View Full Version : Brian Dean F4, mando number 25

Jun-28-2005, 11:00am
Hi all,
Here are some photos of the F4 I've been building for well over a month now. There is a description of her over at my site. She is available.






Jun-28-2005, 11:03am





Have ye's a great one.


John Zimm
Jun-28-2005, 11:09am
Wow Old Tymer, that is a work of art. If I had the money I would get that in a second.


Chris Baird
Jun-28-2005, 11:18am
That is a beauty, very original.

Jun-28-2005, 11:31am
That's so beautiful and soooo woody. I love instruments built without visibly plastic bindings.

Jun-28-2005, 12:09pm
Very nice, Brian. Love what you did with the sound hole treatment.

Jun-28-2005, 12:31pm
Very nice Brian!
I like the mixture of influences and how they come together into a coherent design.
Good photos too. Earthy and natural looking.

Jun-28-2005, 1:09pm
Very nice! The bridge is your own design? Very graceful!

Jun-28-2005, 4:03pm
I love an F4. I totally love what youve done with the style, the engraved headstock the inlay and 5 piece back. Wow. Thanks for sharing. If I had the spare $$ I would buy it in a heartebeat or be very sad to have missed it to Buckley. I'm sure whomever buys her won't be dissapointed.


Jun-28-2005, 5:07pm
Truly a beautiful work of art.

Steve Davis
Jun-28-2005, 6:32pm
Simply beautiful. How does it sound?

Mike Crocker
Jun-28-2005, 6:32pm
Very, very nice! There are too many clones in this world, thanks for being original.

Peace, Mooh.

Jun-29-2005, 2:39pm
A quick thanks for all the kind words. I'd love to post a sound file in a month or so if she is still around. I'll be playing her nonstop til the tone develops more fully, or she's no longer around, whichever comes first. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif Trying to learn some Renaissance tunes at the moment, we'll see how that develops.

Thanks again.

Jun-29-2005, 3:46pm
C'est magnifique http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jun-29-2005, 4:38pm
I want to echo Mooh's sentiments. #I love that each of your instruments is unique and uniquely yours...I start flipping through the "show us a picture" page and see, one after another, instruments that are so similar to each other (and to the prototypes they are modeled after) that they are distinguishable only by make and model number. #My eyes glaze over in a sunburst pattern.

With your instruments, I am drawn to the exquisite design elements, put together flawlessly. #Wish I could hear 'em... will look forward to sound clips! #

Seriously, those celtic knots have been dancing before my eyes all day...

Jun-30-2005, 10:10am
btw-- I didn't mean to offend anyone or cast aspersions on any of the builders who make more standard looking instruments. I have deep respect and admiration for all builders. And I know that there are a million minor variations that add up...scroll shape, binding/purfling, finish techniques, headstock design, etc.

I just wanted to express how much I appreciate Brian's creativity and willingness to go out on a limb to make a piece of art that sings. It is a tremendous investment of time and materials, and a risk, to follow an artistic vision and hope that someone will buy it so you can make the next one.

Jun-30-2005, 10:42am

I totally get what you are saying and agree. #When I see photos from people that have several mandolins of the same old brown burst and you can't tell them apart except for the name I don't get it. #I wouldn't care if I never saw another burst again. #Or another brown mandolin. #Hopefully, they sound REALLY good to make up for looking so dull. #



p.s. just grabbed Mike Orlando's flatiron octave off the classifieds to keep me company until my Arches is born.

Mike Buesseler
Jun-30-2005, 11:08am
I saw this mandolin in the white...it looked good then, but THIS is something else!!

Way to go, Brian!!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jul-08-2005, 9:49pm
Brian, this F4 is great. Beautiful, bravo!

Everyone else: Brian is building me a piccolo mandolin, and it is looking very nice as it comes along. Brian was willing to indulge my unusual taste and build me this mandolin. Thanks, Brian!!