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mandolinrick
Nov-16-2007, 7:46pm
Here's a "hot-rodded" IV kit - I replace the tuners with Grovers, bone nut, ebony bridge, radiused the fretboard (took the frets off and put on black binding instead of white), and used black/white/black cellulose binding on the front and back. Stained brown (no sunburst) with sprayed on oil varnish finished cured under UV lights.

Sounded very nice when in the white, but haven't had a chance to play it yet after restringing. This mandolin is being raffled off at the North Florida Bluegrass Association's annual Expo in Hoboken, Georgia (not New Jersey...) on Saturday, November 17. I'm the webmaster for the NFBA and also have been making mandolin's for about 3 or 4 years, and had an IV kit sitting around. I think the person who wins the raffle is going to be very pleased (at least I hope so). This is mandolin #5 for me, but also have built several other instruments.

Here's a link to my blog on this build:
Expo Mandolin Blog (http://www.torzynmusicalinstruments.com/blog/wordpress/?cat=4)

Now to pictures.

http://www.torzynmusicalinstruments.com/images/blog/expo/final/front1.jpg

mandolinrick
Nov-16-2007, 7:53pm
http://www.torzynmusicalinstruments.com/images/blog/expo/final/front3.jpg

mandolinrick
Nov-16-2007, 7:57pm
http://www.torzynmusicalinstruments.com/images/blog/expo/final/back4.jpg

mandolinrick
Nov-16-2007, 8:09pm
http://www.torzynmusicalinstruments.com/images/blog/expo/final/back1.jpg

mandolinrick
Nov-16-2007, 8:11pm
http://www.torzynmusicalinstruments.com/images/blog/expo/final/peghead1.jpg

JeffS
Nov-16-2007, 8:35pm
That really looks nice. North Florida Bluegrass Association's annual expo in Georgia... interesting. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

John Rosett
Nov-17-2007, 7:15am
That really looks nice. #North Florida Bluegrass Association's annual expo in Georgia... interesting. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif
Yeah, all that stuff got really complicated after NAFTA.

steve V. johnson
Nov-17-2007, 10:36am
Very handsome, tasteful, well done!!

I hope it sells loads of raffle tix!

Thanks,

stv

mandolinrick
Nov-21-2007, 1:03pm
The Expo mandolin was raffled off on Saturday, November 17 at the NFBA Expo in Hoboken, Georgia. I was working during the day on Saturday tweaking it a bit, but did have it ready for the raffle. The raffle raised over $1000 for the North Florida Bluegrass Association, which will go into the general fund. Not too shabby.

We had a little girl draw the name (I didnít want to be held accountable for who won it!) and the winner wasÖ.. Lee Jones. Whatís great is that he is regular of a small jam group that I organized, so Iíll get to see the Expo T on a regular basis. Lee is a great guitar player, but also plays mandolin and was wanting to get into playing mandolin more (in fact, he brought a Washburn oval hole mandolin to the expo for me to adjust the action on). So Iím really happy that the Expo T mandolin has found a great new home! Congratulations Lee!

http://www.torzynmusicalinstruments.com/images/blog/expo/winner_expo.jpg