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neal
Jul-13-2005, 6:54pm
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Jul-13-2005, 6:55pm
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Jul-13-2005, 6:55pm
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Jul-13-2005, 6:57pm
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Jul-13-2005, 6:59pm
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neal
Jul-13-2005, 6:59pm
That's all I've seen for now. Should be delivered next week. EEEEK.

JEStanek
Jul-13-2005, 8:13pm
The Tigerstriping on the back makes me say "me-wow!"

Jamie

Doug Edwards
Jul-13-2005, 9:22pm
Very nice.

Waverly tuners?

pickinNgrinnin
Jul-13-2005, 10:25pm
Geeze Neal - that's a great looking snakehead! You must like the A style ovals. Mighty nice work by Don. What material is the bridge top made from? Fossil Ivory?

barricwiley
Jul-14-2005, 6:34am
Yes indeed Neal, that is a great looking mandolin.
I sure hope you enjoy that as much as I do my own sweet A2 from Pomeroy, I love the way it has tone outa the kazoo and a pleasure to pick.
Enjoy and give an update after you have had it in hand for a bit.
Richard #

sgarrity
Jul-14-2005, 8:12am
I gotta get me one of those! My MAS just had a serious flare up.

acousticphd
Jul-14-2005, 9:55am
Oh, yeah.

jasona
Jul-14-2005, 10:03am
That's the stuff I like!

JD Cowles
Jul-14-2005, 10:13am
i've got one on the way and those pics made me freak out. thanks neal. please post about the sound, playability, etc. good things are comin my way this fall...

grandmainger
Jul-14-2005, 10:35am
Mmm! Yum! Lovely back! Very nice!

LKN2MYIS
Jul-14-2005, 11:42am
Real sweet looking.

Lee
Jul-14-2005, 12:40pm
Congrats Neal! She's a looker for sure.
Looks like a slight radius to the fingerboard, or are the pics deceiving?
Anyone play a Pomeroy and Old Wave oval back to back to compare??

drelb
Jul-14-2005, 10:51pm
I'm in love....again.

neal
Jul-15-2005, 1:23pm
Well thank you. Don's re-contouring the pickguard before he ships, and I can't wait.

!2" radius, larger frets, bridge top is bone. To tell the truth, I made no special tuner request, so I couldn't tell you what they are. But I can tell you again, that I can't wait for delivery.

Lee
Jul-15-2005, 3:19pm
Lucky for you Neal, I believe Don's stopped using those reverse tuners.

8ch(pl)
Jul-15-2005, 5:11pm
That's a lovely instrument. Hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

keithd
Jul-15-2005, 7:00pm
Congratulations Neal!

That is one great looking mandolin. I love the Gibson A inspired mandos that keep the little shoulder returns at the neck joint (I never know what to call those...). It looks especially good on a blackface, and with a light or medium stained maple, where you have the back/rim wood in direct contrast to the top. I have to say too, that I love the straightsided snakehead headstock contour as well, and the unbound fret board. I have an old A-2 with a bound fretboard, and have always thought I would not get binding there if I ever ordered a mandolin like yours. Please show us the re-worked pickguard contour when you get it, and let us know how it plays.

Keith

JD Cowles
Jul-27-2005, 2:59pm
hey neal, where ya at? how's that beauty sound? don just emailed me this am and may start mine in a couple weeks. i'd like to hear what you think (if you can pull yourself away from that new mando for a few minutes).
thanks-
jd

Nathan Sanders
Jul-27-2005, 3:50pm
WOW!! That is nice looking! I could do without the pickguard, but it is still nice. Congrats!

LKN2MYIS
Jul-27-2005, 6:18pm
A beauty!

I envy you!

neal
Jul-27-2005, 7:58pm
Hi, sorry I haven't posted my complete review yet, will get to it soon, in the meantime----

Don is a great guy to work with, very understanding of the anal retentive mind, I should have it back in a few days.
The pickguard was one bone of contention for me and has been remedied, it was too half-oval, not contoured.
The sound wow'ed me. Very very nice. Very playable. Problems were purely minor cosmetics overlooked.

More to follow.

JD Cowles
Jul-28-2005, 10:18am
thanks for the update neal. it's only a three hour drive to don's place so if you need me to go check on it for ya, let me know...

congrats and enjoy that beaut.
jd