After lurking around the forum for a while I noticed all the threads about the " Best mandolin for a beginner , Questions should I ask my builder , ect ...... I have not been able to find a thread that has an in depth discussion of the relationship of hand size and finger length to the thickness of the neck and type of fretboard and what would best suit an individual. Some forum members have posted they adapt to the mandolin they are playing or they state their preference for a particular type or size of neck . I had a mandolin built in the mid 80's and the builder spent a noteable amount of time on this issue , asking for hand tracings and ring sizes of my fingers . I find this mandolin extremely comfortable to play and only recently when it needed to have some repairs done did I realize how much this mattered .
It is said that the mass of the neck has an impact on the tone of the mandolin. If so the neck size is going to have a significant influence on the tuning of the mandolin and the overall voice of the instrument . How is this factored into the mix of information used when building an instrument?
At what level of skill should one start to consider neck / hand size information in making a purchase or commissioning a new build and what are the rules of thumb for proper hand to neck sizing ?