View Full Version : My #1 mando (IV kit) finally finished

Darren Kern
Apr-01-2006, 10:17pm
After taking way too long on this, I can finally say I'm done. I made a lot of mistakes, but what I've learned greatly outweighs the negative, and the bottom line is that I've got a mandolin that I'm pretty proud of, and that sounds absolutely fantastic. Thanks to everyone for all the advice, I really do appreciate it. Here's a few pics.

Darren Kern
Apr-01-2006, 10:18pm

Darren Kern
Apr-01-2006, 10:19pm

Darren Kern
Apr-01-2006, 10:19pm

Darren Kern
Apr-01-2006, 10:20pm

Steve Cantrell
Apr-01-2006, 10:26pm
Way to go Darren. I've enjoyed watching your progress. That mando looks great!

Apr-01-2006, 10:34pm
Done at last! Cool!
Good job of staying with it, rolling with the punches, and turning out a mandolin to be proud of. Congrats!

Apr-01-2006, 11:15pm
It looks really good. Hard work pays off!

Jonathan James
Apr-02-2006, 12:06am
Great work, Darren! Can't wait to hear it in person sometime soon.

Apr-02-2006, 12:32am

Looks nice. I like the stain job. It really has a nice tint to it. How does it sound?


Apr-02-2006, 1:15am
Much better that you took your time and ended up on a very positive note. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif For someone who claimed to have little woodworking experience, you did a really nice job, Darren. You need to buy the builder a drink!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif



Apr-02-2006, 3:00am
Well done that looks a fine job. Upgraded them thar tuners by the look of it.

Apr-02-2006, 4:07am
Wow Darren! That looks really good! Well done!

Stephanie Reiser
Apr-02-2006, 5:40am
Great job, Darren! I mean, you turned out a really terrific instrument there. Love the stain job.

Apr-02-2006, 7:14am
Nice looking job Darren. Good looking mando.

Darren Kern
Apr-02-2006, 12:08pm
Thanks for the comments, a lot of you are the ones that have been helping me and encouraging me along the way, so again- I really appreciate it. Danny- it sounds really good. Great volume, great chop, and a very well rounded tone throughout. Neil, you're right, these are Schaller's. I think they make a big difference. I also upgraded to an ebony bridge over the rosewood one that it came with.

Apr-02-2006, 12:29pm
That looks really good, Darren! The burst is beautiful.

Milan Christi
Apr-02-2006, 1:20pm
Man, that looks nice! I really respect your dedication - it shows.

Bill Snyder
Apr-02-2006, 2:37pm
Way to go. Just think how much easier the process is going to be on #'s 2,3,4 ..... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Cary Fagan
Apr-05-2006, 7:28am
A nonbuilder like me can only be fully of admiration. Must be a great pleasure to play! Congratulations

Apr-05-2006, 9:11am
Let me add my congrats to all the others. Very nice looking, and I'm sure very nice sounding as well.

Jim Rowland
Apr-05-2006, 9:13am
So fine,Darren! Caring,determination,persistence..and,obvously some building talent have paid off for you.

Apr-05-2006, 10:09am
Very nice Darren! It's been interesting to follow your blog.

Apr-05-2006, 10:56am
Watch out, fatt-dad's next and I really don't have any woodworking experience. Your mandolin really does look great! Thinking that it sounds great is just too much to hope for, but alas I'm keeping my hopes up. . . .

fatt hey-I-just-made-a-thickness-gauge dad

Stanley Cox
Apr-05-2006, 4:28pm
Darren, I go with all the others said.Good work.

Stanley http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif