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Aug-08-2005, 11:16pm
I've had this instrument (http://www.wayfaringstranger.net/Rose/Rose.html) for about 7 months now and can't say enough good things about it. Just got a new digital camera and was playing around with it; figured that other folks might like to see my mando, too.


Professor PT
Aug-08-2005, 11:40pm
Well, as they say, it shore is purty! I really like the finish/color. Is that a satin finish or semi-gloss of some sort? It just seems to glow.

Coy Wylie
Aug-08-2005, 11:57pm
What the TR cover say? I can make out "Red Wing" but not the rest of the wording. It looks great.

Aug-09-2005, 6:40am
awesome looking mandolin.

is that an old miners tag on the TRC?

Congrats on a grat instrument!


Aug-09-2005, 6:50am
It's a satin finish, though not entirely gloss-free. It's a nice compromise between flat and glossy.

The truss rod cover says "John C. Seebach Red Wing, Minn." My great-grandfather and his hometown. He was a miller, not a miner, so my guess is that it was just a keepsake with his name on it.

It's my name, too. A bit more tasteful than inlaying, say, "Jimmy Martin" on the fingerboard in block letters, but to each his own. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Fred G
Aug-09-2005, 6:51am
that is a great looking mando, I really like the truss rod cover.

what case is that you are using?

Aug-09-2005, 6:58am
It's a Pegasus. Darby (the builder) had one that he'd repaired (the lining on top came out; he replaced it with some fabric from an old set of pajamas), and I bought it from him when he'd finished the mandolin.

Great case. Great deal, too - they seem to be going for quite a lot on the cafe these days.

Aug-09-2005, 7:00am
Here's the case.

Aug-09-2005, 7:46am
Hey Wayfaring - where about do you live? Anywhere near Red Wing?

Leo - who lives 40 mi from Red Wing

Scotti Adams
Aug-09-2005, 8:21am
..looks real nice..just 4 in front of mine...Darby makes a fine axe.

Aug-09-2005, 8:54am

Nope. I live in the DC area. Only been to Red Wing once, and I was too young to remember much of it.


Scotti Adams
Aug-09-2005, 9:22am
..people can say what they want to say about a Fir top....Im a believer.

Brad Weiss
Aug-09-2005, 9:26am
Sound clips ! We want posted sound clips!

Exquisite detail. Just lovely. Lucky dude.

Aug-09-2005, 10:33am
Very nice, John. I'd love to hear the difference between the fir top and my spruce. Let me know when you're going to be in Lexington, maybe you can drop by one of the local jams. I like the case, too.

Aug-09-2005, 10:54am
Kyblue - Funny you should mention the difference in top woods. I was over at a friend's house picking last night. He has a spruce-topped Rose, and we were talking about how they had really distinctive sounds. Kind of hard to put that difference into words. Both great sounding instruments (and they complimented each other quite nicely), but with two very individual voices. Of course, it's impossible to say if that's because of the top wood or because of something else.

I'll get back to lexington (with mando in tow) one of these days. My folks would sure like it if I did. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Aug-15-2005, 10:11pm
Somebody asked for a sound clip a while back, so here you go (http://www.wayfaringstranger.net/tunes/SoldiersJoy.mp3). I recorded it in less than ten minutes, which includes the time I spent on the rhythm and lead tracks, and it ain't polished by any means. So you'll get to hear me make a few mistakes, but hopefully you'll also get a good idea of how the mando sounds. Enjoy.

There are some other clips on that site, but none of them were recorded with this mando.

If folks want more (or want to hear some other aspect of the instrument's sound), I can always dig the mics out again and try to oblige. Unless some wise guy wants to hear how it would sound if Thile was playing it. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Aug-15-2005, 10:35pm
Sounds great John, nice job!!

Aug-16-2005, 2:55am
John, thanks for the sound clip. #that sure sounds tasty. #and yes Please, i'd love a few more sounds clips. #For those of us who can't get to a Rose, you can bring the Rose to us. #Try a few different styles if possible. #something with ringing open chords, #some tremelo work, #a little jazz melody, etc. #it would be interesting to see how the Rose responds to something other than bluegrass licks.

Aug-16-2005, 10:10am
That sounded like bluegrass? Darn. I was trying for an old-time arrangment.

As for the other styles, I'll see what I can do. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Aug-16-2005, 12:09pm
Ooops sorry john. #you are correct, old timey it was. and nicely done too.#i was stuck for a genre label and the over used bluegrass came up. #but i think you know what i mean. #throw the Rose in different kinds of soup and see how it swims.

Aug-16-2005, 1:22pm

It is sounding really nice.... oh my computer has crashed and I am looking to get a new one in a week or so needless to say I have no email right now and can use a friends computer at work to check for any private messages or any one can call me on my cell phone at 301-252-3536 or my home phone 304-725-9216 sorry for any trouble...


Aug-21-2005, 5:18pm
Okay, Wireboy: Here's the same mando swimming in another kind of soup. This is a (fairly obscure) fiddle tune called Ostinelli's Reel (http://www.wayfaringstranger.net/tunes/Ostinelli.mp3).

Neat tune, although the usual caveat about performance quality applies.

More later when I can find the time to do it.


Aug-22-2005, 7:16pm
thank for the second sound clip john. #This tune sounds very delicate on the high strings and really starts to woof when you move to the lower strings.

Aug-23-2005, 11:27am
Yeah, although that's not really a good representation of the mando's balance between treble and bass. Rather, it's more reflective of me not setting the gain loud enough on my pre-amp when I recorded myself.

And a performance quirk: I seem to be accenting the notes on the lower strings during the B part of the tune for some odd reason.

Recordings, like pictures, lie. The only real way to decide if you like a mando is to experience it with your own eyes, hands, and ears. But I hope this helped a little bit, anyway.