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FolkMusician
Mar-01-2004, 9:00pm
Looking at all these builders' renditions of the F-5 sure is awesome, but it has been mentioned on here before that it can get a little boring. Anyone have any little oddities they'd like to show off? There's the watermelon mandolin, but I'm sure there are more. So, post away!

mandopete
Mar-03-2004, 4:37pm
My favorite.

(A.K.A. the "Bat-Mando")

Jim M.
Mar-03-2004, 6:01pm
Well, there's the reverse scroll Unicorn&Mustang at Gryphon:

http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/21250/2125002.jpg

Sounds great, too.

Jim Hilburn
Mar-03-2004, 6:24pm
Before I started doing this for a job,I did it as a hobby. I liked to do whatever can to mind ,but sometimes the mind got ahead of good design and proper construction techniques. So,#12 was unleashed on the earth, and oddity is the only word that defines it, other than maybe "bad idea".Sounds pretty odd, too, although Steve Stone said I should put a pickup on it and sell it to a jazzer. But I think it will just remain a curiosity on my wall.

Jim Hilburn
Mar-03-2004, 6:29pm
The photo's don't do justice to it. How asymetric its anyway. I anyone has ever seen Irving Sloane's book on how to build a steel string guitar, you would see the most bizarre method of making a mold for the rim. That's what I tried here, and it's not a good way to do it. This was one way to waste a nice piece of wood.

Jim Hilburn
Mar-03-2004, 6:36pm
Charlie, don't sue me! I think I had recently been looking at Mother Maybelles L-5,and I really liked that peghead look. Kind of overdid it on this one, though. The inlay is another Gibson rip-off,but I took it off one of those vintage guitar calenders,and could barely tell what it looked like, so this is quite a bit different than the ones you see on those old white A-styles.

FolkMusician
Mar-03-2004, 6:53pm
Jim, I was thinking about doing something like that, in the spirit of the 60's hollowbody electrics, but never got around to it. I think for my first electric I'm going to try a Tele replica

Jim Hilburn
Mar-03-2004, 7:09pm
I've got one of those,too. I've got quite a few "oddities" around the house.

Harrmob
Mar-04-2004, 10:49am
I found this on the net looking for John Duffey's duck. I kind of like this one....

mandopete
Mar-04-2004, 11:46am
Another one of my favorites, the Coleson Flying-V

Magnus Geijer
Mar-04-2004, 1:44pm
Here's my #1, finished in September of -03. #2, #3, #4 and #5 are currently on the way.

Bob A
Mar-04-2004, 1:59pm
No photos, but Neil Gladd did make a few copies of the solidbody Gibson Flying-Vee as an 8-string electric mando. I really wanted one, but no one would sell theirs. Handsome instrument.

PCypert
Mar-04-2004, 2:37pm
Hey kyswede,
That's a sharp looking mando. What are the specs, etc?
Paul

FolkMusician
Mar-04-2004, 6:19pm
I love the lightning bolt f-holes on mandopete's V

mandopete
Mar-04-2004, 7:06pm
I love the lightning bolt f-holes on mandopete's V
It's not mine (I wish it was), but rather a Coleson built up in Alaska. He builds a real nice F-5.

Hoovetone
Mar-04-2004, 7:51pm
kyswede, I really like your sound holes. Good work-everybody has f holes. I like the change.

neal
Mar-05-2004, 3:21pm
That is totally awsome!!!

Bob DeVellis
Mar-05-2004, 10:20pm
With the possible exception of the hardware store items (which are truly oddities and cool in their own special way), those are some great looking instruments. Perhaps all weren't acoustically successful, but you gotta play to win, as the saying goes. Must be tough finding cases for some of those rascals, though.

Jim Garber
Mar-05-2004, 10:43pm
Great thread!

I posted this picture elsewhere some time ago, but I think it bears repetition. This is a OM built in 1931 by an Italian-American named Achilio Puccinelli in Chicago.

Jim

Jim Garber
Mar-05-2004, 10:49pm
Another oddball. Not sure what the maker intended. Nicely made (with dovetails) box with a mando neck. Lots of soundholes, tho.

Jim

mikeomando
Mar-06-2004, 12:29am
(Carnival barker's voice) Step right up, stick and stay and don't go away, one tenth of a dollar! Amaze your friends with stories of oddities that you won't believe...How about you sir, are you MAN enough to see the wonders of the mandolin world?

(great thread, by the way)

Magnus Geijer
Mar-06-2004, 2:04am
Thanks for the praise, guys!

They're all Sitka tops. #1 has a mahogany neck, while 2, 3, 4, and 5 will have curly maple. #1 and #2 have poplar sides, whereas 3, 4 and 5 have curly maple. Tips are mahogany and backs are all curly maple, most of them one-piece. Fret boards are all ebony, flat on #1 and radiused on the rest of them. Although the first is not bound, the rest of them are intended to be. TruOil worked so well for me on the first one, I intend to stick with it. I'm intensely happy with the sound, which I think is something a little between an f-hole and an oval-hole, something I'm guessing is due to the sound holes.

Again, thanks for noticing!

Magnus

Hummingbird_Mandolins
Mar-08-2004, 4:22pm
I know this does not look very odd style wise. What I am building here is a "mando-guitar". Strings 6th--3rd will be singles and 2nd--1st will be double. Tuning will be standard guitar tuning--I do play in DADGAD but I am not sure what that will sound like w/this instrument.

The scale length is 15 3/4". I did this because the standard mando scale is too close for guitar fingering. Fingerboard width at the nut is 1 7/16" and 1 13/16" at the 12th fret.

I would be interested in hearing your comments.

Matt

Jim Garber
Apr-26-2004, 9:39pm
Here's (http://www.pamelasmusic.co.uk/images/Forsale/string/mandolins/M101.htm) one I came across tonight. Well-made but blatantly bad Gibson clone.

Jim

G'DAE
Apr-26-2004, 10:06pm
Funny how they used "The Gibson", but didn't even put a Flower pot on it.

mandopete
Apr-27-2004, 8:35am
Funny how they used "The Gibson", but didn't even put a Flower pot on it.
Looks like someone just got plain lazy when it came to the scroll work!

Here's some more oddities...

Jim Garber
Apr-27-2004, 9:09am
Another oddity (http://www.mugwumps.com/turturro.htm) from the house of Calace (last posting) is this "turnover" instrument -- half mandolin. half ukulele. I actually owned one of these long ago. Had no sound tho.

Jim

Mandopickr
Apr-27-2004, 10:44am
Some time ago on this message board there was posted a pic of the Paul Stanley tripple neck f-style. Does anyone have those pics still available...that was indeed an oddity

mrmando
Apr-27-2004, 12:30pm
I don't think Paul Stanley has a tripleneck F ...

