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

    When I was approx. 19 and stationed at Tinker AFB in OKC, Don Teeter lived about a mile down the road from me. He did the best $100 fret job I've ever seen on my old 1940s archtop guitar.

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

    Not every day in the shop is perfect, so you need some creative solutions....problem solved! ;)
  3. Re: Vega cylinderback with no logo ... made for the trade?

    It is a guitar shop in LA known for extremely expensive 6 figure vintage guitar sales and geezer rockers that hang out there. They don't really care about mandolins or know them....
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    Re: Gibson EM 150?

    Does it have the original tweed Charlie Christian style case?
  5. Thread: Wood ID

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    Re: Wood ID

    I guess I'll be stuck using all of that damned red spruce that grows right here locally.....;)
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    Re: Cost for refret

    A+

    There you go- send all of your stainless steel refret jobs to Adrian!
  7. Thread: Wood ID

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    Re: Wood ID

    "tonewood".....
  8. Re: Central Oregon - I need to try a Weber Yellowstone

    Different companies have different economies of scale and production methods, but as a whole, my experience says this statement is incorrect.

    Things are certainly different from the old company in...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    It isn't the microphone or his fancy old mandolin.....;)
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    Re: Shop questions

    A leaf blower for sawdust control is brilliant!
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    Re: I want my chops back

    Turn off your computer and start playing your mandolin!
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    Re: Monteleone F5 -#4 - 'The Gibson'. 1970s

    It is an easy drive over to Long Island; go visit John.

    Great guy, a workshop that is a living museum, and you never know who will stop by for a visit, plus there is a great local pizza shop just...
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    Re: No frills vs fancier mandolins

    Dave WAS the Martin custom shop for decades.

    I remember my first time visiting him as a teenager in the early 1980s and was amazed at his work and his output. He sold me my first master grade set...
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    Re: Shop questions

    It takes a certain personality to enjoy upright basses & working on / building them.

    For me....upright bass payers are typically 10 times easier to work with than mandolin players, they always...
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    Re: Soon to make my first Mandolin

    Turn off your computer!
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    Re: Shop questions

    " I never feel like I have enough space. If all I did was make mandolins in there it would be plenty big, but I build guitars and repair various fretted instruments ..."

    Be glad you are not a...
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    Re: 1992 Nugget A Deluxe #155

    That's going through a 3rd part seller: Owner>store consignment>Reverb.

    Take the listed $18k, pull out a 25% store seller's fee off the top. Then take close to 25% more off for taxes and bank...
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    Re: CITES Question

    At the last big guitar show I attended, receipts and paperwork- just the old paperwork, not the wood- documenting pre ban Brazilian rosewood were selling behind the scenes for prices that would have...
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    Re: Arch fingerboard for F4

    I tend to get tendonitis in my left hand from the flat fingerboards, not the fret size.

    It would be easy to interpret these replies as discouraging; not at all my intention. Actually- updating a...
  20. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    [QUOTE=Marty Jacobson;1837753]......All the mistakes I made were 100% my fault for being cocky and impatient.

    Instrument 2 is where I really went off the rails of hubris. I spent the better part...
  21. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    THIS ^^^^^^^ is part of why the F holes should be cut after the top is installed, not from a random pattern applied before the top ever meets the rib garland!!!!!! You'll also learn a lot about...
  22. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    !!!
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    Re: Identify this wood?

    Definitely not "The Tree"; I've handled approx. 100 sets from that tree and played about 30 guitars made from it.

    Back in the day you could get them for dirt cheap- nobody was willing to pay $150...
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    Re: Arch fingerboard for F4

    I've done quite a few of them that way- four in the last year.

    There are a couple of lurkers around here who own them; 'pretty sure they are ok if I mention it. Adam Tanner has one that had the...
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    Re: Persimmon mandolins?

    Thx for the kind words of support.

    Most of the materials I have been building with for the last 15-20 years is ancient, impossible to find, air dried for 50-100+ years, exotic, and comes from the...
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