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May-23-2006, 10:03am
It took a while, but here it is at last.

May-23-2006, 10:04am

May-23-2006, 10:05am

May-23-2006, 10:06am
Full back.

May-23-2006, 10:08am
Back close.

Keith Miller
May-23-2006, 10:22am
I realy like that , I'm not a great fan of "bursts" but that back one I would kill for http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
Have to win the lottery now I think

May-23-2006, 11:18am
love the headstock shape-nice job

Mike Crocker
May-23-2006, 11:29am
Trade ya even for an early '90s Nissan Sentra. Milage, what milage? I eagerly await your reply.

Peace, Mooh.

May-23-2006, 11:36am
I liked the avant garde sound holes on the one Greg had at Wintergrass.
How does the S holes change the sound? Also does the scroll lean in a bit
more towards the neck on this one? Nice to see you steppin' out of the
typical F5 box!

May-23-2006, 11:41am
nice lines on that thing, it looks so smooth!

May-23-2006, 12:44pm
It looks fast - like it's about to be pulled over for speeding.

Baron Collins-Hill
May-23-2006, 3:52pm
i loooooooovee that headstock and the TRC goes well with the design.


May-24-2006, 6:09am

Those aren't ebony tuner buttons, are they? They seem to have a rich brown color.


May-24-2006, 7:02am
Okay, I'll dissent (puts flame-proof suit on). I prefer Greg's version. I also prefer the Stealth over this model. Not sure about the scroll's elongation and flow from the body. I think a more traditional burst might pull this together visually. With the F holes and the return of a more traditionally shaped pickguard, the "open bottom" burst doesn't fit/flow for me. Maybe it's because the others were a more clear departure from F-5 aesthetics.

Mike Crocker
May-24-2006, 7:14am
I find myself looking at this again! I really like the proportions of this mandolin. There is a certain grace to it that's missing from many other non-traditional designs, perhaps because it acknowledges some existing design elements without ripping them off wholesale, but more likely because there is a smooth flow of lines from one curve to another.

Very nice. If it sounds as good as it looks, look out!

Peace, Mooh.

May-24-2006, 8:02am
real perty, I like!!

May-24-2006, 8:36am
Very nice design Hans!

Big Joe
May-24-2006, 9:42am
Hans...you've done it again! Your work always impresses me. I love the originality in your headstock and body lines. They have a cool reference to the history of the F model, but you've taken it in a new direction. Thank you for exhibiting your creativity. One never knows about the commercial results of great art, but it certainly is great art!

Tom C
May-24-2006, 9:49am
Is the volume larger than a traditional "F"? The Salvador Dali model?

May-24-2006, 11:21am
Thanks folks. You too Phil!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif I do appreciate all input.
Mooh, I'll take a Prius! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Arthur, I decided that with all the curves on this one the reverse dolphin holes were too angular as was the original peghead. Doesn't seem to sound much different than Greg's that I could attribute to the shape. I didn't angle the scroll, but I think "dreadnaughting" the waist out might give that impression. Intend to move the most forward point of the scroll towards the neck though...would probably give it more slant. I also have some refining to do on the button. The sunrise sunburst is not a fixed part of the design. As far as the sound, I'd say it sounds like my 23V Italians (Italian top). I'll let the instrument speak for itself. I believe Flowerpot may have a soundclip.
Clayton, I made the buttons from African blackwood.
Tom, the volume is just a tad larger. Salvador Dali, maybe, but not Escher...Wouldn't want it eating it's own tailpiece!
I'll have some pix up in a few days of the "special Eclipse" that I made for my wife. # #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

May-24-2006, 1:19pm
The whole thing is nice, but from my perspective, the single nicest thing about it is what I've also been planning on doing myself for a while.

Not everyone spends all their time standing up playing. In fact, some of us never do, and with this design or one similar to it, it becomes immideately clear that ones right thigh will suffer a lot less painful indignations from this lower point design than the standard "F" style fare.


May-24-2006, 9:08pm
Thank you Joe! Indeed as our very own Dave Ray (passed away and sorely missed) would have said, "You are too kind."

May-25-2006, 7:29pm
Looks like a standard F-5 that was redisgned in a wind tunnel. Streamlined to go really FAST!!

Bill Halsey
May-25-2006, 9:16pm
Hans, I've enjoyed seeing so many of your fine, imaginative creations here on MC. As I steel myself for yet another attempt within the confines of the comfort and security of straight-up F5-ness, I am so very admiring of your resourcefulness and creative inspiration. Bravo, and my sincere congratulations to you!

Bob Kellett
May-25-2006, 9:38pm


May-26-2006, 3:55pm
Hans - Speaking of the late Dave Ray { non-mando content ahead }- I first heard him on an Electra records collection of young white urban blues singers called The Blues Project { along with Dave Van Ronk, Geoff Muldaur, Danny Kalb, John Koerner and many others }. Well - this middle classed kid growing up on the coast of florida had never really heard the blues before.

The first song on the record was Dave Ray playing 12 string slide guitar. I'd never heard anything like it before. It sounded so strange to my ears that I was convinced the record was warped. I took the LP back to the store and the guy there opened up another copy and we listened to both LP's one after another. Neither one was warped. With an astonished look on both of our faces he turned to me and said - "Son - I think it's actually SUPPOSED to sound like that".

I took the record home - began to listen to it - and fell in love with the blues. Required mando content: It's also the first time I was able to hear a mandola.

Jan Ellefsen
May-26-2006, 4:56pm
I think I would have to get used to the bass side of the body (with the scroll), but I think the treble side is the most elegant on any mandolin ever.

May-26-2006, 8:39pm
Wesley, check out www.jdray.com
Everything you ever wanted to know about Dave, his music, and his marvelous sense of humor. Example: One nite a drunk hollered out to Dave on stage "You sound like Leo Kottke!" Dave replied wryly "Leo Kottke is a Dave Ray emulator."http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif
Mando content...Dave did not play mandolin.