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    Nice photo. I notice that it looks like you are using a mortice and tenon-barrel bolt system for the neck joint (I am a big fan).
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    My latest
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    This carved much easier than the quilted maple I recently finished. A beautiful piece of koa.
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    nice looking back Skip

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    Thanks, Darby.

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    She's ready to go to a real luthier to finish the nut and string it. Hopefully it will sound good enough to warrant keeping it and applying a finish.

    The image isn't centered so things look a little off. Its not nearly as bad as it looks in this image.

    [IMG]Untitled by Gary Davis, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Brescian mandolin #4 in curly walnut and curly maple.

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    Nice work Gary. Nice work David.

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    German style mandolin. Finally strung up, Aquila Red Mandolin strings. This has been progressing since before Easter. Based on the plans in Alfred Wollís wonderful book. Australian and exotic timbers. Itís still finding itís voice as the strings will take a few days to stretch in and the timbers learn to work together.
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    Very clean work, Sebastiaan. Really looks nice.
    Do you have photo of the bracing pattern you used?
    I went pretty light on the one I built because of the nylon strings.
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    Very clean work, Sebastiaan. Really looks nice.
    Do you have photo of the bracing pattern you used?
    I went pretty light on the one I built because of the nylon strings.
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    Thank you, I havent got a photo David, I’ll take one of the next one. The Aquila Red strings have Iron Oxide added to them to increase the mass and the tension is about the same as steel strings so I used the bracing in Alfred Woll’s book. They are marketed as sounding halfway between gut and steel in tone. This is my impression as well. Gut strings did pull a fair bit of tension, ask the Violin guys who use them. You can get the tensions for Nylgut strings.

    They are still stretching in and Im still adjusting intonation and the occasional rogue fret. When they settle they are rock solid.

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    That makes sense. You have 8 strings pulling nearly as much as steel strings. I have only 4 strings, so the tension is much less.

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    Just sent this Octave out the other week. Red spruce over red maple. Minimal truoil finish. I've never done truoill over a black surface.

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    Nice octave Dave. Did you slot the fretboard yourself?

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    This carved much easier than the quilted maple I recently finished. A beautiful piece of koa.
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    How is that Koa F-5 coming along Skip?
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    Just sent this Octave out the other week. Red spruce over red maple. Minimal truoil finish. I've never done truoill over a black surface.
    Left handed?
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    Thanks Skip, yes I slotted it. 22 inch scale. I've only done 3 of these. I now have a request for an F model. The A model fits in longer tenor banjo cases.
    Charley, it is a lefty. I'm pleased that all 3 have gone to very talented local musicians.
    Both of the others were cherry.

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    How is that Koa F-5 coming along Skip?
    Charley, I have the sides bent and I'm working on the top.

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    After shoveling out this last batch of ovals I was going to enter a 12 step program to break my addiction to mandolin building syndrome(MBS). Then I found a piece of maple cut in Abany, Mo. by my dentist's great grandfather in 1952, then a curly piece Bruce Harvie dug out of his van as soon as he pulled into the parking lot at Wintergrass 2002, an Engelmann top Bill Giebitz harvested just off the crest of the Sandias east of Albuquerque on Christmas Eve 1982, and a nice German Alps spruce viola top Ken Wise sent me in 2015. Please, make it stop, make it stop......
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    Bill!

    Glad to see you here again!

    What's the back on the Sandia Spruce?

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    Completed bowl for a Brescian mandolin.
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    On the bench today: a new batch of Meguair's. It was time.

    The last batch was purchased during Nickel Creek's Farewell For Now tour.

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    On the bench today: a new batch of Meguair's. It was time.

    The last batch was purchased during Nickel Creek's Farewell For Now tour.

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    Marty: are you building cars now?
    Medical devices more than anything else, sadly. They pay a lot better than mandolins. But myself and a lot of other folks use these polishing compounds for cleaning up instruments during setups, as well as for final detailing after buffing out a new finish.

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    I used to fix medical equipment. So, how did that 3D printer work out? That was what you were assembling wasn’t it?
    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

    Creativity is just doing something wierd and finding out others like it.

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