You might be thinking of John Paul Jones, in which case you can find the photo at emando.com.

Mandopickr
Apr-28-2004, 9:03am
That's it....sorry...rock&roll hasn't always been my first pick. I think that that one fits the category

Jim Garber
Apr-28-2004, 9:23am
This one was at Elderly a few months ago.

Jim

delsbrother
Apr-28-2004, 2:12pm
Hey, somebody on the MC classifieds was looking for one of those..

Brain
Apr-28-2004, 2:18pm
Did somebody say banjo killer?

Igor The Cat
Apr-28-2004, 9:37pm
attack of the MandoBass!!! Ah!!!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif

Jim Garber
Apr-29-2004, 7:10am
Here's (http://web.dkm.cz/mandoweb/mando_x.htm) another odd one described as far as I can determine as a balalaika-like mandolin. This off a Czech web site that a few photos of my mandolins have been pictured somehow.

Jim

Igor The Cat
Apr-29-2004, 5:36pm
Weird!!

Jim Garber
May-03-2004, 11:40am
We haven't had any oddities in a few days. here is another one that was on eBay sometime last year. The amazing part is that there is a contoured case that came with this one.

Jim

delsbrother
May-03-2004, 12:35pm
Whoa, check out the multicolored string silencers! Beats ol' grommets any day. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Stranky o Mandolinach!

Darrell

mrmando
May-03-2004, 2:14pm
Wow -- any Wallace & Gromit fans here? That last mandolin looks almost exactly like Wallace's head.

Landgrass
May-03-2004, 2:33pm
And it has Grommits!

Jim Garber
Aug-26-2004, 9:40pm
Here is an interestingly-shaped mandolin by a maker named Delucia from the Top Shelf Music web site.

Jim

FrankenMouse
Aug-26-2004, 10:48pm
Odd but beautiful. Photo credit to 12th Fret, Toronto:

Jim Garber
Aug-26-2004, 10:54pm
FrankenMouse, That Beardsall is a updated variant of the Kaycraft look. Great stuff!

Jim

FrankenMouse
Aug-26-2004, 11:05pm
Yeah, love the soundholes in the side!

grandmainger
Aug-27-2004, 4:19am
Not a mando as such, but not far from being the weirdest thing I've seen:

http://www.rfcharle.com/Images/ListeInstr./SioratFace2.jpg

There are more photos of the beast (http://www.rfcharle.com/HTML/PhotosInstruments/Siorat.html) available on the site.

Germain

AlanN
Aug-27-2004, 5:25am
That thing looks like a cross between a StairMaster and a cranial support apparatus.

JGWoods
Aug-27-2004, 6:38am
Mutant_Dan- I looked at your café profile. Any chance the homebrew came first, the barbecue dobro right after?
That is great stuff, you made my day
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best
gw

Eugene
Aug-27-2004, 6:44am
Not a mando as such, but not far from being the weirdest thing I've seen:
I am a little reluctant to say it and reveal myself as a human oddity, but this looks like a pretty standard hurdy-gurdy to me.

Bob DeVellis
Aug-27-2004, 6:46am
Eugene took the words right out of my mouth.

grandmainger
Aug-27-2004, 6:50am
Mmmhh... Ze poor little french boy doesn't know what hurdy-gurdy is. Can you explain http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif ?

Eugene
Aug-27-2004, 6:57am
A hurdy-gurdy is the thing pictured above. #From Merriam-Webster:

1 : a stringed instrument in which sound is produced by the friction of a rosined wheel turned by a crank against the strings and the pitches are varied by keys.
The external strings are drones. #The keys stop melody strings. #The aural effect is the stringed equivalent of the bagpipes (i.e. la musette). #Hurdy-gurdies are kind of trendy for playing dance tunes from the French renaissance.

grandmainger
Aug-27-2004, 7:01am
I see! It sounded so bizarre I didn't even think of looking it up. Thanks for the explanation http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Now for another true oddity:
http://www.johncalkin.com/shotgun1.jpg

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Eugene
Aug-27-2004, 7:10am
Yikes!

John Flynn
Aug-27-2004, 8:01am
This thread has gone on for three pages and Bill Bussman hasn't waded in yet? It's like waiting for the other shoe to drop. Bill, where are you?

Philip Halcomb
Aug-28-2004, 2:09pm
This is my favorite odd mandolin...

jim simpson
Aug-29-2004, 4:58pm
flip,
Isn't this the mando the David Grisman has been playing?

Philip Halcomb
Aug-29-2004, 5:01pm
Yes it is, it's pretty neat... Not overly odd, but odd and interesting... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

By the way I love the little clefs on it...

grandmainger
Aug-30-2004, 2:04am
By the way I love the little clefs on it...
Yes, they are odd.

Have you tried covering them and playing to see if the sound difference is noticeable?

Have a look at this very odd piece on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10179&item=3745284331&rd=1) right now... very odd.

Eugene
Aug-30-2004, 7:30am
Have a look at this very odd piece on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10179&item=3745284331&rd=1) right now... very odd.
What a beast! #I especially like the claim "Every 8 stringers' dream bragging toy." #It is so baffling as to inspire the reply of "Errrr...?"

mandopete
Aug-30-2004, 7:52am
"Put a pickup on it and play with your favorite country, bluegrass, gospel, dixie, or new age band. It's a really neat instrument. Every 8 stringers' dream bragging toy."

I had a dream that it could mounds of julliene fries too!

jim simpson
Aug-30-2004, 3:56pm
I thought it was one of those Kentucky mandolins with a failed scarf joint!

Bill Snyder
Aug-31-2004, 3:45pm
This one is on ebay. Built with wormy poplar top and back and cedar sides. Says they are hand made and he has 100 of them. Here is the listing Ebay mandolin (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3700789830&ssPageName=MERC_VI_RSCC_Pr4_PcY_BIN_Stores)

Magnus Geijer
Aug-31-2004, 6:12pm
That's interesting. It says "One of a kind" in the description, and "100 available" at the top. That's some advanced existentialistic math.

Eugene
Aug-31-2004, 7:35pm
A classic alluded to above, it slices, it dicees, and entertains at your luau or hoedown. there is a fine Turnover (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=359&item=3745678133) for sale along with plenty of campy, collectible kitsch.

mandroid
Aug-31-2004, 7:45pm
Cool, the Webbers meet, (page one) and as crossbreeding cousins do, you never know what the combinations will become.
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mandoman15
Sep-06-2004, 5:19pm
Whats up with this beast??
http://www.emando.com/images/builders/Bussmann/Bill_Bussman_Guppy.jpg

Eugene
Sep-07-2004, 7:31pm
Mandolin, lute, zither, potato grater...? Naw, it's the rightfully rare and frightfully freakish Stössel-lute (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=623&item=3746591816). For those with a cat-like penchant for fatal curiosity, Gregg Miner (http://home.earthlink.net/~gcminer/stoessellute.htm) wrote a nice article on such stuff.

