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Jun-30-2004, 5:50pm
Im anxious so I decided to start my post for this mandolin a bit early. As soon as it is complete I will post a photo and expose who my mandolin maker is. I believe itll stir serious attention around here. And I mean alot!

Jun-30-2004, 6:40pm
I'm guessing Monteleone or Gilchrist, or maybe a Loar!

Jun-30-2004, 7:05pm
Nope!But I like your guesses.

Jun-30-2004, 7:22pm
BRW !! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jun-30-2004, 8:09pm
How did I miss that one Maverick? I guess that is kind of obvious now! I look forward to seeing pics!

Scotti Adams
Jun-30-2004, 8:25pm
..naw..dont think so...

Jun-30-2004, 8:38pm
I hate suspense!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif

Jun-30-2004, 9:29pm
Could it be a Dude?

Jul-01-2004, 8:10am
Nope, although all these guesses are quite beyond amazing, nooones named the correct builder. Now what do you think? need hints? you never know though, you may have never heard of of this builder. Or maybe you have. But even if you havent,Im sure that when exposed some will come over to (THIS SIDE)

Jul-01-2004, 8:36am
What do we win if guess correctly?

Jul-01-2004, 8:52am
good question, oh and I decided that when its complete well do a little version of mando tasting. I'll record a wav file then I'll post on here and see if someone can guess by sound characteristics.
Clayton if you see this sooooosssshhh!lol.

Rob Powell
Jul-01-2004, 8:56am
Moon Beam?

Tom C
Jul-01-2004, 10:10am
Holoubek like your bro's or Smith Creek.

Jul-01-2004, 10:27am
The Nickel Creek refrence is the give away, I think..... no???

Jul-01-2004, 12:03pm
Hilburn ?? Wiens ?? Stinnett ?? Prucha ?? Duff ??
Would you even let us know if someone would guess correcetly ??

Jul-01-2004, 3:21pm
Wow! Thoese were very good guesses, espeacially the smith creek one. Cause they caught the this side hint, but read that it wasnt a Dudenbostel. Then they figured creek! Extremely good guess, however the answer is wrong. I promise If someone gets It, I'll say if your on. Ok well keep these guesses coming, they are fun to read.

Jul-01-2004, 4:05pm
Turkey Creek?

Jul-01-2004, 4:25pm
Hey another very awsome guess!

Jul-01-2004, 7:40pm
...Gibson !
................or maybe a handcrafted gdae_boy1 F5 #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jul-01-2004, 8:09pm

Jul-01-2004, 8:21pm
ward elliott

Jul-02-2004, 5:08am

Billy Mack
Jul-02-2004, 6:09am

Jul-02-2004, 6:33am
This Side -> Nickel Creek -> Chris Thile -> Chris -> Krishot ?

Tom C
Jul-02-2004, 6:37am
It's a ..... <span style='font-size:17pt;line-height:100%'><span style='color:purple'> Johnson! </span></span>

Jul-02-2004, 7:33am
Nope, Hey maybe I should have waited a little longer to start this post, lol I dont think I can hold it in for 17 days. Seems we are running out of builders huh?

Jul-02-2004, 7:44am
Is it a builder featured on the 'Eye Candy' page?

Jul-02-2004, 7:53am
No that should help though

Tom C
Jul-02-2004, 8:20am
" I believe itll stir serious attention around here. And I mean alot!
What can that mean?... We've seen Gils, Monts, Loars, Smarts, Garrity, Rose,Wiens....etc #What do we seldom hear about that would be pretigeous?
How about a Tut Taylor Prodigy A-5? or one of the new Randy Wood

Jul-02-2004, 8:28am
Okay here's my guess - Davis?

Jul-02-2004, 8:31am
Well perhaps Im incorrect, it might not stir anything. But I think that it will. That meaning lots of people will be very curious about this builder.

Tom C
Jul-02-2004, 8:46am
Mando for what type of music?

Jul-02-2004, 9:12am
Anthing that requires a plectrum. But all types of styles. It has already been described as having this elusive character you may hear in a gilchrist,dudenbostel or a montleone

Tom C
Jul-02-2004, 9:35am
plectrum - ouch, that sounds painful http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif How 'bout a pick?

