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  1. Re: Tailpiece alignment problem - does it matter?

    I would fill and redrill them all, using the endpin as a guide to make sure it all fits. Something I do before installing a James a tailpiece is to put it in a vice a give the top a little yank...
  2. Re: Tailpiece alignment problem - does it matter?

    Normal round toothpicks are as good as any dowel, perhaps better since it's so hard to find 1/16" dowels anywhere. Once the "dowels" are in, attach the tailpiece with the center screw at bottom and...
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    Re: Sharpening (Burnishing) Scrapers

    All the above advice on scrapers seems solid enough to me. Here is my method, http://toolmakingart.com/2008/08/12/scrapers-how-to-tune-them/

    Bob
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    Re: Sharpening (Burnishing) Scrapers

    A good friend of mine is an inventor/ tool maker and not long ago gave a seminar on this subject for the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association who recorded it. It's a bit long but you'll dang sure know...
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    Re: Sharpening (Burnishing) Scrapers

    This one needed some work anyway, so here goes.
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    I have a file like the one the guy in the video used (the upper one), but I like this big one better,
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    and here's why. I can span the...
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    Re: Zoom H4n Recorder

    Love mine (an older model). I record all my students' lessons with it and send them mp3s. They're very easy to use. My bandmate has the latest one and it's nicer in that it seems to come with a much...
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    Re: Zoom H4n Recorder

    I have one and I think it is great, definitely worth the money for me.

    I have used it to record one one channel and then record another track alongside the original. Which I think is what you are...
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    Re: Words of wisdom from Bob Bennedetto

    Rough crowd in the mandolin dork world tonight.

    Say what you want about Bob's methods and ideas. He's probably the most successful archtop guitar builder in history and one hell of a nice guy...
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    Re: Body size vs scale length

    It isn't only the Helmholtz resonance frequency that matters. Rather, it is the interaction of the first or main body resonance with the Helmholtz resonance. For that matter, one could make a...
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    Re: Body size vs scale length

    Physically, the body represents a Helmholtz resonator with one resonance frequency where max. volume output is to be expected. Ideally, this frequency should be in the range of the base frequencies...
  11. Thread: Mandolin Case

    by JEStanek
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    Re: Mandolin Case

    Brian Dean used a rectangular case and built in the foam padding to meet the shape of a Lyon and Healy Style A shaped mandolin he build me. Just get something that will hold the overall shape and...
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    Re: Mandolin Case

    Les - That mandolin is simply amazing !. I don't know what a 'Stromberg' type mandolin is,but it sounds like another word for edible,it really is a stunner.:disbelief:
    Over the (almost) 9 years...
  13. Thread: Tuner gear

    by Dobe
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    Re: Tuner gear

    This kinda sums it up:

    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?71136-worm-over-worm-under-opinions-please&highlight=worm
  14. Re: hmmm should i trade my crummy Savannah to this little girl?

    I have a number of concerns about this whole scenario, Kev, but I am wary of kibbitzing where I'm not wanted. If you want my opinion, you can PM me.

    So I shall just observe this: it's a...
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    Re: Looking for new way to outline inlays.

    After painting with white tempra, I would suggest outlining the inlay with a technical pen, not a scribed line. With a tech pen, you have a line thickness of your choice .3mm, .5mm, etc. With a...
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    Re: Mandolin from scratch questions

    :popcorn:
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    Re: Establishing rim thickness

    And it's used like this.
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    Sarah Jarosz o TV

    Sarah Jarosz will perform on Conan O'Brien, Jan 21, and on Craig Ferguson on Jan 23. She is nominated for two Grammy Awards:

    Best American Roots Song - "Build Me Up From Bones."
    Best Folk Album -...
  19. Re: Anyone build bowl backs anymore and why have they lost favor?

    Anyone interested in the process of bowlback building may visit my Flickr page for some insights in how they are built.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/l4braid/

    Regarding projection, If you play a...
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    Re: scale length

    Later Lyon & Healy professional mandolins have 13" scales and they sound excellent with Thomastik strings. Many bowlbacks and flatbacks have that scale as well. I don't have any problem switching...
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    Re: scale length

    Les, I owned that amazing Howe/Orme brazilian mando/guitar that Grampa Banana ended up with all those years ago.(it was mentioned in a few threads). At 13 inches and shorter, it is considered to be a...
  22. Thread: scale length

    by buchrob
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    Re: scale length

    If you take a similar standard-length instrument, put a capo on the first fret and re-tune you will have a good reference point.
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    My 2nd A-style mandolin progress

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    a great resource for mando builders

    http://www.smithcreekmandolin.com

    If you don't use a inside form for rim construction you should check out the mandolin and mandola inside forms, templates and plans that Dave Smith has at the...
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