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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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    Re: Refinishing the top: pros and cons

    Usually, for the sake of "originality" (Originality? With half of the finish gone? But I digress...) and resale value on the collector market, we don't refinish "vintage" instrument.
    In this case...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    I thought of sliding the tabs the length of the string but I figured that would leave gum on the entire string. Looks like that is not a problem, but it still doesn't solve the problem of gum on the...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Some superior tailpieces don't have or need covers. ;)
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Not bulk strings, sets of EJ74s. The little gummy tabs are a way to differentiate string gauges while also reducing the cost and waste of labeled string envelopes. The strings are coiled inside a...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Somehow I missed this thread until yesterday and I finally finished scanning through the whole (5 page!) thread to see if my question had already been asked and answered. I did not see it, so here...
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    Re: Michael A Lewis Mandolins

    Thanks for the update Michael and good to hear from you again, though I wish circumstances were better. Hang in there!
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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...
  10. 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: Solving unexpected problems

    I think glue was left in the glue pots at Gibson until it deteriorated in strength. I've read that the protein molecules in hide glue break down into smaller units as the glue is repeatedly heated,...
  12. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    In light of that I often wonder if some of them are any closer to ideal than a simple straight radius. I especially think so considering how much easier it is to level frets without a "compound"...
  13. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    There is no "ideal"... it is personal preference (as with many things).
    Mandolin fingerboard are narrow compared to guitar fingerboards, so the same radius used on a mandolin as on a guitar is less...
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    Re: Solving unexpected problems

    I've done that too. I keep a couple of leather punches in the shop also.
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    Re: Solving unexpected problems

    A tip for making celluloid dots and other round pieces:
    Keep small pieces of metal tubing around the shop in various diameters (brake line, fuel line, etc.) to make plug cutters....
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    I'm on my second Harbor Freight gun (dropped the first one, in landed on the tip on the concrete floor...) for around $30 each. I get fine results. At that kind of price, you can have 2 and dedicate...
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    Re: Photographing shiny things

    I use 2 light stands, one to each side of the instrument, two lights per stand, all shining on the instrument at about a 45 degree angle. The height, spacing and angle of the lights can be adjusted...
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    Re: 1930s? Salvador Ibanez neck joint

    Perhaps not. If it is Spanish construction, the heel of the neck is continuous with the neck block. If the heel is a separate piece glued to the neck shaft (a common practice in classical, Spanish,...
  19. Re: How do you test the qualities you're looking for in a Mandoli

    A quick look over to see what the general craftsmanship looks like. Not just 'fit and finish', but also proportions and lines. Is the neck well shaped? Is there anything that might affect...
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    Re: 1930s? Salvador Ibanez neck joint

    With the back off you can see if it is Spanish construction (the sides are let into slots in the head block). Those necks can't really be re-set, but you can "slip the foot" to restore proper...
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    Re: 1930s? Salvador Ibanez neck joint

    Does it have a 'foot' at the base of the head block (where the block glues to the back)? If so it might be Spanish style construction.
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    Re: Is there "ideal" neck relief?

    It's a little early to get into this (waiting for relief to show up after all), but yes, relief can be added. The rod can be tightened to cause a very slight back bow, the frets can then be leveled,...
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    Re: Small top crack repair

    When we work blind inside an instrument applying cleats using the "gizmos", we pretty much take what we get as far as grain alignment. I think of the cleat as a way of aligning the crack more than a...
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    Re: Small top crack repair

    I searched "Teeter" (the inventor(?) of the "gizmos", or at least the person who wrote about them) and found several threads. This one has pictures......
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    Re: Is there "ideal" neck relief?

    There is no "ideal" amount of relief. Some players play Bluegrass and play hard, some players play classical and play with a lot of dynamic range, some play many other types of music, some use light...
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