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Jan-16-2009, 7:00pm
Here's a fun project I just finished-- a matching pair with an octave mandolin and an archtop parlor guitar (same body size as the octave). Surprisingly, the small body actually worked pretty well on a guitar!

Geoff B
Jan-16-2009, 7:02pm
Man, those are good lookin! Nice work!

Jan-16-2009, 7:08pm
Very nice! I hope they sound half as good as they look! nice work, thanks for showing.

Ken Olmstead
Jan-17-2009, 3:44am
Really nice Andrew!! The guitar idea is extremely interesting!

Tripp Johnson
Jan-17-2009, 6:39am
Gorgeous! Beautiful finish work,I really like the small body guitar.

Skip Kelley
Jan-17-2009, 8:02am
Andrew, those are just beautiful! That's as good as it gets!

Jan-17-2009, 9:42am
Stunning, Andrew. That's a cool project to have pulled off so well together.


Jake Wildwood
Jan-17-2009, 3:50pm
Wow! I love 'em!

Jim Roberts
Jan-17-2009, 7:10pm
Outstanding work, Andrew. Based on the Mowry mandolins I have played, I'll bet these instruments sound incredible.

Ken Olmstead
Jan-17-2009, 11:38pm
Andrew, I just wanted to tell you that I played the mandolin that Ted has reviewed on Jazzmando.com today and it was magnificant!!! The strings were about 3 months past their prime but it was wonderful!! You build a mighty fine mando sir!! This one to be specific:

Jan-18-2009, 2:25am
Andrew, these two look fantastic! Could you post a full front or back shot of the pair?

Austin Clark
Jan-18-2009, 6:14pm
looking sweet, as always, Andrew!! Nice work.

Chris Biorkman
Jan-18-2009, 6:29pm
Very cool.

Brad Weiss
Jan-18-2009, 6:40pm
Better and better, Andrew!

Dan Voight
Jan-19-2009, 12:09am
Wonderfully done. I love the inlay scheme.

Jan-19-2009, 12:26am
Thanks folks! It looks like this is the closest thing I have to a full front shot.

Jan-19-2009, 10:30am
Thanks Andrew. It's nice to see the two together like this. It makes it easier to compare the with of the fingerboards.
Love 'em

Mike Black
Jan-19-2009, 10:44am

Are you modifying a guitar trapeze tailpiece for your octave? They look great!

Jan-19-2009, 1:41pm
Mike, yes, I just cut four additional slots in the underside of the tailpiece. That leaves two unused slots, but it gives me the approximate same spacing as at the bridge. For octaves I usually replace that steel bar with an ebony one, but this customer preferred the traditional look of the unmodified trapeze.

James P
Jan-19-2009, 4:06pm
Some great pictures of these on your site, Andrew. The backs are incredible.

I also see that mine made it into the gallery. I am over the moon in love with this mandolin. Tone, workmanship, fit and finish - I knew it'd be nice, but I had NO idea. Thanks again!


Bob Wiegers
Jan-19-2009, 4:25pm
my oh my, I am in love. WHY do you torture me so?

Jan-20-2009, 8:03am
Beautiful work, Andrew. I'd love to try out the archtop parlour guitar - I bet one of those would look gorgeous in a honey-blonde finish :)