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Hans
May-19-2005, 1:32pm
Some more progress on the mandola. Keep in mind that the mandolin is larger than an F-5. Big 'ole sound.

Hans
May-19-2005, 1:33pm
Here's the back.

danb
May-19-2005, 3:44pm
Looks nice Hans! Somewhere out there, there is at least one vintage h4 3-pointer from the day (and a mandocello too I think!), hopefully one of these days I'll come up with pictures

Daniel Nestlerode
May-21-2005, 12:33pm
Hans,
Have you ever been to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah? I'll tell you, that place is spectacular. Amazing vistas in the background; in the fore ground incredible spires of colored sandstone that boggle the mind. The air at 8000 feet is dry and crystal clear, so it doesn't soften the edges of things the way it does back east. And it all goes on for miles. In fact it goes on so long that after the 4th or 5th time you're confronted with a all that beauty your brain stops being able to appreciate the beauty of the things you're looking at.

Dude, you're pulling a Bryce Canyon on me. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Can't wait to see your work in person!

Best,
Daniel

jmkatcher
May-21-2005, 1:10pm
Have you tried playing it with a bow? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Hans
May-22-2005, 6:13am
Sorry Jeff, I fretted it yesterday.
Daniel, haven't been to Bryce. Still wishing to get to Yosemite before I...maybe a day trip on the long drive back. Look forward to meeting you.

Hans
May-22-2005, 6:21am
Here's a pix of the instrument ready to sand with size comparison to an F-5 type.

Stephanie Reiser
May-22-2005, 6:57am
nice work, Hans. Whenever I view a picture of one of your instruments, one word comes to mind: Elegance!
Very inspiratonal.
Stephanie

Will Kimble
May-22-2005, 1:49pm
Can't wait to play that baby at IBMA in a few months!!!! Way to go Hans, its beautiful!

Will Kimble

Picknpine
May-22-2005, 1:56pm
Hans, That thing looks awesome, I want to play it when you get finished!

Spruce
May-22-2005, 2:43pm
Hans....
Is that one of the one-piece Sitkas?

Love that wood....

jasona
May-22-2005, 3:10pm
Wow!

Hans
May-23-2005, 7:28am
Well, thank you Stephanie. I've always tried to stay within the "realm" of Orville's work on the oval holes.
Will, look forward to seeing you at IBMA and getting your opinion on the mandola.
Cody, I think you'll have a couple to try at IBMA!
Spruce, she's a hunk of that Sitka you sent. Lovely #w #i #d #e grain and one piece top!

danb
May-23-2005, 8:13am
It looks beautiful. I'm a sucker for the 3-pointers hans.. seeing these in newly carved wood in photos here makes my heart warm.

So when's the 10-string model of this mandola coming out?

Hans
May-23-2005, 8:26am
Whoa, 10 string...you folks just keep tempting me with ideas! Hmm, where do I get 5 on a plate tuners? Dan, have you ever seen an old 3 pt with a red top? I'm a real sucker for red. I'm wanting to make this mandola a red top.
Didn't know that Gibson made any 3 pt mandolas or cellos. Seeing one of those would be a heart-stopper!

danb
May-23-2005, 9:51am
5 on a plate.. sort of like this? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

http://www.mandolinarchive.com/foo/vega_10_str/IMG_0386.jpg

To my knowledge, red finish appears around 1914.. maybe a little later.. they were pretty much black, natural cedar (some of the light orange 3-pters), pumpkin seemed to be the main color they used when they didn't put black on them. The early A3s kept this orange color.. the first red finish I have a picture of is 25111, a 1915 h2

Hans
May-23-2005, 11:54am
Ok Dan, I'll take those! Thanks for the info on red tops. Since the last 3 pts were '11 or '12, I guess none would have been red. #I still like the red best.

danb
May-23-2005, 11:56am
Actually.. the back on this one sort of fits the bill. Last known 3-point batch (final 3pt serial is 13100 as far as I know)

13092 (http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/show_mando.pl?2671)

Hans
May-23-2005, 2:07pm
Dan, I believe I had my hands on 13100 two years ago, and it came up on classifieds this year while I was at Mandofest. Sniff, sniff.
Of course it was gone by the time I got back. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

danb
May-23-2005, 7:21pm
they're around.. I'll keep you posted when the next one comes up!

Hans
Jun-01-2005, 1:31pm
Dang! Missed 13100 again! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Scotti Adams
Jun-01-2005, 1:50pm
..that sure looks mighty sexy Hans..whatever color you decide to go with ..Im sure..will do it justice.

danb
Jun-02-2005, 2:34pm
Hans, no you didn't http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Hans
Jun-02-2005, 3:29pm
Yes, good 'ole #13100 will be residing at our house and I am dumbfounded by the circumstances surrounding this good fortune. I will let the other party tell the story should he decide to. I will say that the circumstances parallel the situation that I faced with a certain Chrismas present for a certain Mark, and I am grateful that truly "What goes around comes around." I will also say to that other party "Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" There will be an extra nickel in your pay-packet!
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Hans
Jun-02-2005, 3:37pm
Scotti, I decided on a blackface. I've got about half of the varnish on it.

Hans
Jun-02-2005, 3:38pm
Here's a closeup of the back color.