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    Default Making your own mandolin using a "Mandolin Kit"

    Greetings all....I am curious how many of you have built your own mandolins using a "pre-packaged" mandolin making kit (i.e. not luthier quality from scratch)??? I have been pondering buying a kit and building a mandolin just for the fun of doing it. What has been your experience using a kit??? I see several out there on the market for $250.00-$400.00.
    Any thoughts???
    Peace,
    Jim

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    Default Re: Making your own mandolin using a "Mandolin Kit"

    Go for it !!!!! I caught the bug in 95' with a Martin D-18 kit, next year an F-5 from scratch (should've gone A), now I'm up to 32 instrument & many re-builds / conversions. Apprentice with a good luthier (class setting) if possible, tons of great resources here however. Careful or you'll find yourself building more than your playing !!

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    Default Re: Making your own mandolin using a "Mandolin Kit"

    Start here. there have been a number of Cafe folks that have built these.
    http://www.internationalviolin.com/i...x?ItemCode=MK1
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    Default Re: Making your own mandolin using a "Mandolin Kit"

    You also might want to look through these threads, the applicable subjects will jump right out at you.

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    Default Re: Making your own mandolin using a "Mandolin Kit"

    Thanks Dobe, Jean & Mike...:-)
    Appreciate the intel.
    Peace,
    Jim

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    Default Re: Making your own mandolin using a "Mandolin Kit"

    Check out the link at the bottom of this post for a webpage related to my slow, slow build from a Siminoff kit.
    Ralph
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