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    Re: Oakwood Mandolins?

    That's a real shame - I've done a few setups on Oakwood instruments and they were really nice. IMO much nicer than Fylde's at a similar price point. Some of them were a good number of years old and...
  2. Thread: Is it defective ?

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    Re: Is it defective ?

    I see nothing that a good setup wouldn't fix.
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    Re: “Free” vrs “metered” tremelo

    Interesting discussion! I have no comment on what is correct, only some observations:

    * Tremolo for me is a somewhat different technique from fast picking, and in a sense the 2 don't necessarily...
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    Re: My Bowl back Carl Fisher mandolin

    If you look close you can see a scarf joint there. Interestingly the scarf is the "wrong way around" compared to what's normal, maybe a whole replacement headstock at some point? In any case leave...
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    Re: Lutherie Part of an Innovative Program

    Good stuff, thanks for the link.
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    >Mick, Tavy: Would a sound-post sort of dowel be helpful in that location in a flat back instrument like the one in OP? Would it be very detrimental to sound? Would it add too much stress to back...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    >I've seen in Martin and Embergher bowlbacks a small "stiffener plate" of wood reinforcing the top between the topmost brace and the neck joint. I've been adding one in on all my bowlbacks as a...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    >And I would guess that the reason there is that bilateral warpage is due to the neck coming loose from the neck joint which would indicate that a neck reset is required as well.

    Maybe, probably...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Sounds about right to me ;)

    And yes, they are bugger to hold if you make the top wide enough to resonate near that low C. Mine is guitar bodied which is easier to hold, but sometimes I wish I'd...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    I wouldn't remove anything that didn't actually fall off ;)

    The top should be repairable (but you know we haven't seen it in person, so your mileage may vary!) by clamping with a damp cloth. I...
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    Re: Is this old Washburn worth restoring?

    That top can be repaired in-situ IMO, there's probably a loose brace or two in there for it to have become like that though. These are not particularly difficult or time consuming repairs if you...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Good stuff!
  13. Thread: very old mandolin

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    Re: very old mandolin

    Hi Peter, good to see you back around here!

    Personally, I simply wouldn't touch a DeMeglio "clone" unless I was looking for a player, and I could try it out in person. Value wise, the clones sell...
  14. Thread: Hiscox cases

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    Re: Hiscox cases

    Yes. Good case, loads of storage in the mandolin version (by mandolin case standards). A bit brick like and heavy maybe, but offers first rate protection IMO. My only real complaint is that I...
  15. Thread: knot in top

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    Re: knot in top

    I've certainly had blemishes which only became visible once the wood was worked. I wouldn't quite call them knots as such though.

    BTW all the main UK and EU suppliers will refuse returns of any...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    One concrete example: A while back I restored a DeMeglio bowlback whose headstock had an historic break - If I had to guess I would suspect the break had occurred pre-1900 and the instrument had been...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Wow that's quick.... looking good there.
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    Re: Metal-Clad Fretboard

    Are you sure it's metal? Do you own it?

    Looks like MOP to me.
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    Re: DeMeglio serial numbers and lables

    Yep, 1K a year is some serious production. I suspect Gibson were at it for more years, but it's interesting how close these guys were in terms of numbers.
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    Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    Marty, just checking... have you taken the tuners off and checked why they slip? They're generally pretty simple construction, and surprisingly robust. Could be that something has come loose and is...
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    Re: DeMeglio serial numbers and lables

    More data points before I forget them:

    1901 model 1A, 11066
    1894 model 1A, 2459
    1897 model 1A, 6791
  22. Thread: proper fret dress

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    Re: proper fret dress

    Haha, indeed, but more to the point you really do get better with practice at this kind of stuff. My early fretwork was OK, but the more I do the better they get no question.
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    Re: Next-generation Wood?

    That's great! Should make your mandolin sound just like a banjo ;)
  24. Thread: proper fret dress

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    Re: proper fret dress

    > Was just quoted $195 for a full mandolin fret dress. Seem high?

    Way high IMO. Just my 2c. Actually that's more like the cost for a full refret.

    Provided it's all routine stuff, it's 4...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Haha, yes those angles will make your brain hurt - the way you did yours was pretty much what I did, which is to say a small ebony fillet under the bass side. Certainly not my idea, I think it came...
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