A friend of the family brought me a 'Catania' mandolin by Alfredo Albertini, no.611.
It has loose bracing, some ... subtle topcracks, a very bad neck angle, and at some point it was dropped on its tail.
The sound board had smashed upward at the tailpeice; the sound board and binding were mis-aligned at the breakpoint (0049.jpg) so I installed custom expansion clamp (0052.jpg) to press against the neck block and tail block. I am hoping that this plus topcrack repair and brace re-gluing will improve the neck angle, and I feel that it will, but I think that I won't be able to get away with the 'band-aid' neck angle solution of lowering the string action.
(0047.jpg) How do I take this neck off? Loosen the fingerboard extension and inject steam into the dovetail through a hole in a fretslot...... ummm those frets are smaller than my stewmac issue cappuccino needle. Repair the hole with ebony dust and cyano.... ok..... (0047.jpg) How do I deal with that?
I would appreciate any advice!!! I read something about a fingerboard ramp... it made me think of a tapered fillet glued between the neck and the fingerboard to "correct" the neck angle (and change the dimensions of the neck....
any advice please