Jim Garber
Sep-08-2004, 12:13pm
This (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3746969520) one just came on eBay: another wacko shaped one, part Wandre, part lethal medieval weapon. Go for it!

Jim

danb
Sep-08-2004, 5:00pm
How about an original vintage F THREE (http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/show_mando.pl?2952)?

http://www.mandolinarchive.com/images/3196top.jpg

mandopete
Sep-08-2004, 5:02pm
The scroll looks kinda funky.

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TommyK
Sep-08-2004, 7:12pm
Before I started doing this for a job,I did it as a hobby. I liked to do whatever can to mind ,but sometimes the mind got ahead of good design and proper construction techniques. So,#12 was unleashed on the earth, and oddity is the only word that defines it, other than maybe "bad idea".Sounds pretty odd, too, although Steve Stone said I should put a pickup on it and sell it to a jazzer. But I think it will just remain a curiosity on my wall.
Ya know, I've heard rumblings (I don't know where) that the mando may be the next new sound in Jazz and GODLESS Rock and Roll. That Jazzy mando may have a market.
Of course those rumblings could by my supper not settlin' too well. But that Jazzer with a pickpup might find a bunch of buyers.
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TommyK
Sep-08-2004, 7:22pm
Odd but beautiful. Photo credit to 12th Fret, Toronto:
ONe of the guitars Django played had a itty bitty oval hole like that. It was a Selmer variant. But, I don't think you can call it a Djangolin.
Notice the bass side side's holes. Are they for pourin' the beer in or pourin' the beer out?
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TommyK
Sep-08-2004, 7:28pm
This is my favorite odd mandolin...
My aunt had painted on eyebrows like those back in the '60s. Liked to scared me to death! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif
Thank God that went out of style! Looks good on the mando tho.
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TommyK
Sep-08-2004, 7:30pm
I've heard of Hurdy Gurdies, but until now have never seen one. I'm haveing a little difficulty judging the size of this thing. Does it take 2 people to play? I'm guessing, if it's a one man affair you crank with the left and key with the right? ..... right?
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TommyK
Sep-08-2004, 7:59pm
I think Frank's got you all beat. #For those who have never INVESTED in the time to peruse Frets.com. #Here's a LINK (http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Museum/BelieveIt/MidMoWow/midmowow.html) to a Mid Mo that will knock your Keds off. #I posted the link because I didn't want to copy/paste his pic without permission.
It's got 8 tuners (they line up and everything) book matched top of CDX. Book matched.. yes. From the same book.... no. #It's gotta be a Mid Mo 'cause Mid Mo is penciled right there on the head stock.
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Sorry about monopolizing the thread, but it was so much fun! #I'm gonna go do something else now.
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Eugene
Sep-08-2004, 8:03pm
I've heard of Hurdy Gurdies, but until now have never seen one. #I'm haveing a little difficulty judging the size of this thing. #Does it take 2 people to play? #I'm guessing, if it's a one man affair you crank with the left and key with the right? # ..... right?
Exactly...almost. Yes, a single player, but the typical technique is to crank with the right hand and key with the left. #The keys face away from the player, and the player reaches over the top to access them. #The keys are analogous to the neck of other chordophones. #They're typically maybe 2 feet long or so.

danb
Sep-09-2004, 2:44am
I borrowed a hurdy-gurdy for a while. They're really cool, haunting sound. It's played on the lap, right hand turns crank, left works keys. If it's a bowlback, it's played with a strap stand-up dobro slide style. Personally, I think they make really cool substitutes for pipes or Bombarde in Breton/Celtic music.

FrankenMouse
Sep-09-2004, 11:28am
TommyK,

That Mid-Mo "Messterpiece" is hilarious. I especially like the fact that the plywood bridge is compensated -- as if it matters!

TommyK
Sep-09-2004, 11:34am
Given the profuse 'bear clawing' and 'quilting' along with the cross grained book matching from different volumes (G and XYZ I think), there needs to be a whole lot of compensatin' goin' on!
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I'm gonna have another> http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif #
Have one on me> #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

neal
Sep-09-2004, 4:18pm
I wonder what the MidMo sounds like....hmmm

Bill Snyder
Sep-12-2004, 8:42pm
Here is one for you scroll lovers http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jim Garber
Sep-12-2004, 9:11pm
Here's a better pic of this. It was actually sold on eBay in 2000.

Ther maker is George Seilinshrick, whoever he was.

Jim

grandmainger
Sep-13-2004, 7:13am
And now, the Violin-Mandolin:

http://i11.ebayimg.com/03/i/02/73/0d/60_3.JPG

From this eBay Auction (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3748204686)

Jim Garber
Sep-13-2004, 8:02am
Ah, thatone is from Antonio Tsai of Taiwan. he has been mentioned a number of times on this board.

Jim

grandmainger
Sep-13-2004, 8:50am
Ah, thatone is from Antonio Tsai of Taiwan. he has been mentioned a number of times on this board.

The front looks not pretty at all to me, but the back and sides are quite sexy, especially the double points. I kind of like the sides.

uncle ken
Sep-13-2004, 1:31pm
Here is one from ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10179&item=3748421821&rd=1) today. It looks like it could also be used as a battle axe. You probably wouldn't want to set your strap too low when playing this one.

Eugene
Sep-15-2004, 4:44pm
On violin-shaped mandolins, Brandt was doing that 100 years ago. Check out this mandola (http://www.topshelfmusic.com/S9911960048.jpg) from Top Shelf Music (http://www.topshelfmusic.com/).

ethanopia
Sep-15-2004, 5:33pm
since we are on the violin shaped mando branch of this thread check this one out, I think I posted this one last year. I kinda like it because it blends F5 design ideas with violin ideas.

I think Todd Phillips built it but I'm not positive. I got the pic from an old MWN

mandopete
Sep-16-2004, 9:42am
I kinda like this one, it sort of grows on you. #It reminds me a bit of the one that French Guy (seen elsewhere in this section) built.

Strado Len
Sep-17-2004, 1:52pm
Another great piece of folk art from ebay: the flying wedge mandola.

Strado Len
Sep-29-2004, 10:21am
The "Yoni Goddess" mandola:

Strado Len
Sep-29-2004, 10:22am
Close-up of soundhole, er, aperture.

