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Jun-11-2004, 8:25pm
Well I finally got a digital camera....took some pics of my new prototype effort...just can't get them to post. So here we go again....maybe they'll show up! # http://img23.photobucket.com/albums/v69/mandomaniac/fullfront.jpg

Jun-11-2004, 8:28pm
welll it worked with one...guess that's the trick. There's more.....

Jun-11-2004, 8:37pm
Bear with me....I got carried away

Jun-11-2004, 8:40pm
Last two...I promise

Jun-11-2004, 8:42pm
Well the last one didn't work....here it is.....

Jun-11-2004, 8:43pm
Can provide details if any interest. I'm pretty pleased!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Igor The Cat
Jun-11-2004, 9:38pm
how much $$$?

Igor The Cat
Jun-11-2004, 9:39pm
and what are the details

Igor The Cat
Jun-11-2004, 9:39pm
and what are the details

Jun-11-2004, 11:10pm
Igor the cat is a night owl like me!

Details,details.....where to begin

Top: Bearclaw Englemann courtesy of Bruce Harvie (thanks Spruce!)Check out that silkng! Carved arch, Tonebars.
Back/Sides: Curly walnut from my farm...been airdrying 20Yrs! Carved arch
Neck: Curly walnut/ebony. Double acting trussrod (i made)
Fingerboard: Ebony, compound radius.Very sweet low action. BTW...the "piano key" FB inlay design is MINE!
Headstock: Listen up!!! the headstock design is MINE! ain't no flowerpots here. That trick with the binding is a royal pain! The headstock design and MOP signature inlay (TD's) are copyrighted/trademarked/whateverelse for ever more!
TR cover: Ebony with numbered rainbow oyster banner inlay
Bridge/Nut: fossilized ivory (i made)
Tailpiece: thanks, Randy Allen
Pickguard/Pickup: MAGIC!!!! microelectronics hiding under that Macassar ebony! Vol/Tone...even can switch from humbucker to single coil. MANY THANKS to Kent Armstrong who made the minihumbucker and helped me as I stumbled through designing the fine points. The unit can come away with simply one screw at the brass mount if desired.
Finish: No stain whatsoever...top or back/sides. Hand rubbed Permalyn (a la French Polish)No filler....simply coat/sand ad nauseum until pores filled...then a bit more. Great "depth", but thin.....and durable. I use the same method on gunstocks.
Strings: Thomastik
Sound?? considering it was strung 3 days before Memorial Day, I'm pretty happy! Hey....this past weekend Adam Steffey played it and said I could quote him....he loved it!
And plugged in? .....what a hoot!
Anyway, that's probably more info than necessary....but what can I say? As a prototype, it came out as well as I had hoped!
Thanks for bearing with me.......Tom

Jun-11-2004, 11:48pm
And by the way....the sides were bent with my heat blanket system (see discussion in Builders section). It DOES work!

Jun-12-2004, 1:38am
Beautiful, truly. A very well thought out effort, great design, and absolutely delightful woods (I'm certainly jealous of your own stash of walnut). Huge congrats, maniac, to a job very well done.

Rich Michaud
Jun-12-2004, 6:04am
What a beautiful instrument! Can I ask a silly question-where is the plug in hole for what I assume is a quarter inch cable? Can you provide a pic of it? Can we see the electronics under the guard? My compliments to the maker.
Rich Michaud

Ted Eschliman
Jun-12-2004, 6:47am
The world could certainly use more beautiful jazz box mandos like this treasure...

Jun-12-2004, 6:48am
Rich....the plug in is seen in the tail pic....need to scroll a bit to the right (I'm no good at posting pics!) Actually it is a micro jack, flush with side and barely noticeable. I use a pigtail adapter (patent pending <G>) from instrument to belt where standard 1/4" plugs in.

Mario Proulx
Jun-12-2004, 9:14am

Jun-12-2004, 1:02pm
Wow! Now there's one beautiful bird! That's what I love to see, a one of a kind!

Jun-12-2004, 2:11pm

Jun-13-2004, 12:48pm
Boy, after seeing great photographs on other topics here, I had to TRY to improve a little and editted some pics above. Since there was a question on the electronics.... a couple more that show under PG a bit,as well as the microjack.

Igor The Cat
Jun-13-2004, 2:27pm
that bride looks odd though because its raised a lot

Jun-13-2004, 4:47pm
Igor....optical illusion mostly. The bridge height is 15/16, so a hair higher than 13/16-7/8. The action is very low all the way up the FB,almost like cheating to play, yet good break angle at bridge.....this baby is LOUD! What makes it look a bit hung out there is that I have not yet glued the piece of ebony under the fossil ivory (between the posts) So there is indeed a lot of space there to your eye. Was in a hurry to get it strung up and shown to folks over Memorial Day. Still some tweaking like this issue to take care of.I see you are looking hard....that's good. More of these to be in the works...since this one WORKED! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Holler at me.....Tom

Ted Eschliman
Jun-13-2004, 5:48pm
More of these to be in the works...since this one WORKED!
...and that's terrific news.

Jun-21-2004, 8:02am
Thanks for all the kind words......
And especially thanks to Scott, who has helped me get the word out by including me in the Builders database and posting pictures of this ArchJazz model as well as an F5 in the Eye Candy section. If anyone is interested.....by all means drop me a line and we can discuss things. Tom

Jun-21-2004, 10:10am
you never answered the question how much $$$ I would likie to know. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Jun-21-2004, 11:29am
must be $ecret
gorgeous work!

Jun-21-2004, 11:45am
No secret....just varies with what the customer wants.......woods,accoutrements,electronics.....al l impact the 'bottom line'. Basic range is $3000-3500. Hope this helps! Tom

Jun-21-2004, 12:54pm
Definitely worthy of an emando.com listing! Would you like one, Tom?

Jun-21-2004, 3:14pm
I'd certainly be honored..Thanks!!!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif