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    Re: Shop questions

    That's the reason I don't work on upright bases. I had 2 of them in the shop at the same time several years ago and after I got them returned to their owners I have never let another one enter the...
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    Re: Shop questions

    If you can afford to maintain good temperature and relative humidity year-round, I don't think a shop can be too big.
    You don't want to have to walk a lot to get from station to station, but that is...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    That was actually several important questions and unless someone knows the answers for sure, an X-ray is about the only way to get a safe answer... and it was already getting too time consuming for a...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    It might be possible, regardless of whether the hex in inside or outside, to use a very well fitted "easy out" to back the nut out of there. Then a new one could possibly be used to get things...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    A good question for which I have no answer. I wasn't able to adjust this one either.
    196482
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    That is part of why I implicated the design along with the manufacture and QC. The pocked for the adjustment looks like it is in the vicinity of the string nut; the weakest part of the neck. There is...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    That's a thought, of course, and if not someone could happily play the mandolin without even knowing that it can't be adjusted, but the fact remains it should be adjustable if it is going to be...
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    If that's an inaccessible hex nut adjustment buried down in there, that means that everything from design to manufacture to quality control was very poor on this model.
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    I don't think so but I can't really tell. If it is, it looks like it is completely inaccessible and thus of no use.
    Somebody here must have dealt with these things and hopefully will help out here.
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Keep trying Allen wrenches, including metric sizes.
    Common sizes that work on guitars are: 5mm (Martin etc.), 1/8" many other guitars, 9/64" (some diabolical truss rod designer's joke on repairmen...
  11. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    Can't possibly be...
  12. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I'm not sure which John the f-hole question is addressed to, but my answer is; no, there is nothing practical do do about it. It is not a problem though, other than "bug[ing] the crap out of [you]".
  13. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    I first decided to build myself a banjo. I studied anything I could find to read about stringed instrument building and repair, I looked at instruments, good and bad, cheap and expensive, and tried...
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    Re: String Pair Out of Tune

    Changing the tuners was a waste of money and perhaps devalued the instrument. I suppose it benefits tuner manufacturers that so many people blame their tuning machines for set up-caused intonation...
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    Re: Intonation woes

    I have methods, but I wouldn't call them tips because they took a while to learn and can be dangerous to the instrument if done by someone inexperienced.
    My tip would be; take it to someone good at...
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    Re: Persimmon mandolins?

    I had several in the edge of my yard when I was still living in Virginia. I didn't make persimmon pudding but I sure ate my fair share of them. We have a domestic persimmon tree in the yard here...
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    Re: Name that wood

    It is not oak if the picture resolution is what it appears to be. Oak displays prominent ray fleck and end grain displays rays. It still looks like white ash to me; the grain, the color, the general...
  18. Re: The elusive Stelling 2-lump mandolin. Behold the glory!!

    I think you "misremember" that one.
    There were 79 Stelling mandolins when I started making them after Kim had left.

    The one in the video has walnut back, sides and neck. It was badly damaged and...
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    Re: Name that wood

    +1
    Looks like ash to me, and that agrees with it being heavy. Furthermore, these days of emerald ash borer infestations have sent many trees to the sawmill (and wood stove).
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    Re: Left to Right conversion

    A set up is pretty much part of the job of working the nut, bridge and saddle. It would be hard to imagine that someone would do the work without doing a set up. Of course, some repair people are...
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    Re: Left to Right conversion

    Bracing is a nonissue.
    It will need a new nut and it would be best with a new bridge with the saddle "compensation" set for righty.
    Approximately $250 $300 most likely.
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Boats, particularly wooden boats, have beautiful natural lines. The lines form almost automatically when wood is bent into position, the water line dictates a natural curve to the sides so even a...
  23. Re: "This mandolin was intact until my son sat on it"

    Better pictures this time, either that or I looked more closely.
    I take back what I said about it being a project for a student luthier.
    If the tuners are functional, it looks like those and the...
  24. Re: Replacement Tuning Knob for a 1980's Kentucky KM-800?

    Those are Gotoh deluxe tuners. No other button will fit other a direct replacement. I don't know if anyone sells the buttons separate from the tuners so your best bet might be to get some from a...
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    Re: Luthier Websites - Browsing preferences?

    These days website videos and audios are mostly viewed and heard on little bitty phone screens and through little bitty phone speakers. How much quality is really needed there?
    Maybe, if I can...
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