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  1. Re: 10 high end guitars seized by Moose & Goose, find good homes,

    Agreed. Sometimes kids (people really) give too little because we expect too little. I grew up on a farm and learned to take care of my tools, regardless of purpose or cost. These kids can do the...
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    Re: Nitrocellulose safe instrument stands

    I've used Hamilton KB-38 stands for 30+ years, virtually all with lacquered instruments and never any hint of damage.
  3. Thread: Hamilton Stands

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    Re: Hamilton Stands

    Same here, since the mid 90's. Never had a better stand, and still the original that I bought at the time and the padding is still perfect. I like the fact that it is all steel - nothing really to...
  4. Thread: Zero GLide Nut

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    Re: Zero GLide Nut

    You say you're looking at a custom fretboard. Are you building a mandolin? If so, just incorporate a true zero fret in the design. That's far better than the ZeroGlide, a product which I hold in...
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    Re: Mojo on beloved Daley mandolin

    Rick, I would do nothing. The initial wear happens faster than the subsequent wear. Once your past the finish and wear on the soft early wood, the late wood kind of holds it from there. If that...
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    Re: A pair of Diamonds

    A man could do worse!
  7. Re: musical instruments exempt from cites rosewood

    The OP mentioned rosewood, so that's all I addressed. The proposal primarily address rosewood, but bubinga is including. As far as I know neither ebony nor mahogany is addressed in this proposal,...
  8. Re: musical instruments exempt from cites rosewood

    I think it probably will be finalized, but it's important to note that this will only affect the rosewoods added to Appendix II beginning in 2017. BRW restrictions will not change.
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    Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    No, but it looks more "right" with slotted screws. Same with tuner screws. Having a long time focus on vintage instruments, certain things catch my eye. On guitars it's the proper bridge pin color...
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    Re: Engraved Truss Rod Cover

    Mike, this brought back fond memories of FQMS. Bill Sullivan engraved this one for me back when their "warehouse" was his basement.
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    Re: stop the flop on TKL zero gravity case

    Then they'd have people complaining about their decision to make the case "unnecessarily heavy" or some such. I like a good product, but I'm not averse to some user modifications that make it more...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    Since your budget is below that of a true flight case, I'd suggest that any decent hard case will do. To get the most out of that, pack the instrument as if you were shipping it. At a minimum add...
  13. Thread: Out of my league

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    Re: Out of my league

    Yes and no. It's a capital asset, and since it's not expected to depreciate there's no benefit there. If you took out a loan to buy one, then you can deduct the interest but not the principal. Any...
  14. Thread: Neck Bow

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    Re: Neck Bow

    Increasing relief increases the action, particularly near the middle of the truss rod. The downside is that fretted notes in the middle of range tend to buzz. Players sometimes mistakenly believe...
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    Re: mayhem in the music room

    Impact is always my first thought with something like this. However, impact will typically crack the sides (as on the bass side here) rather than separate a glue joint (as on the treble side). ...
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    Re: Zero Glide Nut System

    While I don't prefer a zero fret, it doesn't bother me too much conceptually. Like you though, I don't care for the look.

    When built with a zero fret, all the frets will be leveled together. ...
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    Re: Zero Glide Nut System

    You can't expect engineers to be too delicate in presentation, though I did correct one typo. :-)

    Seriously though, many fretted instruments (not just mandolins) are so poorly setup at the nut...
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    Re: Zero Glide Nut System

    A solution in search of a problem, and a poor solution at that. A properly setup nut is so far ahead that this shouldn't even be a consideration. Not that I have any strong opinions on the topic.
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    Re: Instrument Appraisals

    I wouldn't be without my Heritage policy, or something similar. To be clear, Heritage is the agent/broker, and they work with a number of underwriters. My policy is with Travelers. Regardless, all...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    I share the opinion that red spruce is among the best, if the best top wood for mandolins, and probably guitars too. That's from years of playing guitars and mandolins and figuring out what I like...
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    Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    The neck joints in the video appear to be traditional dovetails. I didn't see anything that would suggest otherwise.
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    Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    Mechanically, I don't like the idea of a straight tenon, glue, and no bolt. I'm sure it's been done successfully, but I don't think it's the best way. A well fitted dovetail will hold without glue....
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    Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    Martin used the mortise and tenon (M/T) neck on all guitars below the Standard Series starting with the D-1 in the early 1990's. This changed in 2012 with the introduction of the Simple Dovetail,...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    Two thoughts....

    If this is the worst financial "mistake" you ever make, you will have been more successful than most.

    Whatever you lose reselling a mandolin will be much smaller than if you'd...
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    Re: Not all Collings hold their value

    That's true for nearly all regular production instruments. By that I mean models that are currently in production by well known manufacturers, large or small. There are outliers, such as limited...
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