SternART
Sep-29-2004, 10:26am
Ethanopia, that one was built by Darol Anger if I'm not mistaken.
Todd Phillips used to build in the back of my art studio & I saw all of his instruments.

french guy
Sep-30-2004, 1:32pm
I kinda like this one, it sort of grows on you. It reminds me a bit of the one that French Guy (seen elsewhere in this section) built.


Hmmm Mandopete , I appreciate a lot , that you remember my last construction , and you class it among oddities

Here a pic take just a few minutes ago

mandoryan
Sep-30-2004, 1:50pm
French Guy,
That is even cooler than I remember it. I really like the finish on it. Very good work.

danb
Sep-30-2004, 2:23pm
I can't even begin to speak about how (in)appropriate to "mandolin oddities" this is..

update: oh well, the eBay listing expired. The soundhole was.. well.. sorta Female-looking..

mandoryan
Sep-30-2004, 2:56pm
That mandolin would be nice if it didn't have that "rosette" or whatever you want to call it with the little jewels on it....as Dale says..GAK!!!

danb
Sep-30-2004, 3:17pm
The brand name gives a clue to what's going on with the soundhole..

Jim Garber
Sep-30-2004, 3:25pm
I can't even begin to speak about how (in)appropriate to "mandolin oddities" this ebay listing (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10179&item=3751262566&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW) is.

http://i4.ebayimg.com/01/i/02/88/31/2d_1_b.JPG
Dan:
So... what is up with this mandola.. you seem very mysterious about it. Do you know the maker. He sounds like a character.

Jim

neal
Sep-30-2004, 5:06pm
Jim, think on the feminine side for a moment. #Think about the name "Yoni Goddess". #I think Yoni is an eastern name for a body part, I believe I've seen that name in an Indian book of love. # I could be wrong, though, someone more familiar with tantric relations will chime in. And the soundhole certainly does represent it.

I think it's great. # Most of his work is really interesting, even #that checkerboard mandolin, that took a long time to sell on ebay, if it even sold. # But pretty time consuming work at any rate.

Jim Garber
Sep-30-2004, 5:37pm
I figured that much from the "goddess". His web site -- what of it there is-- is pretty entertaining also. A real character.

Jim

mandopete
Oct-01-2004, 7:22am
Hmmm Mandopete , I appreciate a lot , that you remember my last construction , and you class it among oddities
Well, it is, how should I say it? ....different?

And I mean that in a good way!

mandopete
Oct-01-2004, 7:28am
The "Yoni Goddess" mandola:
Oh! I thought we were talking about Joni Mitchell again - sorry!

tzigan
Oct-01-2004, 9:34am
Here's my wife's first mandolin -- we understand they gave these away as premiums at feed stores in Oklahoma in the '30s if you bought enough feed. #When she showed up for her first mandolin orchestra practice it was politely suggested that she buy a "real" mandolin.

Jacob
Oct-02-2004, 12:09pm
A 1914 Pablo Picasso (http://www.gnosis.art.pl/iluminatornia/sztuka_o_inspiracji/pablo_picasso/picasso_mandolina.htm)

http://www.gnosis.art.pl/iluminatornia/sztuka_o_inspiracji/pablo_picasso/picasso_mandolina_1914.jpg

John Bertotti
Oct-02-2004, 3:34pm
I love those Hurdy Gurdies. If they didn't cost so darn much I'd try to get one. Oddly enough in most other countries the Hurdy Gurdy is just as the picture but most Americans call the crank box thing that you see the monkey around a Hurdy Gurdy. John

Jim Garber
Oct-09-2004, 8:24pm
Here (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=10179&item=3753774048&rd=1) is an oddball that just came on eBay: a Vietnamese masterpiece. Not sure if the top is double-layered or just for decoration. nice finish right?

Jim

neal
Oct-10-2004, 8:04am
Here's one from ebay, kinda cool

Mando Medic
Oct-11-2004, 5:44am
Well, let's not forget this one. And Pete, don't say it! Kenc

Jim Garber
Oct-11-2004, 8:03am
Hey, for another heart-shaped instrument, check out my 1930 Puccinelli OM on the first page of this thread (scroll to the very bottom of this page.

Jim

mandopete
Oct-11-2004, 8:28am
Well, let's not forget this one. And Pete, don't say it! Kenc
Now Ken, you know that I wouldn't dream of commenting on that one!

http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

(at least you have your pants on!)

Keith Newell
Oct-11-2004, 7:48pm
Ken, I know you didn't have that down there this weekend because the mando's are hanging different then the way you do now or I woulda loved to have seen that one.

jasona
Oct-11-2004, 11:25pm
Ken I swear that is the same mando the maker in Toronto was showing me photos of when I was in the 12th Fret getting some work done. I later saw it on a wall at a pawn shop. Funny looking bugger, that's for sure.

Jim Garber
May-21-2005, 10:43am
Here's an oddball by the German Gotz Company. Hey, you gotz any mandolins shaped like fiddles? :-)

Currently on eBay, should you need such a thing (http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=21591&item=6533976981).

Jim

Jim Garber
May-21-2005, 10:44am
Here's a pic for after it is long gone. Enough soundholes for you?

Jim

mandolooter
May-22-2005, 9:38am
semi odd w/great tone

Steve Davis
May-22-2005, 4:40pm
Available at the Vintage Fret Shop
http://www.vintagefret.com/pages/11881.html

Jim Garber
May-22-2005, 5:02pm
Available at the Vintage Fret Shop
http://www.vintagefret.com/pages/11881.html
Here's the description:

11881 Musikalia Mando-Bizzaro (used, date unknown) This very strange and large mandolin is a mysterious product of the misty Mediterranean. It has a WIDE neck, and its elongated body is very resonant; decorated with metal putti and filigree. This would be a great choice for anyone who needs a mandolin with a wide rosewood fingerboard. $595.00

Musikalia (http://www.musikalia.it/en/english2.htm) makes tons of inexpensive instruments. I believe that Lark in the Morning sells quite a few of them.

Jim

Steve Davis
May-23-2005, 5:43pm
Thanks Jim for the info on the company. I particularly like the "Gybson" model. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Austin Clark
May-23-2005, 5:56pm
semi odd w/great tone
Semi odd?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

That one is REALLY odd! Thanks Jeff,I like the tone too!
-austin

Jim Garber
May-23-2005, 6:42pm
Do you think that these can be confused with Gibsons?

