Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:40 pm

Thanks.
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:02 am

It finally came out nearly invisible, even from closer than 2m:

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Thanks alot for the advice!
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Bryan Bear » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:45 am

Good news!
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Barry Daniels » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:50 pm

Give it a couple of weeks of playing in and it will be invisible. Nice job!
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Steven Smith » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:29 pm

Very nice work!
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:43 pm

Just another question: what if such a mistake would have occured in an instrument for sale (which is not the case here)?
What would the market demand / accept such repairs in new instruments (of course if the client had been told and given a suitable discount)?

To me that would be a target conflict between sustainability and "professional craftmanship".
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Steven Smith » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:34 pm

I have repaired a fret board on a commission (A5 mandolin) but the repair was absolutely invisible and that was my requirement. If the repair had been visible I was going to replace the fret board. I didn't ask the client.
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