You may well be right, but my old Weymann Mandolute had an "induced arch" (bent, rounded) top and it lasted a century. May still be going, for all I know -- I traded it on an Eastman mandola.
Originally Posted by (testore @ June 04 2007, 15:54)
Guess it depends on how it's done.
Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
Natl Triolian Dobro mando
Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
Stradolin Vega banjolin
Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
Flatiron 3K OM