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Unread 06-12-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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This shouldn't cost too much to repair, right?

I'm hoping to buy this mandolin, which I can then get repaired at some point.

Those of you with experience with repair work - what are your thoughts on the condition of the mandolin? How much would you expect a repair + setup to cost?

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Not sure what damage there really is besides the piece of binding, which should be an easy fix, an the tuners, which will cost whatever the price of replacement tuners are, plus installation.

I wouldn't worry about the finish cracking on the back at all, but that's just me.
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Well, I won the auction, so I'll get to figure out repairs soon.
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OK, so I have the mandolin now, and have tuned the three tunable strings currently on it to give myself an idea of what needs to be done. The current tuning pegs work, with the exception of the two with nothing to grip. They should be a fairly easy fix. The loose binding at the top just needs a little glue to hold it in place. The back appears to have come away from the side a little bit, but the mandolin still feels solid.

In terms of the neck, the intonation sounds good so far. There is a little bit of fret buzz from the first fret - it appears as though the fret has actually been raised out of the wood a little bit. It just needs to be forced back in or filed down a little.

Other than that, I think I've found a solid wee mando.

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