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    Often times those of us who dabble in old mandolin restoration have to know when to pull back with our instrument surface finishing efforts, otherwise the end result might appear overdone.....like too much of a good thing, you know.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ancienne-Ma...wAAOSwgzJd53XW

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    I'm not sure I could call that too much of a GOOD thing
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I don't know. I had the steel roof on one of my barns re-sealed last year and it came out about like that. It doesn't leak any more. . .well, mostly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    I don't know. I had the steel roof on one of my barns re-sealed last year and it came out about like that. It doesn't leak any more. . .well, mostly.
    I have a bit of a rustproofing spray left over after treating my truck undercarriage with it this fall. Very tempting to use it on one of the mandolins I am in the process of sprucing up for sale on the MC Classifieds. It would be a real shame letting such good stuff go to waste.

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    Glop, glop, glop....

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    Default Re: Old Mandolin Restorer's Dilemma

    My only thought is; 'I hope it doesn't sound and play as good as it looks '

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    My thought is - don't trust a photograph to tell what the thing actually looks like. A good portion of such photographs are taken using a camera's own built-in flash, or harsh spotlighting in shops. It is easy to pick up a harsh reflection under such conditions which tells very little about how the item actually looks.

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    I'm pretty sure that's going to look just as bad in person as it does in the picture.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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