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  1. Re: 10 high end guitars seized by Moose & Goose, find good homes,

    M&G is Alaskan for Fish and Game.
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    A request of builders

    Once again I find myself in this situation:
    Someone contacted me about bringing in a mandolin for a set up. It in a known brand, considered to be a good quality hand made instrument, but the frets...
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    Re: How To File A Fret

    Oooo! This is a great idea! Thank you! I'll give that a shot!
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    Re: 1919 gibson a3 #mandolin

    I think that the days of getting great deals on Ebay are pretty much over, especially when the auctions are posted here.
  5. Re: Sierra Hull and Billy Strings, Grey Fox June 2019

    Hot pickers and unlike some of the premier pickers in the previous generations these two can play it hot and still hold on the the melody of the tune through the whole number.
  6. Re: United Faux Resonator Mandolin Circa 1940

    They just need to buy a hubcap and they should be good.
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    Re: Your average $150,000 guitar

    It would be great to play “scales” on....

    Ok, I’ll go to my corner now.
  8. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    And since she's playing a Taylor guitar, she didn't need to spend a dime to have her name inlayed into the fingerboard and headstock unlike Jimmie Rodgers! ;-)
  9. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    My impression is that there are at least two types of patrons in the museum world. The philanthropist who can pay market rate for the items that museums want to have, and donate them. And the...
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    Re: Solving unexpected problems

    Never ever throw away old binding or pickguard material.
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    Hello and thanks for all the replies. This has been an interesting read and informative, too. This story ends well. The two packages arrived together, yesterday. Both were in perfect condition. ...
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    Jeff, will get into this when I finish the current mando. Love the "Hillbilly" sound of this guitar.
    Graham
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    Re: Weak trigger finger woes

    Every so often I will poke around on eBay 'Completed Auctions' to see what a particular item might sell for - and that is when usually stumble across some really great deals . . . two weeks after...
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    Re: Tonegards

    And that's what's always been odd to me. Conventional wisdom among luthiers and buyers alike is that you want to minimize structural mass of the instrument that isn't essential to producing tone....
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    Re: What's up with USPS?

    When I was 10 in '56, we took a 3-week family driving vacation to visit the grandfather that I mentioned in Denver. At the time, many diners had free postcards by their cash registers, I presume in...
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    New Weber Mandolin

    Arrived today, number 3 of 5, 20th anniversary Weber Yellowstone mandolin purchased from Down Home Guitars. A beautiful instrument with a lovely, wonderful, resonant tone, and it is not even played...
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    Re: Bridge Pin Reamer

    Back in the day when I was building I used a No. 3 tapered pin reamer with spiral flutes. Seemed to work just fine for "standard" bridge pins.
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    I have not only heard that “Value” scale and even used it more than once, both in instrument sales as well as jewelry! It tends to make the person on the other side of the item pause!
  19. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    I have had a couple of emails with Mike Kemnitzer, he is certainly still building and I am working out the details of a build. Nothing ordered yet but I think itís going to come together. Thank you...
  20. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    I don't think the shoulder rest is for acoustic isolation similar to a Tonegard. If you Google images of Itzhak Perlman, you'll see him using a square of cloth draped around the bottom of the fiddle,...
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    Re: Gibson A5-L unsold for 15 years

    Probably half that. This may be part of the reason brick and mortar stores are having problems staying in business. Whatever money they have tied up in that mandolin has cost them 2or3 times in cash...
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    Re: RIP Al Williams, founder of Calton Cases

    Sad news, condolences to his family. Al custom built a marvelous case for my Loar F-5, complete with a requested face plate.
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    Re: Is there "ideal" neck relief?

    It's a little early to get into this (waiting for relief to show up after all), but yes, relief can be added. The rod can be tightened to cause a very slight back bow, the frets can then be leveled,...
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    Re: Should I pay for damage caused?

    Jeff,

    Agreed unless the instrument was carelessly parked.
    In which case the owner has some responsibility/liability.
  25. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    It’s cheaper just to have your hands surgically reduced.
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