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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    Suddenly my idle mind realized that this thread needs a scroll reference. We would perhaps all be enlightened from reading it then.

    (It's just my obscure sense of humor, carry on...)
  2. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Due to the shape and size of the rim and head block, I doubt if slipping the head block will work, and if it does, something will have to be done to reestablish flatness of the back of the rim. I...
  3. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

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    Here's how it works. I made little shims from cut-offs from mandolin sides and blunted a bunch of wood screws. Put the instrument in the form against the corck-padded rest, apply pressure...
  4. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    No need for anything fancy, but a jig will almost certainly be needed to realign the rim to the back. Both of these (mandolin and mandola) were made quickly by me in the shop using wood scraps. Both...
  5. Re: 1914 gibson H1 mandola sagging top, and bowed neck

    Sounds like a good plan to me.
    Removing the back makes top work easier because of improved access, and in this case it allows improvement of the back-to-rim glue joint.
    I think adding CF to the...
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    Re: Mandocello Mystery of the Dead C Strings

    Process of elimination.
    Check all aspects of set up: neck bow, string height at nut, string height at bridge, etc.
    Check the bridge for damage or other problems.
    Check bracing to see if anything...
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    Re: Harptone Cases

    They are made by TKL. Materials, design and quality are good. I believe the "classic" is the line I'm familiar with and I'd say it is similar to a good TKL case, maybe not as 'nice' as a Cedar Creek...
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    Re: Granite in the shop

    Year, unless you buy an actual surface plate with published specs for flatness you don't really know. Observing reflections in the surface gives us a good idea, and besides, for most things a good...
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    Re: Granite in the shop

    If the surface is accurately ground flat it is a hard, stable, durable surface plate upon which you can check things for flatness. A flatness reference.
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Parker, I spray the Epifanes, thinned with lacquer thinner.
    So, dyes rubbed directly on the wood, a couple of light sprayed coats of shellac, quick scuff sand, sprayed varnish to build, Truoil...
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    Re: Galax Fiddlers’ Convention cancelled

    Broke my string of consecutive years attending at a mere 36. Looks like I won't be able to catch up with my friends who have long consecutive year attendance records.
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Oil varnishes do not "bite back" like lacquers and spirit varnishes. In other words, each successive coat of lacquer partially dissolves the coats beneath it so that the film of finish that is built...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    I believe there was a sealer of some sort. I've seen too many with finish layers showing in areas of wear to think there was nothing under the varnish.
    FWIW, I use shellac (with a little sandarac)...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Yeah, I went through all of that. Rockhard, Tru Value, Epifanes...
    Learn to use a finish and it either changes or leaves the market. Lately I've sort of settled on the Epifanes with a Tru-oil top...
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    Re: any A5 conversion pics?

    I believe so because of this:
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    The thinnest part is marked on the underside with a lightly penciled X and the surface looks like it is from the factory. I suspect it was getting too...
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    Re: any A5 conversion pics?

    William, the long neck can be added and the new top carved for the elevated fingerboard extension. I've heard one A-50 to A-5 conversion mandolin (Randy Wood) that is one of the best sounding...
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    Re: any A5 conversion pics?

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    It's not really an A-5 conversion because it still has the original neck (shorter than A-5), it's more of an A-75 conversion.
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    Re: any A5 conversion pics?

    I re-topped an A-50 a while back. The top was badly collapsed and too thin so the owner decided to convert.
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    De-Glue Goo will not help removing braces. It is a jell of acetic acid, and it will dissolve glue without excess wetting of wood (unlike vinegar) but it will not seep into glue joints. Heat and...
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    Re: Trouble with Top Cracks

    Couple of things:
    I wouldn't cut the fingerboard off but would instead remove it in one piece. (Not easy sometimes on these old Gibsons.)
    If you get some De-Glue Goo you can remove the old and new...
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    Re: Damaged teens Gibson A3

    It can be fixed. Only an in-hand examination will determine what it would take to fix it, and it won't be cheap, but probably less than a replacement neck.

    In fact, as broken peghead repairs go,...
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    Re: Measuring arch height

    Same here.
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    Re: Bug spray Lacquer repair

    The Loar-signed mandolin that was hanging on the wall over the mantle as a decoration and was apparently there while the wall was being painted, the one that two "old ladies" brought in to a music...
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    Re: Bug spray Lacquer repair

    Pumice, rotten-stone, various powders mixed with oils, polishes etc. are basically homemade buffing compound. Easier to just go buy some Novus 2 and use it right from the bottle.
    The trick is to...
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    Re: Bug spray Lacquer repair

    I suspect this is the case. It would be the first thing to try regardless, IMO.
    The Bush model Gibsons that I have seen look to have plenty of finish for leveling and buffing. Can't be sure they are...
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