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Kentucky KM1050 w/Case & Basic Mandovoodoo New $2000

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In addition to benchmaking violins and fiddles, I do a good deal of mandolin work. In addition to work sent in, I sometimes pick up mandolins I happen to like, new, and sell from my shop. I may actually open a mandolin shop up here in the far north, who knows!

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I picked up this KM1050 last year, and finally got around to running it through my setup and mandovoodoo process. I didn't do the entire amount of full bridgework, but everything else is done, and the basic bridgework completed. I would say the additional bridgework is about half the process. People are generally happy with my work. Just browse around on the forum.

This particular KM1050 is typical. Clean sound, nice chop. Great basic professional instrument, ready to go. I don't believe I need to go through the specs here! See Saga: With a Guardian shaped case. Nice rig!

Please see the following discussion for more details. Do not hesitate to write with questions.


I derived this process from work I did to violins based upon that of Deena Spears. I have moved far beyond that! At this point, I can bring out the fundamental or lower harmonics of each course to get the instruments low and mid range more even, then bring up or tone down the high harmonics for each course to get balance. And if any course is a bit square wave, I can gently limit it until it falls into place. Much of this work involves the F hole wings, which are very sensitive.

I work through the F holes and on the bridge with the tools shown in the imgur gallery.


People ask. Almost no relief. 0.049" for the E course, about 0.062" for the G course. Low but not touching at the first fret.


Based in Friendsville, in East Tennesse for almost 30 years, working as a geologist then an attorney. Part to full time in musical instruments since 1993. Moved to Chicago early in 2018, concentrating on cooking, companionship, and building violins, along with my continuing mandovoodoo work.

Music: When I was 7, I insisted on learning piano. Spent rainy days reading through Chopin and Mozart. Rock bands, solo performance, and trios. Classical guitar through master classes with Tom Patterson, Anthony Glise, Lily Afshar and numerous others. Soloist with Baroque ensembles playing recorder.

Hand working: Auto mechanics from a young age. Model airplanes. Custom steel bicycle frames. Residential construction. Cabinet work. Then in the early 1990s, restoration of violins. Reworking vintage instruments for performance by the late 1990s. The Appalachian line and benchmaking beginning at the turn of the century, along with the expansion of Gianna Violins. My musical instrument work has steadily evolved into a concentration on acoustic understanding and improvement.

Tools and technique evolve to form a personal style. Mine is evolving.

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Category: Mandolins
Ad Number 133875
Posted: Jan 10, 2019 01:06 PM CDT

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Stephen Perry

Chicago IL 60643

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