Laquer over tru oil ?

    I wouldn't try it. Shellac might work in between but I wouldn't trust it for more than a few weeks. Different finishes attach to themselves and other finishes differently, let alone the bonding to...
  24. Re: How much does a Northfield actually cost to make?

    Some mention of starting with a kit, then realizing the knowledge that goes into anything done well, which means experience, which means hours and hours of previous practice. Then comes the knowledge...
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    Re: Truss rod soda straw?

    All my mandolin truss rods are inside soda straws. It doesn't matter if it's a snug fit. Your filler piece that goes on top will squish it down. The important thing is that there's no gluing of the...
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