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LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:00pm
I was out in DC last week and Picked this up. Quite the new toy! Fir Top, Hard Maple back (1 piece), and sides, 1 3/16 nut (nice stout neck), flat fingerboard.

You can definitely hear it!

Hope you enjoy some of these pictures.

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:05pm
Hmmm - for some reason it won't post! Let me consult an expert!

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:17pm
I may have this figured out http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:18pm
back

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:19pm
another

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:20pm
neck

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:24pm
1 3/16 nut (yes!)

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:29pm
part of the family

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 4:34pm
That's (from left to right) 2001 Smith Creek F-5 #37, 1780 something Benjamin Banks violin, 1924 Gibson A-Jr, 2005 Rose F-5 #30, 1953 D-28, 1958 D-28, 1950 something Kay Bass. Newcomer fits right in don't you think?

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 5:32pm
Got a request for the "full monty". Sorry - I'm not so swift on the PC

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 5:33pm
back

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 5:56pm
Happy Family

dj9124
Jun-25-2005, 7:30pm
Well Leo it looks awesome, how about a sound review? How does it compare to your Smith Creek?
Dave

LeoR
Jun-25-2005, 7:54pm
Dave - It's different than the Smith Creek. I wouldn't say better. The SC has a little "woodier" tone but that is likely because it's older and has been played a lot. The Rose is new. The Rose is a little louder and the trebles are definitely crisper. It really creates a percussive chop; I mean this mandolin is pahrful! Also the Rose is easier for me to play - which is saying something because the SC was the easiest playing mandolin I have ever played. The SC has a 1 3/32 nut and the Rose has a 1 3/16 nut. I do prefer the stout neck and I believe it makes the instrument sound better. I think it was the one thing that LL slightly missed was the stout neck (being an engineer myself I can say that http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif) . He should have left it more like the F-4 neck but with the longer scale. I played guitar for years and still do, so am used to a bigger neck. The Martin dreadnought guitars of the 30's had big stout necks and I am certain it makes them sound the way they do (the huge thundering sound). Anyway the neck works really well for me.

The Rose is great right now - I have never, and I do mean never, played a new mandolin that has this much tone, power and response. Loud, clear, balanced, percussive, responsive, and plays itself (just add human).

I think in 3 - 6 months this mandolin will be twice what it is now and that is hard to imagine!

WireBoy
Jun-25-2005, 9:04pm
Looks great Leo ! #I'm with you on the 1 3/16 neck. #I can't play cleanly on anything smaller. #post a sound clip if you can. #the only rose i've heard is dasspunk's video clip. #which is great, but we need more!!!

dj9124
Jun-25-2005, 9:21pm
Thanks for the review Leo, sounds like an awesome mando. Sounds like you have your hands on a real monster. Would like to hear from you again in about a month to see how its opening up. Congratulations!!!
Dave

WireBoy
Jun-25-2005, 9:38pm
Let's hear from Rose #31, whomever you might soon be!

LeoR
Jun-26-2005, 7:11am
I am computer challenged (as you can probably tell by these pics). How do you do a sound clip?

Fir soundboard

Scotti Adams
Jun-26-2005, 8:18am
..looks real good Leo...looks like your top and my top com from the same tree....congrats and welcome to the fold.

Tony644
Jun-26-2005, 8:20am
How did you figure out how to post a picture. I have tried reducing my file size to 59K. What am I doing wrong??

Kbone
Jun-26-2005, 8:50am
Hey Leo
Did the Rose belong to Orrin Starr (s?)I know he lives in the DC area, and i think he ordered two Rose mandos.

Scotti Adams
Jun-26-2005, 9:05am
..I believe Leo had commissioned #30....

LeoR
Jun-26-2005, 12:22pm
Hey Leo
Did the Rose belong to Orrin Starr (s?)I know he lives in the DC area, and i think he ordered two Rose mandos.
I ordered it last December (a present from my ever understanding sweetheart who can't understand why I need more instruments). My basement is getting full!

Darby didn't have one with the 1 3/16 nut and I really didn't want the fingerboard extension - at all.

Gets better by the day. Playing along with the "High Lonesome Sound" album this morning.

Money paid for good instruments isn't spent - it's parked.

Kbone
Jun-26-2005, 2:08pm
Leo
Make sure to bring it next month when you do that coffee shop gig, I'm going to try and see your band.

Scotti Adams
Jun-26-2005, 6:48pm
"Money paid for good instruments isn't spent - it's parked". ....hey Leo..thats the best words of wisdom I have heard in a long time...in fact..if you dont mind Im going to use that for my signature line...

Stephanie Reiser
Jun-26-2005, 7:20pm
what... no banjo?? Only kidding, Leo. That is quite a collection there, you have. I bet you play 'em all really well, too. That Fir top is so interesting to look at, after being accustomed to the more closer grained spruce. I bet it sounds as terrific as it looks. Thanks for sharing the pics with us.

LeoR
Jun-26-2005, 7:37pm
Thanks Stephanie/Amanda

I left the Mastertones in the closet (and several more guitars & fiddles, not to mention drums, trumpets, pianos a flute or two...)!

I was just sure that if there was a banjo in the picture it would NEVER load on this site http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Gibsonman
Jun-27-2005, 7:34am
Hey Leo, I was up Darby,s When he was working on your mandolin. I seen it in the rought. Looks great now. Enjoy.

LeoR
Jun-27-2005, 8:54am
"Money paid for good instruments isn't spent - it's parked". ....hey Leo..thats the best words of wisdom I have heard in a long time...in fact..if you dont mind Im going to use that for my signature line...
Hey Scotti - I'm honored. Thank you.

I have never sold a good instrument for less than I paid for it.

When I was married a long time ago in 1979, my new bride presented me with a 1940 D-18. She paid $1350 for it and we thought that was soooo much money! He also had a Gilchrist for $2500 but we just couldn't afford it.

I have lots of those kinds of stories!

cutbait2
Jun-29-2005, 12:24pm
I think my Rose is next one maybe 31. Darby said last week he was a week away from finishing it so any day now I hope. I also ordered the fir top. First heard a Rose played by Mike of Nothin' Fancy at the 2004 LRB fest in Liveoak Fl.. He really gets a great tone from that instrument. I talked by email with Darby for over 6 mo's before I took the jump in Dec also. I've owned or played some good ones and will post a review when it comes. Some time back I sold my little collection except for a great little Sim Daley A-5 that turns heads (ears) wherever I take it. I also have a good little players condition '29 A-0 (with case) (that I'd like to sell if anyones interested). Great little old time mando. Anyway nice to hear all the good reports and so many knowledgeable people getting into Darby's work.

Scotti Adams
Jun-30-2005, 7:52am
...good luck with your new mando..Im sure you will find the Fir top most pleasing...