View Full Version : Mando kin in progress

May-16-2006, 8:48pm
I couldn't resist stringing it up, though it still has a fair amount left to do. The pegs still need to be carved (they are just rough blanks) as does the scroll (not sure it will be a scroll; still deciding). The body, neck and peghead are all carved from a single piece of mahogany and the top is redwood in an induced arch. It sounds kinda like a fiddle (wish I knew how to play one so I could be sure).

EDIT - I guess I should have identified this. It is inspired by the rebec and the prochette and borows a little from each. It is a carved fiddle that might have existed four or five hundred years ago. Probably the only reason there aren't any just like this in existence is that they were all burned. #


May-16-2006, 9:59pm
Cool. I think I saw something like that at a Scottish-Irish Ren-Faire like thing last year.


Bill Snyder
May-16-2006, 10:05pm
Neat looking instrument.
I feel compelled to tell you that after this photo and the photos of your little flat top mandolin that we want a better look at what you are doing so you HAVE to get a better camera or find a friend with one. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

May-16-2006, 10:13pm
I have actually upgraded cameras (We have the Minolta Z6 now; 6MP with lots of options I haven't learned to use but should) but I manage to take photos just as bad as before. This is cropped and reduced. I need to learn to zoom better and light properly. I actually do have a buddy, right across the street, who is a pro with a studio in his house. He has volunteered to shoot some pics for me and I will take him up on it when I finish this one and get some better shots of my mando at the same time.

oldwave maker
May-17-2006, 7:57am
My current 4 stringer project- halfsize hillbilly hubcap custom turbodeisel bass with pontiac gastank body and kay neck, so the Bad Habits acoustic blues will have 3 hubcaps and a harp, still trying to remove the fumes......

May-17-2006, 8:34am
WOW....now that is some kindof bass fiddle!

May-17-2006, 8:40am
I want one!

May-17-2006, 8:45am
You just had to come along and outgas, er I mean, outclass me, didn't you? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif #

Are you going to cut sound holes? About the only suggestion I have for eliminating fumes is blowing air through it. You could try rinsing it with something that has less of a residue. I think diesel dissolves in alcohol. But sloshing alcohol around in a mostly empty tank is not something you will find in the OSHA manual (maybe in a NASA manual; prepare for liftoff!).

I was just thinking about a bass last night. The kids were watching Tom and Jerry and Tom was serenading his love interest, playing an acoustic bass and singing "Is you is or is you ain't my baby?". I've still got that silly song stuck in my head.

I forgot to answer Jamies earlier post. You see rebecs at Ren faires a lot. They are still being built by some grossly underpaid luthiers in former bloc countries and can be found pretty cheap. They have 3 gut strings. The prochette you see far less. It is a really skinny 4 string violin used by dance masters. It was preferred for its small size; it could be slipped into a large coat pocket. But as I said earlier, this really isn't either of those. Probably closer to a rebec than prochette, though.

May-17-2006, 8:54am
Thanks Andy. The ones I saw were locally made by the guy and his wife who wre performing with them. It's nice to know these instruments are still being built.

As for Bill's bass, there's gotta be a way to affix a tail light to it somewhere with an audio slave to have it blink with each note. Maybe even alternating turn signals... Maybe I've been near the fumes...


May-17-2006, 11:29am
I got curious about the song I mentioned earlier. I went and found it:


and here (click) (http://www.louisjordan.com/lyrics/IsYouIsOrIsYouAintMyBaby.aspx?l=1) are the lyrics and some discussion - I notice a lot of other people found it the same way I did.

Now it will be stuck in more heads than mine... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

May-17-2006, 11:55am
Wow, that Louis Jordan web site is cool. #Man, take a look through that song list - there are 6 or 8 that I never knew he wrote! #It reminds me of the Joe Jackson album of Louis Jordan tunes from like 1980 (I have the old vinyl version, but I need to update that one in digital format). #I should also dig around and get my hands on some of Louis Jordan's original material - everything in my collection is someone else's cover.

May-17-2006, 12:43pm
For fume removal, I would recommend Caswell Gas Tank Sealant (http://www.caswellplating.com/aids/epoxygas.htm) or POR-15. (http://www.prp-porshop.com/por-15-tank-sealer.htm)

May-17-2006, 12:47pm
For fume removal, I would recommend Caswell Gas Tank Sealant (http://www.caswellplating.com/aids/epoxygas.htm) or POR-15. (http://www.prp-porshop.com/por-15-tank-sealer.htm)
Actually, the Caswell site gives the advice:

All traces of oil and gasoline should first be removed by pouring about 1 pint of acetone or lacquer thinner into the tank, and rotating the tank several times to thoroughly sluice the sides with solvent. Dispose of the contaminated solution.

which is the ticket, I think...