Jul-02-2004, 9:43am
lol! that was kinda cheese huh?

Jul-02-2004, 10:07am
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you're the builder (seeing as how I only know one maker who's not on the eye candy page)

Jul-02-2004, 12:25pm
Anyone guessed San Juan yet?

Jul-02-2004, 1:39pm
I am really not the builder, so that guess is way up there. Guess again, I'll tell if you if you are any closer(when you come back down)lol!

Jul-02-2004, 1:59pm
Is it a Hutto?

Jul-02-2004, 2:08pm

Scotti Adams
Jul-02-2004, 2:16pm
..ok..one hint please...like where does he live?

Jul-02-2004, 2:44pm
Is it a Scott Tichenor #001?

Jul-02-2004, 4:58pm
no it isnt scotts, but hey id so like to see photos of it

Jul-02-2004, 5:19pm
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Jul-02-2004, 5:28pm
would you like another hint though?

Jul-02-2004, 5:52pm
Custom Rigel?

Jul-02-2004, 6:01pm
nope! want a location of builder?

Scotti Adams
Jul-02-2004, 6:40pm
sure..now we are gettin somewhere

Jul-02-2004, 6:46pm

Scotti Adams
Jul-02-2004, 7:01pm

Jul-02-2004, 7:43pm

Jul-02-2004, 8:48pm
Ok Let's see. The most beautiful mandolin I ever saw was a Jubal. I'm pretty sure they are made in Illinois (maybe Indiana). Ray Stillwell owned it and had it at Kaufman Kamp in 1999. I actually have three photos of it hanging on my music room wall!
Ray, If you're out there, give me a holler!
# Tony

Jul-02-2004, 9:24pm
Roy Davis of Dark Hollow Mandolins?

Jul-02-2004, 9:35pm

Bill Snyder
Jul-02-2004, 10:42pm
What style instrument is it?

Jul-03-2004, 6:39am

RI Jim
Jul-03-2004, 7:32am
I'm going to get shot in the foot for saying this, but having seen all the 'Top ' builders mentioned here, waht could possibly live up to the hype of this thread http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif If it's an un-known maker, cool, there are LOTS of great unknown builders doing great things now, so when a picture gets posted of a Beautiful 'fill in the blank' , how much better is it really going to be ?
# # I say stop the sillyness and post the pictures when you get the instrument. hype, hype, hype. But the curiosity factor always ways in on something like this. I personally am hoping it's somebody un-heard of and doing great things.

Jul-03-2004, 12:28pm
Hype? I dont believe hype is the word needed to describe what Im doing here. I actually thinks its very cool what you are saying though. In the way that you feel even the unknown builders deserve alot credit. I agree! Some of the best mando's Ive played have been made by some not as known luthiers. However though this maker is not on the eye candy page I do believe he will be very very soon. Besides its not about hype, we are all into the same thing here, that being mandolin, I think it makes it a bit interesting to hear what people are hopeing they see. But Im telling you this is something special seriously and deserves this topic.

Jul-03-2004, 2:00pm
How about another hint !!

Jul-03-2004, 6:59pm
Ok dont you guys just love the fox song

Jul-03-2004, 7:30pm
It does'nt say "Kentucky" on the headstock does it?

Jul-03-2004, 7:44pm

Jul-03-2004, 7:54pm
I don't think this will be the right guess but here goes,
Drum roll please, it wouldn't happen to be one of skip kelley's mandolins http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif?

Jul-03-2004, 8:03pm
nope, but what made you think that?

Jul-03-2004, 8:08pm
Just thought i would give it a shot, its the first one that came to mind that wasn't on the eye candy page. I wasn't even close was i ?? Are you referring to the nickel creek song " The Fox " ??

Jul-03-2004, 8:15pm
Moon Beam?

Jul-03-2004, 9:10pm
Is it a Paul Reed Smith? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jul-03-2004, 10:03pm
yes i am refering to nickel creek

Jul-03-2004, 11:18pm
Is the builder's first name Steve?

