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An old mandolin banjo needs a new bridge which will be
made with curved feet. This should conform to the head better. The images show its construction using a router and trammel strip. This trial bridge weighs in at 5 grams which includes the fret wire string ridge.

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Dave good solution to cut the arc.

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Hi Mike - thanks for your comments.

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Good job, Dave! It's fun making things for instruments. Is this a restoration or repair you're doing for someone?

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David, in the beginning I intended a quick repair for a friend. This was related to a loose joint between the neck and the
dowel stick. Inspections showed more upsets created by people doing things totally incorrect and damaging. As a result
I was given the instrument. Repairs involve a new dowel stick, new fingerboard, new bridge and a new nut. Repairs are done as and when and perhaps the most interesting part is the bridge - curved feet are top of the list, next to be considered is using 2,3 or 4 legs. Either way the bridge will be topped by a fret wire ridge using DHP 24 wire.

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Yes Tom, I enjoy playing tenor banjo, mandolin banjo and mandolin. Just for my own fun.

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Yes Tom, I enjoy playing tenor banjo, mandolin banjo and mandolin. Just for my own fun.

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We have a big Bluegrass festival around here every year, and there are a number of good players here. One is a teen ager who is on mandolin and really terrific. A couple of years ago we did a training in Nashville and one of the staff was a fiddler. She played a couple of tunes for us and she was amazing, fast, accurate rendition of Foggy Mountain Breakdown even Earl Scruggs would applaud.

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Hi Tom thanks for your note. You are very lucky to have a large Blue Grass interest in your area - keep it up. Are there any internet uploads regarding the festival?

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