View Full Version : Taking the 5th... Lower, that is.

Ted Eschliman
Feb-01-2006, 10:47am
While waiting on my new "Solocomp" 4-string from Mr. Bussmann, I have an Old Wave Mandola I'm getting intimate with, and thoroughly enjoying:


Ted Eschliman
Feb-01-2006, 10:47am
Bill does magnificent work. His detail and the vintage vibe makes this as much fun to look at as it is to play:


Ted Eschliman
Feb-01-2006, 10:48am
Subtle, yet sophisticated Oval hole "bling."


Ted Eschliman
Feb-01-2006, 10:49am
We just can't get enough of this world class builder:


You can read my review here: Old Wave Mandola (http://jazzmando.com/bill_bussmann.shtml)

Feb-01-2006, 11:20am
I think i'll have a fifth too. But i'll start with a pint.

How come this mandola is not shaped like a fish or a watermelon? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif It's pretty nonetheless.

Feb-01-2006, 11:23am

Feb-01-2006, 11:31am
Ted your hyperbolic prose adds value to any instrument.
See the Rigel website for examples- I am guessing those are Ted's descriptions http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Feb-01-2006, 11:35am
Ted and Bill.

Very nice. That neck joint looks so good! Nice Sneakers by the way Ted. Sweet gloss finish Mr. Bussman! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Feb-01-2006, 11:41am
I love the looks of his mandolas. I have always wanted to try one.

Pete Martin
Feb-01-2006, 12:02pm
Congrats, Ted. I just got one from Bill I really like as well. I'm expermenting tuning it a minor third higher as I want a Jazz instrument lower than mando, yet not as low as mandola. As soon as I settle on the string gauge, it could become my main axe. If that doesn't work out, it makes a very fine regular mandola as well.

If it does work, I may have to get another http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Feb-01-2006, 12:42pm
I'm feeling slightly ill with MES (Mandola Envy Syndrome).

Feb-01-2006, 9:53pm
gorgeous ted- enjoy!

Feb-01-2006, 11:06pm
Man that is NICE! Bill sure does some excellent work. The color is perfect on that one and his workmanship looks great. Very, very impressive!

Feb-02-2006, 10:05am
Jeremy - how can you say that? Just look at that scroll man!


This is one outstanding looking instrument!

Feb-02-2006, 10:14am
Is that on loan while yours is being built? #If so, is it the one that is listed as "available" (#372) on the Old Wave website?

oldwave maker
Feb-02-2006, 11:00am
Not a loaner, its Ted's to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer and a bit poorer, till DAS (dola acquisition syndrome) rears its snakehead again!
Glauber- no mo' melons or fish, the next one will be a custom wedge of swiss with the trademark custom biteaway and, of course, swiss style custom multiple soundholes! I done cussed some over the design but the sides are done and the old red spruce is ready to profile.
I know what you're probably thinking: mmmmm, tasty!
My only question for you professionals is- what wine goes with swiss? TIA

Feb-02-2006, 11:16am
what wine goes with swiss?
Why... do you need a design for the wine-bottle uke or mando to go with it? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif I'm no "professional" (I drink lots of wine, but nobody pays me for it http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif ) but you probably wouldn't wrong with a Riesling, or Pinot Noir if you like red.


Feb-02-2006, 11:58am
Pete, I guess I can let this one slide!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Feb-02-2006, 12:49pm

Try this Wine/Cheese link (http://www.ilovecheese.com/cheese_profile.asp?Cheese=Swiss).

"Swiss: Sauvignon Blanc, young Cabernet Sauvignon, light-bodied Pinot Noir, cran-raspberry juice, tomato or vegetable juice. Baby Swiss: Fruity white wine, aged red wine, fruit juices | Swiss: Cherries, apples, pears, green grapes. Baby Swiss: Sweet fruits and berries | Swiss: Toasted Almonds | Baby Swiss: Croissants"

Maybe you can make a custom almond pick to use as well... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif


Dale Ludewig
Feb-02-2006, 1:44pm
Really nice, Ted. And Bill. I'll bet that baby booms. Pun intended. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Feb-03-2006, 9:47am
My only question for you professionals is- what wine goes with swiss? TIA
Can,t go wrong with a jug of Night train, or for a special occasion, a nice bottle of King Richards Wild Irish Rose will always help set the tone for an "interesting" evening. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #
BTW Bill & Ted, Sweet 'dola but I still wouldn't trade you for my "tasty" mesquite C#. Enjoy!

Feb-03-2006, 2:33pm
My only question for you professionals is- what wine goes with swiss? TIA
I don't know specifically which one, but i'd look for something that comes in a bottle with a screw-cap. Those taste a lot better than the ones that come in bottles with corks!

Great idea, the Swiss cheese mando. I love it when the soundholes are integral to the design.

Feb-03-2006, 3:30pm
It comes from FIRELANDS WINERY and it goes with everything from cheese to Cheerios......."Granpa Mantey's Old Fashioned
Blue Face Grape" It's goooooooood

Feb-03-2006, 3:39pm
I don't know specifically which one, but i'd look for something that comes in a bottle with a screw-cap. Those taste a lot better than the ones that come in bottles with corks!
You jest, but more higher end wineries are going with screw caps rather than corks!


Feb-03-2006, 4:09pm
WAAAAA!! Ted always has the coolest toys