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oldwave maker
May-15-2006, 5:52pm
Years ago I was walking up the hill to the stage at a small festival in southern colorado, hurrying to catch Wayne and Elliotts sunday morning gospel set. All of a sudden it got so bright out I had to shut my eyes, and from somewhere up above I heard a deep resonant voice say this one word: "Swiss"
I thought about this for several years before I finally realized that , yes, God is, in fact, a Green Bay Packer fan.
Ive been on a mission and its finally accomplished, and I mean no disrespect toward you Cowboy and Chief fans.
X braced red spruce top, hard maple back, shellac over Bonita Barlow oil painting over shellac sealer.

oldwave maker
May-15-2006, 5:54pm
Catlinite football from the Arizona mine

mandopete
May-15-2006, 5:57pm
Bill, you are the very defitinition of the word "inimitable".

Is this one for Bret Favre?

oldwave maker
May-15-2006, 5:57pm
side cincoporto makes it almost as irritating to the player as the listener

oldwave maker
May-15-2006, 6:05pm
Bocote fretboard and fingerrest

Alex Fields
May-15-2006, 6:05pm
Hah. How does that thing sound?

grandmainger
May-15-2006, 6:06pm
Bill, you are killing me with those designs!
Right, let's see if I get this right:
More cheese more holes... More holes, less cheese... Less cheese, less mandolin... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif
Germain

Professor PT
May-15-2006, 6:19pm
I think it's kind of...cheesey! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

WireBoy
May-15-2006, 6:51pm
Whoever ends up owning this will surely have made a Gouda investment.

Jim M.
May-15-2006, 6:56pm
And to sip while you pluck:

http://www.smallwinemakers.ca/Images/Mandolin/MlPinotNoir.JPG

Skip Kelley
May-15-2006, 7:04pm
Bill, you amaze us all! Cool design!!!

John Flynn
May-15-2006, 7:11pm
Will it melt if you play it hot?

ShaneJ
May-15-2006, 9:55pm
Bill, my grandad's name is Bill. He was always building things....hotrods, boats, tools, gadgets, gizmos, etc.... He was brilliant, although he dropped out of school in the 9th grade. You two would have gotten along very well! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

MML
May-15-2006, 9:56pm
Hey..."Who cut the Cheese man?" http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Antlurz
May-16-2006, 12:34am
I can see it now. Someone will build a banj* shaped like a cheese cutter. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Ron

tjg
May-16-2006, 6:53am
As a Packer fan, that's the most beautiful mandolin I've ever seen (sniff).

JEStanek
May-16-2006, 7:34am
From Vince Lombardi... These translate well to the mandolin (any many other endeavors).

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.

Mental toughness is many things. It is humility because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength. Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.


Picking isn't everything, it's the only thing. Modified by me.

Jamie (Awesome mando Bill).

mandolooter
May-16-2006, 7:42am
ok....well....Ween...now we know!
Where'd the cheese go? (http://www.dancingjesus.com/ween.htm)

Landgrass
May-16-2006, 3:48pm
Holey Mandolin, Bussman! I'm really Fondue this one!

billkilpatrick
May-16-2006, 3:58pm
slice! ... very mice!

- bill

Jim Hilburn
May-16-2006, 4:43pm
I don't know. the whole thing seems kinda cheesy to me.

fatt-dad
May-16-2006, 4:48pm
Maybe a matching model in the shape of Wisconsin. . . .

f-d

PhilGE
May-16-2006, 6:37pm
But will it open up with age?

Is a blue bleu instrument next?

And about that cinqoporto (http://www.cinqueports.net/)

...gotta go...

PhilGE
May-16-2006, 6:38pm
But will it open up with age?

Is a blue bleu instrument next?

And about that cincoporto (http://www.cinqueports.net/)

...gotta go...

jasona
May-16-2006, 7:14pm
It probably gets better with age too.

I just want to add, I had the honour of playing one of the watermellon mandos Bill has made. These look funny, but are seriously good instruments too.

oldwave maker
May-18-2006, 8:07am
David Long cut that cheese last night on a tune at his gig with Mike Compton, he thought it had muenster tone for an Old Whey.....he dint cut up the neck with it like his gil, but mebbe those hard cheeses benefit from a bit of aging, and that gil jumped up into the NT2A mike like an icepick anyways...

red7flag
May-18-2006, 8:34am
I wonder if Parmesian would make a better mando being a harder more maple like cheese.
Tony

JEStanek
May-18-2006, 9:02am
Bill,

If the mando is like that post it has a ton of puns, I mean punch...
Jamie

Jim Garber
May-18-2006, 9:30am
It reminds me of that cheese store down the street from the C.F. Martin factory called Cheeses of Nazareth.

Keep up the good work, Bill!

Jim

Steven Stone
May-18-2006, 9:35am
I just cambearrit myself. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

The idea of playing that mando makes me cheadar with excitement http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

glauber
May-18-2006, 9:39am
It reminds me of that cheese store down the street from the C.F. Martin factory called Cheeses of Nazareth.
MAN #1: I think it was 'Blessed are the cheesemakers.'
MRS. GREGORY: Ahh, what's so special about the cheesemakers?
GREGORY: Well, obviously, this is not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.
MR. CHEEKY: See? If you hadn't been going on, we'd have heard that, Big Nose.
MR. BIG NOSE: Hey. Say that once more; I'll smash your bloody face in.
MRS. GREGORY: Ohh.
MR. CHEEKY: Better keep listening. Might be a bit about 'Blessed are the big noses.'
BRIAN: Oh, lay off him.

(Apologies to Monty Python.)

Brier
May-18-2006, 10:45pm
Bill,
Thanks sooo much, how fun you make it for us http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Peter.

Jerry Byers
May-19-2006, 5:02am
Well, any way that you slice it, it's unique.

Joe F
May-19-2006, 10:02am
A few tunes come to mind that would sound good on this instrument:

Sally Gouda
Colby Frosty Morn'
Working on a Stilton
Star of Muenster

tjg
May-19-2006, 11:20am
One down, thirty-one more to go to keep every mandolin-playing NFL fan happy. #Think of all the mando possibilities.

Duc Vu
May-24-2006, 10:34pm
Nitpicking on a great design, but the pickguard could have been a half-eaten cracker. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jim Hilburn
May-29-2006, 7:46am
I hate to have to report this, but it's come to my attention that Bill has been employing illegal aliens to build his mandolins.
You know he lives in Southern New Mexico. But his aliens don't come across the Mexican border. He goes over to Roswell to get them.

Jim Hilburn
May-29-2006, 9:01am
And here is undisputable photographic proof.

Daniel Nestlerode
May-29-2006, 10:33am
You're going to need a mandolin (http://#######.com/hjtab) to play that mandolin!

Seriously though, I've had the opportuity to play one of Bill's watermelon mandos, so I'll bet this one sounds wonderful even if it smells funky. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Daniel