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    Had to share this YouTube vid I stumbled across; I won't post it 'cause it's 27 minutes long.

    It shows a very industrious young man restoring a trashed cheap guitar as best he can. When I hit the part where he fills a hole in the top with a mixture of crushed ramen noodles and epoxy, I realized it needed to be shared.

    If any luthiers out there try this technique please let us all know how you feel it works, and how your repair clients react to it. I'd recommend the ramen-noodle technique only for Asian-made instruments; Italian bowl-backs probably work better with crushed rotini.

    He also reinstalls the tuners backwards, but hey, he's just learning...
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    He is so full of aardvark hooey.
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    Well, he put steel strings on it so, it's a limited time offer...

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    I think I would have used lasagna to patch it. Maybe not.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Has anyone told Willie Nelson about this process?

    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Had to share this YouTube vid I stumbled across; I won't post it 'cause it's 27 minutes long.
    27 min?!!! I couldn't commit

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    I don't think anything is as durable as...are you ready for this?......bird poop.
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    I once knew a guy who fixed rust holes in the front end of his Oldsmobile with concrete and house paint. This guy apparently had not heard of that approach.

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    'Can't believe how much I still have to learn.......
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    Hate to be this person, but this is a meme. There's a bloke who fixes all manner of things with instant noodles, including sinks, toilets, worktops etc.
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    What a truly idle and irresponsible generation we have for this character to have so many subscribers.

    So much time wasted with things that don't elevate our intelligence.

    As a group, I think we are the exception. We are builders, producers, of instruments and/or music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fscotte View Post
    ...
    As a group, I think we are the exception. ....
    Of course we think that.

    Given the amount of knowledge this guy had, and the materials at hand, he didn't do such a bad job. And maybe he just likes tuners to be easily accessible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fscotte View Post
    What a truly idle and irresponsible generation we have for this character to have so many subscribers.

    So much time wasted with things that don't elevate our intelligence.

    As a group, I think we are the exception. We are builders, producers, of instruments and/or music.
    C'mon, now. It's not necessary to constantly "elevate our intelligence." Sometimes we do things that are fun. Things like golf, taking a walk, watching a baseball game, sex, etc., may be just fun.
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    Yes, I saw that one also which started almost sensible but then I saw him run the guitar under a faucet. Amazing to put so much work into a cheapo instrument and waste a perfectly good bag of ramen noodles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHopkins View Post
    C'mon, now. It's not necessary to constantly "elevate our intelligence." Sometimes we do things that are fun. Things like golf, taking a walk, watching a baseball game, sex, etc., may be just fun.
    I guess I'm referring to the Youtube generation. Wasting hours watching things that don't elevate our intelligence. I'd much prefer spending time reading about how to improve my building techniques, or learning a new mando tune, or producing something, like a new lick or a new song. And yes, even watching a Youtube video on something productive, like mentioned above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fscotte View Post
    I guess I'm referring to the Youtube generation. Wasting hours watching things that don't elevate our intelligence. I'd much prefer spending time reading about how to improve my building techniques, or learning a new mando tune, or producing something, like a new lick or a new song. And yes, even watching a Youtube video on something productive, like mentioned above.

    We should all strive to make the best of our time, learning, improving, seeking a higher plane of existence.
    That's fine except that I have a life and, as much as I enjoy my mandolins, I have other interests. My life does not revolve around those 8 strings.
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    I don't think this guy is stupid. He has 320,000 subscribers. This guitar restoration video has had over 900,000 views. One of his other videos (Antique Shovel Restoration) has had 4.9 million views. The videos are full of ads. He must be earning mega£$ from his YouTube channel. He knows something I don't know.

    I do wonder though where the 4.9 million people are who want to spend a quarter of an hour of their lives watching a wrecked shovel being brought back to life . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by fscotte View Post
    ...........

    We should all strive to make the best of our time, learning, improving, seeking a higher plane of existence.
    You can strive for whatever you want. Don't think others will share your goals.

    On my plane of existence, playing nice with the other kids is always a good trait, and provides a great deal of social utility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonydxn View Post
    I don't think this guy is stupid. He has 320,000 subscribers...
    The two statements aren't incompatible. You can be stupid -- or nasty, or dishonest, or delusional, or totally vapid and pointless -- and still accumulate hundreds of thousands of subscribers. 'Tis the wondrous world of YouTube, and I speak as someone who spends 'way too much time there. Not that I'm proud of it -- but ya know, you can find almost any 78 rpm of 1920's string bands you might want to hear. Like the Carter Brothers & Son, or Mumford Bean and His Itawambians.

    That must be worth something, right? Makes up for all the stupids...
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    The two statements aren't incompatible. You can be stupid -- or nasty, or dishonest, or delusional, or totally vapid and pointless -- and still accumulate hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
    As I see it, the more stupid things you post there the more subscribers you get. Even the stupid guys can count the change in their pockets.
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    Honest true... I once repaired a damaged gord on a sitar that was missing pieces by slicing a plain bagel into 1/4" thick bites and saturating them with superglue. Sanded them to shape and applied epoxy grain filler.

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