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Baron Collins-Hill
Aug-23-2004, 10:30pm
ive always liked non bursted mandos, so heres your chance to show me what youve got

Aug-24-2004, 8:35am
Well, I wish I owned this one by Ward Elliot...


Aug-24-2004, 8:43am
These pictures are in another thread (Bluett F4) but they seem appropriate for this one as well. This is my F4 built by Mark Bluett. He calls this color gold.

Aug-24-2004, 8:47am
Here's a close up of the front which shows the color much better.

Aug-24-2004, 8:48am
the scroll

Aug-24-2004, 8:49am
The back

Aug-24-2004, 9:41am
Here is my brand new moon beam . It has a blonde top so I think it qualifies. I wish I could take a picture of the sound it makes. Because she sounds even better than she looks. =)
Anyway it has a blonde 1 piece cedar top.

Aug-24-2004, 9:44am
here's another

Aug-24-2004, 10:52am
Here's my Newson A5:

Aug-24-2004, 10:53am
And the back of the Newson:

Aug-24-2004, 4:45pm
my pavel sucek

Aug-24-2004, 4:48pm

Aug-24-2004, 4:49pm

Aug-24-2004, 4:50pm

Aug-24-2004, 5:27pm
Here is my John Garrity

Aug-24-2004, 5:29pm

Aug-24-2004, 5:30pm

Aug-24-2004, 6:06pm
I'll join the club here, even if my web cam is a dinosaur. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Aug-24-2004, 6:58pm
This was my first blonde. I'm sure it won't be my last though http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Aug-24-2004, 7:01pm
Here's a side shot.

oldwave maker
Aug-24-2004, 7:16pm
#300- my only blonde keeper, tru-oil over blonde shellac

Keith Newell
Aug-24-2004, 8:27pm
This ones my regular player. Red spruce top.
Keith Newell

Keith Newell
Aug-24-2004, 8:28pm
Close up. I added the pick guard.

Ted Eschliman
Aug-24-2004, 8:44pm
My Michael Lewis (http://members.aol.com/teesch/Lewis.html)



Aug-25-2004, 8:29am
How about a half breed?

Chris Baird
Aug-25-2004, 12:25pm
Here's one like above but the other way around. #This one should be setting sail for California tomorrow.

Ken Sager
Aug-25-2004, 12:44pm
#300- my only blonde keeper, tru-oil over blonde shellac
Why'd you have to go post a picture like that, Bill! Now I suppose I need to send you another deposit to have you build a C# to match my octave...

Good lookin, yes sir.



Baron Collins-Hill
Aug-25-2004, 1:23pm
nice mandos everyone, really beautiful.

i esspecially like that driftwood, really amazing

keep them coming http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Aug-25-2004, 8:13pm
and now for something completely different.
my blonde beauty.

Aug-25-2004, 9:40pm
Here's mine

Aug-26-2004, 2:46am
Hey, ira and ellisppi, what brands are these?

Aug-26-2004, 7:43am
This is my mando, a Howard Morris (#38, 2002). I added the Orrico tailpiece and the ebony armrest from King Brown.

I may not post very much but I love the Cafe and come here to read often http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif
Cheers much,

Edited to say that due to MAS this mando is now for sale! PM me for details http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Aug-26-2004, 8:35am
Grandmainger, My mandolin is Ellis #67

Aug-26-2004, 10:11am
Grandmainger, My mandolin is Ellis #67
It's very lovely! I really like the grain on the top wood.

Are the sides black or dark brown?

Aug-26-2004, 3:09pm
mine is a kennaquhair p2 from doug dieter in indiana

Aug-26-2004, 5:32pm
Here are my two blonds (not counting my daughters). The first picture may be kind of funky, I lost my picture software during a re-installation of my Windows after trojan damage and haven't replaced it yet, so I can't downsize the original to fit the board. This picture is copied and pasted from the eye candy section of this board. Anyhow here goes-

Aug-26-2004, 5:35pm
Well that's not too bad, here is number two, and I apologize for misspelling blonde in my first post.

J. Mark Lane
Aug-26-2004, 7:57pm
My Morris twins.


Aug-27-2004, 11:43am
Does anyone walk into Gruhn's "just looking"? Old Wave #325 jumped off the wall at me.

John Ely
Aug-27-2004, 3:16pm
This is my Rogue. It used to be the example on Elderly's website, before I bought it. I love the walnut binding against the blonde.


