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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    When I worked at the mandolin factory, five of us got into quite a heated argument one day. I had a big beam of African Blackwood and asked the saw operators to cut some sets for me using the $30,000...
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    Re: Band Saw Re-saw Fences

    For $20 in scraps and hardware you can make a re-saw fence that will perform as good as anything you can buy under $1000. Good re-sawing is more about patience and skill than a fancy aftermarket tool...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Stradivari ran a small production shop with many workers, family, and apprentices in the old world tradition; he did not work alone. He also lived a very long life was still producing instruments at...
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    Re: tuner install

    ???????????

    My $600 Herdigm double bass reamer is expensive; the little Stew Mac mandolin sized ones are not.

    Some days I use the drill press and go all the way through.

    Some days I use...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Loar's picks were made out of fairy dust and unicorn tears, just like all the rest of the lore....
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Bill, I think even more common around here is the popular third trimester man muffintop back dampener!
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    If Bill Monroe had a Virzi in his instrument, every tone deaf horrible sounding player over the last 75 years would blame it on "no Virzi" instead of "no practicing".......
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    Re: knot in top

    +1000

    Mandolins are easy...

    Imagine what it takes to get a perfectly clear blemish free double bass top- you can easily resaw one into 20+ mandolin tops!
  9. Re: 1984 vs New Duff F5 Style Mandolin

    The video is great, but it not very fair.

    Those two guys would shred that fast on a $35 cigar box mandolin just as well, and I didn't see anyone picking that good at Loarfest last weekend!
    ...
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    Loarfest 2020

    'Miss all of you at Loarfest & Banjothon in Knoxville today! Thanks to everyone that helped to make it happen.

    Here was a single table sample in an ocean of vintage goodness and fun....;)

    j....
  11. Re: Gibson snakehead Jrs vs other snakeheads

    My favorite "snakehead" Gibson, the Griffith Loar. The snakehead mandola is pretty cool too. Hopefully I'll see both of them next weekend...;)
  12. Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    An early Wayne Henderson dreadnought #3 getting some love on the workbench:
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    Re: italian spruce

    When I lived in the Pacific northwest and was surrounded by beautiful sitka and cedars, my building buddies lusted after red spruce form the other side of the country. My building buddies here in...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    "There are plenty of truss rod failures, but for some reason we never hear about that." +1000


    When someone like Andrew or Marty or Peter, who have a combined century of building world class...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    The same order from Stew Mac would be almost $150.

    How can you still be complaining about this??????

    Consider it free shipping with an adjusted price and be thankful you are still up almost...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Drop that 75 lb third trimester beer gut and you can drop the toneguard; both you and the mandolin will be better off....;)
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    Those are made by Dragonplate / Alred.

    J.B. Alred, who owns both, is a friend of mine. As such, I've used a LOT of his product, in all kinds of dimensions. I have used the carbon fiber D tube in...
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    Re: Allesi tuners

    Have you actually been to the old Waverly shop in Bozeman and tried to do business with them beyond mail ordering from the Stew Mac catalog? I have, it was not a positive experience.

    Did you...
  19. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    'Can't believe how much I still have to learn.......;)
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    Re: Allesi tuners

    Alessi are the only thing I've used for the last ten years. They are amazing and can be custom made to anything you can dream of. He is a fantastic craftsman and lives a short drive from the village...
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Yup; luthiers and tonewood sellers love waxing tales of unicorns and fairy dust about precious old wood...
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    Re: Regluing a loose back

    Here is my variation on the rib-o-matic. It is so common for teens and 20's A models that I have a dedicated jig that gets a lot of use. Also shown is a larger guitar sized model for a Collings that...
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    Re: Top bracing a Gibson EM150

    Did you get the pinstriped tweed case with your em 150???????
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    "I wish you all lived next door so we could discuss this stuff over beers."

    +1000!
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    Kick a$$ looking cool modern mandolin!

    I'll disagree: truss rods are NOT insurance. A poorly designed and built neck can have all the truss rods and strengthening materials and it will still warp...
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