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Oct-02-2005, 3:44pm
OK, scroll mandolins get a little boring sometimes...now for something completely different! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif


Oct-02-2005, 3:45pm
Front view...

Oct-02-2005, 3:47pm
Closeup, note the reverse dolphin soundholes pushed way out to the rim of the instrument...

Oct-02-2005, 3:48pm

Oct-02-2005, 3:55pm
Wow! Amazing mando Hans.

How do the dolphin soundholes affect the tone?

Oct-02-2005, 4:00pm
Very cool! What's it sound like?

Oct-02-2005, 4:15pm
hans, i am speechless..................


Oct-02-2005, 4:39pm
You are da man!!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Oct-02-2005, 5:01pm
Holy bat wings! Cool!

Bill James
Oct-02-2005, 5:14pm
A couple of weeks ago I took an unexpected detour to the hospital for a couple of days. The hospital is near Hans' house and he stopped up to see me and brought this beauty along to chear me up. At the time it was in the white with no frets but we were stumming it and whoa! Now that it's finished, I can't wait to give it a test run! I love the look and the tone has got some serious Mojo!

Oct-02-2005, 5:31pm
Hey Mary--I'll flip you for it!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Please bring this baby to Nashville, Hans!

Oct-02-2005, 5:47pm
Scrolls get more than a little boring (IMHO) but that is true innovation. Superb!!!

Oct-02-2005, 6:26pm
actually hans sent me a couple teaser pics when it was in the white. i was planning on my next brentrup being an oval hole, but now, well, i dunno.

Oct-02-2005, 7:00pm
outrageous- when is the mandocafe drawing for this one!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Oct-02-2005, 7:03pm
Verry nice! I like the fin, Good Job Hans!

Oct-02-2005, 8:25pm
Must... keep... hands... off... wallet...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Beyond cool...


Oct-02-2005, 9:58pm
Really nice. Make it in blue and Tedd E will have to own one.


french guy
Oct-03-2005, 2:41am
I suppose that this instrument give much bass and lot of overtones and long sustain , due to the holes position ,
is it right ? Johann
Really nice looking mando .

Oct-03-2005, 7:37am
I really like the way the pick-guard and fingerboard ext. are intergrated into each other. excellent design element.

Dale Ludewig
Oct-03-2005, 7:55am

J. Mark Lane
Oct-03-2005, 9:01am
I think I'm gonna be sick.

....Either that or divorced.

Daniel Nestlerode
Oct-03-2005, 10:18am

Have you been hanging out with Paul Lestock lately? [Hmm.. His site is down. Wonder what happened.] He makes use of the little half point in his "G style" mandolins.

Great looking stuff either way.


Oct-03-2005, 11:06am
Ouch that thing is really cool. How much are the sound holes shifted to the outside?

Will you have this at IBMA? If so I will needd to bring my drool soppin rag to your booth...

Oct-03-2005, 1:41pm
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif I'll gladly join the chorus of gawkers. #Looks sweet!

Bob DeVellis
Oct-03-2005, 1:45pm
This is a perfect example of mandolin design innovation that has instant appeal. The classic F-style isn't the only option.

mando on the side
Oct-03-2005, 1:48pm
I think they debuted this mandolin in Batman Begins.

Patrick Gunning
Oct-03-2005, 4:25pm
Hey, DNestler, you're right, it does bear a resemblance to my Arrow G-style. I also saw a Rigel in the rigelfest post (Jimmy Gaudreau (sp?) model) that had that assymetrical bottom point as well. Looks like that design is starting to get around. I hope the owner is as happy with this one as I am with my "G."

Hans, amazing work as always. I may love my mandolin, but your work is consistently, awe-inspiringly beautiful. Someday, I'd love to play one. You coming out to Wintergrass this year?

Oct-03-2005, 6:48pm
Well, thanks folks, you're all too kind! The tone of the instrument is very F-5 sounding. When pushed, it works well for bluegrass, and has a heck of a WOOF. It also has a rather jazzy sound to it when you back off.
The whole idea was to make a non-F-5 that sounded like one. I was also trying to get a bigger sound out of it and consequently thought that moving the soundholes out would make for a larger vibrating area. Reverse dolphin holes were chosen because they follow the rim of the instrument and cut across a minimum of grain lines. They sit approximately 1" (total) farther out that regular F-holes. I don't think that the shape of the holes makes much difference. The Lestock "pointlet" was chosen at the last minute for those sitdown folks that like to plant the instrument on their knee. It makes a lot more sense than the F-5 point, and doesn't dig into your leg.
In all, I'm quite satisfied with the prototype. It's Italian spruce and very hard flatsawn maple back. I feel that I could direct the tone qualities with top and back materials with the same predictability that I use for my M23's. I'll have it at IBMA for those interested in a test drive.

Oct-03-2005, 7:07pm
It's a STEALTH mandolin! I suppose it's silent until it launches a missile. Beautiful.

G. Fisher
Oct-03-2005, 7:12pm
I just got back from Hans shop and I got to play the 2 1/2 pointer. I have to say he really has a mandolin that is as versatile as it is unique. If you want to play bluegrass it can give you that bluegrass sound. #It can be played to get that smooth jazz sound. Classic is also handled very well by this mandolin. #

In my opinion this mandolin could be called the chameleon because it adapts to the music you want to play. I am lucky to live so close and get to try out his new creations. He has come up with a real winner in new design along with his standard excellence we have all come to recognize.

G. Fisher
Oct-03-2005, 7:27pm
Me and the new Brentrup.

I bet you're all jealous. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Oct-03-2005, 7:59pm
I bet you're all jealous.

You win.

G. Fisher
Oct-13-2005, 5:24pm
I had the chance to play the mando on Saturday and again yesterday. It has opened up some and is really going to turn some heads at IBMA. If you are there stop by Hans booth and check it out along with his other mandos.

You won't be disappointed.

Dale Ludewig
Oct-13-2005, 5:57pm
OK, Hans. We'll sit down at IBMA. You with that one and me with the green one and we'll drive every Monroe obsessed individual out of the exhibit hall! By the way, I seem to recall you telling me about Labor Day time how "conservative" you were about your mando building. I'm beginning to think that, considering how soon after that this one is done, that you're were hiding parts in a cabinet somewhere............

Oct-14-2005, 6:30am
Uh Dale, I have bipolar MAS. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif
Actually, I've built everthing classic that I can think of except a 3 point cello (shudder)! It's time for me to apply some innovative thought to the mandolin both externally and internally. I'm looking forward to it.

Oct-14-2005, 9:36am
It bears some resembalance to my nugget too.

Oct-18-2005, 7:40pm
Hans,it should be a crime for someone to build such a unique and beautiful instrument as your 2-1/2 pointer.I made it the background pic on the computer so I can enjoy looking at it endlessly.

Oct-21-2005, 9:25am
It's only got 2 coats of varnish, but I'll have this at IBMA also...

Oct-21-2005, 9:55am
Very interesting design Hans, I like it! I like it alot!

Oct-23-2005, 9:23pm
Very hot! FAN BLOODY TASTIC! Words fail, things fall apart, the center will not hold.

Oct-25-2005, 10:15am
1 question....can I get that in a lefty? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Nov-03-2005, 3:56pm
Sure Jason, I can build it left-handed.

Tom C
Nov-03-2005, 4:03pm
Darn, I bet you can build it standing on one foot.

Nov-03-2005, 5:01pm

PLEASE order one! I'd love to drive down from MD and test it out. Lefties are in their right mind!