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Jul-24-2005, 5:34pm
This piccolo mandolin has a 11" scale for CGDA tuning, like a mandolin capoed at the fifth fret, and a nut width comparable to a standard scale length mandolin. This final product is made of maple, blackwood, cherry and spruce. This is going to be a lot of fun! Thanks, Brian!http://www.bfolk.com/gallery/26_1.jpg

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Mike Buesseler
Jul-24-2005, 5:51pm
I've been waiting for this one to show up here, Berk. It looks almost like a tiny version of my OM. BEAUTIFUL! GIve us a sound report... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Jul-24-2005, 6:11pm
Looks great! How's the sound? Any chance we'll get a sound clip? I've never heard one of these. Ideally (no, I'm not a pain in the rear), I'd love to hear a duet-type piece with a full-size mando... Look great, and far less silly that an ukulele http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jul-24-2005, 7:59pm
Here's a quick sound clip for you all. Mind you it's less than half a week old at this point. Sorry, we'll have to wait for a more-than-intermediate player to come in with a duet on this one. Berkeleymando, hmm? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif


Jul-24-2005, 8:03pm
Gonna try to get a better picture of the front tomorrow, too.. Kinda cloudy eh? Amateur photographers (that's me!), sheesh.

Jul-24-2005, 8:55pm
Very nice, Brian. Very Cool. Nice sound too.


Jul-24-2005, 9:52pm
Very, very cool! Really nice to see more piccolos showing up... If I hadn't taken a new job w/cut in pay (long story, but a desired change), I'd have one similar built.


Jul-24-2005, 10:21pm
Wow! That's really a great looking little mandolin.

The sound is very cool: crisp and clear.

Thanks for sharing!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Guitar Jeremy
Jul-24-2005, 11:53pm

Jul-25-2005, 12:17am
I don't have it quite yet, but when I do I'll certainly aim to record some duos. However, I'm no professional or as Brian said 'better than intermediate'.

I do envision that the strength of this instrument will be in small acoustic combos. It may also be my 'travel' mandolin with its diminuitive size.

Before ordering it from Brian I had read the discussions on the cafe about piccolos.

I also had written to Gilchrist and George Gruhn and received interesting information from them. Gilchrist built an A model piccolo for Grisman and a F model for George Gruhn. George Grugn had previously owned the only known Gibson piccolo, a three couse mandolin that is depicted in his book.

This mandolin has a compound radius fingerboard that goes from 8.5" at the nut to flat at the bridge. It is great that Brian makes his own cast tailpieces and creates his bridges himself as well.

Brian's next mandolin is a two pointer that looks great. It reminds me of the classic Lyon & Healy two pointers. If I could afford it, I'd buy that one too! Once again, many thanks Brian.:)

Jul-25-2005, 3:19am
Excellent sound! I can't wait for a duet piece!


Jul-25-2005, 11:27am
another beautiful work by Mr B Dean. #That is an interesting looking nut. #looks like 2 different materials. #tell us about it.

Jul-25-2005, 11:48am
Itīs so cuuuute!

And the sound is really beautiful.

Jul-25-2005, 12:38pm
Yes, the nut is ebony with a slice of pearl on the leading edge. It sounds great, tunes easily, wears less on my nut files than solid pearl, I can file deeper (read: great action at the nut) without fear of it wearing down the groove one day, and I like the way it looks.
I'll try and give the duet thing a go, no promises though http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Bob DeVellis
Jul-25-2005, 12:47pm
San Rafael - Cooley's Reel, if I'm not mistaken.

Jul-25-2005, 2:27pm
WOW!!! The sound, the look, the whole package is just amazing. You're a lucky player to have such a wonderful instrument.


Aug-16-2005, 12:21am
I finally received this mandolin in person this evening ...quite an ordeal retreiving it from the fedex place after they claimed to have tried to deliver it...at a time when I was sitting right there waiting!

Anyways, this mandolin is spectacular! It sounds very sweet all the way up the fingerboard and the action is perfect. It is easy and comfortable to play...I was amazed by the new sounds coming from it.

The case it totally incredible..with the piccolo it is a great light travel mando setup. I'll write more and post some more pics when I get over my shock!

Aug-16-2005, 12:58am
That is a really nice instrument and that sound clip is great.
Hard to believe that the tone is so clear and bright without being tinny or piercing, out of such a small box.

Aug-20-2005, 9:39pm
Here's an interesting size comparison...

Aug-20-2005, 11:05pm
yes the song is cooleys reel, a little off topic...but this is a great song, its fun and easy to play and sounds really impressve with a guitar backup, chording on down beats...:D

Aug-21-2005, 1:54am
It is so small. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif