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Troy Harris
Jan-26-2008, 4:04pm
Recently completed A-5…

Jan-26-2008, 4:06pm
My goodness, what a nice mandolin!

Troy Harris
Jan-26-2008, 4:07pm
Red spruce top...

Jan-26-2008, 4:08pm
If its red maple back my next question is: is it available? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Troy Harris
Jan-26-2008, 4:08pm
Red maple back, neck and sides…

Troy Harris
Jan-26-2008, 4:10pm

Troy Harris
Jan-26-2008, 4:11pm
Oil varnish & French polish...

Troy Harris
Jan-26-2008, 4:12pm

Troy Harris
Jan-26-2008, 4:13pm

Jan-26-2008, 4:14pm

Jan-26-2008, 4:15pm
So, is it available?

downright Hillburnesque in the fit and finish...

Jan-26-2008, 4:22pm
where do I sign up http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif?!? That looks amazing. Beautiful lines, workmanship and finish.

Troy Harris
Jan-26-2008, 4:44pm
Thank you, but this mandolin was ordered and is not available. I appreciate your interest.

Jan-26-2008, 5:09pm

WOW ! ! ! stunning as always! Someone is getting a beautiful mando...

Jan-26-2008, 5:56pm
excellent...love the headstock's inlay and clean lines!

Will Kimble
Jan-26-2008, 5:59pm
Looks beautiful, my only suggestion is that you should put your name on the headstock... #

Will Kimble

Jan-26-2008, 10:21pm
I'd say you nailed this one Troy! That's a looker.

Mark Franzke
Jan-27-2008, 12:37am
Beautiful work, all the way around!

Mario Proulx
Jan-27-2008, 12:43am

Michael Lewis
Jan-27-2008, 12:59am
It sure looks pretty from here! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Stanley Cox
Jan-27-2008, 10:21am
Looks good from here too...

Stanley http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Troy Harris
Jan-27-2008, 8:36pm
Looks beautiful, my only suggestion is that you should put your name on the headstock...

Will Kimble
Thank you for the suggestion… I agree and I like the traditional aesthetic of the name on the headstock. This particular mandolin was a special order and the client wanted a simple headstock design with no logo.

Jan-27-2008, 11:20pm
That looks exceptionally clean. Awesome work!

Chris Biorkman
Jan-27-2008, 11:28pm
Nice, nice, nice. Keep up the good work. Very clean.

Kirk Albrecht
Jan-28-2008, 9:17am
Very nice work, and a perfect sunburst! You really nailed it. Hope is sounds as pretty as it looks!

Jan-28-2008, 9:52am
I could see myself playing a mandolin just like that! It's really nice looking all around!!


Lane Pryce
Jan-29-2008, 5:50pm
Thats a Campbell Soup mandolin ----- Ummh Ummh good. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif Very nice work. Lp

Have ya got a sound clip? Lp

Brad Weiss
Jan-29-2008, 9:32pm
Whoosh! Clean as a whistle- what's not to like? Lovely #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Troy Harris
Jan-31-2008, 12:49pm
Pick guard installed…

Troy Harris
Jan-31-2008, 12:50pm

Troy Harris
Jan-31-2008, 12:51pm
I plan to record some sound clips this weekend. Ahh, on second thought, maybe I’ll ask my buddy Philip to record some sound clips.

Paul Kotapish
Jan-31-2008, 3:14pm
Very nice aesthetic. I really appreciate the clean lines, elegant details, and the logo-free peghead. I wish more makers would sacrifice the advertising in favor of the timeless look.

Looking forward to hearing one of these.

Cheryl Watson
Jan-31-2008, 4:59pm
Troy, that A is just amazing!! Clean, tasteful, and I'll bet it is toneful too. Can't wait to browse your new website when it is up.


Jan-31-2008, 6:24pm
You know, I really like the lighting in these photos - kind of blueish. It makes the frets and strings look fantastic. Beautiful mandolin!

Troy Harris
Feb-01-2008, 9:06am
Thank you… All of the photos were taken in my workshop with natural light. My shop features large north-facing windows, which allow enough light to take photos without any artificial lighting. I would get better results using a tripod, outside on a cloudy day, but the northeast winter doesn’t permit that. It’s convenient that I can take photos while I work… one reason why I enjoy posting photos on the Café. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Stanley Cox
Feb-01-2008, 5:41pm
Dang Troy, Do you have to work in that shop? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Any pics of the inside?


Troy Harris
Feb-01-2008, 9:56pm
I want to give credit where credit is due… The shop was designed and built by Steve Selin, a violin luthier who shares the shop space with me. Steve and I work independently, but pool resources with maintaining tools and shop expenses. We also collaborate with research and share knowledge. It works out well for me and keeps my foot in the door with what’s happening in the violin world. This, for someone interested in acoustics, is fascinating.

Feb-12-2008, 8:04pm
Troy, nice work. What number mandolin is this for you?

Troy Harris
Feb-14-2008, 3:17pm
Here are a few photos of the inside of my shop…

Troy Harris
Feb-14-2008, 3:20pm
My work bench…

Troy Harris
Feb-14-2008, 3:21pm

Troy Harris
Feb-14-2008, 3:24pm
Thanks Tod…this A-5 is #10. Although the number is a bit misleading. I began building mandolins in 1998… then apprenticed with a violin maker, full-time for five years, where I assisted in building violins, some cellos and a few basses. During that time I built only a few mandolins, but learned traditional woodworking methods and varnish techniques. After my apprenticeship, I built mandolins part-time and did repair work. However, in 2007, I began building mandolins full-time.