View Full Version : Brian Dean two-point mando

Aug-14-2005, 8:03pm
Hi all, here's the new two-point design. Exciting day because I took a risk in reducing the top/back area (but went deeper) and wow, it sounds really nice even in its first hours. (...wiping the sweat...) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
Engelmann "flat" top, maple and cherry for the rest.






Aug-14-2005, 8:04pm





Aug-14-2005, 8:07pm
And sounds.....


Ken Sager
Aug-14-2005, 8:44pm
That's beautiful, and sounds great. Nice work!

Aug-15-2005, 1:33am
Brian, this is way tooooo nice! It really conjures up the spirits of the Lyon & Healy two pointers of days passed.

J. Mark Lane
Aug-15-2005, 8:12am
Drat! And just last night I had this strange desire to own a 2-point. Ugh. I have got to be stopped.

That is really nice, Brian. I have a feeling we'll be talking about this at some point. Maybe after the bowlback is done....

Aug-15-2005, 8:54am
Gorgeous, Brian... when that disappeared off your "in progress" page, I was sad... now happy to see it complete! Sounds wonderful!

Aug-15-2005, 1:43pm
Mark, now I told you, sky's the limit. You just have to ask if you want a two-point bowlback. Does one exist yet? One could... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Aug-15-2005, 2:06pm
how bout an f style bowlback, you'd have some crazy shaped ribs to bend:D

Aug-15-2005, 2:25pm
As a person in line right after Mark (I think), I'll kindly ask you all not to encourage him to dream up something TOO impossibly time consuming, thank you very much!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Aug-15-2005, 2:34pm
Brian Dean has a 2-point on "that famous auction site" right now.



Aug-15-2005, 3:15pm
same one, f-d, for some lucky bidder...

Aug-15-2005, 3:31pm
Very nice...

Ken Sager
Aug-15-2005, 4:19pm
Super ultra nice, and a great deal, too...

Aug-15-2005, 5:04pm
Wow, if I could sell my 6 month old G*bson A9 for anywhere near what I paid for it, I would love to have this. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Aug-16-2005, 2:19pm
Brian-- is the fretboard on this 2-pt. flat or radiused?

Aug-16-2005, 2:36pm
Flat, with medium frets.

steve V. johnson
Aug-16-2005, 2:38pm
Briaaaaaan!!!! Fantastic! Wow...

Thanks for the nice sound clip, too!

Is this one for sale, or spoken-for?


Aug-16-2005, 3:14pm
Is this one for sale, or spoken-for?

It appears to be for sale on eBay:

Handmade Two-Point Mandolin by Brian Dean (#7343576974) (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7343576974&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:US:1)

Aug-16-2005, 3:24pm
Brian, what is the nut made from? Also, can you provide a closeup and narrative description of the detail on the back of the headstock where it meets the neck. I am guessing it to be some sort of volute?

Aug-16-2005, 3:40pm
Sure thing, the nut is ebony with a pearl leading edge. From afar it gives the impression of being a fret itself, the zero fret, which I like the looks of. There's no deeply scientific reasoning behind it, just seemed like a good idea, and it has worked out very nicely, tonally, visually, and mechanically.

The rear neck, it's just my little take on the handstop idea. Largely decorative, but also helps strengthen the truss pocket area. It has slowly transformed over time and this is my favorite design to date (same as on the last piccolo), probably going to keep very close to this theme for good. Doing this on my F styles too. Here's a closeup:


Aug-16-2005, 4:42pm

Mike Buesseler
Aug-16-2005, 5:10pm
Beautiful, Brian, just beautiful. Likewise, the sound clip AND your playing! So sweet and smooth. That two-point is IT, as far as I'm concerned. We will be talking, of course...


Aug-16-2005, 10:02pm
Brian how is it braced? nice work

J. Mark Lane
Aug-18-2005, 6:55am
Mark, now I told you, sky's the limit. You just have to ask if you want a two-point bowlback. Does one exist yet? One could... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
What, combine two mandolin concepts into one? And eliminate an excuse to get another instrument? Not a chance.


Aug-18-2005, 12:17pm
At the risk of sounding like a case of "gushing new mando user" syndrome...

I got the piccolo that Brian made for me on Monday evening (#26) and it is really, really nice! The tone, the comfy fingerboard and the fine finish are very impressive.

I love two-pointers and if I had the means at the moment I would snap up this mandolin very quickly...if for no other reason to have the next in Brian's sequence of instruments.

I'm sure the person who gets it will have a big smile when they get it.

Aug-24-2005, 11:40am
wow that mandolin looks and sounds great... but what is that tune in that sample music? I know it, me and my band used to play it in our early days. But I was the singer/guitar player in that band and I always forgot the names of the tunes. they had to yell: the G/D one or the Am/G one etc. Which is this? Mason's Apron, Swallow's Tail? Cooleys?

Aug-25-2005, 10:08pm
...and now it lives with me! Thanks, Brian! It is one stunning mandolin... the photos don't do it justice.