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  1. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Certainly not country players. Country music has featured very little mandolin, especially compared to guitar, piano, pedal steel, and all the other Nashville ensemble in recent years. Mostly guitar...
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    Re: Bending Cherry Sides

    I like for my wood to be 8% moisture or less (not below 6%). I keep the shop between 40% and 50% RH, and my wood has been stored in there for years, so I don't have to worry about what the MC of my...
  3. Re: Is there a reason for the fretboard extension without frets ?

    You mean other than that clicking sound? No.
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    Yep, already had those. Thanks.
  5. Re: Is there a reason for the fretboard extension without frets ?

    No
  6. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    I might agree with you if I understand what you are saying.
    I'm not much of a fan of ornamentation and tend to like things that are designed with a "form follows function" aesthetic. Great lines and...
  7. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    If I get to know someone and like them, I can overlook short hair and stodgy... er, "neat" clothing. ;)
  8. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Not usually. Fancy (relatively) wood is just as easy to get and it sounds just a good, so why build with plain wood?

    Some things:
    It has been said that "perception is reality". Generalizing here,...
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    Re: Equipment advice please

    Off topic, but exercise equipment especially gets discarded.

    I've built myself a mandolin several times so that I would learn to play. Still, I barely qualify as a beginner on mandolin. Why?...
  10. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    I don't remember that last time I did frets with smaller ones in the upper positions, but there's no reason not to. The thing is, there is no particularly compelling reason to use different fret...
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    Flat top, guitar-shaped OM for a customer. He doesn't have an OM yet, has not developed a preference. I'm just trying to get all the info I can before making a decision. With a guitar-style fixed...
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    Graham, perhaps I'm doing something wrong (math and spacial things aren't strong subjects for me), but when I draw the individual string spacing from your bridge drawing my total width comes out to...
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    Re: String width at the bridge

    True, once it's already built. I'm trying to go the other way; start with string spacing and make the board to "fit" under the strings. I've only built one octave mando and that was years ago so I...
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    String width at the bridge

    What string width at the bridge do you folks prefer on an octave mandolin? What width as measured from 1st string to 8th string and what is your preferred string spacing?
    Do you have an OM that you...
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    Re: Equipment advice please

    Those of us who have been around for a while remember the days when "thickness sander" meant: (a) spend much more money than we can afford, or (b) make a homemade machine and put up with the...
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    Re: Neck Block Materials

    For a head block we want:

    -dimensional stability
    -good gluing properties
    -easy to carve/shape (especially if using a dovetail neck joint)
    -strength
    -low density

    Any wood that has those...
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    Re: Tone bar question

    Violins, with their relatively tall, light, flexible bridges, their bass bars and sound posts, and their bowed playing behave so much differently from carved mandolins that we can fall into various...
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    Re: Tone bar question

    I am more convinced that optimal (rather than minimal) mass is important to sound. Part of the characteristic sound of a carved arched mandolin is because of the relatively massive and stiff top. If...
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    Re: Tone bar question

    I can't say I spend time wondering about that, but I sure don't know why the decision was made to do them them that way. Gibson archtop guitars were not done that way, so perhaps that decision was...
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    Re: Drilling out the top

    I sometimes build with arches as low as 14mm when the wood is very stiff and dense. You'll be fine with a little sanding if needed.
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    Re: Tone bar question

    Apparently not. Dave Cohen tried different bracing patterns (tone bars, x-brace, his own bracing scheme) and found no particular difference in sound or in laser holography using the same mandolin...
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    Re: Tone bar question

    I use them to adjust stiffness. Perhaps that qualifies as "tuning", but I don't try to "tune" them to notes or any of that.



    I don't think there is a limit in terms of structure. An arched...
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    Re: Drilling out the top

    I put a little leather pad on mine.
    Also, I do the gauge hole drilling with the outside of the top sanded to 80 grit. After re-sanding with 80, sanding with 120, wetting to raise the grain, and...
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    Re: Recurve too thin?

    No need to build up with glue or epoxy. It would only add mass without adding stiffness of structure.
    I agree with Adrian, it's "on the edge" at that thickness, but if the 3" area is far enough from...
  25. Re: F5 scroll "ridge" - Distance from the side

    The F-5 scroll is misshapen in that the there is not a constant taper between the edges of the scroll all the way from the body to the button. The edges of the mandolin flare out from the rim to...
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