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cochran540
May-23-2005, 7:42am
top

cochran540
May-23-2005, 7:46am
by top.. # #i meant back #

but here's the top

meskalito
May-23-2005, 8:35am
That is a lovely and elegant mandolin. Congratulations!

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

Lane Pryce
May-23-2005, 9:10am
Great job!!How does it sound and play? Lp

cochran540
May-23-2005, 9:44am
Thanks a lot.. it's a great playing mandolin, very thin neck that fits your hand nicely and the action is great. It sounds amazing, and I think that has a lot to do with the piece of fir that I used for the top.
I had lots of help from my dad, who is a great luthier, (the dove mandolin guys) and also from Mr. Buddy Davis who was nice enough to show a young fella' like myself some tricks of the trade that he has learned over many years of building great instruments.

Skip Kelley
May-27-2005, 6:13am
Nice job! I love the curl in the maple. What kind of tone do you get out of Fir? I haven't used it yet but I wanted to give it a try.

ShaneJ
May-27-2005, 12:44pm
Very nice! I hope my #1 comes out as good. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

stevem
May-27-2005, 3:24pm
Wow. I can't believe that's a number one. Great work!

John Zimm
May-27-2005, 3:57pm
Dang, that looks really beautiful. Great work. I wish I had that kind of skill.

-John.

cochran540
May-29-2005, 9:02pm
The piece that I used for the top is very old reclaimed fir and the way the grain worked out was amazing. It was perfectly pie cut after I glued it up, with extremely tight grain starting in the middle and slightly wider grain around the rim. It has a great resonance and punch to it, but it maintains a really natural tone, not brittle at all. Personally, I feel like the grain has as much to do with the sound as the species itself, but thats just my $.02 after only having built one.