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    Re: Narrow nut channel for truss rod

    A serious pet peeve of mine!
    You decide a truss rod needs to be adjusted, should take a couple of minutes, tops. Instead you spend half a day trying to find a tool to fit the poorly though out and...
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    Re: Plans for the Gibson Kalamazoo Site

    Is this... what day is this?

    (No, not for another month...)
  3. Thread: Bar frets

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    Re: Bar frets

    Both, I'd guess.
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    Re: About new fretboard for old Gibson A jr.

    It would vary widely from one luthier to another, but it would add up...
    Removing and replacing the old board would involve the removal of the old 'board without damage, and that required experience...
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    Re: Bar frets

    I have and it is a pita, but It's not really that bad, especially compared to leveling the frets!
    Many old Martin guitars with fingerboard binding had bar frets trimmed to fit over the binding, so...
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    Re: Flat tops, break angle and action height

    Is the bridge unstable and does it move on the top when playing the mandolin?
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    Re: Bar frets

    None.
    Much harder to install, much harder to get good feeling frets, just more problematic in general.
    We have the technology to make and install "T" frets so why would we want to use archaic bar...
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    Re: Question about CA glue

    If it is a nitrocellulose lacquer finish and if it is glued with CA the damage was done as soon as the CA hit the surface.
    If, as Greg said, it is a poly finish you are in luck, but it is still not...
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    Re: Any Café Members in Northern Virginia?

    Some of the best years of my life!

    Don't know how I forgot about Huss and Dalton, I worked with both of those guys back in our "factory" days. It wouldn't hurt to ask (just don't mention my name...
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    Re: Any Café Members in Northern Virginia?

    You might check with these guys. They might know someone who can help you out.
    http://www.fairbuilt.com/
    (I went to JMU in Harrisonburg. Just reading the place names in your post brought back a...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    There's not much else that can be done to form a loop in a plain (unwound) steel string. Sometimes they don't slip, sometimes they do, but a hook that has a flat or flats to kink the string loop, or...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    The end of the string is looped around and wound around the string. That winding can slip if enough tension is present.
    When the loop goes around a round, smooth peg, there is very little resistance...
  13. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    You're probably right, but Dr. Kasha might not have agreed with you.
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    You do indeed have round smooth string posts and you are likely to continue to have loops slipping. Replacing the tailpiece would be one remedy, reshaping the posts would be another.
  15. Re: Thoughts on neck profiles and a mandolin upgrade

    ...or any number of custom builders.
    This is exactly the type or reason to go to a custom builder; to get the exact neck profile you want. The thing is though, you have to know the exact profile you...
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    Re: Sealing a sprayed sunburst

    Keep your layer of shellac sealer as thin as you can. I've never had problems with very thin shellac sealer coats under lacquer, but thicker shellac coats can cause problems with lacquer. I usually...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    Yes, we need to know what type of tailpiece it is.
    If the "pegs" on a tailpiece are round and smooth, the loops of unwound strings (A and E, particularly E) can sometimes slip. Not much to do about...
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    Re: Sealing a sprayed sunburst

    A light spray of shellac will not affect the dyes, but if the sprayed coat is the least bit too wet the dyes can move.
  19. Re: how to rip binding strips from celluloid sheet stock

    Yep, that would be ideal, and from the looks of strips that I have seen that's how they were cut. Nearly no waste and no flammable dust
    When I worked "at the factory" we bought celluloid binding...
  20. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    Braces serve more than one function. Braces (or tone bars) do function as beams to distribute string/bridge load, but that is a static function. They also have dynamic function where they stiffen the...
  21. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    Probably not because there isn't really a whole lot of science out there pertaining to brace position, so it would be hard to site science supporting importance of brace placement to sound. The...
  22. Re: Is the position of the braces on a mandolin important?

    Scientific studies of guitars and mandolins indicate that brace positioning is not important. Total mass and stiffness are the most important considerations regardless of how a top is braced.
    As for...
  23. Re: Quality tuners for F style - opinions welcome

    The Schaller grandtunes are good, I just don't like them because I think they're ugly and the gear ratio is so high (18 to 1?) that it takes forever to tighten the strings. As it turns out, the only...
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    Re: Top Plate Carving/Graduation Questions

    Indeed there are varied philosophies.
    Truth is, I don't know what the suggested grads are in the newer version of the Siminoff book, but the old version had grads that most of us think are too...
  25. Re: Quality tuners for F style - opinions welcome

    Rubner and Alessi are both good (superior to Wavery overall IMO). Both are rather difficult to get, Alessi particularly difficult in my experience.
    I have three sets of Rubners on hand and need one...
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