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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    From viewpoint of a maker I would add few notes. Tuning up to pitch is good adviceespecially when your instrument may have problems with tight nut slots or binding tuner gears (more common than one...
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    Re: Hairline Cracks under Fretboard

    It's impossible to judge from pics reliably so I can offer just few ideas and wild guesses...
    There is chance they are just finish cracks but that cannot be detected from pics. Visit good luthier to...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    I've been thinking about going from the wide end for a while but manage to cut short fret perhaps once in few fret jobs so I will just save it for the next job or use it on the extension (I'm mostly...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    They claim accuracy within 0.002" so you likely got some bad batch. The heights of close types of their wire differ by 0.003 or even less.
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    So far I haven't got that problem. I order pound of wire at once and I guess it is all from the same batch. Never had to mix batches.
    I wonder how large was the difference you experienced?
    Coud be...
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    Looks too slow and ineffective IMO. I know folks who do this
    I do this (using hand files and polishing pads) on bass side of the few last frets on f/b extension where standard method of beveling...
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    Re: Tuning up a Traditional Brekke Bridge

    To OP. have you tried lubing the hthreads a bit. I think they will be OK even if a bit tight (actually tightness prevents any possible rattless or tendency of nut to rock under pressure)
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    Re: Tuning up a Traditional Brekke Bridge

    On the traditional cumberland bridge the posts are not glued into base but can be unscrewed higher if you need some clearance from bottom or replaced by shorter ones (or cut shorter). The hex key...
  9. Re: Will being a lefty, but playing right handed be more limiting

    I think I posted this in one of teh previous lefty/righty threads but here it is again...
    One VERY good banjo player (normal right handed guy) started showing at local jam sessions with left handed...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Looks like Bill Monroe played few gigs on that with his pocket knife.
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    If you lok into hockey players there's not much correlation between righty/ lefty and how they hold the stick, when I hold lefty stick i feel more dexterity, when righty I think I can hit the puck...
  12. Thread: Sanding for bass

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    Re: Sanding for bass

    Random hippie sanding!
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Cool, but how does it sound? :-)
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    Re: Consensus on stew mac's heat stick

    After looking at their video I see the guy is injecting water into the hole so they actually don't avoid steam and water in the joint. And that ugly burned scar in the joint... I wonder how charred...
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    Re: Headstock drilling jig.

    And if you use it after reaming you'll never get chipping when ou need to pull the bushing out.

    I've been using similar bit ever since I built my first mandolin. The one I have is a "rotary file"...
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    Re: Japanese black paint touch up

    Could be the traditional asian urushi lacquer. You can try to use thin isolation layer of shellac if your overspray reacts with what's underneath.
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    Re: Tone bar placement on an A style

    They took it to another level actually. They precarved all mandolin plates on CNC as F-5 shape and cut off the scroll and points to use on thair A models.
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    Re: Tone bar placement on an A style

    The position of f holes and bridge is given by design and not result of random woodwork. Generally the bridge should be on the highest spot of top. f holes llok best when positioned so the bridge is...
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    Re: Consensus on stew mac's heat stick

    HHG won't melt with dry heat but the adhesion and cohesion of the glue itself weakens when hot.
    Moisture will remelt the glue but the wood will get weaker with moisture and you're more likely to...
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    Re: Consensus on stew mac's heat stick

    I'm not sure but I vaguely remember reading that Flatiron used bolt on necks... What kind of neck joint does your mandolin have?
    Steaming can be messy but I've seen badly scorched wood with the...
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    Re: Any experience with Gatti mandolins?

    The Gatti mandolins were not built by Massimo but outsourced. Actual buider was Eduard Kristufek from Czech Republic who is still making mandolins under his own name or brand "Krishot". His...
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    Re: Kimble neck - forearm pain

    I would guess in many cases use of the double trussrods or large nuts at the headstock end dictate somewhat chunkier necks for builders. And many pickers coming from guitar world who are used to wide...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    I've reshaped quite a few of these to remove the bevel (which is good only for plyers who strike string with pick at severe angle). I lay pick against string almost parallel so I don't like it.
    All...
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    Re: Gibson finally fixed their fretboards

    And then they could fix the scroll shape at least back to where it was pre-flood.
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    In the meanwhile, I ordered $1000+ stuff from StewMac (mostly their tuners) and took their offer for 1 year stew max membership for some $28 or so... that makes all shipping free for me. I'm in EU so...
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