Jul-03-2004, 11:20pm

Jul-03-2004, 11:52pm

Jul-04-2004, 12:07am
Well its been obvious in the past posts here.. #Lets go through..
#"..will come over to (THIS SIDE)"
"I'll tell if you if you are any closer(when you come back down)lol! "
#"dont you guys just love the fox song"

IT Has something to do with Nickel Creek! Umm.. breaking it down.. Nickel Creek, Chris Thile..... err... Did Chris Thile buy and/or feature this mando recently?
Im Trying to build up clues here!! Why would It have to do with Nickel Creek... hmmm...
Ive always been good with guessing games, but sheesh.???

Jul-04-2004, 12:26am
This game's not about guessing ... it is about waiting like morons.

Jul-04-2004, 3:39am
Oooh I see.... In that case... *waits like a moron* http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jul-04-2004, 7:01am
With all the referrences to nickel creek i would say it would have to be a dudenbostel, but that has already been guessed and you said it wasn't, so, i don't know ??

Scotti Adams
Jul-04-2004, 7:16am
..well...give a little history on this builder..if he has any.....

Jul-04-2004, 7:17am
This game's not about guessing ... it is about waiting like morons? Now why on earth would you say that? Those who are guessing cause they want to see if they are right, are just having fun. Those that are guessing even though they dont care to are the morons. Just have fun with this ok? fun.

Jul-04-2004, 7:39am
Dudes daughter?!?!?

Jul-04-2004, 7:47am
Or Dudes' sons' campfire mando?

Jul-04-2004, 2:19pm
No and no, Thinking of some more hints to give you guys.

Jul-04-2004, 3:18pm
Maybe our own Spruce is going to sell finally?

Jul-04-2004, 3:35pm
OOo Spruce...

Jul-04-2004, 4:19pm
is it a hilburn mando?

Jul-04-2004, 6:48pm
I think the builder is YOU!

Jul-05-2004, 1:07pm
No I promise Im not the builder.

Brian Baker
Jul-05-2004, 1:31pm
Would it be the builder who makes the guitar that Sean Watkins plays? (I don't know what maker that is, nor do I know if he makes mandos...)


Jul-05-2004, 1:58pm
It's been fun watching this thread. I happen to be privy to the answer and I think you all are making some progress. Just keep the hints in mind.

Jul-05-2004, 2:00pm
No it is not a bourgeois, although great guess

Joe Parker
Jul-05-2004, 4:36pm

Jul-05-2004, 4:36pm
Sean Watkins? Sara Watkins? Chris Thile? Chris' dad?

Jul-05-2004, 5:15pm
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Jul-05-2004, 6:19pm
Why were you saying Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins?

Jul-05-2004, 6:56pm
I think I've seen Chris Thile playing a Rigel before.

Jul-05-2004, 7:05pm

Jul-05-2004, 7:43pm
rigel was already mentioned before

Jul-05-2004, 9:01pm
If its not a Dudenbostel, or a Bourgeois... is it the Brand of Saras Fiddle?
This is Driving me mad!! Im trying to think of how its associated with Nickel Creek... Heck did one of them make it? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jul-05-2004, 9:21pm
Emery Langmar

Jul-06-2004, 7:16am

Jul-06-2004, 9:06am
Emery Langmar? so bad with names. who is that?

Jul-06-2004, 9:07am
Bourgoies should really make a mandolin

Jul-07-2004, 2:27am
I agree.

Jul-07-2004, 7:02am

Jul-07-2004, 7:50am
Oh wow this topic has hit 101 reply's.Everyone is so close yet noone has said the name of this builder yet. So keep'm comin. I think its great that you've all taken the time to look at this post. Thanks

Jul-07-2004, 8:05am
Oh the suspense is just killing me!

Tom C
Jul-07-2004, 8:15am
I'm done guessing. I'll wait it out.

Jul-07-2004, 9:25am
Im just gonna say someone is so close. just say the name now

Jul-07-2004, 9:32am
... (last attempt) ... is Chris Thile making your mandolin ?

Jul-07-2004, 9:39am
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Jul-07-2004, 9:45am

Jul-07-2004, 9:48am
Is it Sean Watkins

Jul-07-2004, 9:52am

Jul-07-2004, 9:53am
one of you basically said it , but not the name

Ken Sager
Jul-07-2004, 10:08am
Somebody said Dude, but nobody said Dudenbostel. It's a Dudenbostel. Or it's not a Dudenbostel. If either is correct I'm right, and that's what this is all about. Or not. Right?


