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    Re: Nut file sizes

    You could cut and paste this response for 95% of the questions asked here!

    Adding a little, find one who also teaches and get a lesson in setup work. You'll learn the skills, but more so, you'll...
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    Re: Shaping an archtop

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIQu1e8DGUw
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Well..... I've heard it had nothing to do with mandolins and everything to do with one of the board member's wives late night after the Christmas party and a lot of eggnogg......;)
  4. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    The guitar is for when I'm playing solo, leading the group & singing, or I need to be very clear in my musical theory communication.

    The mandolin is for when too many guitar players show up.
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    Re: Franken-Gibson with added Virzi!

    You'll need some of this:
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    Re: 1913 Gibson Mando Parts Value?

    Are the tuners the inlaid Handels with the fancy swirly swirls or just the simple white buttons?
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    Re: Help identify this wood

    "tonewood"...;)
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    Re: I want to build a mandolin...

    Ha! 'Didn't know that LMII sold those!

    Maryland is a short drive to Asheville. A few days visit as a student would set you on a righteous path for that A5 build you are describing....;)
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    Excellent link Adrian.

    As a former student of the Oberlin Acoustics workshop, I've been telling people for almost 10 years that this is the place to go, but the only response I ever get is a blank...
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    Re: K-1 Tone Bar Dimensions

    Most of us would call the small traditional K-1 brace that runs perpendicular to the grain near the bridge a single transverse brace; "tonebar" is most often associated with two semi- parallel...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    One thing I think we can all agree on is that tappity, tappity, scratch, bend, flex, glitter sprinkling, & rubbing a (un-)lucky rabbit's foot all have one thing in common. They give us some kind of...
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    Re: Dove Tail Joint

    There is an old guy about 4 blocks from my shop that has a great saw & tool sharpening shop. He has been at the same location since he got back from Korea & started the business. Great work &...
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    Re: Pine, what a tone

    I have some of that exact board of eastern Hemlock, purchased from Ted Davis back in the day. There seemed to be very poor adhesion between the layers of that wood. It would always split on the...
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    Re: Tap tuning using a guitar tuner?

    +1000!
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    Re: Cloth for varnish

    Spit shining is a great analogy for finishing by hand, although there seem to be far too few folks who have experience with either.

    Haven't any of you heard about "Stradivari's secret varnish rag...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    I don't even know what that means, but it sounds like a whole lot more fun than playing Sally Goodin' for the 1135th time!;)
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    When the bluegrass guys call for a paid gig, I'm a bluegrass musician.

    When the jazz guys call for paid gig, I'm a jazz musician.

    When the Irish guys call for a paid gig, I'm an Irish...
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    Re: Dreadnought build

    A completely radiused ("domed") top will make it difficult to get a clean fit at the neck joint and the fingerboard extension over the body.

    I build them with a radius below the soundhole fading...
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    Re: why no carbon fiber mandolins?

    The majority of the 500+ ALCOA aluminum basses were painted. That is part of why I get suck a good price for the polished & pimped out models. The Pfretzschners were the opposite. Most were...
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    Re: why no carbon fiber mandolins?

    Interesting post Richard. All of the aluminum Merrill mandolins & guitars that I have ever seen had wooden necks and spruce tops glued to the aluminum backs.
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    Re: The shipping problem

    A+ response!

    That bass took about 7 months effort, but it is back up and playing gigs again. I tried to get him to set it on fire and move on, but he was very emotionally attached to it so I...
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    Re: The shipping problem

    Be glad you don't have to ship upright basses!
  23. Re: source for light weight maple neck wood

    Hampton Brothers in east Tennessee have some of the nicest maple & spruce in the country. They are an afternoon drive from you.
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    One last thing: know that none of you are alone on an island with all of this. All of the folks contributing here visit and hang out and talk with each other on a regular basis, exchanging ideas and...
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    Re: Tuner for tap tuning

    Those people all have a reference library of dozens and or hundreds of instruments that they measured on the exact same deflection device. That is how they are able to consistently reproduce reults....
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