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    Re: string life with limited playing

    Does it make any sense that strings go bad because of uneven stretching? If a section of a given string has a weak spot where it stretches more than adjacent sections, the string would lose its...
  2. Re: First attempt at heat bending: questions

    I'm no expert but two things that I have think I have learned when it comes to bending are: First, you need to get the wood hot, right below the scorching point, where the fiber layers easily slide...
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    Re: A-style and F-style.

    Today's automobiles more of an "A" look in comparison to the Fins and chrome of those 50 odd years ago thus the A style is more contemporary.
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    Re: Neck dovetail and truss rod barrel nut

    I wish someone would write a paragraph or two that explains the physics of truss rods. It seems to me that the string tension is trying to bow the neck upward and the truss rod is installed to...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Hey Marty, do you have or know of a simple gadget that measures the "planarity" of a work piece. I have made any number of table tops and would love to know how well the top surface conforms to a...
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    Re: Eastman - back/neck separation

    String tension has won the battle on that instrument. If it were mine, I would remove the strings, very carefully and thoroughly clean out the heel to button area, try to push the heel back to its...
  7. Re: looking for 2-point f-hole mandolin plans...

    You will have to decide what kind of headstock shape you want and you can be as creative as you like. I like the simplicity of the snake head on two pointers.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I have been slowly building my 4th mandolin and thought there may be some interest in the set-up I use for cutting a Vee slot for the neck. (I don't have the skill to cut a well fitted dovetail, and...
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    Re: Gibson F5's from the 70's

    For many years I was pretty convinced that "empirical evidence" was redundant. I was thinking what other kind of evidence it there. Then one fine day I thought of 'theoretical' evidence....
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    Re: V joint question

    I did have that in mind.
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    Re: V joint question

    I agree, a well fitted dovetail joint is the best but a poorly fitted one is perhaps the worst. I have been following this issue for years and the number of reported failures of dovetail neck...
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    Re: V joint question

    I cut a straight tapered mortice in the heel stock with my router and jig. I then use a thin board to make a "neck" and tweak the angle till I get its extension to be a desired height above the top...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    If I luck out, I will reach the big eighty this fall and I have noticed in the last couple of years that my mandolins sound worse. Its an obvious case of breaking out or closing up after decades of...
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    Re: tuner install

    I have been troubled for some time by fact that tuner holes can not be perpendicular to both the top and bottom surfaces of a tapered head stock. I know some of you drill perpendicular to the top...
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    Re: knot in top

    I had a partially sawn thru wedge of some kind of spruce I bought 40+ years ago when I was interested in violin construction. It has been sitting in my closet until I decided to use it on my current...
  16. Re: What was your biggest challenge in making an F style mandolin

    I have not tackled an F model but built three 2-pointers and starting on my 4th (another 2-pointer) and the biggest challenge for me was knowing when I was finished with the plates. Apart from...
  17. Re: Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

    I thought it missed the most important element in the increased popularity of the music, and that it is fun to play. We've all heard stories of bluegrass bands that practice all night at a festival,...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    What about short term changes? How many of us think their instruments sound better after playing it x minutes after its been in the case for a week, a month? Can we separate out the player vs...
  19. Re: Advice on Sinking Top and Bowed Neck on Vintage F-5 Loar Copy

    I might worry about fixing the instrument but breaking its incredible tone. ???
  20. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    Sorry this tread has been mostly about the definition of a dovetail joint. This diversion started when I wrote "mortise/tenon joint like used on violins" was challenged. I stand by what I wrote.
  21. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    I have been interested in this issue for some time and started a thread on this forum "Neck Torque" on April 10th 2014. In this I showed the results of an experiment I performed that seemed to...
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    Re: Not mine.....is this bad?

    ProfChris, I was not suggesting end grain butting up to the heel button on the back (I can not imagine that). There have been Cafe discussions on the merits of parallel vs. perpendicular (to the...
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    Re: Not mine.....is this bad?

    My guess is that the grain lines of the neck are pretty much parallel with the fingerboard and the heel has split due to drying out and and/or the constant tension of the strings trying to lift the...
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    Re: Shellac flakes, which alcohol?

    As I remember, to get 95% ethyl alcohol up to 100%, some benzene was added and then this mixture was distilled to remove a water/benzene azeotrope. Quite possibly there was a trace of benzene in the...
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    Re: Shellac flakes, which alcohol?

    Oh I remember coming home from chem labs in the early Sixties and my mother wondered what the heck I was doing to smell so bad. I also worry about the long term affects. And if my memory is...
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