Re: How I spent my summer vacation...
I agree with Martin - and having played a couple of the teardrop ones in comparison with the triangular one that I made, I think there are tonal improvements as well.
As for my baited breath wishes-- I'd love to see a mandola option for myself.
Will have no problem recommending your kits to others as I have done before. Great intro to building and quality components, for those who are not wedded to doing a carved top instrument.
Otter OM #1
Brian Dean OM #32
Old Wave Mandola #372
Phoenix Neoclassical #256
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