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    Re: First repair - all advice welcome

    First tip:
    Wait until you have the mandolin in your hands to decide what needs to be done and how to go about it.
    You can get plenty of advice here so feel free to ask nearly any question, but it...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    To me that all comes under "wood stiffness properties" as well as split resistance, stability and other things that were not specifically mentioned. If I have a piece of wood that is low density, low...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    The gist of what Dave found and I applied to my mandocello is this:
    The top and back plates of the Gibson design do not couple as well as they could with the air resonance because they are too small...
  4. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    I don't know...
    but it looks like something from the metal of the tuner has infiltrated the wood under the finish. I base that on the color looking to be in the wood under the finish, and it looks...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Not really.



    A little bit. I feel that I have some control over sound, but once materials are chosen there are limits.



    Yes, but density figures into that with about as much importance.
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I have had that happen with catalyzed varnish over shellac, but never with lacquer. (It was the first time I had a finish not adhere well to shellac, previously considered to be compatible with...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I've wondered if that is sometimes the problem people are having with shellac as a sealer, but I haven't mentioned it because it is just a guess and could easily be wrong. I spray only two light...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    Ive never had a problem with shellac as a sealer, but I have with vinyl sealer. Any small sand-through in the lacquer at any time in the finish process leaves an area of clearer looking wood. Not...
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    Re: Fingerstyle mandolin

    I linked to this video in another thread, but here it is again. Ken Holbrook playing fingerstyle (with finger picks) on a mandocello.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg8eSGaCHz4
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    Re: lacquer problem

    My money's on 'we never figure it out'.

    BTW, I amalgamated the lacquer on some of the instruments with checked lacquer and the checks dissipated, but reappeared later. Yes, I think stripping and...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    I think Mohawk and Behlen have been one and the same for a very long time. For what it's worth, I now use Mohawk lacquer with few problems (just the usual ones).
    Yeah, WoodCrafters could have had it...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    How old is the can of lacquer?
    I had checking problems using the last half of a 5 gallon pail of McFadden's lacquer. I quit buying 5 gallon buckets and only never buy larger than 1 gallon cans. I...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    You don't have to pay that much for fret work.
    As a repairman, if they can charge that much and get people to pay, more power to them!
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    The neutral axis of a neck turns out to be very close to the fingerboard glue joint. That is partly because the fingerboard material is generally a stiffer, more dense material than the neck. The...
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    This has been discussed here quite a bit, and it can get pretty involved. This applies to "standard" tension truss rods. Two way rods, stiffeners such as CF rods and so forth, those are different....
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    Re: Binding repair

    I would buy some matching binding material (ivoroid? white plastic?), cut and fit pieces and glue them in place. Leave them a little large and then scrap them down to size after the glue has fully...
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    Re: Zero fret repair

    Do as Earl said, but if it turns out that the zero fret is too low, understand that zero frets wear and must be replaced occasionally.

    (Each time an open string is played, there is wear to a zero...
  18. Re: Ring - Concave / Convex Pliers for Bending Binding

    Those marks will go away with a little heat. Hold the binding in it's bent shape and heat it until the dents swell back out to smooth then let it cool held in shape. Even if they don't go away...
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    Re: A request of builders

    At one time or another I've had to correct all sorts of things (action height is not a fret problem but is an aspect of set up)
    I've found frets that were not fully seated, frets that were seated...
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    If the finish is spirit varnish of some sort, especially french polish, alcohol might redissolve and redistribute the surface layer of that finish and perhaps improve the appearance.
    Since Gibson...
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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: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    Usually, for the sake of "originality" (Originality? With half of the finish gone? But I digress...) and resale value on the collector market, we don't refinish "vintage" instrument.
    In this case...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    I thought of sliding the tabs the length of the string but I figured that would leave gum on the entire string. Looks like that is not a problem, but it still doesn't solve the problem of gum on the...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Some superior tailpieces don't have or need covers. ;)
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Not bulk strings, sets of EJ74s. The little gummy tabs are a way to differentiate string gauges while also reducing the cost and waste of labeled string envelopes. The strings are coiled inside a...
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