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  1. Re: Corroded tailpiece on old bowlback---how to remove??

    If it is like many similar tailpieces the cover will lift straight up and off the part that's attached to the bowl. [You may have to push with something from underneath] That should reveal two more...
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    Re: Weird nut on Planet tuners

    You could make a socket from a length of hardware store brass tubing that fits over the post. Either file the end leaving two teeth to engage those notches or solder short lengths of nail to the...
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    Re: Tailpiece Is Crooked

    John, enlarging the photo from above shows the treble end of the bridge indeed not making contact. Good catch.
    And as John says, the tailpiece should be mounted so the strings track down the center...
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    Re: Harmony Monterey H410 Rescue

    I got an identical mandolin, Harmony Monterey, for my 13th birthday- 1962.
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    Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    There’s a (good) chance the bridge is already bolted on. Are there “pearl” plastic dots on the bridge? Feel inside for hardware. If it’s bolted on just play away.
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    Re: More Neck Questions

    I'm always suspicious of real cheap instruments with bound fretboards, and that is about as entry-level a mandolin as you can find. I bet if you pop off the binding at the end of the "fingerboard"...
  7. Re: How to repair a gap between back plate and binding on 1914 A3

    Indeed, it is a very useful fixture. Not only on mandolins, I might add. He simply means this type of damage happens too often, and often heat and humidity are factors.
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    Re: Removing Lignin

    The most important thing about the stiffness of wood is that it is stiff in the direction of the grain, but flexes much more easily across the grain. This makes a soundboard that resists deforming...
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    Re: Raising 12th fret, worth it?

    I have a simple test to see if a fret is loose [in this case your 13th]; I take a 6" steel rule and tap the end on the frets. Tight frets make a clear "tink", any where a fret is loose in the board...
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    Re: Boomerang Banjo Mandolin

    A standard bit of kit I've found in many old banjo cases from the first half of the 20th Century is a tan art-gum eraser. That seems to have been the tool of choice for cleaning a calfskin head, and...
  11. Re: Is The Note On The 5th Fret Of Your Mando’s “A” String a “D”?

    If fretted notes are most sharp at the low frets but get closer in-tune as you move up to the 12th fret, the culprit is the height at the nut. As you push the strings down to contact the fret you are...
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    Re: Is this a serious concern?

    Necks are not glued to metal bodied instruments. At some point the neck began to pull forward and someone smooshed some kind of glue in there. It did no good, of course. It would not be very...
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    Re: Unique Ball End to Loop End conversion

    IIRC we had a similar problem with stringing our Hofner 500/1. Pyramid strings were the only ones we found that didn't have a wrap that stuck out past the nut.
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    Re: Unique Ball End to Loop End conversion

    I think mdowlin is right. From the thread wrap those look like they may be Thomastiks, which would also have a wrap over the other end of the wound strings. That might have stuck over the nut without...
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    Re: fret marker positions

    Five string banjos from the 19th Century typically have markers at 5, 7, 9, and 12. Tenor banjos, which surged in popularity in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, have them at 5, 7, 10, and 12 [Tenors are also...
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    Re: Use of Oak in instruments?

    My old store had a couple of early 20th Century oak guitars. I remember one was a Harwood; pretty good sounding parlor size instrument. Oak just looks weird, though; you kind of expect it to have...
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    Re: Best way to fix this bowed neck?

    You need a shorter straightedge that stops before the kink at the heel to see if there's really a bow in the neck or if the real problem is at the joint. You will likely need to remove the...
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    Re: Finish delaminating National RM-1

    Dan, you need to call National Resophonic and see if you can email them some photos. Don't put anything like wax on it.
    I suspect moisture has migrated into the bottom of the case. That would also...
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    Re: Resting a Kay "Lyre" Guitar

    No shim; you want to support the original arch of the top. How hard is it to press the brace and top together?
    With the top as it is would you need a stupidly tall bridge?
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    Re: Question about CA glue

    The current KM500 claims to be nitrocellulose; older ones might have a synthetic catalyzed finish. The only way to tell for sure is to test an area with acetone. I pull off one side of tuners and...
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    Re: Question about CA glue

    What brand mandolin? If it has a poly finish you can use solvents that eat nitrocellulose lacquer.
  22. Re: how to rip binding strips from celluloid sheet stock

    I use a strip cutter from MicroMark, their number 14568. It uses x-acto blades, and has a micrometer type screw to set the width of strip. I set the blade so it makes a deep score in the binding...
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    Re: Earthwood Mandola Repair

    I'm sure he does, but without some photos it's hard to give meaningful advice.
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    Re: Earthwood Mandola Repair

    Earthwood mandola? I'm afraid you'll have to post photos. Even a GIS turns up nothing. Glued bridge?
  25. Re: Looking to have some pearl inlay work done.

    Harvey's website is harveyleachinlays.com if you want to see some spectacular work.
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