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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    NO! Bearings require VERY exact alignment usually in hundreds of mm. No way you can get that in wood. Post skewed through such bearing would kill it and they would bind as well.

    The problems with...
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    I'd NEVER judge tuners by how stiff they are during tuning. ALWAYS try them removed from headstock and check for any dirt or corrosion first. If aleaned and lubed properly they turn nicely off the...
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    Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    Tradition.
    Maple binding is cool but it doesn't go well with sunbusts (finishing nightmares) and binding F style with maple strip is also not a job for faint hearted person and doing it to some...
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    Re: Bridge saddle repair - which glue to use?

    But don't forget to measure spacing of the posts and their diameter. There is no standard here. Your's look like metric (could be 3 or 3.5mm diameter)
  5. Thread: String Geometry

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    Re: String Geometry

    Low hmidity can cause temporary sinking of the top of flattop instrument.
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    Re: Bridge saddle repair - which glue to use?

    I've repaired quite a few of similar failures. I hate making new bridges and don't have steady supply of ebony or ready bridges (I'm in EU) for everyone. Here is my basic procedure (basicly 15-30...
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    Re: Bridge saddle repair - which glue to use?

    Good quality CA, liquid, not gel. I prefer Loctite. Apply few drops inside to make sure all surfaces are covered and squeeze in vice or with strong clamp. remove glue residue with razor blade....
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    Be carefull with these violin varnishes. They tend to be very temperamental. Both at application and then at drying and sometimes long after... The ingredients are not as simple as they seem and...
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    Re: Collings MTO: replacement tuners?

    Are you sure the problem is in the tuners?
    There can be dozen other reasons for the problems you describe that are not fault of tuners. The tuners are the easiest to blame but in my experience...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Stradivari's lawyers are long dead but Gibson's not so much.
    I think mking such mandolin is probably not illegal, but once you sell it with the logo they can go after you (if they have evidence)....
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    Re: Should Bryan Kimsey scallop my guitar?

    I wonder if you HAVE to continue the work after you discover mess like that. Here in EU you can in such case send new quote to customer and he can either agree or disagree and take it back paying for...
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuning Keys

    Perhaps not optimal, but many old school tuners have the tabs holding worm riveted to the baseplate so the whole has to be plated together (the cog wheels separately, but the plating adds some...
  13. Re: Talk me out of replacing an ABS nut with a bone nut

    Material of the nut will not affect tone at all. It's the cut of the slots that does. Material mostly affects longevity and allows better quality of work. ABS is one of the worst materials for nut....
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    Re: Schaller Grand Tune Tuning Keys

    That's similar to brand new car or other similar stuff that needs some time to operate at full potential.
    The GA tuners are plated after assembly so the plating is what adds some material to the...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    That's similar to my reasoning. I have enough scrap ebony to make them and otherwise it would just sit there an dcollect dust. Aand buying them from US is rather expensive for us in EU these days....
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    Sorry if my posts offended your skills. From your few posts I jus assumed you are novice just like many others who ask queastions here so I wrot from that perspective (and expecting that few more...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I f you really want to learn bridge work I would suggest getting some cheap beater mandolins and fit or replace new cheap bridges to them. After you do some good setup you can probably even sell tem...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    Some of you cannot see the forest for the trees. Putnamm is aspiring maker and as that there are MUCH more important lessons he needs to take. There's no real need for him to spend hours and hours ...
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    We are the lucky ones it seems... :-)
    Some of my friends have so bad agressive sweat that they kill set by just warming up for gig... completely black a strings after two songs...
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    Re: Should I learn to make bridges while I'm at it?

    I think you should slow down a bit and do some extra work out on your handtool skills. IF you intend to become a good builder you should work patiently and carefully. Each stroke of the tool (or even...
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    I've had the same strings (mostly bronze) on my mandolin for few years and playing it semi - regularly and it still sounded good... The mandolin was a bit bright to my taste with new strings and I...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    Just imagine the work... You lay the instrument on router table to start routing... the routing jig you commonly use is too low because neck is in the way so you have to make higher one. then you...
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    Forget that idea. It's impossible to do that without need for extensive finish touchup and that will never be invisible. You can have the whole instrument refinished but that would cost more than...
  24. Re: An extremely dumb question: Ridges on binding

    Perhaps they are saw marks from cutting the strips? Picture would help... Where did you buy it?
  25. Thread: Scalelength?

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    Re: Scalelength?

    I would stay with standard scalelength of 13 7/8". String gauges are designed for it and fingers of players are used to it. I would just place the bridge where it needs to be even if it is not...
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