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grandmainger
Jul-12-2005, 4:27am
http://www.grandmainger.com/mandolin/d14front.jpg

Right, this baby is my reward for having given up smoking after 15 years of self-pollution.

www.driftwoodmandolins.com/Mandolin014 (http://www.driftwoodmandolins.com/Mandolin014.html)

I won't go overboard with praises though Andy deserves all of them, but here's the gist of it. The craftsmanship is excellent, finish is excellent, and the sound is also excellent, but more to the point, it's spot-on what I wanted.

http://www.grandmainger.com/mandolin/d14back.jpg

I had a very precise idea of what I wanted in an F-style, both in terms of sound and looks/feel. The virzi is in there because it makes sense to me from a scientific point of view. It's a very lovely instrument to play, and the sound is straightforward and complex at the same time. The wire inlay was my idea, but the design is entirely Andy's.

http://www.grandmainger.com/mandolin/d14head.jpg

Happy me!

Germain

spats
Jul-12-2005, 4:56am
You must have smoked Havanas! She is beautiful http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

HarmonyRexy
Jul-12-2005, 6:34am
Congratulations!
What a beautiful instrument!
And a great 'reward'.... WOW!

Checked out his Gallery of Mandolins that he's built: Impressive!
Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

earthsave
Jul-12-2005, 7:54am
A beaut... love that back.

B. T. Walker
Jul-12-2005, 7:59am
Beautiful! And since this is a reward because you quit smoking, you've actually done two good things for your health. Relax. Strum a bit. Enjoy your lowered BP.

Bob DeVellis
Jul-12-2005, 8:09am
Now THAT'S a flowerpot! Beautiful instrument.

Doug Edwards
Jul-12-2005, 8:55am
Wonderful instrument! Great back too. If it sounds as good as it looks, who needs anything else.

jasona
Jul-12-2005, 10:11am
Finally, a fern that makes sense to my eye! Its beautiful!

Ken Sager
Jul-12-2005, 10:35am
Congrats on both counts. The mandolin is lovely. Here's to enjoying it in good health for many, many years.

All the best,
Ken

Eric F.
Jul-12-2005, 10:41am
Very sweet! You must be a happy camper.

grandmainger
Jul-12-2005, 11:14am
Thanks folks! It is very lovely, and plays very nicely. I still miss my ciggies, but at least I have something to remind me why I stopped http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif !
Andy is becoming quite good at creating original inlays. You might remember "the marlin" that was posted here some time ago:

meskalito
Jul-12-2005, 11:19am
Breathtaking.

Chris Baird
Jul-12-2005, 4:02pm
Wow, that is a nice looking mandolin. Don't let too much dust get on the flattop. In the event of re-lapse you will have to send that baby over to me until re-recovery. I quit smoking myself, about 20 times. Been smoke free now for 5 years.

b.pat
Jul-12-2005, 4:19pm
There are just so many things about this mandolin that speak of elegance and grace.
The perfect sunburst.
The understated finger board extention.
The almost unnoticiable arm rest.
The inlay, Oh lord , the inlay

Someone please stop me !

Congratulations Germain, You and Andy should be very proud.

A Driftwood brother,

B.Pat

neal
Jul-12-2005, 4:35pm
Beeeeutiful!

grandmainger
Jul-12-2005, 5:02pm
Chris, Arches #14 is still my choice for celtic and old timey, and here in London, it gets A LOT of use http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif I love having the choice to pick the one I think will suit best my mood or my needs http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif If I quit eating, can I order an F4 from you next ? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Pat, I feel for you my friend. long was the wait, but worthy the results!

Thanks all for the compliments. She's really lovely.

Germain

Steve Davis
Jul-12-2005, 6:06pm
Beautiful mandolin and inlay. There's just something so beautiful about the shape of an f-style mandolin and especially one so beautifully made. Congrats and happy picking.

meyers
Jul-13-2005, 5:16am
looks amazing! I just got #16 today and its another amazing mando by andy! His detail work is perfect cant find any imperfections. The sound is by far the nicest i have owned. I have up graded my mandos over the past few years started with a Galitin and i think im finished with this driftwood!

grandmainger
Jul-13-2005, 11:20am
looks amazing! I just got #16 today and its another amazing mando by andy! His detail work is perfect cant find any imperfections. The sound is by far the nicest i have owned. I have up graded my mandos over the past few years started with a Galitin and i think im finished with this driftwood!
Torch and Wire on your #16!
I love wire inlay!

http://www.driftwoodmandolins.com/Photogal/016/016-9.jpg

Brad Weiss
Jul-13-2005, 7:05pm
What the heck is that back?!?! Exploding popcorn maple! It is really striking! Glad you found your heart's delight!