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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    "Black heart" is a fungal infection down the center of the tree that makes the wood a darker colour. It is effectively spalted wood. Eventually the wood rots, but usually the physical properties...
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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    Elliot, it is most likely a different species. There are a number of different species of trees called Sassafras. In this mandolin it is Atherosperma moschatum, a tree native to Tasmania and south...
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    New flat top mandolin

    Recently completed flat top mandolin. I call it a "classical flattop" because it has a body shape and size the same as a Lyon and Healy style C. Top is red Spruce, back and sides are Black Heart...
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    Re: L&H Model A string spacing

    Vern Brekke does still make bridges, but I would not use one of his bridges on a vintage Lyon and Healy. One piece Ebony is the way to go, and as already said, they are not difficult to make, I make...
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    Re: L&H Model A string spacing

    Changing the string spacing is not going to change anything about the sound if it is done properly. The original bridges are one piece Ebony so you will need to have a new bridge made.
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    New Birdseye oval hole

    It has taken a while, but finally I have got around to posting these pictures. This is a recently completed one of my oval hole mandolins. Woods are Red Spruce top, Birdseye Maple back and sides,...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    +1 What John said.
  8. Re: Circa 1924 Lyon & Healy Style B with differences!

    i would have to agree with every one else that this is definately not a Lyon and Healy, and the seller has been somewhat loose with the truth. Just about everything is wrong. It looks like a flat...
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    Re: E string constantly breaking

    What is the scale length? Someone once asked me the same question, why are the E strings breaking? Turned out he was stringing up a mandola to mandolin pitch with mandolin strings. Longer scale...
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    Re: new bridge for flat top?

    +1 for the Brekke adjustable flat top bridge.
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    Re: Tenor Guitar plans

    We were surrounded by fires and it went dark for 3-4 days from the smoke, but have emerged from all that with no damage. Only problem has been our rainwater tank is now contaminated with ash and the...
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    Re: Tenor Guitar plans

    LMI has one

    https://www.lmii.com/plans/3556-plan-tenor-guitar-scott-antes.html
  13. Re: Marketing and getting your name/brand out.

    Most of us are not very good at marketing. Andrew Mowry's story is very familiar to me, I am also an introvert, so salesman I am definitely not. The first mandolin I sold took 9 months to sell, and...
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    Re: tuner install

    Yep, that is how I do it.
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    Currently it has D'Addario EFT74, but Thomastic mediums should also work well on it. I will post pictures on the new birdseye archtop hopefully with some sound clips once it is finished. Not far to...
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    Re: Peter Coombe flat top mandolin

    It does have an induced arch, radius 15ft. The pictures do seem to make it look more than what it is. The Army Navy and Flatiron mandolins also have an induced arch at about the same radius, but...
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    Re: A new A with mostly Australian timbers

    Yes, and we have had plenty of smoke smell, but I prefer the smell of King Billy Pine. Not as strong a smell as Huon, but sweeter. That must be one sweet smelling mandolin! Both King Billy and...
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    Re: Advice for a pre-professional luthier?

    Ah yes, drum sanders. I bought one over 20 years ago when it was reduced price. It sat in the big carton for a few years because there was no room to set it up. So I did without one for some...
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    Re: problem with an ebony fret board

    I run a bead of water along each fret and steam it with the soldering iron before starting to pull the fret. Keep the soldering iron on the fret as you pull so it stays hot. That softens the Ebony...
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    Thank you John. Pretty much as I suspected.
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    Re: Virzi tone producer

    What resonant frequency (i.e. normal mode of vibration) are you referring to? I am not disagreeing with you, but there are many more than one.

    There is a lot of speculation in the previous posts....
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    Re: 7th fret problem

    Yep, I was stumped as well when I had a similar problem on a guitar. Solved it by changing strings, so the suggestion above to change to a different string type is a good one.
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    What Andrew says.
  24. Re: Scale length for an octave mandolin build

    What Graham says. I use 21 inch scale length on my octave mandolins, but they are specifically designed to make it easy for playing melody. I use mandola strings on them so string sets are readily...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Straight D tube?

    There are failure rates for everything, and from what I have seen from over 25 years of instrument making the failure rate of truss rods is higher than carbon fibre. From over 200 mandolins and...
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