Baron Collins-Hill
Aug-29-2004, 7:27pm
great mandos everyone, this is turning into a great thread, i love your second mando, ken, that is the coolest thing ive seen in a long while

keep up the good work

Michael Lewis
Aug-31-2004, 12:00am
#168 Red Spruce, big leaf maple, french polish shellac

Michael Lewis
Aug-31-2004, 12:02am

Michael Lewis
Aug-31-2004, 12:44am

oldwave maker
Aug-31-2004, 7:00am
Stunning mando, Michael. When you get a chance, could you post pics of that mandovise on the builders thread?

Ted Eschliman
Aug-31-2004, 7:58am
Michael, Michael...
You realize you're never going to achieve that "Loar" vibe if you keep on making your scrolls so perfect...

Aug-31-2004, 8:33am
Stunning! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif The scroll is spectacular!
I don't like that pickguard too much as I find it a little too contrasty on such a pale wood. But I love the scooped end of the fingerboard, with the nice little pointy bit.
Very very nice.

Aug-31-2004, 9:54am
Very, very nice work. I personally love the pickguard as it kind of reminds me of a mandolin version of the Clarence White/Tony Rice Martin pickguard. Your attention to detail is spectacular!

Luthier Vandross
Sep-01-2004, 12:48am
This is Randy's Hummingbird:

Luthier Vandross
Sep-01-2004, 12:49am


Luthier Vandross
Sep-01-2004, 12:50am

Sep-01-2004, 11:23am
Wow, love the wide grain wood on the flanks of that top, Luthier Vandross...
Red Spruce??

Here's a pic of a blonde Eastman...
Nice wood, no?

Kevin K
Sep-01-2004, 11:27am
Spruce, let's see the top of the blond Eastman please.

Kevin K
Sep-01-2004, 11:28am
That didn't sound to good did it. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Sep-01-2004, 12:27pm
Spruce, let's see the top of the blond Eastman please.
Here ya go...

It's supposedly Chinese wood as well...
Very Engelmann-esque, no?....

Eric Foulke
Sep-01-2004, 2:23pm
No arch or scroll, but still pretty.

Chris Baird
Sep-01-2004, 5:34pm
Eric, #Beautiful mandolin. Did you just mount standard tuners in that headstock? #I've been considering a tuner configuration like that.

Luthier Vandross
Sep-01-2004, 10:21pm
Wow, love the wide grain wood on the flanks of that top, Luthier Vandross...
Red Spruce??

Here's a pic of a blonde Eastman...
Nice wood, no?

Yes, red spruce top, it's all we've ever used, and that piece is a dusey.



Luthier Vandross
Sep-01-2004, 10:25pm
Hey Bruce, we have a Chinese made bass in for repair that has nearly identical grain as that mandolin, real quality craftsmanship as well.. that is shocking in blonde.. I can't stop looking.


Sep-01-2004, 11:09pm
Randy, that blonde mando of yours is making me randy.

Luthier Vandross
Sep-02-2004, 4:56pm
I'm Miles, but Randy says thanks.

It is loud in the mids, and soft around the bottom, sustains like a piano, and looks like Liberace's mando.


Eric Foulke
Sep-03-2004, 12:28pm
Thanks. Those are Schaller horizontal post tuners. Hard to find but woth it.

Sep-03-2004, 10:10pm
Custom Weber Big Sky.

Sep-03-2004, 10:12pm
Oops! #Let's try again.

Sep-03-2004, 10:14pm
Sorry about that. I'm a klutz with attaching photos. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Luthier Vandross
Sep-05-2004, 5:55pm
Love to see it... is it already on the web somewhere, or on your computer?


Sep-05-2004, 9:58pm
It's on my computer, but it's not attaching for some reason. Sorry about that.

Sep-07-2004, 2:48am
Not mine, but Driftwood #008 looks pretty good!


Sep-08-2004, 3:50pm
Spruce, does that Eastman have bound F-holes?

Sep-09-2004, 12:24am
My old Donaldson F...haven't had it for 2-3 years.
Picture courtesy Charles Johnson...he sold it awhile back, and since I used to own it, I figured he wouldnt mind if I posted it.

Baron Collins-Hill
Sep-16-2004, 1:19pm
ive always liked driftwoods

Oct-06-2004, 10:32am
Mine's an oldie (1913), and I think of it as blond although the color is officially "pumpkin":

Oct-06-2004, 10:34am
Closer shot:

Oct-06-2004, 10:35am
Maple back:

Oct-07-2004, 11:18am
Not quite blonde, would auburn be more descriptive? Nevertheless, very nice!

jim bevins
Oct-07-2004, 6:03pm
My 1977 Deneve and she bellers good!

