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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    I'm a long time lurker, not a regular poster. I think I'm pretty typical of a lot of people right now though. Wife and I are both working from home for the forseeable future. Thankfully both jobs are...
  2. Thread: Waiting for UPS

    by Chinn
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    Re: Waiting for UPS

    Kevin nailed it. My grandmother always would say "A watched pot never boils.."
  3. Thread: Saddle Fail

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    Re: Saddle Fail

    I built a kit this past summer. My saddle failed 2 days after first string up.

    I replaced it with a Cumberland Acoustic.
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    Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    Thanks for that Mike. Interesting counterintuitive result!
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    Re: Converting Right handed Mandolin to left handed

    I've only built my first mandolin, however the bass and treble bars are carved differently as I remember. IE, converting a right hand mandolin just with the nut and bridge will not sound right.
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    Re: Completed First Build

    Thanks much all! I'm really enjoying playing it.
  7. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    About a year ago, I spent time in Nashville test driving a large number of instruments in the higher dollar range (your price range for reference). As always, they had a wide variety of tones and...
  8. Re: Five String Electric Octave Mandolin Project

    Impressive build!
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    Completed First Build

    Finished my first mandolin build a little less than a week ago. Have been playing my fingers off since.

    This started as an IV A-style kit. I ended up re-working almost every aspect of the kit. I...
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    One word.... Bends

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    Re: Has Anyone Built a Cigar Box Mandolin?

    I've built some Cigar box instruments, but not a CG Mandolin.

    Some things that I've found make a much better instrument are to source the largest volume box possible as mentioned above, and then...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    I enjoy making tools and jigs in my shop for my processes and this project was no exception.

    The thickness gauge was made of heavy 3/4 multi ply hardwood ply. I used a digital gauge from Harbor...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    Finally, this brings me to where I am now.

    I currently have 10 coats of Mohawk Nitrocellulose on the instrument. I'm pretty happy with where the finish is going. I do wish I had grain filled...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    After several days of playing the instrument in the white, the factory provided bridge broke. I've read of a few that did that, so it did not surprise me. I took this as an opportunity to order a...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    The back caused me a lot of questions at first. I was going from the Siminoff book and graduations. My back was significantly thinner than suggested by his graduations. I talked to people on this...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    With these tasks completed, I was ready to glue the neck into the rim/top. I did this as you might expect with many clamps.

    One significant deviation however was that the originally provided...
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    Re: My International Violin A-Style Build

    Next up, I wanted to complete some work on the neck.

    I started by removing the white binding on the neck and re-doing the job with the torteloid binding that I finished the instrument in. That...
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    My International Violin A-Style Build

    I was not originally going to document this, but decided to put up some photos and describe a bit of what I've done to build my kit.

    Just a little detail on the front - I'm a fairly experienced...
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    Re: Help with IV mandolin kit

    I graduated my top pretty closely to the Siminoff plans. I found the book pretty useful.
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    Re: Help with IV mandolin kit

    Dan, did your kit come with instructions? If not, or if they're lost, reach out to International Violin and get a set. Admittedly, the instructions are pretty minimal, but they will answer a lot of...
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    Re: IV kit description question

    I'm in the finishing stages of a kit from IV's latest batch. Per Mike's comment, they won't match exactly.

    The top I found was near dead on in the center (no room to remove any more) and toward...
  22. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    Thanks again for the feedback everyone. I ended up using a combination of techniques to get the job done.

    I started off using scrapers to remove the majority of the finish. This worked in most...
  23. Re: Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I may do a test piece with some shellac to make sure I have an idea what I'm doing.

    The confirmation it would not cure came directly from the manufacturer of...
  24. Need suggestion on removing bad finish from a build.

    I mentioned briefly in another thread a build I'm currently working on, an IV kit, which is my first mandolin build. I'm not a first time instrument builder, but this build has had tons of firsts for...
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    Re: Heads up! Nitrocellulose products dwindling

    I just got off the phone with a very nice tech person at Mohawk. I'm having a significant issue with my first mandolin build, which I shot with Mohawk lacquer. I've built several instruments before,...
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