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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Hah. All I can think about is the summer my brother and I were tasked with removing 25 years of bat guano from the attic of an old house that had been divided into apartments, in Eastern NC. That...
  2. Thread: Douglas fir

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    Re: Douglas fir

    I don't exactly know what "water stain" means, but if it is a stain caused by moisture on the surface of the wood, that isn't what this discoloration is, IMO.

    Discolored wood is made of dead xylem...
  3. Thread: Curly maple wow

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    Re: Curly maple wow

    A good hand cut rasp makes shaping wood with difficult grain easier than carving it (in my limited experience), especially curvy shapes. You will still need to sand, though.
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    Re: The wear of celluloid

    I treat the expensive picks the same way I treat my good sunglasses - I keep up with them. Again, YMMV.
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    Re: The wear of celluloid

    Different materials have different properties. If you have sweaty hands, some picks are easier to hang on to when moist (BC for me, YMMV). Some break easier (Red Bear for me, YMMV). Some...
  6. Thread: Building Bridges

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    Re: Building Bridges

    Persimmon worked for me - I made a bridge out of it (the Red Henry design with the holes) and it sounded great on my '21 A2. But seasonal increases and decreases in humidity necessitated an...
  7. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    Playing mandolin led to playing more bluegrass on guitar, working on rhythm and flatpicking leads on guitar.

    Mandolin lessons opened me up to music theory (especially chord theory and voicings)...
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    Re: A style Kimble, Heiden or ...

    Don't discount a Hamlett, they seem to be under the radar unless you own one.
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    A mandolin IS a travel mandolin in my world. It's small enough to play inside a car, and fits in the overhead compartment of any flight I've ever been on.
  10. Re: How Many Use Thickness Sanders vs Hand Tool Methods?

    So I use hand tools, mostly. I do have a band saw and a drill press, but I prep all my stock with hand planes, which takes a fair amount of time and effort.

    I've chopped plenty of mortises, and...
  11. Re: How Many Use Thickness Sanders vs Hand Tool Methods?

    Ok I have a new project, make myself a toothing plane! One, it's a tool I don't have and two, it should help me dealing with the inevitable areas of prickly grain that crop up in most of the wood I...
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    Re: Plans for the Gibson Kalamazoo Site

    Okay, I was unaware that Heritage Guitars had been sold, ca. 2016.

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/changes-at-heritage-guitar-roils-staff-luthiers/

    Glad my Heritage 535 Classic is ca. 2003, it's a...
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    Re: Plans for the Gibson Kalamazoo Site

    I wondered about Heritage guitars, do they no longer build at that site? I saw no mention in the article other than some of the historic areas would be preserved. The Heritage website doesn't...
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    Re: Vega Cylinder Back - armrest solution

    Right, but it sounds like possibly the chinrest hardware was up to that challenge since each post can be adjusted individually.
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    Re: Vega Cylinder Back - armrest solution

    Not a cylinder back or bowl back player, but I've made arm rests for 2 mandolins, and find them much more comfortable to play. It's a relatively easy project if you're the least bit handy.

    That's...
  16. Re: Shipping a mandolin for repair / setup work !

    That is my shipping case, thanks all for the kind words. Must be obvious I'm retired and have more time for such things these days . . .

    Adrian Minarovic (Hogo, see post 2 above) gave me the...
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    Re: Too Cold to Ship Your Instrument

    I just shipped my 100 year old A2, but I'm not at all worried about the cold. I worried about completely immobilizing it within the packaging, and making the parcel as strong and resistant to shock...
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    Re: Winning combination

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    My '21 A2 has large brown swirls on the fingerboard. It's still a fine little tone box.
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    Re: Winning combination

    I picked up a '21 A2 several years ago with the adjustable aluminum bridge saddle. I had similar thoughts about the aluminum saddle, it sounded a little, IDK, not quite there for me. I made a fixed...
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    Re: Bending Cherry Sides

    I have to flatten and true my work with hand planes, cherry isn't the easiest wood I've ever tried to flatten. Almost any grain runout results in areas of tearout for me. I can minimize it by...
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    Re: Where are the ' Big guys ' ?

    I appreciate very much the contributions of all the luthiers who do post here and don't particularly care why others don't post.

    Everybody lives their own lives and while I place a lot of...
  22. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Man, that intro to 10 Degrees is cooler than the other side of the pillow. The first time I heard it I was powerless to resist trying to cop it.

    The experience provided excellent instruction on...
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    Re: Young Sam Bush A5 video

    No clue, but I love seeing them at this stage of their musical development.
  24. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    The two times I saw him live - in 1978 at Memorial Hall (UNC) with DGQ, and in 2013 at First Class Bluegrass in Asheville with the Bluegrass Album Band reunion, once early in his career and once...
  25. Re: Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mountain Boys - GREAT 1972 video

    Cool to see any footage of Keith and Ricky. Love the 2 point. Love Roy Lee's singing, almost like Carter!
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