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2019 ASIA Symposium

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This June, LMI will be in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania at the ASIASymposium! ASIA stands for the Association of Stringed InstrumentArtisans.  ASIA is a professional organization founded in 1988 toprovide a sense of community for instrument makers, repairtechnicians, and enthusiasts. Their aim is to continually increase thelevel of professionalism within the craft. The biennial Symposium is…
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Water-based Finish Update

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LMI has been a leading supplier of water-based finishes for over 20 years. In fact, we had faith in water-based finishes before many others -and perhaps before it was entirely warranted! In those days, water-based finishes were definitely a compromise in comparison to nitrocellulose lacquers.  We featured products that were thin enough for instruments (so as not to inhibit vibration)…
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CrystaLac Application Instructions

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Before using CrystaLac® Finishing Products it is important to read these instructions and be totally familiar with the character of CrystaLac® products and the use of waterborne finishes. DO NOT use tack cloths or stearated sandpaper with CrystaLac® products. FINISHING AREA AND ENVIRONMENT Provide a clean, ventilated, stable temperature environment in which to apply CrystaLac®…
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More about Ebony…

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One of the densest of woods, Ebony is chosen for fingerboards for its resistance to wear, compression strength parallel to the grain, and for its blackness which provides a uniform contrasting background for inlay work. It also holds the fret tang well. Ebony seasons slowly compared to other woods, but once in service is very stable. Improved…
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New Ebony!

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  Here is a new shipment of Ebony. This time it’s been imported from India (we get different Ebonies from Cameroon (West African) and Indonesia (Macassar).  Indian Ebony has grown surprisingly popular, and at this time (June 2018) we are out of stock in some sizes. For those waiting to place their orders, we humbly ask…
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April is Uke Month!

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  The Ukulele came to Hawaii via Portuguese immigrants who came to the islands to work the large cattle ranches. Cowboys, of a sort, they brought their traditional small stringed instruments (the machete, the cavaquinho, the timple, and the rajão) which inspired the construction of the first ukuleles. Originating from a small archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Islands,…
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