Tom C
Jul-07-2004, 10:11am
I agree. No need to re-guess everything said. I can wait.

Jul-07-2004, 10:13am
This ain't jeopardy - if someone said it but not the exactly correct name and that wasn't acknowledged this will win the prize for lamest thread on the cafe. #Just my opinion of course... #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Ken Sager
Jul-07-2004, 10:16am
... this will win the prize for lamest thread on the cafe...
Not by a long shot is this the lamest thread on the cafe. Not even close.

Jul-07-2004, 10:46am
no i wouldnt do that. its not a dude, im not egnoring partial

Jul-07-2004, 10:47am
so are you saying this is a lame thread or not a lame thread?

Jul-07-2004, 11:04am
It's not Chris Watkins or Sean Thile is it???

Tom C
Jul-07-2004, 11:30am
Guess how many coins are in my hand.

Jul-07-2004, 12:08pm
Ok think of the clue's I've given, and think back on the answers. what is the one name missing. this is what you gotta find out if you care to guess. dont get all hissy now lol! for fun!

Jul-07-2004, 12:22pm
Ok if its not a bourgeois and not a dudenbostel.....whats left?

Jul-07-2004, 12:41pm
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Jul-07-2004, 1:01pm

Jul-07-2004, 1:01pm
Lebeda? Taylor? Weber?

Jul-07-2004, 1:02pm
What is the brand of Sara's fiddle?

Jul-07-2004, 1:03pm
Collings, Smart, Brentrup, Michael Lewis, Michael Kelley, George Michael?

Jul-07-2004, 1:04pm
Tim, probably some German dude http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif Maybe Czech? Sucek?

Jul-07-2004, 1:07pm
Martin Brunkalla

Jul-07-2004, 1:07pm
What kinds of fiddles does Sara play? is that the question?

Jul-07-2004, 1:09pm
I thought the question was what kind of mandolin is worth all these pages of speculation. Did anyone mention a BRW?

Jul-07-2004, 1:11pm
Ding! Ding! Ding!

Jul-07-2004, 1:13pm
What does BRW have to do with Thile? Is he on the list or something?

Jul-07-2004, 1:15pm
No! the reply before that!

Jul-07-2004, 1:16pm
Martin Brunkalla? Thats the answer to the fiddle or mando question? I'm SO confused...

Jul-07-2004, 1:18pm
Tim-n-VA you are right, good one

Jul-07-2004, 1:19pm
Brunkalla #1

Jul-07-2004, 1:20pm
Is it gonna be an F-style, or more fashioned after violin construction?

Jul-07-2004, 1:20pm
F style

Jul-07-2004, 1:26pm
For those of you who do not know Martin F Brunkalla is a modern violin maker based out of chicago.

Jul-07-2004, 1:42pm

Read up a couple replys.

Jul-07-2004, 1:53pm
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Jul-07-2004, 1:56pm
he smiles, he smiles

Jul-07-2004, 2:00pm
no guessing here... i am patient and can wait for the answer! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Jul-07-2004, 2:03pm
someone got the answer before

Jul-07-2004, 2:13pm
Good one! Pretty cool thread. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif

Jul-07-2004, 2:24pm
Thankyou, I thought it was a pretty good thread myself. Mainly cause of all you that really got into this. Now just because someone guessed the builder, dont let that stop you from reading on. Im going to be posting many of pics and sounds of this mando in the upcoming future.
I' ll also tell you all about why I decided to go with Brunkalla, and also what an amazing proccess Martin has made this for me.

Jul-07-2004, 4:39pm
Tim-n-VA was the one to guess which builder it is. So give him a hand. yaaaaaay!

Ken Sager
Jul-07-2004, 4:48pm
Is it Chris Thile or Sara Watkins?

Ken Sager
Jul-07-2004, 4:49pm
so are you saying this is a lame thread or not a lame thread?

Jul-07-2004, 5:00pm
yes what? Well thats good, glad you took it so seriously. well anyhow why do you think its lame? Im a bit curious now. I think everyone that builds a mandolin deserves a thread. Thats some serious stuff.......

Jul-07-2004, 5:15pm
Saras Fiddle maker is making the mando?...Thats...it?!!! Thats The Answer?!!
Gosh Darn it! ..I knew that... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Jul-07-2004, 5:16pm
I don't like the answer. Let's keep guessing until it's someone I like.

