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    Re: Mandocello question

    Capo
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    Re: tailpiece cave-in

    The top may have been too thin near the tailpiece or the block could have come unglued.
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    Re: Binding laminate

    Axiom sells it ready to go:

    http://www.axinc.net/Celluloid_Binding_Laminates_s/56.htm
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    I put access panels in removable neck upright basses often; neodyne magnets secure everything quite well. Soundposts, necks, repairs it should be mandatory for all working players.
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    Re: Bridge Pin Reamer

    Welcome to the world of working on cheap Chinese instruments where nothing follows traditional rules....
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    Re: Bridge Pin Reamer

    Buy the new bridge pins and reamer from the same supplier.
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    Re: Tonegards

    Nobody who lived through the days when everyone in the band was out of tune wants to go back....those little $11 headstock tuners are fantastic!
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    Re: Tonegards

    Gutgard.

    Drop the third trimester muffin top and you won't need one!
  9. Re: Seam separation repair on Loar era F-4

    Nice. I lived just a little bit down the road from Don around 1986 when I was stationed Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. Don was a wealth of information back when there was almost nothing available, and...
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    A+!
  11. Re: Combination sound hole and a special carve?

    Who says grilled skittles ain't tastey under the right conditions??? ;)
  12. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    With $16k, I could travel the world on the cheap for an entire year and not a single person would ever ask me if I wish I had another mandolin instead......
  13. Re: Combination sound hole and a special carve?

    Personally, I can't stand baby $#!t brown traditional mandolins. Over the years I've built hundreds of experimental, non traditional instruments. If you are going in that direction, you have to...
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    'Just trying to offer a realistic perspective rather than the eternal optimist. Remember that I say those words from decades of old Kay experience, as one of my businesses is www.kaybassrepair.com,...
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    The problem with cheap Kay student models from that era is that they were never designed to be heirloom instruments. They were dirt cheap made from materials that were very poor quality and also dirt...
  16. Re: 1976 Gehrardt Green F5 Pictures

    So many comments and emotions about the color but nothing about the voice or playability; it seems like a lot of people forgot what the mandolin is actually for.

    It was the 1970s....the world...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    A+ Skip! I'd love to see that the next time you pass though Asheville.
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    Re: Tone wood Backs

    2005 Condino mandolin

    Douglas fir top, back, sides, blocks, & neck.

    99% recycled materials and parts; approx. $34 total cost to build....
  19. Re: Stupid(?) question re: resawing wood

    Much like building mandolins, the way to get good at resawing....is to do a lot of resawing. Practice, practice, practice.

    Be very, very careful with your bandsaw lust....;)
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I've seen the results described by the original post after a refret several times. Every one was due to piss poor fretwork rather than the choice of materials.

    I'll stick with evo for my personal...
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    Re: Removing the Florida extension

    When you get a look at a mandolin under computer analysis, there is a lot going on around the fingerboard extension area. I used to chop it off but would often wind up with an unexpected bikini line....
  22. Re: A-5 Jethro two-point.. what can you tell me about this?

    Mahogany neck?

    I had one of those pass through the shop a few years back- the top was 8+mm thick in the center!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The nitro was finish was also probably 1/16" thick, so not much tone...
  23. Re: Side bending. Is this worth saving?

    Throw it in the burn pile and start again. You are on day one....if you keep the "reuse it at any cost and fill the results with superglue and rat turds" mentality just so you can move on to do the...
  24. Re: ES Arch Top Guitar Octave Mandolin conversion

    Five minutes with a capo will answer all your scale questions better than a lifetime of internet surveys...
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    Re: Mandolins for 6k and under?

    I spoke with Olin a few weeks ago about an F5 that had been dropped and the top broke in half (not by me!!!). He no longer builds mandolins; he now owns and runs a commercial hemp farm....


    As...
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