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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...
  2. 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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    Re: Top and back graduations

    No offense intended to anyone here or in other threads, but I secretly get endless entertainment from all the thread comments about the Griffith Loar by people who have never played it. ;)

    I...
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    Re: Warps in bent sides

    The ugly set will sound as good as that fancy LLoarax wood....;)
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    Re: Warps in bent sides

    I'm a big fan of solid bending forms, but they use up almost a full sheet of mdf.

    My first thought is did you cook them a second time? Ribbony mahogany does the same thing you showed- bends good...
  12. Re: Don MacRostie & Red Diamond mandolins

    Yes; 'got to see the entire process is detail...
  13. Don MacRostie & Red Diamond mandolins

    Dustin & I had the pleasure of a lengthy visit with Don MacRostie at the Red Diamond Mandolin corporate headquarters last week.;)

    I was incredibly impressed with Don as a person- an all around A+...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    That's the number one reason why I respond here and ironically the number one reason for getting flamed out by folks who seemingly have never built one instrument but know more than my...
  15. Re: Experience in Using Effects on Acoustic Mandolins

    I've tried a LOT of distortion / overdrive pedals and the only one that really works well with a piezo pickup is a Sparkle drive. It is like a tube screamer with a clean channel mix.

    As for my ...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    "....Half that will be plenty....." :popcorn:
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    That is what the entire mandolin cafe has turned into these days- a bunch of grumpy old men talking about mandolins.

    A wise old man should understand better than most the limited amount of time...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Having built many fanned fret instruments and played at least fifty by multiple builders, I'll say that it is useful for more complicated instruments like citterns and 5/6+ string basses, but it is...
  19. Re: Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    I wondered about that; possibly, but here is no sign of lubrication-very dry nitro. Whatever it is, the quality is strong enough that you could do a nice 'burst
  20. Nitrocellulose reactions with tuning machines

    No mandolin content here, but very applicable to this forum and the collective knowledge of some of the folks here.

    I pulled these circa 1940 Epiphone tuning machines off a (rather large)...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    ".......I guess the guy building Red Diamonds knows what he's doing......":popcorn:

    The search engine will generate close to 1000 previous threads about graduations, arches, and their effect on...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    $#@)!^& finish problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: EM-150 questions

    "Mr. Condino"????? Is my father on the mandolin cafe??????

    Case love x1000!

    I've been looking for one of those for about a decade to match my guitar cases:
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    Re: Olive oil staining on top?

    Add some anchovies and call it good....;)
  25. Re: How to adjust the bridge on a fanned fret 10 string mandolin?

    Setting up the bridge on a ten string fanndola is the same as any other instrument: make a small adjustment, play it a bit to see if that is the sweet spot, repeat. The bridge is pretty simple....
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