Jul-07-2004, 5:17pm
You did?

Jul-07-2004, 5:17pm
Why dont you like the answer

Jul-07-2004, 5:25pm
Sorry, should've put a http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif in there. When are the pictures coming?

Jul-07-2004, 5:41pm
Well I guess if I was ther one that was guessin for the last few days I hate this mando if anything lol jk.
Well hes been sending me pictures from the very start. Hes taken about 190 photos, and has sent me about 15 so far. and is making a photo almbum for me, cool huh? And get this the other day i was talking to him on the phont and all of a sudden I heard this melody in the backround, I yelled out what was that? He said thats your mando. I about fell on the floor. He says he's so happy with it. And then said you sure you dont want #2?

Jul-07-2004, 6:59pm
So Dem

Will you share some pictures now? construction pics are always welcome.
Give us a little recent history on what influenced you to place a order for this mando to be made.
It will be interesting to hear how a fiddle maker turns to mandolins. Of course after he found out how much Chris paid for his Dude's he had to really pay attention. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jul-07-2004, 7:57pm
I know, it's going to buit by Nike!!!

(I think they all wear Nikes, don't they?)

Jul-07-2004, 8:24pm
I know, it's going to buit by Nike!!!

(I think they all wear Nikes, don't they?)
Sara never wears shoes http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Jul-07-2004, 9:00pm
Sara wears flip-flops, or nothing as stated above, and Chris wears Simple. I dunno what Sean wears. Hmmm, interesting post I'm making here. Even more interesting is why I know this!

Jul-07-2004, 9:53pm
Its a Brunkalla Mandolin.

Jul-08-2004, 1:39am
Its a pitty that you revealed the maker ... I was going to guess Michael Moore as the maker.

Jul-08-2004, 2:12am
Sara wears flip-flops, or nothing as stated above, and Chris wears Simple. I dunno what Sean wears. Hmmm, interesting post I'm making here. Even more interesting is why I know this!
Maybe Im really obsessed, but the only thing I know about Seans shoes is that they're usually tan.

Wait this has nothing to do with the mando... What Am I doing.. I need to stop looking at Nickel Creeks Shoes.. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Jul-08-2004, 7:06am
gdae85 I didnt reveil the builder, it was guessed.

Jul-08-2004, 7:27am
I didnt reveil the builder, it was guessed.

Not guessed. #Determined by analysis of clues and use of the internet. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Jul-08-2004, 7:29am
you see the armrest he made me? its pretty nice.

Jul-08-2004, 9:22am
Hmmmm, could it be a Flatiron? I think Chris uses a flatiron for his hair (just like Clay Aiken!).

Jul-08-2004, 12:54pm
Hmmmm, could it be a Flatiron? #I think Chris uses a flatiron for his hair (just like Clay Aiken!).
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif #I Like His hair.. Its gnarly dude. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif

Jul-08-2004, 12:54pm
Another question, this thread says "20 Days" Whens the 20 days over already!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif

JD Cowles
Jul-08-2004, 5:48pm
wow, seven pages for this...it better be some mando...

Jul-08-2004, 6:21pm
oh it will be, I promise you that.

Bill Snyder
Jul-09-2004, 6:21am
Is it priced like his violins?

Jul-09-2004, 7:33am
yes very similar. just a tad bit more.

Jul-09-2004, 11:54am
I guess I don't get to guess about anything ... I guess?

Funny thread ... I enjoyed it. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Ken Sager
Jul-09-2004, 12:18pm
yes what? Well thats good, glad you took it so seriously. well anyhow why do you think its lame? Im a bit curious now. I think everyone that builds a mandolin deserves a thread. Thats some serious stuff.......
Yes, either it's lame or it isn't. #I forgot the smiley. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif #Seriously, I didn't take this thread seriously at all.

Sounds like you're getting a one of a kind mando and in spite of the jealousy and insecurity most mandolinists have about their own instruments we're all very happy for you, I'm sure.


Jul-09-2004, 2:25pm
Did anyone guess Gibson yet?

Jul-09-2004, 2:56pm
Heres a sneak peak, This is just with stain. But I still so like the way its turning out. Look at the sweet figure on the spruce.

