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    Re: Waverly tuner bushing reliability

    re: nylon bushings. I put a set of German Rubners on my mandolin and they have thin nylon washers between the worm gears and the frame part of the machine. It makes for very smooth tuning. Gotoh also...
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    I also use alcohol-base stains but cut my base with up to 50% flow enhancer. I find this gives me more working time and makes it easier to blend the intersection of colors. It still dries quickly...
  3. Re: Varnish finish vs lacquer - durability question

    I've seen plenty of lacquer instruments with finish worn away by pinky planting and pick wear so it won't withstand pinky planting a whole lot better. Varnish can mean a lot of things but the...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    Build #5, nicknamed "Jurassic Park"177802
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    Re: 2 way truss rod for a mandola

    Not sure what you mean by "the nut". The flat bar stock part faces up towards the fingerboard, often with a shallow filler strip glued in over the top. I think a 2-way truss rod is a good idea. I've...
  6. Re: Replacing the Tailpiece on my Flatiron (would like original)

    What a gorgeous mandolin! It looks to be in excellent condition and I bet it sounds terrific too! If you want to stay traditional, then I would go with a higher quality stamped stainless version like...
  7. Re: Looking for a clip-on tuner that works well in daylight...

    another vote for the TC unitune. Very bright and the two colors make it obvious when you've hit the pitch. Also extremely accurate, when you tune each string in a pair, they are actually in tune with...
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    Re: Non-mandolin question (electric guitar)

    One of the simplest would be the telecaster style. It's a simple slab body with a neck held on with screws. Routing templates for the body outline and cavities are readily available as are all the...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    Another vote for TC unitune/polytune. They're very quick to nail the pitch, no waiting several seconds for the tuner to decide what the pitch is. Also very accurate, even in standard mode. When I...
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    Re: safe removal of inlay to be routed

    The razor was a good choice, who wants to crack or break a piece of pearl? I would use a very thin pallet knife heated in hot water.
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    Re: Shop organization, layout suggestions

    In your space, having everything on large, high quality casters will be a life saver as you really do need to put the car in the drive and move tools around for the operation at hand.
    •A table saw...
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    Re: Sunscreen and mandolin finishes

    Down here in Florida where UV rays and skin cancer are serious business, we're partial to Columbia long-sleeved fishing shirts. They're unbelievably light, vented, and don't hold sweat like cotton....
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    Re: Not mine.....is this bad?

    The straightness of the crack looks like it was likely a laminated neck instead of a one-piece. I wouldn't gamble on it.
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    Re: Northfield Nick

    An experienced luthier can make that almost invisible. You'll always know it's there, but 95% of people looking at it will never see it.
  15. Thread: A plans,

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    Re: A plans,

    I've done exactly this using a blueprint by Bill Halsey from back in the revamping of Gibson days. It does produce a hybrid compared to the older traditional A's, less of a gourd neck shape up around...
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    Re: Why use a heel cap?

    That area of the neck is under an extreme amount of tension. Extending the back over the heel locks it in solidly and negates the possibility of that part of neck joint opening up at all in the...
  17. Re: Eastman MD 805 & Schaller GrandTune A style tuners

    They are obviously a high quality tuner but I haven't heard very many reports on their function. In that price/quality range you may want to consider Rubners which have lots of happy users on this...
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    Re: set up question: action vs. tone

    I have found, like you, that there is a difference in tone and volume when you raise the action above the minimum height required to avoid buzzing, especially on the E string. Action set at the...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin deflection tunning

    Collings uses deflection tuning on probably a larger scale than anyone else in the business to great success. They're known for their consistency and loudness.
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    Re: Headphones recommendations?

    Sony MDR-7506 Professional. Industry standard in studios for a couple of decades in the past. Unfortunately, the stock ear pads are not comfortable but amazon has options for replacement pads that...
  21. Re: Got my shellac flakes! Question about color build up.

    +1 on super blond shellac, nothing darker if you're planning on any sunbursting or shading. I use it to seal the bare spruce before starting the hand-rubbed portion of a sunbrust. It keeps the top...
  22. Thread: CF and wood?

    by Rob Roy
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    Re: CF and wood?

    That piece of wood is dieing to become a telecaster top cap. If you decide to make a mando of it, follow Marty's advice, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience. I would not laminate it with CF....
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    Re: First Mandolin Build Thread

    Excellent advice from HoGo. I used to use a large fishtail gouge and a mallet to remove the bulk of the wood. As I've gotten older, my knuckle joints don't hold up well to pushing finger planes...
  24. Re: The Bluegrass Situation, Billy Strings and Don Julin

    Awesome recording! Thanks for sharing it. What a great sounding hog dred. Anyone know who the maker is?
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    Re: Incra Measuring Tools

    Fine quality 6 and 12" rules are basic equipment for any accurate woodworking. I have found Shinwa machinist's rules to have the finest graduations etchings of any and the non-glare satin finish...
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