Jim

http://www.musikalia.it/foto/703E-fr.jpg

delsbrother
May-29-2005, 9:03pm
Ok, I know there's been discussion of Antonio Tsai's work before, but did anyone notice the double-soundhole beast in this photo?

http://images.andale.com/f2/118/122/20613767/1118288489569_DSC04891.JPG

Whoa. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Elem21wed
May-31-2005, 3:43pm
I purchased a bowlback mandolin at a local flea market with a faded label and green canvas carrying case. #My hope is to restore it and learn to play it at the local folk music school. #I would like to be able to learn some certral european and Italian music. #The label as mentioned is very faded and in the shape of a rectangle with stamped letters. #Using photoshop I was able to pick up "JUP..., TRADEMARK, and REG US PAT NOTICE." #The faded ink looks like it came from a simple oval shaped rubber stamp. #I think the mandolin is a Jupiter by Lyon and Healy, but the stamp dosen't look anything like the diamond label with the stylized LH logo. #Is this an earlier label for the Jupiter Mandolin, if so does someone know the age of this instrument? #If anyone has any information on this mandolin I would very much appreciate it very much

Eugene
May-31-2005, 3:53pm
Click here (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=6;t=14886;st=1050) and here (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=6;t=14886;st=1075) and read in a bit, maybe search for the text "Jupiter."

Jim Garber
May-31-2005, 5:16pm
Elem21wed,
Can you post a photo of the instrument itself? That would help id it.

Probably more appropriate in this thread (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=14185).

Jim

Jim Garber
May-31-2005, 8:40pm
Does it look like this one?

http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/uploads/post-6-07889-jupiter_1912_sm.gif

Jim

Elem21wed
Jun-01-2005, 8:10am
It looks exactly like the one pictured in the B&W ad. Thanks to everyone who has emailed me privately and posted on the message board.

Elem21wed
Jun-01-2005, 8:13am
Since I don't have a digital camera, I had to go out on the web and find a mandolin that looked like the one I purchased. I found the image I posted above at Ederly Instruments' website, although the label inside this mandolin does not look like the one I posted earlier.

Jim Garber
Jun-01-2005, 8:24am
Elem21wed,
Do you have the link to that Jupiter page at Elderly? I would like to see the other pics they have of it.

Thanks
Jim

Elem21wed
Jun-01-2005, 1:03pm
Here is the link to the page on Elderly Instruments website.

vintage jupiter mandolin 1910 (http://www.elderly.com/items/90U-3950.htm)

Jim Garber
Jun-09-2005, 11:43am
Accompany yourself on this one.
Jim

duuuude
Jun-09-2005, 12:07pm
Weren't those successfully separated awhile back? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jim Hilburn
Jun-09-2005, 1:25pm
Now that has been a fantasy of mine for a long time, only with the mandolin on top. Ideally, you'd take a 44 'bone and cut a hole in the shoulder just the right size to accept a Loar so the f-hole was inside the guitar. Then you rig some 14/20's with wingnuts and washers to hold them together.

JEStanek
Jun-09-2005, 8:09pm
Didn't Jimmy Page play that on MTV unplugged? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif
Jamie

Jim Garber
Jun-21-2005, 2:37pm
This one is on Palm Guitars (Netherlands) site. It is a triple-strung, double top (like Gelas) mandolin by Garozzo.


ca1910 a rare and beautifull patent model, triple course mandolin,made by garozzo in catania ,the secondary top pierced by a star shaped rozet,and with inlaid wooden scratch-plate,the high bride standing on the inner primary top which is painted gold.neck and back look like they are walnut.

http://www.palmguitars.nl/PHPShop/catalog/images/garozzomandolindoubletop.jpg

Jim

Jim Garber
Aug-29-2005, 8:31pm
Here is a frightening one from the inventory of Marc Silber Music (http://www.marcsilbermusic.com/inventory/db-pages/desc.asp?instid=1539)

http://www.marcsilbermusic.com/inventory/photos/0605-03-04.jpg

Jim

mandoman15
Aug-29-2005, 8:55pm
one might wonder what the luthier was smoking when he carved that.... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif
then again, it looks like it would be a blast to play

Professor PT
Aug-29-2005, 11:19pm
Just add a melting clock and call it "The Dali."

delsbrother
Sep-14-2005, 12:04am
More Tsai..

http://i3.ebayimg.com/03/i/04/f1/bb/9f_12_sb.JPG

wmferg
Sep-14-2005, 12:37am
Here are some real strange bluegrass instruments...
Is it a Weber...?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Sorry....I couldn't resist.

WmFerg

Jim Garber
Sep-14-2005, 6:33am
Here is a frightening one from the inventory of Marc Silber Music (http://www.marcsilbermusic.com/inventory/db-pages/desc.asp?instid=1539)

Jim
Here is that one ... seems to have lost the link...

Jim

Arto
Sep-14-2005, 10:15am
Jimīs Frightening one is lovely! Would love to see it offered at eBay as "vintage Gibson mandolin"! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Interesting construction, really. It seems to have been made in 1945. Maybe large wood planks were rationed at wartime, too?

http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif Arto

Jim Garber
Sep-14-2005, 10:35am
Speaking of triangular, balalaika-like instruments. This one by John Abrossimoff circa 1985.

Jim

Arto
Sep-14-2005, 1:17pm
By the size of the soundhole, it looks like Clarence White model balalaika!

http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif Arto

...in fact, it think itīs really cute! What kind of back does it have?

Jim Garber
Sep-14-2005, 1:33pm
...in fact, it think itīs really cute! What kind of back does it have?
Here's the back. BTW I don;t own this one, just got the jpegs off eBay some time ago. I have pics of another one just like it, so this maker liked the style.

Jim

van
Sep-28-2005, 6:20pm
Here is my oddity.

Jim Garber
Sep-28-2005, 7:07pm
Van,
That is wonderful. Who is the maker? It looks like there is a label. Does it actually play and sound like anything? Any more pics of, say, the headstock.

Did it come with a case that fits?

Looks similar to a maker named George Seilinshrick. (Pic below)

Jim

JEStanek
Sep-28-2005, 8:22pm
It looks a little like a decapitated Duck like the Duck in F5Journls posts of Festivals from way back. (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST&f=3&t=27992) The Norma Blake Photo a little over 1/2 way down on page 1. That's a cool looking mando. More info and photos, please.

Jamie

van
Sep-29-2005, 5:49pm
Thanks for the complement Jim, I made It. It is entirely cedar except for the aspen binding around the headstock and fretboard. It sounds great. It was my first archtop and including the time I spent on creating the design, it took three months to build. I am curently working on two new concepts, one is an old kay style and the other is a modified F5. I have posted other picks in this section under the title, JM-75 Mandola.

Jim Garber
Sep-30-2005, 7:58am
Van:
I love the off-the-beaten track styles. I have been wanting to build a Kay style and a regal reverse scroll.

Keep up the good work.. and have fun.

