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    Re: buying first mando without playing?

    If it were me, and it was, I purchased a used Eastman 404 from the classifieds here last week.
    Locally Iíve looked at and played the base level eastmans, and also some of their higher end models.
    I...
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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    Over the last few months Iíve hoarded over 26 different Hymnals. So every day I spend an hour or more flatpicking my way through them. I know a lot of Hymns since Iíve been attending church for...
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    Re: Al Carruth scraper - Sharpening

    I seldom comment,
    But an effective scraper is the easiest thing in the world to make, and sharpen.
    I have quite a variety of scrapers made of everything from spring steel shim stock, pieces of...
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    The best reason to build instruments (in my case mandolins)is to be able to play and listen and look at something you made with your own hands.
    I have a friend (Paul Dunn) who lives in Bourbon...
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    10-20 drum sander abrasive roll tip

    So,
    After a fairly lucky purchase of a performax 10-20 drum sander this morning for $200 I went looking for a local source for sanding rolls. Hereís what I found, neither Rockler or Woodcraft stock...
  6. Re: Cleaning up Superglue and metal corrosion on old Bowlback

    I’m recently rehabbed a similar bowl back.
    Acetone (a very safe solvent) is the only reliable way to remove CA (superglue). However it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use it in such a way that...
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    Re: Replacing Violin Fingerboard

    That violin is worth about $20. You could pay to have a new fingerboard put on for about $200, and then you’d have a $220 dollar violin. Those tuning pegs look like they were carved with a...
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    Regal bowl back repair

    This is my first post at the cafe, so Iíll tell you a little about myself.
    Iím 60, Iíve spent the last 8 years learning the violin, and have just recently got serious about the mandolin. In my...
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