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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    There is no such thing as perfection. We all strive to improve, but perfection is not attainable. I know I have made mandolins I think are near to perfection, but then the next or the next after...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy vs Gibson

    Well it is higher. You really need to get an original into your hands and study it closely, there are lots of details that will have you saying oh so that is how they did it. They are challenging...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Just a small point, but a carbon fiber case is likely to last a lot longer than a plywood case covered in vinyl. Plywood cases do not stand up to heavy use (thinking pro musician) very well, they...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    That is not correct. All dust = bad for you. Carbon fiber dust is dangerous if exposure is high, but is not like asbestos where one very small exposure can be fatal. So it is important to minimize...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    When they are passed their used by date I would expect they would, but they are really tough cases likely to last a very long time, they are not like cars or bicycles with a relatively short life...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    Don't know about the F5 cases, but I suspect it would not fit with a tone guard. The fit is very good so would be no room for a tone guard. The colour is not a coating, it is in the resin that...
  7. Re: Building a higher-end replica Taylor GS-Mini guitar (NMC)

    I make a small guitar exactly as you describe. Same body size, same scale length, but slightly different body shape and wider fingerboard. I was not impressed with the few Taylor's I came across so...
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    Re: New Eastman Octave tuners?

    Sounds suspiciously like the string is binding in the nut slot. So the problem might not be the tuners. Lubricate the nut slot with some graphite first before you think about changing the tuners.
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    Re: Top strength/Tuning stability

    The old Gibson army navy flattops only have two cross braces on the top. One is under the bridge and the other is in front of the sound hole under the fingerboard. So, that one brace under the...
  10. Re: Ken Cartwright loses home in Oregon fires

    Oh no. I visited Ken way back in 1999. The west coast of the USA is now getting exactly the same as we (Australia) had through last year and early this year. Worst drought on record so the forests...
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    Re: Question for flat top players

    Yep, ask Sawchyn. It really depends on how they are built. The old Gibson army navy's are notorious for top sinkage so light strings only, but the Beavertail is X braced so is different. Mine are...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    Yep mandola cases are difficult to find. I get mine from Cedar Creek custom shop. Perfect fit every time, but not cheap. I can do a flat top mandola for around $1000 USD but then you need to add...
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    Re: Bending quilted big-leaf maple

    Graham, I recently used some pretty wildly figured Big Leaf quilted Maple in a mandolin and did not have any issues using a hot pipe. The trick is to not wet it too much, just add a little bit of...
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    That is part of it, but mandolin tuners are a lot more difficult to install. There are 4 on a plate, so the hole spacing needs to be spot on. Guitar tuners (except classical) are separate so the...
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    Re: Has Waverly Jumped the Shark?

    Absolutely. If they turn ok when off the instrument, then the fault is with the installation. Most problems with tuners are with installation, and the better quality tuners are far more sensitive...
  16. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    I am with you Mandobart. I have never done a sunburst, and have never used plastic bindings. Sunbursts are tricky to get right all the time, but they do hide a multitude of sins. All my mandolins...
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    Re: Problem E strings

    First thing I would do is to check the fit of the bridge to the top. It must be as close to perfect as you can get it. If that does not change any thing you can make changes to the treble by using...
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    Re: Waterlox Marine High Gloss

    It is up to par. I use Target Coatings EM2000 which is an alkyd resin based (i.e. an oil varnish) in a water emulsion. It can be brushed or sprayed. I brush it on, but like all finishes it does...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Personally I think way too much attention is made to tranverse vs X bracing. I have done both and there is a difference, but the difference is quite small, more of a subtle difference, and I have...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    I am one of the "others", having made around 200 so far and still going. The very old Gilchrists do replicate the old Gibsons, but he changed the body size quite a few years ago, can't remember...
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    Re: Wood identity question

    I have never heard of that before. I think it is unlikely, although can't rule it out completely. It is impossible to be certain what they used by examining the mandolins in detail, but my guess is...
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    Re: Wood identity question

    Yes that is stained birdseye Maple. Lyon and Healy used a lot of that, but they also used flamed (fiddleback figure) Maple on some of their mandolin as well.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy A

    I think it was a deliberate change. Those guys know what they were doing. The Lyon and Healy mandolins are very well made, and they are not easy things to reproduce accurately.
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    Re: Griffith Loar A-5 drawings?

    Nope. The size of the F-hole is different. The A5 F-hole is smaller. The was probably done to keep the tuning of the main air mode the same. One reason why it sounds like a Loar.
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    Re: Lyon and Healy A

    Yes the fretboard widths certainly did vary. My 1918 style A symmetric points has a nut width of 29.2mm, my later approx 1924 asymmetric points style A has a nut width of 27.8mm. They are the only...
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