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Troy Harris
Feb-13-2008, 6:08pm
Dark orange top…

Troy Harris
Feb-13-2008, 6:09pm
Inspired by the early Gibson torch & wire inlay…

Troy Harris
Feb-13-2008, 6:10pm
Sunburst back, sides and neck…

Troy Harris
Feb-13-2008, 6:11pm
Tortoise celluloid binding…

Skip Kelley
Feb-13-2008, 6:13pm
Troy, Awesome looking mandolin! I love the top color! That is as nice as one gets!

Troy Harris
Feb-13-2008, 6:13pm

Jonathan James
Feb-13-2008, 6:14pm
Wow, that is sweet.

Troy Harris
Feb-13-2008, 6:15pm
Narrow .040” frets with flat board…

Troy Harris
Feb-13-2008, 6:17pm
Hand engraved silver plated tailpiece.
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Feb-13-2008, 6:19pm
That color is amazing and like I said in your other recent topic I LOVE the natural light. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Feb-13-2008, 6:24pm
I like your adaptation/interpretation of that classic, early F4 inlay... tastefully done.

Feb-13-2008, 6:28pm
Nice! Do you do the engraving?

Feb-13-2008, 6:33pm
gosh darn it. #that is one heckuva mandolin.


John Hill
Feb-13-2008, 6:39pm
Wow! Love that color! What a time to be a mandolin player with so many talented luthiers putting out crazy good work.

Feb-13-2008, 6:51pm
That's looks pretty close to perfection to me? How's it sound?

Steve Cantrell
Feb-13-2008, 7:00pm
Egads, that's the stuff Troy. Oh well, guess I'll start sorting out my card balances again.

Feb-13-2008, 7:09pm
Outstanding Troy!

Feb-13-2008, 7:20pm
What can I add to the above comments. Holy cow, that looks amazing. I love the torch and wire work. Someone PM DassPunk now.


Austin Clark
Feb-13-2008, 9:51pm
awesome work, Troy. Beautiful headstock and nice fretwork.

Rick Jones
Feb-13-2008, 10:26pm
Absolutely beautiful!

Mario Proulx
Feb-13-2008, 11:23pm
Nicey nice!

Feb-13-2008, 11:27pm
Another winner Troy!

Ivan Kelsall
Feb-14-2008, 3:10am
Impecable,immaculate,perfection,stunning.......... ....... !!,

Feb-14-2008, 7:48am
Nice Troy...where'd ya get the .040 wire?

Matt Hutchinson
Feb-14-2008, 8:09am
Wow, that's one good looking mandolin!

Mark Walker
Feb-14-2008, 8:42am
Well done! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Don Grieser
Feb-14-2008, 10:15am
The "wow" factor of your work has consistently been off the charts. But that torch and wire takes it to a whole new level.

Lane Pryce
Feb-14-2008, 11:09am
Absolutely stunning. You clearly have a very unique gift. Lp

Feb-14-2008, 1:14pm
Very nice Troy! The presumed inspiration is my avatar..

Feb-14-2008, 1:48pm
Beautiful, just Beautiful........Love that Headstock.


Troy Harris
Feb-14-2008, 3:40pm
Nice! Do you do the engraving?
I have a friend, who’s a jeweler and gun engraver that does my engraving. I eventually want to try my hands at engraving.

Troy Harris
Feb-14-2008, 3:49pm
Nice Troy...where'd ya get the .040 wire?
I get my fret wire from Jescar. The wire is manufactured in Germany and is available in nickel silver or stainless steel.

Barry Platnick
Feb-14-2008, 3:56pm
Wow! That is what I would have my mando look like if I could.
what do you call that color?
what is .040 wire? how does it compare to say collings or gibson?

Feb-14-2008, 4:44pm
Narrow .040” frets with flat board…
Dan nods in vintage approval at the frets-before-binding and trapezoidal-nibs on the edge of the board.

Nice fretwire http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Troy Harris
Feb-14-2008, 4:49pm
The color of the top is essentially very concentrated amber... I call it dark orange.

.040” is the width of the crown. This particular fret wire was manufactured to reproduce the fret wire (crown size) used on Loar period mandolins. Mandolin fret wire width can vary from .040” to .080”, depending on personal preference. My understanding is that Charlie Derrington worked with Jeff Silver at Jescar to have this specific fret wire manufactured. It’s great stuff… not easy to get without making a special order of quantity. Although, with generated interest… Jeff Silver may have more manufactured and keep some in stock for small orders.

Feb-14-2008, 11:24pm
jeez....another MAS flare-up! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Philip Halcomb
Feb-15-2008, 12:56am
Hi all, I just arrived back from Troy's shop. I played this new F5 and man it really sounds absolutely perfect right out off the bench. Since I've known Troy this is the first F5 of his I've had the privilege of playing right off the bench. So given that background I mean no offense by saying that I was expecting a green mandolin with a long road to maturity and breaking in. Then I took it into my hands and strummed an open G chord and it sort of blew me away, it didn't feel stiff or sound brand new at all. I looked up at Troy and smiled. I commenced to play Gold Rush on it and it had that nice woody mid-rangy sound that we all long for in our mandolins and usually only comes after many hours of playing. Then I went up high on it sounded like a top of the line Steinway (http://www.steinway.com/steinway/catalogue/models/005.html). Then went to try out the low end and the growl it produced made me quiver and feel like running like one of the 3 little pigs trying to evade capture from the big bad wolf (sorry for the cheesy review type drama, I'm trying to learn from Stan Jay).

Anyway, I really had a blast playing it. It was awesome and played extremely well and comfortably, I look forward to playing it again. It has a real 20's gibsony shape and is truly a really close Loar copy in sound, shape and feel. Only with a torch and wire and modern color scheme, which I personally love. I ran though several of my favorite tunes on it, Boston Boy, Joldier's Soy, Rawhide, and many others and it sounded great. Of course my Harris #7 sounds great too, so even given that this is a truly exceptional instrument, when I picked up #7 which is a really exceptional instrument as well, I didn't feel in the least bit under gunned. Anyhow it's really a pleasure to live so close to Troy and be able to sample these fine new instruments.

Troy Harris
Feb-15-2008, 8:44am
Thank you Philip… likewise, it’s a pleasure for me to live nearby such a fine musician.
Dan thanks for the vintage approval. The next mandolins on my building schedule will have a more authentic look…

Troy Harris
Feb-15-2008, 9:03am
Some more photos…

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Troy Harris
Feb-15-2008, 9:18am
Last photo… thanks everyone for the encouraging comments. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif