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    Re: Tone bar question

    This has been discussed endless times around here; the search button is your friend.

    I posted many times here and it has been well documented & demonstrated at many of the major luthier...
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    Re: A5 build plans

    Bob: Feel free to call the shop and we can nerd out as much as you'd like on the Griffith and other mandolins to get you on the right track. It is a great starting point with a proven body geometry...
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    Re: A5 build plans

    All of the historic Gibson A bodies used the same mold and shape, so any one will do.

    Combine that body with a longer F5 neck dimensions and you have it. Beyond that, morph and merge the rest as...
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    Re: Atlanta Mandolin Luthiers

    WAYYYYYYYYY more fun that sitting around talking for another hour about picks or fretwire! Count me in..... I'd get much more excited talking old cars; Do you still have the one you were showing off...
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    Re: Equipment advice please

    Well, considering I just got back from a 2+ hour trail run on a Friday night & it was my fourth workout this week, I can only dream about spending as much time practicing my mandolin as I do...
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    Re: Atlanta Mandolin Luthiers

    Best for what???????????
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    Re: A5 build plans

    The Griffith plan is in the works as we speak....;)

    6mm top thickness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF......I know people who bring double bass tops to that...
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    Re: Kelley A-V-5 advice needed

    OK, good the string tension was released. 'My mistake.

    But- this IS a mortise and tenon. It also has a Siminoff vestigial dowel pair, but at its heart, there is no denying it is a mortise and...
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    Re: Kelley A-V-5 advice needed

    I don't see this as an issue with the original builder. Mortice and tenon joints like this have been used for hundreds of years without any dowels. It is a well proven and tested design.

    It was...
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    Re: Equipment advice please

    Go to the junkyard or steel recycling place. I see dozens of treadmills in there every time I visit.

    In general, those places are a gold mine for creative people who can repurpose other's junk...
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    Re: Neck Block Materials

    Hard to find mahogany big enough for mandolin parts?????????????? I use it for double basses where the neck block is 9" thick and I don't have any issues finding it...

    If you listed your location,...
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    Re: Equipment advice please

    There was a 16/32 on facebook marketplace in Tennessee this week for $150!

    Remember that almost all drum sanders use some sort of clip design to hold the sandpaper that effectively limits the...
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    Re: Kelley A-V-5 advice needed

    :popcorn:
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    Re: Resetting Expectations on Quality

    I used to have a dog that loved hot hide glue. It would run away with the hot glue pot and anything within reach from the shop........
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    Re: Truss Rods vs Carbon Fiber?

    I've been to the Oberlin Acoustics summer workshops and have seen what it looks like when you use all of the modern technology at hand to analyze how much oscillation happens in a mandolin neck when...
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    Re: Tone-Gard Alternative

    ".......40 hrs a week plus 4 kids makes working out a luxury... at least that's my excuse for not doing it...."

    If only it were a luxury; your life literally depends upon it!
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    Re: Tone-Gard Alternative

    The best solution for your "Belly Guard" issues:
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    Re: Bolt-on neck for f-hole mandolin

    The bolt on system shown in post number one is very similar to what the original Breedlove necks were like (I have no idea of their current system). I built a couple of hundred mandolins using this...
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    Re: Old mandolins versus new a conclusion

    Brown mandolins sound better than red ones....:popcorn:
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    I usually only keep one really nice mandolin and one very good, versatile guitar around the shop, but at times I'm know to own a dozen or more upright basses!

    More perspective: Upright bass...
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    The Benedetto book and video series can also be found via the interlibrary loan system.
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    Re: Truss Rods vs Carbon Fiber?

    Yes, about 8 years ago I asked ten of the best mandolin builders in the world some serious truss rod questions. I got about 17 different answers, so....

    I made up ten identical necks, with ten...
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    Re: Monteleones at Rudy's Music

    It is hanging on the wall in his shop, as you walk in the main entrance.
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    Don't expect any kind of warranty when you bring your back of Home Depot dumpster diver wood and ask someone else to build something from it!
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    Young Sam Bush A5 video

    Does anyone know the story behind the A5 that a very young Sam Bush is playing in this video?

    It is not the Griffith A5; maybe an early A50 conversion or something similar?

    'Amazing how young...
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