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Jul-25-2005, 6:44am
Hello guys,
I finally finished my F5 #003. Actually it is the fourth one as I finished #004 before this one.
All European woods, except the ebony. Maple bindings, violin oil varnish with french polish.

Jul-25-2005, 6:46am

Jul-25-2005, 6:47am
The pearl is engraved/scrimshaw-ed

Jul-25-2005, 6:49am
Entire peghead.

Jul-25-2005, 6:50am
Front scroll

Jul-25-2005, 6:51am
another one...

Jul-25-2005, 6:52am
back scroll.

french guy
Jul-25-2005, 7:23am
Exellent work Hogo , congratulations .

Scotti Adams
Jul-25-2005, 8:02am
..looks great

Jul-25-2005, 8:10am
hows she sound? good as the last?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

John Zimm
Jul-25-2005, 8:23am
Wow, that is absolutely lovely. If I had the money I'd beg you to make one for me. Thanks for sharing pictures of your work with us.


Jul-25-2005, 8:38am

Coy Wylie
Jul-25-2005, 9:22am
I like the maple bindings.

Jul-25-2005, 9:53am
Maple binding is really nice, but more importantly, nice scroll!


Guitar Jeremy
Jul-25-2005, 9:57am
Great stuff.

Jul-25-2005, 10:12am
Holy cow that is incredible! Very nice inlay and scrimshaw. Classy work for sure.

Ken Sager
Jul-25-2005, 11:48am
Very lovely instrument, but you didn't answer mandoman15's question above!

So, how does she sound?

Jul-25-2005, 8:42pm
Beautiful inlay!

Jul-28-2005, 11:56am
Thanks all, and sorry for being too late. I wasn't on-line for last couple of days.
Sounded great. I kept it for some time as my personal mando, but annoying customer made me sell it to him http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif . I didn't have time to take pics, he sent me these, they are a bit darker than real color, which is closer to light tobacco.
Not the "Loar" sound like the #004 I posted couple months ago, but very rich and loud and played like butter.
Have a nice day.

Jul-28-2005, 12:06pm
I've just drooled on my keyboard!### - A beautiful machine!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jul-28-2005, 12:13pm
Yes, well done, the eagle has landed!

Lane Pryce
Jul-28-2005, 12:28pm
Adrian your mandolins look as if you have been building them for many years.The schrimshaw is truly a touch of class.Great work!!!!Enjoyed the pics. Lp

David M.
Jul-28-2005, 2:47pm
Excellent! #Love the scrimshaw work.

Big Joe
Jul-28-2005, 3:01pm
I love the Eagle inlay and I'm glad you were creative enough not to use the flowerpot!

Jul-28-2005, 3:10pm
Nice aged-looking binding, too.

Jul-28-2005, 6:23pm
That scroll looks like it's right on the money,
at least to my untrained eye -- Nice looking mando.

Jul-28-2005, 6:27pm

Jul-28-2005, 10:33pm
Looks like an Osprey on the headstock?

Beautiful work all around Adrian!

Klaus Wutscher
Aug-01-2005, 6:18am
For what its worth, I had a chance to play this mandolin (I think) at the EWOB festival in Holland this spring. I remember it had a HUGE sound and compares nicely to everything I recall having played. I remember it to sound very woody and dry and it was quite lightweighted also- a great axe for sure!

Aug-01-2005, 8:08am
Great work HoGo. I always thought that I'd like to have a raptor on a headstock if I did my own - nice Osprey.

Aug-02-2005, 1:40pm
Hi Klaus, yes it's the one I played in Holland.
Goog eye pickinNgrinnin! The bird's latin name is Pandion haliaetus but I didn't know it's called Osprey in the US.

Aug-02-2005, 4:46pm
That is a very nice looking instrument, I love that varnish finish.

Aug-02-2005, 8:43pm
Yes very nice mandolin I was wondering if a mandolin without any dots on the fretboard would look good... now i know http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

diamond ace
Aug-03-2005, 6:19pm
I love it! I have played two of your mandolins and they are AMAZING! I still hope to have one someday. Keep up the great work!

Aug-04-2005, 9:07pm
Quote: Armadillo...possum on the half shell
okay, this is really off topic but what does this mean, i've lost sleep over this tag line and i've been meaning to ask you. i really hope i'm not alone...really, really hope.

Aug-20-2005, 11:03am
Quote: Armadillo...possum on the half shell
okay, this is really off topic but what does this mean, i've lost sleep over this tag line and i've been meaning to ask you. i really hope i'm not alone...really, really hope.
In order to answer that, you need to go back one step farther and understand that the old joke is that armadillos are laughingly called "Hard shelled possums" by a lot of folks. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

From there, it goes to how to serve them, which would be the same as some oysters are served: On the half shell. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif


Aug-20-2005, 1:42pm
Oh, I just saw the post... Ron's answer is a good one. Surprisingly, I've run into several folks that "ain't from around here" that don't really know what an armadillo is.

Mostly, I just saw this description printed on something one day and thought it was funny. I havn't bothered to change it after the "new" wore off. There's no deep, underlying meaning. Sorry if I kept you up late trying to figure it out. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

BTW, I've never eaten possum or armadillo, and none were harmed in the creation of the tag line. Several have met their fate on the highways and biways, however--I take no responsibility for those.

Steve Davis
Aug-21-2005, 7:58am
I like the maple binding. Isn't it an osprey though? (Great work!)

Aug-22-2005, 2:30am
Steve, yes, it is an osprey. I didn't write it clearly enough. (English is not my native language...)

Aug-22-2005, 4:09am
Steve, yes, it is an osprey. I didn't write it clearly enough. (English is not my native language...)

It's good enough that it should cause you very little problems!


Have you ever considered whether or not armadillo shells would be a good binding or inlay material? Might start a buisness with em...