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Good afternoon folks. I am happy to introduce my new, by me, handcrafted mandolin. Working from plans and instructions found in John Troughton's book "The Mandolin Manual" I began in February 2015 to build this mandolin from scratch. The saga is documented and may be seen at https://www.facebook.com/groups/348965058471529/ The Top is Engleman Spruce finished with a stain enhancer and a white stain and a light coat of satin varethane. Back, Sides and Neck are Maple and the Fretboard is Bird's Eye Maple. Maple has been treated with a stain enhancer and then a light pecan stain to highlight the grain. Position dots were made by drilling shallow 3mm holes and filling them with sanding dust from red cocobola wood. Liquid CA glue was dropped onto the sandings and the mixture solidified into a hard red dot that only needed a light sanding to smooth out the fret space. Took a few days to get the setup correct. I like the sound and am pleased with the resonance and particularly the responce of the low end.
The second tune is Neil Gow's Lament that some of you will know I have been working a long while.
Lots of learning was accomplished on this mandolin and will be incorporated into the mandola that has begun. Hope you like the post.
Oh @Raywells ... I love both tunes!!
i love your Mondolin!!!! I want to play so bad... Keeping my eye on my violin tunes and skill...
You tempt me so!!!! I love what you made!!! Love your sounds... Thank you thank you for sharing!!
you and Mando look great and it's great to see you!!!
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Sounds good, Ray! Clear and strong. Looks excellent. Congrats!
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Hello Pierre and Thanks.
I suppose I could build the mandolin in 2 weeks of concerted effort. I live in a one bedroom senior's apartment. We have probably a 12' x 12' patio area that is covered by the sunroom (balcony) of the apartment above. It is an open patio that I have setup as a workshop. Before warm weather I did some preliminary work in our garbage room but by the end of March the outside workshop was setup. Great on nice days on others I think Mediterranian thoughts and I ignite a mosquito coil to keep them at bay. I have table and radial arm saws and thickness planer at my sons garage. My local hardwood store has a large selections of Maple thins from 4mm to 20mm in thickness and a great selection of figured maple, that is in more difficult dimensions to manipulate. The also carry book-matched sets of Engleman Spruce and Sitka Spruce, sized for Guitar tops at $32 set. So until my process becomes refined enough to warrant the expense of fancier woods I am good. Stew Mack or All Parts is my source for hardware. Stewmac involves international mail but I can order from All Parts through my local music store. The most time was spent inventing jigs and molds and the bending iron while being as frugal as a senior on a fixed income needs to be. I believe I can build a better instrument than I can get by saving to buy any of the $400 -- $1400 instruments available in my neighbourhood. There is also huge satisfaction in the creative process.
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