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    Re: Neck joint on Martin bowlback?

    Just to conclude this thread with some more images, first the dovetail:

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    And yes, that was a cracked neck block which needed fixing.

    Then all finished off, if I had my time over...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    OK let's think this through: on a guitar if the frets are level with top of the bridge, then the saddle will be double the height of the 12th fret action, so 3-4mm which is spot on. Given that the...
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Do you know, that actually sounds great, who'd have thought :)
  4. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    This is a problem we all have to some degree, there's a video somewhere by a banjo playing neuroscientist (no really) who reckons that 20 minutes is the optimal practice time because after that you...
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    Here we go:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bilKP6CbJdg
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    Re: Can anybody tell me what I have?

    Now those photos I have got to see :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    Nod. In order for the neck to rotate forward something has to give, in this case it appears the top has separated from the rim and the body spread outwards at the sides allowing the neck to rotate...
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    Re: Mandola scale length

    Interesting, I find a 17" scale almost the perfect length - of course you can't play closed mandolin chord shapes on that scale, but for folky open chord shapes and tune playing I'd say it would be...
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    Depends by what you mean by out of position: if it's actually come loose, then I would say that's a result: just glue it back in place to fix the issue, it's body distortion that's the hard one to...
  10. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    I would yes, a big difference in tone, and in general thin strings sound "thin" and thick ones sound rich/full and well "thick". So yes experiment and see what sounds best, you might find that...
  11. Thread: Stable Cracks

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    Re: Stable Cracks

    I would say there's no such thing: stable repaired cracks yes, not stable cracks.

    If I'm the advertiser, then I call old historical repairs that clearly haven't moved in 50 years stable, and...
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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    I'm a bit rusty at playing these round thingies, but I did record this one:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm3QiX2D2pc&t=4s
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    Re: German style Mandolin

    Very nice!



    Is that thickness standard for modern German bowls? The Neapolitans seem to be around 2.5mm



    Amen to that!
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    Re: bowl back mandolin

    In a word yes.

    However, it looks like you might still have adjustment room in your bridge (you can take these down to 4mm high and still have enough room for your picking action), it also looks...
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    Re: Embergher 5 bis copy

    Stunning - absolutely love the "glow" of that back wood!
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    Re: 1909 Gibson mandolin

    It's fascinating that the top has held up just fine all these years!

    Near to me they farm Doug Fir: trees are cut down after 20-30 years, all new fast growth, and the grain looks just like that -...
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Pickguard anyone?
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    My main mando gets played every day and gigged once or twice a week - for going on 15 years now - last month someone commented on how lovely and shiny and new looking it was - the finish BTW is just...
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    Re: Vinaccia disection

    I forgot to post some "finished" photos, so here we go:

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    Sorry about the fuzzy photos, I knew my camera needed replacing, but didn't realise how much!
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    Re: Dark trails appeared on the neck of my mandolin

    Like Adrian says: unbolt the neck and check everywhere for worm holes, if you find an entrance hole or two, strongly suggest you burn the thing before they infect anything else (it'll save you loads...
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    Re: Ermelinda Silvestri - Needs help!

    It can of course be restored, anything can be, but that's a very significant challenge: the neck angle is terrible, and there's some old repair at the heal of the neck which may or may not be...
  22. Thread: Washburn M-1/SB

    by Tavy
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    Re: Washburn M-1/SB

    +1 on Washburn making quality instruments in that period, as others have said, setting up as a lefty presents no real issues.
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    Re: Spruce for kerfing

    Either way, I would worry about the blocks separating from the "strip". And yes, hardwoods bend more easily and reliably IMO.
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    Re: Bowlback mandolin, exploded

    Oh my.
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    Re: Reset bowlback mandolin neck

    Peter K, yes, is he still around here? Sorry, I've been out the loop for a few years!

    For what it's worth, I've managed to get UK-US shipping down to around 80 - that's still steep I know - and...
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