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    Re: Michael A Lewis Mandolins

    My best to you, Michael. Like John said, it's good to hear from you.
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    Re: This must be a joke

    The top has cracks. It's more like the cracks have part of a top.
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    Re: National Mandolin Champion 2019 !

    Bernie- I know him. He's a great guy. He and his wife are managing AxInHand here in DeKalb. The last I knew (recently), their daughter is coming along well.
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    Re: Binding laminate

    Nick- sorry I didn't reply. I wasn't paying attention. This stuff should work. I haven't used much ABS binding. I'm not a big fan of the look but that's just me....
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    Re: Cords on the ground

    I don't know what all you're dealing with but a couple friends and I recently have gotten the Xvive cordless things. Bluetooth. rechargeable. about a 70 foot range. Something like a 5 millisecond...
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    Re: tailpiece cave-in

    At the risk of too much humor here, think about the construction as follows. Neck- stiff rod. Sides- stiff perimeters. Top and back- variably thick balloons. Strings- lot of force trying to buckle...
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    Re: Binding laminate

    As to the binding: StewMac doesn't sell celluloid binding. I think most of what they sell is ABS. Call them and ask. Acetone isn't going to bond that material going through their jig. That's made for...
  8. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    I spray HVLP only. Have for about 30 years at least. If you're going to go that route, which I recommend, you're going to need a pretty heavy duty compressor with a large tank because the process...
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    Another vote here for Bela Fleck's Bluegrass Sessions. And perhaps even more so for Bela's album "Drive". That is one album that I'd take to an island.
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    Re: IV A Style Kit Binding Channel

    Not to be contrary, but it looks to me, based on that photo, that the section in the middle is actually too shallow. You could probably lower that ledge carefully with an Xacto blade. Draw a straight...
  11. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    Never mind my last post. I just read your post on the other thread. I've used Mohawk Instrument Lacquer for years. The "too much plasticizer" would act like that.
    I'd scrape as much off as possible...
  12. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    Is this nitro? Were the first 7 coats dry before you sprayed on another coat?
    What's the brand of finish? This sounds really odd.
  13. Re: IV A Style Mandolin Build - Back plate question

    I don't understand the hesitancy to contact the supplier/maker as the first course of action if any concerns arise. Call or email. All other speculations should be secondary.
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    Re: A question about guitar bridge pins

    I don't see how bridge pins could make your unwound strings "zithery". If it's a constant buzzing no matter where you fret, you should check how the strings go over the saddle. If the sound goes away...
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    Re: Instrument Appraisals

    Back to the insurance thing. My insurance rider, that I mentioned above, would cover None of my instruments if I played out with any of my instruments. I believe the reasoning was that if you go out...
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    Re: Fingerboard Extensions

    Some people like to buy cars that have that red line up there high on the tach. Some rev up there sitting in the driveway but will never do that driving because they know they're going to crash. Less...
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    Re: Instrument Appraisals

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Be very wary of the rider on homeowner's insurance. I had insured my instruments that way and when, after like 20 years, I went to up my insurance quite a...
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    Re: on finishing, ( finally)

    Marty, I know the feeling.
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    Re: on finishing, ( finally)

    I've never used Fabulon on a mandolin. I may have used it on some other wood stuff. Regardless, agree with Marty. But you do have to be careful because most polyurethanes don't "burn into" the coat...
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    Re: Laquer over tru oil ?

    I wouldn't try it. Shellac might work in between but I wouldn't trust it for more than a few weeks. Different finishes attach to themselves and other finishes differently, let alone the bonding to...
  21. Re: Cleaning oil varnish finish with a French polished shellac

    Call Austin.
  22. Re: Do you ever sing the notes of a tune while you play it?

    George Benson.
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    Re: the saddle

    Normally on well made saddles, treble side goes straight down on the front.
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    Re: Long term band

    I've been playing with the same fellow and best friend since 1968. Bluegrass bands in different incarnations. I wish I could say that for a couple others, but they've passed away in the last few...
  25. Re: My band playing Manzanita in the Telluride Band Competition

    Really good.
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