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dj9124
Dec-08-2005, 12:44pm
Paid a visit to Ben yesterday and picked up my new mandolin, #54. It is absolutely beautiful! It was also such a pleasure meeting and talking with Ben, he certainly has a passion for building them and what a super nice guy. This one is Engleman topped, still pretty tight since it was just strung up yesterday but after a few hours of playing there is already a huge difference. The lower end on this one is great, real deep. The pictures do not do this mando justice but anyway here they are.

dj9124
Dec-08-2005, 12:45pm
Scroll area.

dj9124
Dec-08-2005, 12:46pm
Bill James satin gold tailpiece.

dj9124
Dec-08-2005, 12:47pm
Front

dj9124
Dec-08-2005, 12:49pm
Back

Brian Ray
Dec-08-2005, 1:07pm
Nice...

Bill Van Liere
Dec-08-2005, 1:11pm
Very cool Dave

I am in the process of recieving BRW #51, a close relative yours. They sure do look alike with the exception of your quilted back. Oh well, I'll just have to settle for regular old flame maple on 51. (Big Smile)

Congrats and Happy Holiday to you Dave

kyblue
Dec-08-2005, 1:26pm
Love that inlay.

Darryl Wolfe
Dec-08-2005, 1:37pm
I believe Ben has been visiting the shop of John Monteleone for pointers http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Very nice work

Doug Edwards
Dec-08-2005, 1:51pm
Beautiful, Dave!

Bill Van Liere
Dec-08-2005, 2:31pm
Ben meets John. That's good news for all of us.

mandopete
Dec-08-2005, 3:00pm
Yeah Buddy, that's sweet!

Tom C
Dec-08-2005, 3:17pm
Beauty! I hope in contacting Ben early next year to see if he will consider a F4. I have BRW F5 #27 -All dependent on if my company still exists.

Jim Roberts
Dec-08-2005, 4:02pm
Beautiful mandolin from a first class guy and builder. #Congratulations on your new F5!

Mark Walker
Dec-08-2005, 4:11pm
That looks like a keeper! Love that quilted back too! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jeff Merrell
Dec-08-2005, 4:26pm
Congrats....I like that inlay...

fredfrank
Dec-08-2005, 5:42pm
Got me thinking about a BRW! Is that a varnish finish?

Scotti Adams
Dec-08-2005, 5:45pm
Very Nice Dave..I really enjoy the color...congrats.

dj9124
Dec-08-2005, 6:01pm
Thanks for all the kind words everyone. It has a lacquer finish, the color looks so much nicer in real life, it really has a lot of depth to it. For anyone considering one of Bens mandolins you won't be disappointed! I saw 2 in progress while I was there, one of them has a fantastic one piece flamed back that looks just awesome, someone is going to be really pleased.

Fred G
Dec-08-2005, 11:41pm
very nice, I think I may have to add the tailpiece to mine(heirloom model) I will just have to distress it all by myself. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

dj9124
Dec-08-2005, 11:48pm
Fred, Ben feels the James tailpiece is the best one on the market. Ben told me with this tailpiece I don't have to use any kind of string dampers, you know what, he's right.

JamesA
Dec-09-2005, 7:12am
I can't wait till mine comes in. Course I have to save my my loose change a bit longer before I order. But one day.... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Skip Kelley
Dec-09-2005, 7:35am
That is a fine looking mandolin!!

Undercover Brother
Dec-09-2005, 8:20am
Suh-weeet! Congratulations Dave!

Chris

Gary S
Dec-09-2005, 9:04am
That is one of the nicest headstock inlays I have ever seen.
I have played one BRW and was very impressed with tone, playability and workmanship...Enjoy...Gary S

mandomick
Dec-09-2005, 10:46am
Beauty! I hope in contacting Ben early next year to see if he will consider a F4. I have BRW F5 #27 -All dependent on if my company still exists.
Count me in on the F4, or an oval hole with the F5 neck.
Need company for J16 #32 and F5 #50.

fredfrank
Dec-10-2005, 7:01pm
For Sale: New BRW #54


Well, that's a doggone shame. Tell 'em to elope!

man doh
Dec-10-2005, 7:26pm
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

you don't even have it longer than a trial period and trying to sell it?

Scotti Adams
Dec-10-2005, 7:40pm
..if you read the ad you will see why Dave is selling...Im sure he regrets having to do so..mandos are a dime a dozen...daughters only come along ever so often...I know..Ive got both and I would do the same thing.....

dj9124
Dec-10-2005, 8:13pm
Thanks for the support Scotti. I knew in the back of my mind before I even received it that I would probably have to let it go, I was just hoping that someway I could work it out. But with the wedding estimated to cost $7000 there is no way I can hope to keep it, no matter how much I loved it. I truly do love this mando but like I said it is best to sell now before I get too attached to it. It sure was sweet while it lasted. Banjo is my main axe so the mando is what has to go. Oh well Ben will be even better in a couple years when I might be able to swing another one.

atetone
Dec-10-2005, 8:22pm
There is always another one just around the corner Dave.
Now, at least you will have something to compare the next one to.

Scott Tichenor
Dec-10-2005, 9:48pm
I removed a post here that I found inappropriate. Anyone that read it and disagrees is welcome to email me (http://www.mandolincafe.com/email.html) and discuss, but leave the flame bait off. Period.

Greenmando
Dec-10-2005, 10:24pm
Thanks Scott.
We all might want to remember that some of our guests and members are women and children.

Scott Tichenor
Dec-10-2005, 10:37pm
In this case I found this offensive and inflammatory in general. Had nothing to do with offending just women and children. What I said in my previous post still applies.

ShaneJ
Dec-10-2005, 10:53pm
I saw it earlier too....replied that it should have been a PM, if anything....deleted my post 10 seconds later, deciding to stay out of it.....

Good job, Chief!

Greenmando
Dec-11-2005, 12:42am
I did not read it, you erased it before I had a chance to. But I agree that there is no need to be offensive.

ethanopia
Dec-11-2005, 3:44pm
Wait for one moment, is Darrly pulling our leg about Ben visiting with Monte? Was that just a little comment on the quality of the work, or was that a statement of fact?

Inquiring minds want to know...