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Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:41pm
Just a few pictorial highlights from the Summer NAMM show in Indianapolis last weekend. I wasn’t able to take too many pictures, as I was working one of the booths. Also, the lighting in the Hall left a lot to be desired, but you’ll still get a good sampling of some of the mando goings on...

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:42pm
I missed these at Winter NAMM, but Garrison guitars now makes three levels of flat top mandolins and Oms with their proprietary carbon fibre bracing.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:43pm
Incredible expansion the last two years from Michael Kelly.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:45pm
The new MK Mandola Plus

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:46pm
Interesting offerings from Paris Swing Mandolins. Designed by Greg King, these imports are still pretty much in the prototype stage, but should be ready for Gypsy enthusiasts later this year.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:47pm
Oval, D, and F hole...
Jury’s still out.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:47pm
New from Rigel, the R-100 Deluxe with flat sides.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:48pm
A variation on the Q-95 Rigel, with F-holes rather than Oval.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:49pm
More Rigel

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:50pm
Special visit from new friend, John Jorgenson at the Rigel booth.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:51pm
John was absolutely gushing about Karen’s Django portrait. Hung this one up in his kitchen last winter!

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:52pm
Interesting axes at the Giannini booth. Someday they will actually tune their instruments on display, and we’ll be able to tell you what they are like...

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:53pm
Crazy fun at the Weber booth. Arguably, the most comprehensive mandolin exhibit at the show.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:54pm
More Weber

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:55pm
"Getting Into" Series at Mel Bay.
Coming out later this year: "Getting Into Jazz Mandolin..." (Some jazz hack is writing it.)

Ted Eschliman
Jul-25-2005, 10:56pm
Speaking of "hacks," this one's holding "Rowdy!"

jessboo
Jul-25-2005, 11:10pm
thank ted great pictures.

JEStanek
Jul-26-2005, 10:54am
Ted, What's that "thing" on Rowdy on the Bass side below the scroll?

Jamie

glauber
Jul-26-2005, 11:22am
Ted, What's that "thing" on Rowdy on the Bass side below the scroll?
Looks like some kind of security device that would go off if Ted walked away with the mandolin?

Yikes, the "D" holes in those new Gipsy mandolins look HUGE!

Mandobar
Jul-26-2005, 12:05pm
i believe that is a tuner.

mandoman15
Jul-26-2005, 12:07pm
yeah, wont tht effect their volume alot? i would have liked to try them they look like fun to play, an they've got scrols

Bradley
Jul-26-2005, 9:13pm
Which Weber is that in the F group photo....the one on the upper Right?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Tim Saxton
Jul-27-2005, 12:50am
Isn't Rowdy the best Bush you have ever played??? That thing should be used to judge all other Bush Gibsons.

Tim

Tim Saxton
Jul-27-2005, 12:53am
I think that Weber F is the Chad Fadley issue. It looks identical to the one Greg Boyd has.

Ted Eschliman
Jul-27-2005, 9:00am
Which Weber is that in the F group photo....the one on the upper Right?
Fern (http://soundtoearth.com/inst_ma_fern.htm).

JimRichter
Jul-27-2005, 9:22am
Isn't Rowdy the best Bush you have ever played??? That thing should be used to judge all other Bush Gibsons.

Tim
I found Rowdy to be one of the lackluster Bush's I'd played. Perhaps it was just set up wrong. The 2002 Bush I used to have was a very good sounding Bush and Rowdy, judged against it, couldn't touch it.

Jim

lambdaman
Jul-29-2005, 12:24am
Ted, what's up with the flat sides on the Rigel R100s? I like my "vintage" rounded sides R100 just the way it is thanks very much.

delsbrother
Jul-29-2005, 5:04am
Call me a traditionalist, but I don't care for those supposed "Django" models. Something.. well, IMO everything about them is just wrong..

Does the Giannini booth mean bandolims and cavaqhinhos will finally be distributed properly in North America?

Finally, what's the connection between Rigel, mandolins, and Harry Potter glasses? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

RichM
Jul-29-2005, 7:29am
Call me a traditionalist, but I don't care for those supposed "Django" models. Something.. well, IMO everything about them is just wrong..
Hey, I'm not a traditionalist, and *love* the notion of a Django-style mandolin. That being said, now that I've seen the Paris Swing mandolins, I'm profoundly disappointed in the design. We'll see how they sound, but these are pretty goofy-looking mandolins. I'm not sure how putting a giant soundhole on an F-style mandolin makes it gypsy. I'd still like to try one out, but I'm betting I stick with my Djangolin.

AlanN
Jul-29-2005, 7:34am
The Paris mandolin reminds me of a large mouth bass.

delsbrother
Jul-29-2005, 7:08pm
I think you misunderstood me, Rich.. I also own a Djangolin, and an EFS clone. I lust after a Selmer-style OM. What I don't care for is the mix of Gibson Florentine elements with Sel/Mac stuff - tremendously out of proportion.. Eh, to each his own, I guess. Some people consider my beautiful Mandobird ugly, LOL.

RichM
Jul-29-2005, 8:31pm
I must not be writing very well, delsbrother--- I was agreeing with you!

OlderThanWillie
Jul-29-2005, 11:12pm
Mandohack -- any photos of the Eastman booth?

banjomanva
Jul-30-2005, 12:12am
Loved the pics...thank you!!

Ted Eschliman
Jul-30-2005, 8:03am
Mandohack -- any photos of the Eastman booth?
Yup.
Don't know why these got left out...
This:

Ted Eschliman
Jul-30-2005, 8:04am
And this:

JGWoods
Jul-30-2005, 1:50pm
I missed these at Winter NAMM, but Garrison guitars now makes three levels of flat top mandolins and Oms with their proprietary carbon fibre bracing.
Garrison's have intrigued me for a while now. I haven't had a chance to play one of their guitars, didn't know they made mandolins..
Ted did you get a chance to play any of them, and if so, whaddya think?

best
jgwoods

Greg Ashton
Jul-30-2005, 2:54pm
I'd also like to know how the Garrison's sounded and wondered what the scale length was on the OM's.