Jim

LeonEvans
Oct-01-2005, 7:21am
Here's my Holst C-5, otherwise called the "Pointless F5"

Leon

JEStanek
Oct-01-2005, 12:42pm
I really dig the look of those Holst mandos. Yours is really cool.
Jamie

Jim Garber
Oct-12-2005, 8:11pm
EBay: the endless source of oddities... feast your eyes on this one (http://cgi.ebay.com/Mandolin-special-Body-2006-NEW_W0QQitemZ7357503827QQcategoryZ10179QQrdZ1QQcmd ZViewItem).

Jim

Jim Garber
Oct-12-2005, 10:10pm
Radio six mandolafrom Harry and Jeannie West's site (http://www.harryandjeaniewest.com)http://web.iwebcenters.com/music/images/Radio-six.jpg

Jim

jasona
Oct-12-2005, 10:50pm
That's hideous.

Jason Kessler
Oct-13-2005, 10:47am
...looks like mando road kill...

PaulD
Oct-13-2005, 11:11am
...looks like mando road kill... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif Couldn't have said it better! That tailpiece cover is interesting, though.

pd

Tom C
Oct-13-2005, 1:15pm
The hilarious part is they are selling that but-ugly folk art thing for $2,800. It looks like Andrei The Giant sat on his mando.

Dave Gumbart
Oct-27-2005, 12:59pm
Hey, holy cow! I don't know that Richard Levens, a builder from Scotland has been mentioned yet. He's on the Cafe's list of builders, in Scotland(web site http://www.dicklevens.co.uk/). Found him just by browsing the builders section, wondering who's building what and where. Now some of that stuff is original. Case in point...

Darryl Wolfe
Nov-04-2005, 3:57pm
check out this beast


<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/Mandolin-Italian-Old-Carlo-Giuseppe-Picino-de-Napoli_W0QQitemZ7363724559QQcategoryZ10179QQ
rdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">link</a>

delsbrother
Nov-04-2005, 4:04pm
Ooh, I want it! I have a bunch of other photos of this style of mando (Gregg Miner calles them "Wappen" (shield style?)). The form is found on a lot of german harp-guitars. Ebay links seem to be kaput today; got an item number?

Eugene
Nov-04-2005, 4:32pm
check out this beast


<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/Mandolin-Italian-Old-Carlo-Giuseppe-Picino-de-Napoli_W0QQitemZ7363724559QQcategoryZ10179QQ

rdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">link</a>
Wow. I wish the instrument rather than the founding of the shop was dated. It looks suspiciously like some "wappenform" guitars of the mid 1800s.

Eugene
Nov-04-2005, 4:35pm
Oops, in my excitement over potentially pre-Lyon & Healy wappenform mandolins, I wholly missed that you had already replied to this very image, Darrell. Try 7363724559.

Jim Garber
Nov-04-2005, 5:06pm
Here is another one of that ilk.

Jim

http://www.pamelasmusic.co.uk/images/Forsale/string/mandolins/M150f.JPG

delsbrother
Nov-04-2005, 5:07pm
Thanks Eugene.. Link works for me now (must be something on my end). I have an old photo of an old mando-orchestra player with a "wappen" mandolin, but with rounded points insteade of sharp ones. Did L&H make these?

Darrell

[edit] On second look maybe it's exactly the same model as the eBay one after all..

Eugene
Nov-04-2005, 5:08pm
Here is another one of that ilk.

Jim
That looks of a slightly more recent vintage somehow. Is it dated?

Eugene
Nov-04-2005, 5:09pm
Thanks Eugene.. Link works for me now (must be something on my end). I have an old photo of an old mando-orchestra player with a "wappen" mandolin, but with rounded points insteade of sharp ones. Did L&H make these?

Darrell
Not really. I was equating the two-point thing to wappenform.

Jim Garber
Nov-04-2005, 5:15pm
Here is another one of that ilk.

Jim
That looks of a slightly more recent vintage somehow. #Is it dated?
It is on the mandolin page of Pamela's Music (http://www.pamelasmusic.co.uk/mandolins.htm) in the UK. They just say "Wappen mandolin early 20thc".

While we are on that page, take a look at this contra bass mandolin.

http://www.pamelasmusic.co.uk/images/Forsale/string/mandolins/L071f.JPG

Jim

glauber
Nov-04-2005, 5:17pm
Oooh Mama! And paired strings too!

Jim Garber
Nov-04-2005, 5:54pm
Simultaneous cross posting on that 2-point wappen here (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=13;t=29248;).

Jim

Martin Jonas
Nov-07-2005, 5:38am
Hmm. These are not what I know as Wappenform. Normally, the German word Wappenform is used for something like this mandola below (from a recent Ebay auction (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7358142890&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1) which in restrospect I regret not bidding on). "Wappen" means crest in German, and this shape is distinctly more crest-like than the ones posted above. It's also very similar to the shape of a Vega cylinderback.

Martin

Steve Davis
Nov-09-2005, 7:56pm
How about This (http://www.vintagefret.com/pages/11881.html)

Jim Garber
Nov-09-2005, 8:48pm
How about This (http://www.vintagefret.com/pages/11881.html)
That one is a product of the Musikalia (http://www.musikalia.it/en/catalogue/instruments_list.asp?cat=2) factory in Sicily. Not the highest quality, at least the few I have seen. Lark in the Morning sells a few models of that brand.

Here (http://www.demusica.it/collezione/images/23.jpg) is one of the originals that Musikalia copied from, cerca 1930 by Monzino & Garlandini.

My favorite from the Monzino shop:
http://www.demusica.it/collezione/images/67.jpg

Jim

Capstoner
Nov-16-2005, 6:52pm
http://www.acousticdisc.com/dawg_photos/15.sam_david.jpg

Here are a couple odd ones!

Jim Garber
Nov-21-2005, 8:18am
This ostensible Gibson F2 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7362671331) (tho called an F4) is really odd in that at first glance it looks normal. Then check out the fact that the headstock is backwards and the scrtoll is wrong,. It looks tho that it was made by someone who knew what they were doing, sort of a mandolin joke.

Jim

Jim Garber
Nov-21-2005, 8:41am
Here is a photo from the eBay posting (for the historical purposes of this thread).

Jim

mandopete
Nov-22-2005, 10:21am
Here is a photo from the eBay posting (for the historical purposes of this thread).

Jim Garber
Nov-22-2005, 10:39am
mandopete:
Who made that "holy" mandolin?

Jim

glauber
Nov-22-2005, 11:41am
mandopete:
Who made that "holy" mandolin?
James Condino, from Portland. It's on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7368426778), and being discussed in another thread (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=29739;).

