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New Millennium Acoustic Design To Offer Carbon Fiber Mandolin

By Mandolin Cafe
September 24, 2006 - 2:00 pm

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In the wake of Rigel Instruments going out of business, former Rigel co-owner Peter Mix announces a new mandolin venture. The following announcement was forwarded to the Mandolin Cafe today for publication:

New Millennium Acoustic Design, aka NewMAD, is pleased to announce the world's first carbon-fiber mandolin. A collaborative effort between Peter Mix, Will Kimble, and Clear Carbon & Components will soon come to fruition in the form of an extraordinary A5 mandolin.

Carbon-fiber has been used for years in fine stringed instruments, though never in mandolins until now. It has proven to be a superb material for the purpose. It's five times stronger than steel, exceptionally lightweight and marvelously resonant. The black/grey warp & weft of the carbon-fiber fabric is also quite beautiful and lends an art deco appearance to the classic lines of the snakehead A5 design.

When we first saw carbon-fiber guitars beginning to emerge in the market, we assumed like many others that carbon-fiber mandolins would follow shortly. Obviously, this hasn't happened. Now that we are fully engaged in the process, it's become apparent why no one has previously endeavored to create carbon-fiber mandolins: it's extremely difficult and expensive, requiring equal measures of skill, knowledge, intuition and invention, coupled with a bit of risk-taking. Putting the right team together was critical.

Will Kimble carved the gorgeous snakehead A5 which the carbon fiber mandolins will duplicate. Grover tuners, James tailpieces and Loar-style ebony bridges will be featured on these superb instruments. They should be available by January with f-holes or with oval hole at a rough cost of $3000. Fully-refundable $500 deposits are being accepted for advance orders.

Our website is currently under construction, but keep an eye out for www.newmillenniumacousticdesign.com as well as www.carbonfibermandolin.com. We have grand plans and hope that we can earn your trust and respect.

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