Interesting choice, can't wait to see what you do with it. I always love to see the techniques you use cause I steal them shamelessly
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Very coo, Yaron. Is yours based on the one in South Dakota? It looks like the rosette is different.
Looks good already! Those of us who see (and look for) lines can already appreciate what's happening here.
I wonder though, why are there 9 holes in the headstock?
Thank you all for your words of encouragement! appreciate it, the project is getting along very good!
I base my instrument on a Mandolino" Coristo" that A. Stradivari made in Cremona, and I do 5C (9 strings)
see the images, It is a bit different from the South Dakota (Mabe Alex can put some light on this issue)
More images soon
wow, Yaron, your are zooming! Looking good! That rosette is lovely.
So it's five courses but with a single bass string?
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Very nice craftsmanship. Clamping those staves must be a nightmare.
Going off topic perhaps, but seeing this makes me want to ask a lot of questions.
What is the bracing scheme? What are you aiming for when you are voicing it.. and do you use tap tuning?
Is the top completely flat, or do you thin it toward the edges somewhat? Catgut strings?
Nice glue pot, btw.. I need to get one like that.
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Very cool Yaron. Is this a commission or do you just build for fun or for yourself?
Beautiful work, Yaron! Thanks for sharing and keep at it!
Lovely! I believe the original was the same piece that inspired Barber & Harris' "Own design", although they also build more faithful reproductions of the original. The couple Stradivari mandolins remaining are interesting, but just so small and quirky compared to later pieces to have survived. I'm keen to read more of this build as it develops, Yaron.
I wonder if these surviving mandolins are playable at all and if anyone has played them. I believe Richard Walz has been out to the National Museum in SD and has at least looked at that one.
I believe Richard has played the "Cutler-Challen" mandolin by Stradivari at one time or another too. I even believe he tried to arrange a tour with the piece that never came together. It's been a while, but I think the issue was that the bridge had popped off, which alarmed the curator. The one in SD is pretty extensively restored. The only pre-restoration photos I've seen of the "Cutler-Challen" mandolin were in Tyler (1981). It did not originally have a shield-shaped finial:
(Tyler, J. 1981. The Italian Mandolin and Mandola 1589 -1800. Early Music 9(4):438 - 446).
I don't know if the other Strad, the one discussed here, is playable. I believe this is the one that originally came to light when bought at auction by Peter Biddulph some decades ago.
Even if not the Strads, others are in playable condition. For example, there was an early 18th-c., 5-course Smorsone restored to playability by UK luthier Bruce Brook; you can still see a couple unlabeled before and after shots here. However, I don't know of any original 18th-c. pieces that are routinely played. All the recordings of which I'm aware, e.g., are on reproduction instruments.
...And hopefully Richard will happen by here to add a little clarification as well.