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    Just a little levity! My wife gave me a Chinese Rogue cheapo knock-around mandolin which became unplayable within a couple years. The top collapsed to the point that the strings were laying on the frets. Realizing it was the dumpster or a creative repair I put my biggest hole saw in the drill press .... &.... by wedging in the perfect sized block, made it playable again! Who sees the back anyway?
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    Hey, I've seen worse! Usually, the person doing it has no tools and uses a screwdriver and a hammer to make the hole! Good job on keeping it playing!

    Actually, I've seen that kind of access hole before on 60's Gretsch guitars, covered by a fancy padded snap-on "Chet Atkins" belly pad.............

    Gretsch did a masterful job of turning a negative into a cool custom feature!

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    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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    Or drill a few holes and hint to 3 friends that "It's based on Loar's resonator design that was, ya know, quashed by that hushed-up lawsuit." In 20 years, it could become legend for, as you said, "Just a little levity!"
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    I'm a fan of creative Alligator Dentistry. Nice!
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Love it. Now you can fill the whole thing up with expanding foam and never have a problem again

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    Can’t help myself... a better way to fix this problem would have been to force an innertube through the sound hole and inflate it. It would have been adjustable

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    Default Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    You've turned this idea into an art form and from what I've heard about setting sound posts, a practical labor saving one at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrnchbndr View Post
    Can’t help myself... a better way to fix this problem would have been to force an innertube through the sound hole and inflate it. It would have been adjustable
    I actually had a piece of bicycle inner tube that I had cut and sealed the ends to raise up a crack in a Strad-O-Lin so I could glue a crack. I couldn't get it exact but it worked. I was really afraid I was going to blow the entire body apart though.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Probably wouldn't do too much toward improving tone & sustain?
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    Default Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    The inner tube idea gives new meaning to playing "air-mandolin"!

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    I want so much to build an emergency inflatable guitar using a co2 cartridge and a pin that you pull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMandoMan View Post
    The inner tube idea gives new meaning to playing "air-mandolin"!
    You can turn a mandolin into a Tube-a!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobP View Post
    You can turn a mandolin into a Tube-a!
    Very good! Mandolin players are so clever, thus there are many jokes about banjo players but not mandolinists!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandcanyonminstrel View Post
    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.
    A few years ago I was in a hotel and flipping channels whichever state I was in the public station had someone on with their bass and it was asked, Hey wat's that on the side. Looked a lot like your porthole. Now I can't help but wonder if maybe it was one you worked on. I haven't had a TV on in a hotel in many many years and I'm platinum club by the end of every year so this stuck in my mind. I vaguely remember someone asking jokingly if it was where they hid their treats.
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