I have taken a keen interest in the mandolin Symposium of late, as it seems like the type of project which will benefit all of us here on some level.
About a year ago, Dennis Benjamin (Spare Change) and I were talking about design over a cup of coffee in my shop, and Dennis planted a seed in my brain. He thought that the idea of a community-designed instrument would be a fun project, to get everyone's opinions and input as to what they would like to see in their dream mandolin.
I recently acquired an absolutely stunning set of quilted maple back and sides. Coupled with a curly maple neck and a Master Grade spruce top plate, we're talking about quite the mandolin here.
What I would like to hear from the Cafe community is what you envision this instrument to look like from an aesthetic point of view. Cobalt blue? Avant-garde F-holes? Wild inlay work?
I'll try to take different elements and ideas and concepts and meld them into an artistically cohesive design. I'll document the progress of our joint effort and post photos in the appropriate section as the mandolin evolves.
This is a fun opportunity for everyone to contribute to a high-end mandolin, and so I hope that the response is great.
This mandolin will be offered for sale, probably in the 5-6K range, with 10% of the proceeds going to the Symposium Scholarship Fund.
Okay, I'm putting it out there. You guys and gals have carte blanche as to it's design. Have fun!