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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Just finished an attempt at Gallatin faded leather yesterday. Not sure how close I got as I had only internet photos to guide me. Used Transtint med. brown dye in alcohol(started with recommended...
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    Re: Which bridge should I get?

    They’re not adjustable but I’ve been having really interesting results putting Red Murphy’s 11 hole solid bridges on some of my instruments. Really changes the tone. You’ll have to make one, I don’t...
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    Re: A request of builders

    If you are not happy about the work done on an instrument, I suggest that you talk immediately, directly, and bluntly about your areas of concern -- with the person who did the work. This should...
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    Re: A request of builders

    My feeling is that if a builder charges $2000 + for a new instrument, it should not be shipped with a lousy fret job and a poor set-up. But I've seen both on instruments that cost a lot more, many...
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    Re: A request of builders

    "The problem is, that some customers get upset with the repairman when they should be upset with the builder instead....."

    +1000
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    Re: A request of builders

    At one time or another I've had to correct all sorts of things (action height is not a fret problem but is an aspect of set up)
    I've found frets that were not fully seated, frets that were seated...
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    Re: A request of builders

    On the other hand.... bad fretwork makes it really easy to make customers happy!
    I hope I'm not one of the builders being talked at here, I'd like to think not. I have a policy that any mandolin a...
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    Re: A request of builders

    For any instrument that comes in, if it is a living builder who did substandard work, I ALWAYS refuse to work on it and tell the owner to send it back to the builder. By correcting it, all you do is...
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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    If the finish is spirit varnish of some sort, especially french polish, alcohol might redissolve and redistribute the surface layer of that finish and perhaps improve the appearance.
    Since Gibson...
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    A request of builders

    Once again I find myself in this situation:
    Someone contacted me about bringing in a mandolin for a set up. It in a known brand, considered to be a good quality hand made instrument, but the frets...
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    A new book on ukulele building

    An off topic moment, but I would crave your indulgence.The first copies of my new book on building ukuleles have arrived from the printers, but it is really only relevant for folks in Australia (and...
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    Re: Need a safe wall mount mando holder

    Hercules is what you want. I had many instruments on the wall, using Hercules wall mounts during an earthquake. My 1931 Duolian, not on a Hercules, fell on me while I was sleeping and woke me up. All...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    Two words....

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    More seriously, here's what you should do:
    Make an MDF template. Then tape your acrylic to the MDF. Then flush trim the acrylic to the MDF.
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    I find that lexan or polycarbonate is superior to plexiglass. Its a lot less brittle. You got to use a good sharp blade. Without exception, I always need to refine a template using my spindle sander...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    There are 2 kinds of clear plastic available. One is cast, which cuts clean and the other is extruded and cuts like snot.
    Impact resistant plastic, such as lexan is extruded and is difficult to...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    I also use clear plexiglass templates, 3 or 4 mm thick. I scribe lines with sharp pointed tool and cut roughly with deep throat fret saw with roughest blades I can get - I prefer scroll saw blades...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    I make templates out of acrylic sheet all the time. I usually do .100" thickness. Cut it close to the line on my bandsaw. It does melt a little of the edge and that builds up. You can snap off...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    I have lots of plexi templates. I like being able to see through them to see what the wood looks like when laying out stock.
    I cut them with the bandsaw. Yes, it makes for a messy edge because the...
  19. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    I mainly use a home-brew compressor, built on an 80-gallon tank with a big Baldor 5hp motor and a two-cylinder pump. It produces 16 SCFM at 90 PSI, which is sometimes needed to run a 1" impact gun. ...
  20. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    Nothing special. Just a "garden variety" 60 gallon, upright, hardware store compressor, I think mine is made by Coleman. It sits in a small closet with air filters in the wall and door so it breaths...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Week 40 of the Tune A Week project - only 12 weeks left! Here's a reel for ye, "The Crib of Perches"
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    +1. You only mention bluegrass as another genre. I assume, though, that you are aware of plenty of other styles of music you might explore. I would even suggest going to one of the West Coast camps...
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    Re: Machining/Routing Celluloid

    Max, I do this all the time. On a router table, with pattern bit, template and carpet tape. The trick is to work the celluloid down close to the pattern you are using via a spindle sander. This...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Here is a different take-

    The dirty little secret is that playing fast is not all right hand. And if playing a tune fast is seeming like an athletic event, there are other things to attend to.
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    Re: Show off your back side

    A recent 2 point departure and a 1 piece quilted.
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