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  1. Tunes At Home: Music In A Time Of Need

    Hi All! Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, many of our dear friends have had shows, tours, and project cancelled. This is a huge hit to those who depend on this work for a living. To this end,...
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Been trying to get some social distancing myself by going out on my fast mountain hikes.
    I’m exercising the old heart and lungs, nothing better to do.
    Trouble is, the mountain trails are now...
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    Re: Mandolins in progress

    There will be mandolins in progress as long as there are untreated mandolin addicts and chronic luthiers. Those look good enough to eat, Steve!
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    My big meeting has yet to materialize, approaching two hours late because the individual I'm meeting with is having trouble getting here. Nothing works fast around here in terms of accessing the...
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    New Tobin Bouzouki for Manus Lunny

    Hi All

    Manus Lunny got in touch a while ago about building a new bouzouki to replace the one I made for him 20 odd years ago. The old instrument has had a very hard life - years of touring with...
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    Re: Your MAS Progression

    I'll play along here! Too many to list that have gone but here are the keepers for now anyway? Some that went: Many Gibson F-5's, Gilchrists, Paganoni's etc...
    "KEEPERS"
    December 1st 1924...
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    Re: Thank You, Collings

    Try an MT-O. Bass and ‘airness’ out the wazoo.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    No offense intended to anyone here or in other threads, but I secretly get endless entertainment from all the thread comments about the Griffith Loar by people who have never played it. ;)

    I...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Hey, Folks:

    Yes, I noticed the tailpiece lid was up. That does contribute to the buzzing, but also happens when it's secured.

    I just posted another thread about Collings helping me out and...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Don't take this the wrong way, but you've spent a lot of time on this buzzing issue, IMHO. There are basically 3 or 4 causes and that's it. We can obsess until it drives us crazy. If it is still...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I don't understand the "nose section" term...?
    What is tinny sound? Does it mean shrill high notes and lack of crispy solid bass? If so, that means your top is likely too stiff. With good piece of...
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    Tony, if you hadn't mentioned your purchase of a bass I would doubt a positive answer to your thread title question. However, MIAS (the parent to MAS, BAS, GAS, etc.) fills in quite...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    If that means you plan to follow Stew-Mac drawings' thicknesses I would add that those are a bit out-dated by now. You can find a lot of reliable newer measurements and general graduations of Loars...
  14. Emory Lester playing a couple of Givens

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=v-rYrQc46EY


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-rYrQc46EY


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLybM8kMOpI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLybM8kMOpI
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    I asked this question pretty extensively a few years ago among the best builders in the world. Ten different people gave me about 25 conflicting answers so......I took the top ten designs, depth,...
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    Re: Truss rod angle and depth

    This has been discussed here quite a bit, and it can get pretty involved. This applies to "standard" tension truss rods. Two way rods, stiffeners such as CF rods and so forth, those are different....
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    Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    Hi, Everyone:

    A few years ago, I was lucky enough to marry a woman I love very much. It just so happens, she is from just south of Tuscon, Arizona, which is only a short distance south of Phoenix,...
  18. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    So far, none of my customers have asked for a flat fretboard. I've done compound radiused fretboards entirely, flattest was 10" at the nut and 14" at the bridge, the most extreme was a 4" radius at...
  19. Thread: Binding laminate

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    Re: Binding laminate

    ABS can be glued using acetone as well. I've used thin CA for laminating even for celluloid with good results (especially adding thin BW accent to create side-binding a'la Monroe). Acetone can cause...
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    Re: Ruben Bada irish bouzouki

    Awesome! Looks great and sounds great!
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    As evidence that the vast majority of musicians are delusional, I offer these links as evidence:
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/classifieds.cgi
    https://reverb.com/...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    I agree that without a physical explanation, time or playing or time+playing having a perceived affect on the tone of an instrument is only anecdotal. That doesn't prove that it does not exist, only...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    Dear Jeff Mando,

    Well, perhaps missing a little? :) A key point of my previous posts, #68 and #73 in this thread, is that changing the string break angle does nothing at all to change the string...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    OK, I'll bite...

    Obviously, excessive downbearing pressure can cause structural collapse of an arched top. This can be rapid -- and catastrophic -- or it can be gradual (i.e., top sinkage)....
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    Re: torrefied top MT in the house

    When I asked Adam at TME he said Adirondack yes, Sitka, no.

    As for simulating aging, the torrified Sitka dries out the tone. The torrified Adirondack makes the instrument louder, and more...
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