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    Question Slightly Lose Strap Pin -- A Bit of Glue Okay?

    My A style has a strap pin that will pop out now and again. Do you recommend a spot or two of Elmer's to secure it? Can't just twist it in place as I would on my guitars. Thanks for the advice!
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    Previous thread
    Especially read posts #4 & #9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    My A style has a strap pin that will pop out now and again. Do you recommend a spot or two of Elmer's to secure it? Can't just twist it in place as I would on my guitars. Thanks for the advice!
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    do not glue it. I had same problem on a guitar. Took some plain printer paper and made a piece that would just wrap around once (no overlap) and tapped it in. If you need more, do 2 layers. has held for 5 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool View Post
    Previous thread
    Especially read posts #4 & #9.
    Thank you very much, Phil. I think I will try a simple approach for a simple guy like myself-- #4 sounds like a plan. Thanks for the link!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vince f View Post
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    do not glue it. I had same problem on a guitar. Took some plain printer paper and made a piece that would just wrap around once (no overlap) and tapped it in. If you need more, do 2 layers. has held for 5 years now.
    I just saw this one. Certainly this would also work well. Thanks Vince!
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    You could use some clear nail varnish as a weak glue. A little smear will hold the pin securely,but if you give the end pin a sharp twist,it'll break the bond & the pin will come out. That's what's holding the end pin in on one of my mandolins - it's been like that for
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    You could use some clear nail varnish as a weak glue. A little smear will hold the pin securely,but if you give the end pin a sharp twist,it'll break the bond & the pin will come out. That's what's holding the end pin in on one of my mandolins - it's been like that for
    10 years !,

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    Ivan, Thank you very much for the suggestion and the "anecdotal evidence". I like that idea! Dan
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    Default Re: Slightly Lose Strap Pin -- A Bit of Glue Okay?

    Hmm? Starting to appreciate Bruce Weber and my modest Gallatin mandolin a little bit more.

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    Nothing modest about those Gallatins. Well built, play beautifully and sound great. As far as strap pins, I have had them slip out of Martin and Guild guitars, so it doesn't correlate with the quality of the instrument. The strap pin system the Weber mandolins have does seem to be very well designed.
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    paper draughtsman's tape wrap will make it a skosh bigger.. and the adhesive is not going to leave residue..
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    Regardless of what you do with the pin, putting a bootlace around the tailpiece and through a hole in the strap is a great insurance policy that I use on EVERY mandolin I own.
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    Wrap a piece of plumbers PTFE thread seal tape around the end pin. Push into place.

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    Default Re: Slightly Lose Strap Pin -- A Bit of Glue Okay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    You could use some clear nail varnish as a weak glue. A little smear will hold the pin securely,but if you give the end pin a sharp twist,it'll break the bond & the pin will come out. That's what's holding the end pin in on one of my mandolins - it's been like that for
    10 years !,

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    I did this procedure and it worked perfectly. I am well pleased. Thanks again, Ivan, and to all of our friends who made suggestions! Dan
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    Low humidity can cause the problem this time of year. First step for me would be to ensure adequate humidity levels. The end-pin tends to shrink and get loose during the heating season. I know, problem already solved but this is for future readers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40bpm View Post
    Low humidity can cause the problem this time of year. First step for me would be to ensure adequate humidity levels. The end-pin tends to shrink and get loose during the heating season. I know, problem already solved but this is for future readers.
    You think anybody ever searches before asking a question like Bluechip picks this topic .comes up fairly regularly
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    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    My A style has a strap pin that will pop out now and again. Do you recommend a spot or two of Elmer's to secure it? Can't just twist it in place as I would on my guitars. Thanks for the advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot Fingers View Post
    Hmm? Starting to appreciate Bruce Weber and my modest Gallatin mandolin a little bit more.
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    If opting for glue, let it cure , outside of the hole.. you are building up the outside of the taper,
    which is I presume, too small for the hole..

    you can buy oversize end buttons,, even from violin shops .. they can be shaped to fit, by those folks ..

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