Bob Sayers
Oct-07-2004, 7:30pm
I think that Dane's 1913 pumpkin-topped F-4 is the best-looking mandolin ever to roll out of the Gibson factory--and I'm including Loars.


Oct-15-2004, 12:24pm
1913 F-4 natural blond finish. #The light in this photo is kinda' bad, but you get the point.


Dru Lee Parsec
Oct-15-2004, 1:26pm
Here's my buddy http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif # Some times this mando is my best friend.

Oct-15-2004, 3:15pm
Me & ole Phoenix #164!

Oct-21-2004, 5:39pm
Weber Custom Blonde Bitterroot, 3/2004

Photo work courtesy Donald Zepp, Zepp Country Music

Oct-31-2004, 3:38pm
In answer to a private email...the tailpiece is not matte-finish gold-plated...just looks like that in the photos...where you could get one like that I imagine you'd have to get in touch with Weber Mandolins...

oldwave maker
Nov-24-2004, 10:05am
Goldie #349 heading to paul in tucson, early jingle bells....

Nov-24-2004, 3:26pm
Hey Bill - two questions:

Is that blondie going to "Paul in Tucson" at the Folk Shop?

Why don't you post the most beautiful blonde of them all - the one made to match the whiskey bottle? #That was one PRETTY, PRETTY color!

Nov-25-2004, 8:58pm
Here's my blond to offer up. It headed out to someone in a working band in Arizona.

Nov-25-2004, 9:00pm
Another shot

oldwave maker
Nov-26-2004, 9:01am
Nice stuff tope- gotta love those whiskey/tortoise combos!
that last one went to a classical player in tucson, this one went north:

oldwave maker
Nov-26-2004, 9:04am

oldwave maker
Nov-26-2004, 9:13am
And heres the original, as per customers labrott and woolford color sample, thanks to Spruce for helping empty said sample at Pagosa!

Nov-26-2004, 10:51am
That is a fine color match Bill.

Laura Harmon
Nov-26-2004, 2:36pm
Here is the back of my Tacoma M3.

Laura Harmon
Nov-26-2004, 2:38pm
And the front....

Dec-10-2004, 4:51pm
Check out Keith Newell's latest blonde mando: http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin....t=20465 (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=20465)

It's stunning!

Dec-22-2004, 1:51pm
I just purchased this 1911 F-4 Blondie from Cotten Music. #Great internet dealer.

Dec-22-2004, 2:35pm
another Old Wave

Charlie Ayers
Dec-22-2004, 9:28pm
There are pics of a new blonde on Andrew Mowry's site (http://www.mowrystrings.com/) that look very very nice.


Paul Weber
Dec-23-2004, 1:27pm
Here's a pic of my mandolin by Steve Holst. He's not quite finished with it yet so no in-hand review.


Paul Weber
Dec-23-2004, 1:30pm
The Holst mandolin in-the-white.

Dec-30-2004, 8:07pm
My Eastman 615 w/ gold hardware

Dec-30-2004, 8:13pm
My best side........

Dec-30-2004, 9:14pm
In case you didn't see it in the Monteleone thread, a Grande Artist Delux

oldwave maker
Dec-31-2004, 11:27am
Pauls fresh Nugget, grilled to perfection. He's coming this week to pick up his golden guitar shaped octave. 2 young blondes- what a holliday season!

oldwave maker
Dec-31-2004, 11:29am
Nice slab....

oldwave maker
Dec-31-2004, 11:31am
And I didnt think luthiers got MAS

oldwave maker
Dec-31-2004, 12:02pm
the other blonde, deep voiced, with a wide bottom.

Jan-11-2005, 8:13pm
Here is my blonde. #A Kimble A5 #6. #I never thought I'd like a deep voiced, loud mouth blonde, but this is it.

Charlie Ayers
Feb-08-2005, 11:21am

Here's a Mowry F5.


Bob Kellett
Feb-08-2005, 4:51pm
and my new Ratcliff A model.....

Feb-08-2005, 7:10pm
here's the mowry just to make it easier... I even set it as my desktop's backround, it's really nice

Charlie Ayers
Feb-08-2005, 10:09pm
Thanks John:

My new computer has only "Paint", not "Photoshop" (which is what I think my last computer came with, and I can't seem to make pics fit here.