Ken Sager
Jul-09-2004, 3:16pm
Very nice! I love spruce with some figure. It makes for very interesting viewing around the re-curve. I especially like the lighter burst.

Show the back, show the back! You know the mando got back...

Jul-09-2004, 3:31pm
I'm just glad it's not a BRW. I don't know if I can stand reading another post about a BRW.........

Jul-09-2004, 3:34pm
Give us the back, the back, the freaking back!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif

Jul-09-2004, 3:43pm
Oh this baby's got back.

Jul-09-2004, 3:46pm

Jul-09-2004, 4:06pm

Jul-09-2004, 4:15pm
Nice looking mando but...............I'm STILL thinking about a BRW!

Congrats! Hope it sounds as good as it looks.

Jul-09-2004, 4:18pm
Oh hey I'll be the first to admit BRW's are truly awsome. I played one lastnight which belongs to IamPeterFonda. I think its addictive.

Scotti Adams
Jul-09-2004, 4:57pm
..nice..now how about the headstock...lets see it..

Jul-09-2004, 6:22pm
When trying to decide on a headstock design, We chose to go with a very simple inlay. At first you may think it looks odd, espeacially the very huuuuuuuuge truss rod cover. I love it. But heres a photo before he put the finish. It looks better now that the peghead is darker. Martin did great.

Jul-09-2004, 7:12pm
Those are not the tuners we are using.

Jul-09-2004, 9:36pm
I honestly cant wait to get this mando.

Tim Saxton
Jul-09-2004, 11:38pm
Ahhhh it's like porn for pickers.


Jul-10-2004, 12:17am
Nothing great IMO.

Jul-10-2004, 2:20am
I have to admit I'm a tiny bit disappointed that it is turning out to be a 'regular' mandolin. From the thread, I was expecting something exceptional in terms of design innovation (like this Giacomel (http://www.corradogiacomel.it/corrado/mandolinof3.jpg)), or a spectacular revisiting of a standard design, like this Driftwood Mandolin (http://www.driftwoodmandolins.com/Mandolin006.html)...

However, from what I can see from the photos, the build quality/finishing looks excellent, and the wood looks lovely too. It's also very exciting that it is the first mandolin of an accomplished luthier. Hopefully, it will sound as good as it looks!!!

I am interested in the nut on the photo of the headstock. Is this the final nut? What is it made of, and why does it currently look made of various parts? In terms of simple physics, it would make a lot of sense to use a 2-part nut, each part adapted to the type of string that will rest on it (the wound ones do not have the same physical characteristics as the steel ones, hence a 1/2 nut each would make sense). Is this the case in your mandolin?

Can't wait to see more pics! Nice looking baby!


Scotti Adams
Jul-10-2004, 5:49am
..theres no nut in the pic...look again

Jul-10-2004, 6:38am
..theres no nut in the pic...look again

Doh! That's right!

My question still remains though. Any reason why one would not use a 2-part nut, each part adapted to the type of string that will rest on it?

Jul-10-2004, 1:54pm
How would you know if its great or not if you never played or heard even it, and I know your not stating that just based on visual. Or at least I hope not. Dont rain on my parade!

Jul-10-2004, 1:56pm
We arent running for president here, Im just proud and chose to share it with people I think they would enjoy.

Rob Powell
Jul-10-2004, 2:21pm
That Driftwood is pretty spectacular! Not that your new one isn't Dem... I think the main thing is that YOU are so excited about it...and that's always a good thing!

Jul-10-2004, 2:28pm
Thanks Beergeek,

Im glad you put it that way , your absolutely correct.

Jul-10-2004, 7:19pm
Okay, I'm guessing it's a Oscar Schmidt and that's my final guess.


Jul-10-2004, 7:20pm
Final I say.

Rob Powell
Jul-10-2004, 7:59pm

Wrong. But I'll give you one more guess and a hint..NOT BRW.

You know I was going to guess that I was making it except for 3 things:

1) I have no connection to Nickel Creek (other than the standard six degrees of Kevin Bacon) and didn't understand any of the other clues.
2) My luthier skills are limited. I almost can't build this message.
C) I reject reality on a regular basis. Maybe that one doesn't count.

