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Mental Floss
Mar-11-2006, 7:56pm
I am new to this obsession....my wife is looking for a 12 step program but all I heard was 12 th fret...
Anyway I was looking at the beautiful Holst and Andersen mandolins with non traditional sound holes and wondered if folks would show their sound holes.
What difference does your soundhole make to the sound? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

G. Fisher
Mar-11-2006, 8:22pm
I believe that these are called Doliphin holes.
Brentrup Eclipse

Mental Floss
Mar-11-2006, 8:37pm
Great! Who is the maker?

Mar-11-2006, 9:50pm
Lawrence Smart dola & mando

Mar-11-2006, 9:54pm
John Monteleone

Mar-11-2006, 9:56pm
John Monteleone

Bill Snyder
Mar-11-2006, 10:10pm
Great! Who is the maker?
The first picture is of an Eclipse built by Hans Brentrup.

Keith Miller
Mar-11-2006, 10:18pm
This is about as non traditional as it gets, freshwater. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Mar-12-2006, 12:08am
SternART, where do you find such nice Monteleone pictures. For such a well-known maker, pictures of his mandos are hard to find (at least for me)

Mar-12-2006, 12:26am
Here's one so traditional (in an old-fashioned sense) it's tradition is forgotten and it's now non-traditional.

Mar-12-2006, 9:22am
Stephen Holst C-5 with Jazz style sound holes.


Mental Floss
Mar-12-2006, 11:20am
Leon that is a pretty mandolin.....nice tailpiece too!

Mar-12-2006, 11:38am
markishandsome...if you buy an instrument from John he sends you a photo taken on his workbench when it is completed.
He also sometimes shares them with friends & others who are interested in his work. I bought the Radio Flyer from John,
and unfortunately my studio was recently flooded, and to raise money for my business, I've had to part with some of
my treasures, so the Flyer has a new home. I've also just parted with a Gilchrist & a Smart. All were fabulous instruments.

Mar-12-2006, 11:43am
Arthur: I'm sorry to hear about the flooding. I hope nothing irreplaceable was lost.

oldwave maker
Mar-12-2006, 12:50pm
seedy, but sweet:

Jim Garber
Mar-12-2006, 3:49pm
Here's an oddball called the Artistic mandolin.


Jim Garber
Mar-12-2006, 3:52pm
Another one, strange in both soundholes and shape.


Jim Garber
Mar-12-2006, 3:57pm
Oops! I re-read the thread title and it looks like you are looking for contemporary examples.

Here's a nice group as played by the Melonious Quartet.


Mar-12-2006, 4:02pm

Paris Swing (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=13;t=32839)

Mar-12-2006, 6:16pm
Nothing "standard" about this one...

Mar-12-2006, 6:42pm
Hi Mental Floss,

That's Steve's ebony tail piece. It realy adds something to the overall look. Here's a full shot of the instrument.


Mar-12-2006, 9:25pm
that's one sexy looking mandolin right there

Mar-12-2006, 10:13pm
Most definitely!


Mar-13-2006, 7:48am
Stylized S-hole...just a peek! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Mar-13-2006, 8:16am
Click around on Dave Cohen's (http://users.erols.com/judcohen/) web page. He uses different types of sound holes and his mandolins sound great too!

fatt nothing-in-it-for-me dad

Bill Snyder
Mar-15-2006, 11:34pm
Here is one built by Martin Jacobson. It was posted in a thread here at the Mandolin Cafe a couple of years ago.
I would be curious to see what Martin has done since this one.

Martin Jonas
Mar-16-2006, 12:21pm
This one is a German Herwiga (from <a href="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-antique-Wappen-mandolin-Herwiga-fantastic_W0QQitemZ7398127112QQcategoryZ10179QQrdZ
1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">this</a> auction).


Jim M.
Mar-16-2006, 12:32pm
Ben Wilcox's J16 ---


Mar-16-2006, 4:17pm
This is from Dave Cohen's website (http://users.erols.com/judcohen/)


Darren Kern
Mar-16-2006, 4:57pm
SternART or anybody else, on an instrument like that first Montelone, how do the larger soundholes affect the sound? There has to be a difference.

Mar-16-2006, 6:19pm
I find the sound very open..... and immediate....fastest mando from pickin' to hearin' I've ever experienced.
The Lawrence Smart instruments pictured before the Monty Flyer, to some extent share this quality.

Mar-23-2006, 6:40pm
Not a mandolin, but I couldn't resist this Del Vecchio guitar:


I know they made tenors too.. Anyone see a DV reso mandolin?

Mental Floss
Mar-26-2006, 2:45pm
Have you ever seen a sound hole shaped like a lightening bolt?

Baron Collins-Hill
Mar-26-2006, 3:15pm
yeah, theres a picture of a acoustic flying v around somewhere with lightning holes. im sure someone can find it, i can seem to though,


Jim Garber
Mar-26-2006, 3:20pm
by Dave Coleson (from the hybrid page of Eye Candy).