Jim Garber
Nov-29-2005, 4:24pm
Here are a couple of B&D's that have somehow escaped my clutches. I was negotiating a trade for this Ramona and was about to conclude it -- the dealer actually agreed to it -- when he found out that it had been sold while we were going back and forth. Grrrrrrr...

Did any Cafe member buy it out from under me??? If, so I forgive you.

I think these were carved top variations on the Regal reverse scroll flattops. They may actually have been made in the Regal factory in the 1930s for B&D. I don't think that B&D actually made their own guitars.

Jim

Jim Garber
Nov-29-2005, 4:27pm
This one is labelled Sultana and is a little fancier than the Ramona. Same body shape tho. I inquired of the dealer but never got a reply. Now it is off the site. I thought I had a full shot but only parts.

Jim

Jim Garber
Nov-29-2005, 4:27pm
Here is the headstock of that Sultana.

Jim

MML
Nov-29-2005, 4:50pm
Jim,


That Ramona was pretty cool. It had a little more going for it.

Jim Garber
Nov-29-2005, 5:01pm
I also think that both the condition and the photography was better. I have played some B&D guitars of the period and they are pretty much mid-grade instruments. I still like the look.

Jim

Jim Garber
Dec-11-2005, 11:39pm
This is a 1964 Ray Matty Electric from Banana's site. For those who love scrolls.

http://www.vintageinstruments.com/photos/inst27/matteoful.jpg

Jim

Jim Garber
Dec-12-2005, 9:31pm
Lots of butterflies were inlaid on bowlback pickguards but have you seen a mandolin body that was shaped like one?

Jim

JEStanek
Dec-25-2005, 6:39pm
Looks like a folk version of the Warlock mando.

Jamie

van
Dec-26-2005, 1:17am
Here is one for the odd pile.
This is my #11, I wanted to see what a mandolin made entirely out of construction grade Yellow Pine would sound like so I built one. To my surprise it sounds great. This is a regular size mandolin body with a 17.5 inch scale with only four strings and it has that authentic bluegrass sound. I put a modified Virizi thing inside and it works but it is quite subtle. On the next one I will try a new Virizi modification that I am sure will work better.

Michael Lewis
Dec-27-2005, 1:04am
Bluegrass sound? 4 strings, non F holes, loooonnnng scale. You may be on to sumpn. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

mrmando
Dec-27-2005, 5:26pm
Love the fret markers, but the one on the 9th fret belongs on the 10th fret.

mrmando
Dec-27-2005, 5:32pm
Here's one from Nick Carpenter, an Australian builder I just learned about:
http://emando.com/images/builders/Wildwood/Wildwood1_small.jpg

JEStanek
Dec-28-2005, 11:28am
The perfect e-mando for a Klingon Bluegrass band.

Jamie

van
Dec-28-2005, 12:58pm
Love the fret markers, but the one on the 9th fret belongs on the 10th fret.
I was thinking guitar frets instead of mando frets.

mrmando
Dec-28-2005, 2:38pm
The perfect e-mando for a Klingon Bluegrass band.
I was thinking, since it's Australian, maybe it's supposed to be a boomerang. Maybe after the gig you can go out and kill a wallaby or something for supper.

Jim Garber
Jan-02-2006, 3:22pm
Yes, you can own this long horn oddball (http://cgi.ebay.com/Mandolin-special-Body-2006-NEW_W0QQitemZ7379187305QQcategoryZ10179QQcmdZViewI tem).

http://i8.ebayimg.com/04/i/05/2c/28/b9_1_b.JPG

Jim

mandolooter
Jan-02-2006, 5:00pm
found this F/oval hole a days back...ok no oval but its got a hole.

stevem
Jan-30-2006, 7:44pm
Arman Mandoline

stevem
Jan-30-2006, 7:46pm
another...

glauber
Feb-05-2006, 1:30pm
another...
I think this is the one Picasso painted.

Paul Hostetter
Feb-08-2006, 1:31am
Here's a bizarre little piece of detritus. It's said to be a mandola:

http://www.lutherie.net/radio-six.jpg

The dealer hawking this lovely thing informs us thus:

Radio Six Mandola
Radio Six is in the Mandolin Family. Unusual item,by an obscure maker. Larger then average Mandola. c. mid late thirties? Unique, good sound.
Our Price: $2,800.00

Antlurz
Feb-08-2006, 2:41am
Looks like it's got a bad problem with Twinkies and Little Debbies......

http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Ron

JGWoods
Feb-08-2006, 4:04pm
scroll on the tailpiece- I like it!

Jim Garber
Feb-08-2006, 4:33pm
Radio six mandola from Harry and Jeannie West's site (http://www.harryandjeaniewest.com)

Jim
Sorry Paul, I beat you to that one on page 7 of this thread.

Jim

Paul Hostetter
Feb-08-2006, 5:43pm
What page are we on now?? Gad. How could I have missed it? Perhaps my mind was numbed from so much beauty.

Jim Garber
Feb-08-2006, 6:15pm
Ain't that the truth! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif
Jim

jefflester
Feb-08-2006, 7:14pm
Harry and Jeannie West's site (http://www.harryandjeaniewest.com)
Also from there... this one should be painted red and have some white lettering on it.

http://web.iwebcenters.com/music/images/Oct-Mando.jpg

JEStanek
Feb-08-2006, 7:26pm
Eight Strings sound so nice
Eight sided makes me think twice
He should have stopped.

Jamie

Martin Jonas
Feb-10-2006, 12:25pm
Some strange soundholes (from <a href="http://cgi.ebay.de/Alte-und-seltene-MANDOLINE-wohl-um-1900-Top_W0QQitemZ6602839092QQcategoryZ21591QQrdZ1QQcmd
ZViewItem" target="_blank">here</a>.

Martin

stevem
Feb-15-2006, 8:07pm
Eba* specialty

stevem
Feb-15-2006, 8:08pm
Close up...

Jim Garber
Feb-15-2006, 10:55pm
Steve:
How is that bridge constructed?

Jim

stevem
Feb-15-2006, 10:58pm
billkilpatrick found it and posted it on another thread. (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=13;t=32228) I just put the pic up for posterity sake and don't know anything else...
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Paul Hostetter
Feb-15-2006, 11:15pm
I think the real question is "why."

Mental Floss
Mar-03-2006, 10:35pm
In the builder section there is a guy that makes a mandolin out of a bedpan from the hospital.:p

Bill Snyder
Mar-26-2006, 5:33pm
From Mervyn Davis.

Jim MacDaniel
May-31-2006, 2:53pm
If Peter Parker picked a mandolin...


