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    Re: Finding Parts for Banjolin

    It's a little fidgity to mount a skin head, but not al that hard. Just don't try to tighten it up until it is dry. And if you live in a humid place in summer don't keep tightening it up, it will tear...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Congratulations Sue, I have considered on of these myself. Probably would have bought if if I found it at that price. If you put your case out in the sun for a few days it will help with the musty...
  3. Re: Mandolin batch in the latest Skinner auction, incl. THREE Shu

    As my dad says " Schutt and two is eight".

    I'll Schutt up now.
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    Re: Reverb Gibson 2 Point

    Looks like the headstock laminate has been added to this. A poor job at that.
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    Way to go Dan, nothing like doing it yourself.
  6. Thread: Ultra low action

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    Re: Ultra low action

    I use a ruler setting on top of the fret and measure to the bottom of the string. Use a light so you can see. My ruler has lines on the side so I can lay it across the frets. If you balance a small...
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    Re: Ultra low action

    You can measure your string height at the 12th fret, then lower the bridge and see if you like it. You can go back and forth till you find what works for you. Keep measuring with each adjustment and...
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    Re: Ultra low action

    Have for years, I even carry a gauge to watch for any changes from humidity or dryness and put it back to it's low action. Jethro couldn't understand why anyone wouldn't play with low action. My...
  9. Re: Mandolin batch in the latest Skinner auction, incl. THREE Shu

    As any good plumber knows.....Schutt goes down hill.
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I had to do one of these several years ago, it is still playing as far as I know. There was much more going on with the one I did, I don't know who did the previous work, but if it wasn't for a...
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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    Since you set your string height by measuring the G and E strings that should be correct and you shouldn't have string buzz. You may have to adjust the D and A if the radius is off, but the G and E...
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I just finished one that I got from ebay. It was restored, ugghhh. The bracing, which was supposed to be X, was a small X behind the bridge and all were 2X4's. The bridge was jacked up with extra...
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    Re: Fingering Technique

    I would do what felt natural to me, and it may vary with the run or tune. I'd say do what feels natural to you. The same run may be done differently by other folks and be totally fine for them.
  14. Re: Talk me out of replacing an ABS nut with a bone nut

    On some older guitars the plastic nuts are dense, and work well. I wish I could find that plastic material. The handle of an old toothbrush used to be a good substitute, but as usual it's a different...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    I would be more than glad to play it for you :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I may venture that you buy a bridge, and get it fit to your mandolin, so you can start playing. After that I would start learning the skill of making your own, it seems that is what you really want...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I have bought bridges, but usually make my own saddles, if that is all I need. Once you have done it a few times it's not that hard. Thinking the next one I make I'll change from traditional to the...
  18. Re: Flatiron Serial Number and Value? (Made in U.S.?)

    In 2007 Flatiron mandolins were made in China.
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    Re: Michael Kelly Dragon Fly Mandolin

    My neighbor has one, it's been several years since I played it, but I was very surprised by how good it sounded. I doubt all their line sounds this good. This is their top of the line. Since I have...
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    Re: Pickguard Reset on Weymann Bowlback

    I have heated pickguards and then clamped flat, but it doesn't seem to be permanent. If you can find material that is similar I would make a new one. Since there is no tension on the guard anything...
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    Re: Stupid Deal of the Day

    Don't forget sandalwood.
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    I play every day, and since I am not performing, it's been at least 3 months. Strings still sound good. Phosphor bronze wouldn't be holding up this long by any means. I am using pure nickel and they...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    After reading these I started thinking. I have been performing for 50 years, not counting high school concerts or sitting in with a band overseas in the service. In a couple months I move up a decade...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    That is everything a mandolin is supposed to be, wish it were mine.
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    I resemble that.
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