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Hans
Jun-30-2005, 8:33am
Here's some pix of #100...

Hans
Jun-30-2005, 8:34am
A closeup of the front...

Hans
Jun-30-2005, 8:35am
Back...

Hans
Jun-30-2005, 8:36am
Peghead...

Scotti Adams
Jun-30-2005, 8:49am
Hans..simply stunning....

Eric F.
Jun-30-2005, 9:47am
Yep. That's just so elegant.

Jim Roberts
Jun-30-2005, 12:01pm
As usual, beautiful work Hans. #Why kind of tuners are those and can we see a shot of the tuners from the back-side as well as a side-view of the peghead?

JEStanek
Jun-30-2005, 12:09pm
Hans,
Your craftsmanship with the 3 point F4 style is the best. I would rather have one of yours than the original. Your work is inspiring. Very nice.

Jamie

sunburst
Jun-30-2005, 12:29pm
Hans, is that the one piece sitka top from Bruce?
I'm starting an F5 with that wood. How is it? Anything I should know?

That dola looks great! Who's the lucky owner?

PaulD
Jun-30-2005, 12:52pm
Scotti said it... simply stunning! Someday when (if) I'm rich I would love to own something like that! Here's a boring question... and maybe inappropriate: How many hours does it take you to do something like that? The detail is impeccable... it looks like a ton of work!

Hans
Jun-30-2005, 1:04pm
Jim, the tuners are Schaller with the buttons from a shot set of Handels. Here's a couple of pix.

Hans
Jun-30-2005, 1:05pm
Back of peghead...

Hans
Jun-30-2005, 1:12pm
I really enjoy the 3 pointers because they are so different.
John, it is "that Sitka" and it will offer you no surprises. Just treat it as you would any spruce, and it will come out great!
Paul, this one took about 300 hours, as I had to carve the top and back plates completely by hand. I hate to even think about a 'cello! I usually spray the finish and hang onto the neck, and this one weighed a ton while spraying.

kyblue
Jun-30-2005, 1:47pm
Oh, my!

phynie
Jun-30-2005, 4:54pm
I have a new dream mandolin. BEAUTIFUL work hans. Just amazing!

BobLeeSwagger
Jun-30-2005, 5:03pm
Hi,

That is a great mandolin! Question: Is it the standard shorter scale length typical of F4's, or does it have the longer F5 scale? Also, Mr. Brentrup, is this part of your current production line or a one-off?

Thanks!

Steve Davis
Jun-30-2005, 6:00pm
Elegant as always Hans. So many beautiful mandolins, so little time. Has anybody noticed how fast the year has half-gone?

neal
Jun-30-2005, 6:03pm
That's a beaut-nice color! Black is good.

Hans
Jul-01-2005, 6:24am
Thanks folks! This is the mandola. The scale length is 16" and it's a twelve fret neck. I do build both the 3 point mandolin and mandola in my line, although I don't #think I would call what I do "production".

Lee
Jul-01-2005, 1:41pm
Call it whatever you want. I call it outstanding.

FrankenMouse
Jul-01-2005, 2:12pm
Oh boy, that's gorgeous. Can we possibly see a side shot? I can't tell whether the sides are black, or whether they match the back. Either way, wow.

And where on earth did you find a set of Handel tuner buttons? I hate to think what they must have cost.

Hans
Jul-01-2005, 4:02pm
Franken, here's a shot of the "twins"...M22C mandolin and M32C mandola.

Hans
Jul-01-2005, 4:05pm
And a shot of the ribs. the Handels ran about $450, and I replaced a shot set on my A-4 with them and used the buttons off the shot set for the mandola.

Skip Kelley
Jul-01-2005, 4:39pm
Wow! That is expert craftsmanship!!!

berkeleymando
Jul-03-2005, 10:58am
Wow! This is a fantastic looking instrument. The tuners are beautiful.

When you exchange the tuner buttons, how do you get them off the old tuner shafts and do you simply glue them onto the new tuner shafts?

As always, thanks for sharing the pictures of your work. I am saving up for one (might take a while, but hey).

ericwall
Aug-24-2005, 12:58pm
Please, please tell me it's sold!
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Mandobar
Aug-25-2005, 7:43am
eric, not sure, but i think these are hans' personal instruments.

levin4now
Aug-25-2005, 8:07am
Hans,

Beautiful work. Very impressive instrument.

It almost appears as if you have contoured the pickguard to match where you have scooped the fingerboard extension. It almost appears as if the curve of the scoop-cut goes into the pickguard. Nice, though.

Hans
Aug-25-2005, 9:33am
Yup, those are both mine, eh, hers. My wife says I'm never to sell the mandolin.
Alan, the pickguards on all my instruments are contoured to match the fingerboard extension.
Berkely, the tuner buttons can be removed by grasping the tuner shaft with a padded needlenose pliers and tapping the pliers with a mallet. The holes are then enlarged and superglued on to the shafts.