View Full Version : Neil J Dean #29

Mar-01-2005, 11:27pm
Hey y'all...

I told myself that I was gonna leave my checkbook home went I went to WinterGrass, and I even took my wife along to keep me from doing anything rash while in the midst of so many freakin' mandolins...

She brought the joint checkbook.

And told me to go ahead and use it.

and No, she doesn't have any sisters.

Pics are from Neil's site...I hope he doesn't mind, but I was too lazy to take pics. Maybe in the future I will snap a few beauty shots and post them.

Specs: German top, Rock back/sides, Varnish finish, silver/black hardware


Mar-01-2005, 11:30pm
1-piece Back...

Kind of in the RL Givens school of backs, with not a whole lot of figure to look at...but who sees the back anyways?

Mar-01-2005, 11:32pm
Nice n tasteful "NJ Dean" on the 'stock.

Mar-01-2005, 11:34pm
Closer Back...

I dunno, I'm a sucker for a sidebound mando. I just think they look really nice.

Mar-02-2005, 8:12am
I think I may want one of these. . . .


Lane Pryce
Mar-02-2005, 8:40am
Very nice!I know you are pleased.If you do not have the time to play her in there are one or two of us here on the cafe' that will lend you a hand. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif Congratulations Lp

Mar-02-2005, 10:52am
I'm tellin' ya Mark, thay mando is terrible and you would really be better off just selling it to me now.

Dude - major score!


Mar-02-2005, 11:29am
It's nice to see such great work coming from a fellow Vermonter!! I like his website too.

Mar-02-2005, 1:49pm
Very nice. I like the finish. At first when I saw the first picture, I thought it was a master model.

Mar-02-2005, 1:56pm
Did anyone on the board buy one of the two-points that was on sale at Wintergrass?

Mar-02-2005, 3:20pm
Yes, Greg Fisher bought the black-top.

G. Fisher
Mar-02-2005, 4:39pm
I did buy the black two point and it has recieved great reviews from those who have played it. It plays very easily and sounds great and has only been strung up for 2 weeks.

I am going to be jumping in a van with Greg Boyd shortly for a trip from Montana to Minnesota and will have more info next this weekend.

Mar-02-2005, 5:27pm
I'm glad you fellas jumped on those two man'alins.......as you recall I was a cheerleader in Neil's booth.....those instruments are an incredible value for what you get......this is an up & coming luthier, that is still a great deal, but has definitely already got it going on! If Greg hadn't bought the black top 2 point, there was another buyer in the wings....it has that floating ebony bridge, like some Monty's.....I like the way the chord notes ring out like a choir.....and G_Smolt when that F5 gets played in....and I imagine living in Alaska, you'll have some time for woodshedding..look out, by next Wgrass should be amazing.....enjoy!!!
BTW I thought Greg's Brentrup was the "most improved" mando I played at Wgrass, that axe really came alive in a year.

Mar-02-2005, 6:08pm
I'm interested in the blonde two-point (or something very much like it). It has a similar floating tailpiece or so the pictures seem. Anyone play it as well?

Scotti Adams
Mar-02-2005, 7:52pm
..looks real nice..simple and elegant..

Mar-03-2005, 10:16am
I'm interested in the blonde two-point (or something very much like it). #It has a similar floating tailpiece or so the pictures seem. #Anyone play it as well?
Yes, it was very nice indeed. As I recall both of the two-pointers seemed like they would make a great bluegrass mandolin. The ability to reach those high notes with no obstructions would make this a great instrument for just about anything.

Justin Carvitto
Mar-03-2005, 11:58am
Yeah that black two point was killer. Very hard to walk away from, especially at such a reasonable price. I hope to see Neil next year at wgrass.

Mar-04-2005, 1:56pm
I love that subtle 'burst. What's the "floating" ebony bridge that SternART made reference to?

Mar-04-2005, 2:52pm
Yes, add me to the list who tried his mandolins. Very nice stuff in Neil's booth, I was also quite taken by the violin-style tailpiece. Unique & attractive!

Mar-04-2005, 9:51pm
Sorry Mandomick, brain lapse.....I meant floating ebony TAILPIECE. you can see them here:
http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin....=22434; (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=22434;)

Mar-05-2005, 1:51am
hey y'all...

Been sick as a dog for the last few days...guess I'm gettin' a bit old to do the Wintergrass "12 hours of sleep in 4 1/2 days" and add a plane flight back to Alaska...full of snot-nosed disease vectors. Oh, ok, someone else's kids.

At any rate, I haven't been able to hear that well for the last few days, so I haven't been pickin', but I took a few more pics...

Here is a detail shot of the pickguard area...pretty spiffy.

Mar-05-2005, 11:38am
Hope I didn't leave germs on that mando when I played it.....my Wgrass was flued out, at least you didn't
get the plague till you were home. I'd rather be sick in my own bed, that in a hotel & be missing all the
jammin'. A lot of folks were flued out this year, including Tony Rice, I was amazed at how fabulous he
played.....he was "really" sick as a dog when I talked to him, prior to his taking the stage at the Church.

Mar-05-2005, 12:50pm
One word...Vitamins! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Next year let's all wear those surgical facemasks like they were doing in China when the bird flu thing hit. #That way everyone will know who the mandolin pickers are.

Snot-Nosed Disease Vectors - that's rich!

Hey Mark, that is one seriously nice mandolin. #I'm upping my offer to $300.