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  1. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    Note that the inner top is free-floating beyond the false sides. It is spaced about 1/8” away from the sides and the tail block. A sound hole was cut before the inner top was glued in place.

    The...
  2. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    “False Sides”
    After the neck and tail blocks were glued in, the false sides were bent so that they could be to the neck block and blend into the sides. They are taller than the sides so that they...
  3. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    The overall size I chose for this mandolin: 9 ”x12” body, 2 1/4” deep, 13 7/8” scale. The shape is based on the medieval lute. The round bottom has a 4 ” radius and it flairs out with a 9 ”...
  4. Re: Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

    The Design: 196179196180
    The first hurdle is the lack of information to guide the builder. It is a process of trial and error spread over several instruments to arrive at a satisfactory balance....
  5. Building the Double Top Mandolin in the Israeli Style

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    What is a double top mandolin? Not to be confused with a construction method of laminating two tops together as an alternate to conventional top-bracing.
    Quite simply, it is a deep body...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Double top showing the braced soundboard and the "inner top" in place.

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

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    Double top mandolin in rosewood/spruce/maple.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    What's the point? A "one point" mandola in maple and spruce with a 16" scale.
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    All finished. Nice clean tuners have been lubed, new frets on a freshly leveled board, all splits have been stabilized. The nut and bridge are from the Alrite that was recently restored. Sounds...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    100 years old (with 50 years spent in a damp basement) and they look like new. Oxyclean and a scrub brush on the buttons, and Naval Jelly on the metal:

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    Re: Gibson Army Navy Reconstruction

    The first pic shows the gap that remains after positioning the pieces of the top. It is a wedge shaped gap open to the sound hole.
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    The next picture shows how much of the top has to be...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy question

    The A/N that I am working on has an arch of 8' to 10'. Seems like a lot for such an old instrument, but the braces look original.
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    Brunkalla A style Mandolin value?

    Any opinions on the value of a Brunkalla A style from 2006. Good overall condition with no issues. Carved spruce top and maple back. Gold hardware, F holes. There are a couple of youtube videos of...
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    Re: Alrite Total Makeover

    "It aint over until the flat lady sings".

    10 light coats of satin lacquer, leveled with 600grit, then a couple more finish coats of lacquer.
    The tuners cleaned up with naval jelly.
    I used an...
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    Re: Alrite Total Makeover

    I sealed the mando with shellac and filled the mahogany neck with a water based filler. I got the lacquer color coat and a couple of clear coats on when the garage warmed up to 65F. Supposed to be...
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    Re: Alrite Total Makeover

    The main brace for the top sits directly below the bridge. The photo distorts the actual location. Also, the photo distorts the size of the back braces. They are not quite as massive as they appear....
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    Re: Alrite Total Makeover

    Forgive me Father, for I have thinned. Please don't judge me too harshly. This is not a restoration, but rather makeover to try to extend the life of this old mando. After removing the back braces...
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    Re: Alrite Total Makeover

    Here is the inside all braced up. The pattern is based on the plans from Crystal Forest. They provide structural support for the bridge without being too overbearing. Also notice that all the glue...
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    Re: Alrite Total Makeover

    The top dried fairly flat after 2 days of clamping pressure. Some of the purfling came loose in the process, but a little super glue got everything back in place.

    I sanded out the top and got rid...
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    Re: Alrite Total Makeover

    Hi Jeff,
    I'm trying to figure out why my Alrite has "The Gibson" on the peg head. So I am trying see if it was early or late.
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