(Link to auction with more pics (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7417083320&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsearch%2Fse arch.dll%3Ffrom%3DR40%26satitle%3D7417083320%26fvi %3D1))

Martin Jonas
Jun-01-2006, 4:15am
Probably worth putting a link (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=7;t=35068) to this thread in the Builders forum in the oddities thread, for the byzantine construction shown in the plans below.

Martin

taboot
Jun-07-2006, 6:18pm
Here's my Alembic inspired mid 70's Flying V from Micheal Dolan. It plays and sings just like a dream.

Christian

Bill Snyder
Jun-24-2006, 4:48pm
http://www.springersmusic.co.uk/Library/Instruments/Violins/V%20zither%20mandolin%20f.jpg

Jim Garber
Jun-24-2006, 7:04pm
Bill that is a hybrid bowed zither with 8 strings instead of the usual 4, I believe. They often can be seen with heart shaped bodies.

Violin shaped one:
http://www.fretlesszithers.com/images/bz.jpg

heart-shaped one:
http://www.henrystrobel.com/bowdzith.jpg

Jim

Bill Snyder
Jun-24-2006, 7:20pm
Jim I suspected that it was to be played with a bow, but it was listed with several other unique mandolins on a website so I posted away. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif
How about this mandola? http://www.pamelasmusic.co.uk/images/Forsale/string/mandolins/M147f.JPG

Keith Miller
Jul-01-2006, 7:39pm
another from ebay

Keith Miller
Jul-01-2006, 7:39pm
and the back

Jerry Byers
Jul-01-2006, 8:28pm
Did you guys catch this one on eB@y? It's a true Kentucky.

Jim Garber
Jul-02-2006, 4:09pm
Guitar and bowlback combo from Gregg Miner/Harpguitars.net

http://www.harpguitars.net/history/org_images/Multi-neck/dbl-mandola-mandolino-rome-b.jpg

JEStanek
Jul-02-2006, 4:51pm
That looks like something Stanley Jordan would play...
Jamie

delsbrother
Nov-09-2006, 1:45am
At $95 + shipping (http://cgi.ebay.com/Mandolin-New-unique-design-NEW_W0QQitemZ220046913390), you could outfit a whole orchestra!

http://i7.ebayimg.com/06/i/08/52/4e/02_1_b.JPG

Jim Garber
Mar-16-2007, 10:39am
At $95 + shipping (http://cgi.ebay.com/Mandolin-New-unique-design-NEW_W0QQitemZ220046913390), you could outfit a whole orchestra!

Yes, but think of the cost of the protective armor you would have to supply. "Ouch, my eye" "You stabbed the conductor!!" http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jim

mandopete
Mar-16-2007, 11:46am
Now that's just plain UGLY!

big h
Mar-16-2007, 11:25pm
U.G.L.Y.You ain....uuu.....uhhhhhhhhhhmmmm.........ghuuuuuu... .... duuuuuuuhhhhhhh.... ..... I forgot the words to the song, but what I am trying to say is it is ugly.

danb
Mar-19-2007, 7:21am
The scroll on this one doesn't pass the laugh test..

JEStanek
Mar-19-2007, 7:23am
Looks like the lollipop swirl in the headstock would plug it nicely...

Jamie

danb
Mar-19-2007, 7:33am
I think the two "eyes" on the front under the fingerboard are the other sides of the bolt on neck!

JeffD
Mar-19-2007, 1:58pm
Guitar and bowlback combo from Gregg Miner/Harpguitars.net

http://www.harpguitars.net/history/org_images/Multi-neck/dbl-mandola-mandolino-rome-b.jpg
I can't imagine a comfortable way of playing either side of that beast.

cooper4205
Mar-19-2007, 2:25pm
that orpheum looks rode hard and put away wet- sides of it look like it was used for a hammer (from the ebay pics)

Jim Garber
Apr-15-2007, 3:36pm
Here is a new oddball to keep this thread alive:

Roast Duck mandolin:

http://www.worth1000.com/entries/258000/258407afHE_w.jpg

I am not sure if this is tongue-in-cheek humor or real -- it looks Photoshopped):
This one-of-a-kind mandolin was made for a baroque performance at a beer festival in Munich in 1992. The body was carved from a pork roast, the neck was made with the skin of broiled duck and the headstock of baked Peking goose. It was eaten by the performers after the show.

Also take a look at this real vintage instrument from a maker in Bologna Italy prob 1920 or so.

Jim

MikeEdgerton
Apr-15-2007, 3:42pm
Well heck, I'll add my mystery mandolin as well (even though I sold it a few weeks ago)

Sitka
Apr-15-2007, 4:59pm
Sorry, I can't see the roast-duck mandolin

Micah

Martin Jonas
Apr-15-2007, 5:31pm
Also take a look at this real vintage instrument from a maker in Bologna Italy prob 1920 or so.
I think it needs the side view as well to get the full impression of this peculiar instrument. Both this photo and the one posted by Jim are from <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/MANDOLINO-PARTICOLARE-LIUTAIO-ALFREDO-MONTANARI-1919-88_W0QQitemZ110114922745QQihZ001QQcat
%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3E%3Cbr%3EegoryZ10179QQssPageNameZWD VWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">this</a> Ebay auction.

Martin

Bill Snyder
Apr-15-2007, 7:16pm
Here is Jim's roast duck mando. The website it is posted on is Worth1000.com. A photoshop showcase site.

Jim Garber
Apr-15-2007, 7:19pm
Well heck, I'll add my mystery mandolin as well (even though I sold it a few weeks ago)
Mike!! You were supposed to give me right of first refusal on that one!!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jim

MikeEdgerton
Apr-15-2007, 7:30pm
You refused the last time. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Bill Snyder
Apr-23-2007, 8:18pm
Currently for sale at shopgoodwill.com.

MikeEdgerton
Apr-23-2007, 8:25pm
That is one ugly mandolin. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Jim MacDaniel
May-11-2007, 10:22am
Here smile seems to say, "I can't believe you are actually considering bidding on me"...

Mona Lisa smile (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330118777266&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1)

JEStanek
May-12-2007, 7:59pm
Jim, If that thing's shipping was only $30 I might bite. I bet there is a codex in there that could lead me to the holy grail. Imageine, my search for the holy grail solved by a mandolin instead of a search for the mandolin holy grail!

Jamie

May-18-2007, 5:38am
Interesting??

May-18-2007, 5:39am
Item number: 330119495246 on E BAY UK by the way.
It could be yours..

Jim Garber
May-18-2007, 7:19am
Trapezoid... nuff said.
Jim

MikeEdgerton
May-18-2007, 7:26am
Hey, I had one of those a few years ago. I'm pretty sure it was made by Regal. I always assumed they were aimed at some ethnic group that had similar instruments.