Bill Snyder
Feb-08-2005, 11:09pm
I have never used it, but IrfanView is supposed to be a free program to resize photos. Here (http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm) is a site you can get it from.
Also Google has a free download called Picasa2 that is able to do some photo editing.Picasa2 (http://www.picasa.com/) can be found here.

Charlie Ayers
Feb-08-2005, 11:37pm
Thanks Curious! I'll try those.


Chris Burt
Feb-10-2005, 1:06am
SternART, I haven't seen through-the-f-hole brass calipers, like those hanging just behind the bass side of the Monteleone, in awhile. And the big brass German purfling marker, you've been building for a few years. Interesting ideas in the position markers laid out on the fingerboard hanging in the upper left corner.

Feb-12-2005, 12:35pm
The only blonde in my life....for now.


Feb-13-2005, 8:48pm
I've always loved the triangularized oval holes...what do they do for the sound?

Stephen Perry
Feb-13-2005, 10:09pm
Curly maple binding. Very new and green, but opening nicely. Crisp. Eastman MD914.


Actually, not this maple pink, more yellowish/amber.

Feb-14-2005, 5:29pm
I've always loved the triangularized oval holes...what do they do for the sound?
John, I've only had one other non-f-hole mandolin, which was a totally different design than this one(Flatiron Army/Navy), so I can't really comment on the difference the soundhole shape might make. This is a nice sounding mandolin for blues, celtic , oldtime, etc.

Charlie Ayers
Feb-24-2005, 9:27am
Here are some Holst F5 pics (they're posted in a separate thread, too).



Feb-24-2005, 1:21pm
Bud, glad you're enjoying #6. that's a one of a kind engleman/red spruce top from Will. Great tone in that little baby.

Feb-25-2005, 8:53am
Cutbait2. You are right. That Kimble is a killer. Best mandolin I own. Now if I can just afford one of his F5's. I'll be selling everything else to get one.


Feb-25-2005, 12:00pm
Here's a pic of my Flatiron 3MB.

Mar-12-2005, 12:53am
Here is my new Kimble #69

Mar-12-2005, 12:55am
And the back of Kimble #69

Mar-12-2005, 12:59am
The headstock. #Will is doing some nice work. #I really like the sound of this mandolin. #Very responsive, well balanced and nice tone.

Mar-12-2005, 1:02am
And this is my latest, after 11 years making mandolins, the historic #100.

Mar-12-2005, 1:07am
And the back of #100. #The woods are Engelmann Spruce and Queensland Maple, first time I have used this wood combination. #Qld Maple is an Australian native commonly used by Aussie instrument makers. #Very stable timber, nice to work with and takes a nice finish. #This one surprised me, it was an experiment that worked. #Sounds so damn good I am tempted to keep it. #I have never been able to get good volume from Engelmann, but this one has it all. #Great tone and volume. #Especially nice treble.

Gail Hester
Mar-12-2005, 3:12am
Peter, I was listening to the sound clips of your #62 on your website the other day, what a fantastic sounding mandolin. Congratulations on #100!

Jun-15-2005, 3:32pm
The only picture I've got of my Blond Marcus Martini F-5 copy.

Jun-20-2005, 8:02pm
The big brown stork was around last week and now there's a new mando baby at my house.It's a beautiful blonde A style oval hole with birdseye maple back,sides and neck by Bill Bussman.It's #369.I'll post pics if I can get them to load.

Jun-20-2005, 8:10pm
Here's another of #369.

Jun-20-2005, 8:12pm
Holy Smokes! That is one gorgeous Old Wave! Congrats!

Jun-20-2005, 8:13pm
The front and sides are lighter than the back.

Jun-20-2005, 8:14pm
Another of #369.

Jun-20-2005, 8:15pm
Another of #369.

Jun-20-2005, 8:19pm
Last one of #369.

Jun-20-2005, 9:00pm
Nice one Don! Very cool. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Jun-20-2005, 9:57pm
Check out my blondey Here. http://www.frets.com/FRETSPa....nd.html (http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Gryphon/NewInstGallery/Mandolin/Collings/MF5Blond/mf5blond.html)

Eric F.
Jun-21-2005, 10:27am
Don, I just drooled all over my keyboard. That is gorgeous. Troika, yours is gorgeous too.

man doh
Jun-21-2005, 10:36am
I'm not sure if thats one of oldwaves big secrets but, what technique do you use to pull the figure of the wood out like that? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Eric F.
Jun-21-2005, 10:48am
A pair of blondes:

Eric F.
Jun-21-2005, 10:49am
And the fronts:

Steve Hinde
Sep-15-2005, 10:47pm
A model #1 Blonde top. Top wood was too nice to ruin it with color.


