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Kruno Glas
Jan-12-2014, 6:35pm
Hello to everyone !

I am a active reader of MC forum for a long time and now I have finally found some time to introduce myself to this wonderful community of instrument builders. I am a builder from Croatia (as the title already says) and I am building stringed instruments for over ten years. I build mandolins (flat top, bowlback), classical and acoustic guitars but 80 percent of my work are still mandolins. I have attached several images of my mandolins for you to gain insight into my work. I hope to participate more on this forum in the future.

Kruno Glas luthier
www.glasguitars.com


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SincereCorgi
Jan-12-2014, 6:55pm
Beautiful instruments, Kruno, I especially like those delicate little points. Welcome to the Cafe!

Roland Sturm
Jan-12-2014, 7:37pm
The Special model in particular is pretty and looks different from other instruments. Something I would like to add to my collection. Is that your design or does it follow some historic instrument? The neck looks short relative to the body, could just be picture angles or is it a relatively large body?

Mandoborg
Jan-12-2014, 7:47pm
Great seeing different interpretations of the same theme !! Really nice looking stuff there. Everytime i hear or see ' Croatia ' it takes me back to the incredible Janica Kostelić 2002 Salt Lake City games. Talk about watching history !!

Welcome aboard, you won't find a nicer and more experienced, helpful bunch of folks than right here !!

Jim

Jake Wildwood
Jan-12-2014, 9:22pm
That looks like first rate work -- thanks for sharing!

Chip Booth
Jan-12-2014, 9:51pm
Welcome aboard, beautiful work!

Bob Clark
Jan-12-2014, 10:10pm
Hello Kruno,

Beautiful work! It's great to have you among us. I've had a look at your web site and really enjoyed the pictures. I especially like the Tradicia bowlback. I hope you can post more pictures and perhaps a sound clip sometime. I see that you've just been added to the Builder listing here on the Cafe. That's great!

Best wishes,

Bob

Kruno Glas
Jan-13-2014, 2:33am
Thanks for the warm welcome!

Regarding my Special model, yes it is a specific design based on mandolins build by luthiers in this region in the 20th century, but with some modifications. The neck body connestion is at 10th fret (i use 330 mm scale lenght) so the neck is slightly shorter and the body thickness is between 62mm and 68 mm. Also all my flat tops have a bent top.
More pictures and other stuff can be found on my facebook page https://hr-hr.facebook.com/pages/Glazbala-Glas-Luthierie-Handcrafted-guitars-mandolins/139824696069084

Here are some pic of a mandolin I have recently build for a U.S. customer.

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Dagger Gordon
Jan-13-2014, 3:53am
Beautiful looking instruments!

I've had a couple of trips to Croatia. Wonderful place to sail. I didn't see any mandolin being played, but at the airport I picked up a CD with a picture of a mandolin on the cover by Trio Suveniri.
I think their mandolinist Dalibor Golubic is a really great player. Fantastic tremolo and a very strong sound. His mandolin seems to easily be loud enough to be heard over the accordion and guitar. He is the only Croatian mandolin player I know anything at all about, so I cannot say how typical his style is.

Kruno, could you please tell us a little more about the popularity of the mandolin in your part of the world? When you talk of mandolins made by luthiers in your region, do you mean a particular region of Croatia or a wider area? It's good to be made more aware of a type of mandolin which is not for bluegrass.

Are there any good videos we might watch? I would like to see more.

Shelagh Moore
Jan-13-2014, 6:07am
Lovely work! Thanks for posting it!

Tavy
Jan-13-2014, 7:28am
Some real eye-candy there: beautiful work!

Jim Garber
Jan-13-2014, 10:10am
Very nice work, Kruno! These look like excellent instruments for classical music with that shorter scale. Were these voiced for Thomastik mandolin strings?

Ah, I see this video on your Facebook page. Very nice Calace pieces: Piccola Gavotta and Notturno Cielo Stellato -- two of my favorites.

billhay4
Jan-13-2014, 11:31am
Lovely work, Kruno.
Bill

margora
Jan-13-2014, 12:10pm
Great to see Kruno in this space -- I've admired his instruments from a distance for some time.

Kruno: I hope you will be attending the 2014 Eurofestival in Bruchsal, Germany this coming June (Mark Davis, myself, and several others will be performing in the New American Mandolin Ensemble). Would be great to meet in person.

margora
Jan-13-2014, 12:24pm
Great to see Kruno in this space -- I've admired his instruments from a distance for some time.

Kruno: I hope you will be attending the 2014 Eurofestival in Bruchsal, Germany this coming June (Mark Davis, myself, and several others will be performing in the New American Mandolin Ensemble). Would be great to meet in person.

chipotle
Jan-13-2014, 12:24pm
Welcome, beautiful work, thank you for posting! My mothers parents migrated to the US from Lošinj many years ago. Alas, I have never traveled to your beautiful country.

Kruno Glas
Jan-13-2014, 3:08pm
Thanks guys once again!

@dagger
When I said luthiers in my region I ment the area that covered Ex Yugoslavia. Mandolins are most popular in the coastal area of Croatia and not so much inland because in the 90s the focus was on tamburitza. So, mandolin was a bit neglected.

@ Jim
Thomastik medium tension, the best for my 330mm scale.

@Robert Margo
Hey Robert, missing your likes on facebook. I would really like meeting you in Germany but it will be a busy year so probably I won't be able to attend.

Dagger Gordon
Jan-13-2014, 4:55pm
[QUOTE=Kruno Glas;1242784]Thanks guys once again!

" @dagger
When I said luthiers in my region I ment the area that covered Ex Yugoslavia. Mandolins are most popular in the coastal area of Croatia and not so much inland because in the 90s the focus was on tamburitza. So, mandolin was a bit neglected."

Is the mandolin becoming more popular, would you say? From the little slightly touristy music I have heard, it seems to me that the accordion is very popular in Croatia (although you could say exactly the same about Scotland!).

Kruno Glas
Jan-13-2014, 5:23pm
Nope, mandolin still struggles for attention. But you are right about accordion, he is slowly taking over.

peterk
Jan-13-2014, 5:27pm
Nice looking instruments and they seem priced accessibly. Probably great for non-"Erba azzura" type of music played in Europe.:grin:

I was in Croatia very many years ago, and enjoyed the serene and not commercialised beauty of Dubrovnik and some other old coastal towns. Their male vocal bands ("klapa") impressed me with their old folk songs. No mandolins though, mostly guitars and accordions.

margora
Jan-13-2014, 6:27pm
"@Robert Margo
Hey Robert, missing your likes on facebook."

I haven't been getting these! I just went directly to your FB page and "liked" everything I saw that I hadn't checked before.