Other than that, I was sure it was me.

Dem are you sure it's not me?

Jul-10-2004, 8:16pm
I talked to my builder, and he told me he had a friend stop over who is going to remain unamed for now, but I will say he is a well known and respected musician.This gentleman sat down and spent a some time alone with my mandolin. grrrrrr! Right when hes struck his first note he looked up at Martin and said holy cow! Then after spending a while with it, this is what he had to say.
Musician says-(I cant explain it fully, but I will email you Martin when I completely find the accurate words to describe it. But this I know right off the batt. It has an certain elusive quality that Ive only heard in a Montleone and a Dudenbostel. Right on Martin!)
So know ever since I heard this Im pretty much just going insane to get this in my possesion. I just cant wait to get this.

Jul-10-2004, 8:45pm
Now do we have guess who this "respected musican" was? #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif

Okay, I'm thinking maybe it was Zamfir (you know, of Pan flute fame). #I'm not totally sure, but I think it was the Holy Cow! that gave it away. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jul-10-2004, 9:41pm
I get it on the 24th of july.

Jul-11-2004, 7:39am
That would be the date that Compton and Long are coming to Madison. Cool mando, BTW. I thought the thread was fun.

Jul-11-2004, 7:59am
Thankyou Neal,
That is great to hear, Im glad you like the mando.

Jul-11-2004, 8:05am
Heres a pick of the back, but still a few coats to go.

Jul-11-2004, 2:58pm
hey isnt that a pretty finish?

Jul-11-2004, 3:02pm
Hey Beergeek ...You make a sweet mando...!


Jul-11-2004, 3:31pm
does anyone like the finish on this so far, i want some opinions.

Jul-11-2004, 3:38pm
Well, I myself prefer paler finishes, rather than heavier sunbursts, so I woule leave it as it is! It's lovely like that!

Got a pic of the front?

Jul-11-2004, 3:42pm
Yeh I was thinking that aswell, but Martin said the photo is darker than the actualy color. So we shall see. Im getting a front pic tommorow.

Jul-11-2004, 3:59pm
I like the contrast of the dark edges with a *white* binding... I think that really makes the shape stand out.... Sometimes..makers age the binding and IMHO i think that takes away from the appearance...

Looks like good fiddle wood on the back....!

can't wait to hear a sound-clip...!

Jul-11-2004, 4:48pm
Gdae you what my opinion? well here it is! you shuold send it on across country tour like dale did that m kelly. that waywe could all get first hand knowledge of how it sounds and playes!!!!!!!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif Great lookind mando. the color is perfect. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif #

Jul-11-2004, 6:13pm
I'd like to be first on the list.........

Jul-12-2004, 7:24am
Since I've revieled the builder and posted some pics Im gonna give this mando it new post, cause alot of people are still guessing what it is. Oh does anyone know how to change the name of the post?

Scotti Adams
Jul-12-2004, 7:40am
you cant..

Jul-12-2004, 8:40am
Any other thoughts on this?

Jul-12-2004, 8:46am
Good call... make a new thread... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jul-13-2004, 1:27pm
I guess nobody got your HOLY COW joke, cause that is HILARIOUS!!!
good one

Jul-14-2004, 1:42am
Zamfir. LOL

Jul-14-2004, 9:04am
The magic of the pan flute!

Rob Powell
Jul-14-2004, 9:16am
Ok, once again...the respected musician might be me except that:

1) I can't spell Brunk..Bruhn..well, I can't spell his name, much less know him.
2) No one would leave me for some alone time with a mandolin.
3) I'm not respected by anyone for my musical abilities or for anything for that matter.
4) I might have used part of the phrase "Holy Cow" with a substitute for the bovine reference. Ya know whut I'm sayin... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif

Holy ****, I guess it is me!

Dem...it is a be-a-utiful mando that I'm sure you will enjoy for many years to come. Congratulations!

Jul-15-2004, 7:16am
hey how do you delete a entire thread

Jul-15-2004, 7:22am
Don't think you can do that yourself.
Scott should be able to, but then again, why would you want to? This thread is interesting, may it only be because it's the longest list of builders names outside the builders section of the café http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Aug-01-2004, 9:12pm
Zamfir Rules! 20 classic's you'll cherish for life!