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  1. Re: Advice for Sound board flexibility.

    What it sounds like you're asking for is some kind of target or metric for wood flexibility, and how that correlates to a functional soundboard.
    The closest thing to that is deflection tuning, which...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld string weights

    They're designed with European and Italian style mandolins in mind, not Gibson-style mandolins. So their Hard (or Stark), as you noticed, are just starting to get into the realm of what we'd consider...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    I have a mandolin hanging on the wall. When I hung it up originally, I was in college and had no kids. Now, fifteen years later, I have three kids.
    From this I can deduce that long-term storage of...
  4. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    Well, he put steel strings on it so, it's a limited time offer...
  5. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    The easy method is:

    1. Measure the distance from the nut (top end of the fretboard) to the 12th fret
    2. Place the bridge approximately centered on that distance, but measure it out from the 12th...
  6. Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    Ooh.. this brings up a really interesting possibility - building in Gotoh Stealth tuning machines.
    I think we have leads on several playable instruments which would cost less than the...
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Clearly the OP meant "how long the top wood took to grow" rather than the actual age of the manufactured object. But ain't English a deliciously ambiguous language. Ensures the layers are always well...
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Should work. Looking forward to hearing how it sounds.
  9. Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    Thanks everyone. Brunello, good point, I see what you're saying about the Vega resemblance. I'll consult with the owner and see what they want to do.
  10. Re: Aluminum saddle on vintage Gibson ovals

    That would be pretty. It's double the mass of aluminum, so would effectively be a mute, or at least a low-pass filter (rolling off the high frequencies) relative to the same structure made out of...
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    Re: First pickguard Attempt

    Nice, thanks.
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    Re: Waverly Tuners tight

    What that page doesn't give is tolerances for how accurately the holes need to be drilled (spacing error, lateral error, axial error- lots of ways for these positions of holes to go wrong!). Would be...
  13. Re: Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    I think the "victory" refers to the Spanish-American war. So 1898-1905. It looks like it's from the 1950's... I wonder if the resurrected the model, or if this was refinished with lacquer at some...
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    Re: Waverly Tuners tight

    To that point, it's really difficult to actually install mandolin tuning machines perfectly. It takes a lot of care, specialized tools, and a little bit o' luck.
    I don't think we want to know the...
  15. Ditson Victory.. in need of TLC, need advice

    OK, this mandolin came in today.
    - I assume this mandolin, were it in playable condition, would be worth somewhere between $200-500. Being optimistic. Lyon and Healy produced Ditson? (or Washburn?...
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    Re: First pickguard Attempt

    What kind of glue did you use? Nice work. I really want to do some of those tiger stripe epoxy pickguards on some flat-tops I have planned...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Probably worth it. I need to raise my prices.
  18. Re: Eastwood P90 Tenor is going to make me broke!

    Oh, OK. I'm lusting after a Helix as well. Sure is cheaper than buying a comparable number of pedals.... amps... cabs.. right? I thought the value proposition was solid. My business manager...
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    Agreed- and the only way to be sure that it's a permanent fix, other than a whole new nut. The super glue in the slot will probably last years if not decades, as well.

    Cutting a nut slot properly...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Ideally all frets should be crowned.

    In reality, everything's a compromise. Sometimes I'll really quickly level the frets on an instrument when I'm not being paid for fretwork, just a setup. I...
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    Re: Oval vs F

    Oval hole:
    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson/40-beaumont

    F-hole:
    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson/jacobson-29-mandolin-beaumont-rag
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    Re: Rigel pricing inquiry

    Every Rigel I've played has been an absolute beast of an acoustic mandolin. One of the best mandolins I've ever played is a Rigel (Jason Koornick's two-point).

    I also believe every Rigel I've...
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    Re: TC Octave top bracing

    My Fender-branded octave mandolin, similar to yours, was x-braced if I recall correctly.
  24. Re: Aluminum saddle on vintage Gibson ovals

    I made a batch of reproductions a few years ago. I still have some. I think the biggest benefit is probably that it will never crack!

    Doesn't Evan Marshall have an aluminum saddle on his Gil?
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    Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    Evelyn was a very generous and encouraging person. I've learned countless new tunes from her arrangements, which she sent out a few times every year. You will be missed, Evelyn!
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