Sep-19-2005, 9:37pm
As long as we're reviving this thread, here's a few shots of my new Gary Vessel and Ryan Soltis tag team effort http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

I couldn't be more pleased. #Needless to say it brought tears to my eyes when they handed it to me!





Sep-19-2005, 9:44pm
these are all beautiful. funny, with women- i love a dark haired, dark eyed look,
but with mandos, give me the blondes!

Nov-09-2005, 8:21pm
very man's dream blonde twins!

Bob DeVellis
Nov-10-2005, 8:44am
Okay, here's another. All-blonde Sobell, including binding and headstock veneer.

Bob DeVellis
Nov-10-2005, 8:49am
Here's the flip side.

Jim Garber
Nov-10-2005, 11:58am
Well, since we are getting away from the F-models....

2003 bowlback by Gabriele Pandini


Jim Garber
Nov-10-2005, 11:59am
Here's the Pandini back.


Jim Garber
Nov-10-2005, 12:01pm
Recently-acquired 1921 mandolin by Raffaele Calace.


Nov-10-2005, 12:35pm
Truly lovely, Jim. Enjoy! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Nov-10-2005, 1:22pm
uuuummmmm,I just love blondes

Nov-10-2005, 6:15pm
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif She shall be mine soon! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Nov-10-2005, 7:12pm
And of course, this one already is mine:

http://img78.imageshack.us/img78/5470/midmoFront.th.jpg (http://img78.imageshack.us/my.php?image=midmoFront.jpg)
(click on thumbnail for large pic)

Nov-11-2005, 3:42am
Well, she's in the mail. I bought that cute blonde from Steve Perry. A cute 804 two point Eastman.



Nov-14-2005, 4:09am
Just remember blondes only have more fun unless their mandos...then WE have more fun!!

Gavin Baird
Nov-14-2005, 1:50pm
A4, Modified Peter Ostroushko Edition..Gavin

Nov-14-2005, 2:46pm
gavin, you have proved that I only need to see a quarter of a mandolin to want it! Thanks!

I need help!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Nov-14-2005, 2:48pm
congrats, Tom.
I called about that 2-point just after you'd snapped it up. I hope it plays as nicely as it looks.

Eric F.
Nov-14-2005, 3:24pm
Just when I think I have quelled the oval hole MAS, Gavin posts that. Man, Gavin, your work is just so gorgeous.

Nov-18-2005, 1:14pm
Nothing impressive here just a cheap Ebay blond. All solid wood Brazos (Japan) for under 50.00.

Nov-20-2005, 4:07am
Here is two ol' blondes for you.Two Blondes (http://www.chinatogalway.com/TOYS%20Lyon%20and%20Healy%20A%20mandolin.htm)


Jim Garber
Nov-20-2005, 11:25am
Here is two ol' blondes for you.Two Blondes (http://www.chinatogalway.com/TOYS%20Lyon%20and%20Healy%20A%20mandolin.htm)

The main difference between the symmetrical L&H A's and the later asymmetrical is the shorter scale of the later ones. Perhaps they also had narrowed the neck also at that time to appeal to the classical players.

I have a symmetrical one and they are wonderful instruments. Mine was a basket case tho when I got it but sounds and plays very nicely right now.

I have never seen one with that tailpiece cover (mine did not come with one but I did find one eventually.


oldwave maker
Nov-21-2005, 12:36pm
ran into this 77 nugget at cmsa

Nov-21-2005, 1:44pm
cool pic bill! I have never seen a nugget symmetrical 2 pointer. What did she sound like?

Nov-22-2005, 9:14pm
looks like the mostly mythical blonde phoenix

Dec-02-2005, 11:25am
Here's my Gideon Weigert tenor mandola (probably not a maker seen on the Cafe before). It's an alpine spruce top, maple sides and back, ebony reinforced maple neck, ebony fretboard and bridge, Indian rosewood bindings and cocobolo headstock facing. Here's the front:

Dec-02-2005, 11:27am
...and from the side:

Jim Hilburn
Dec-02-2005, 1:11pm
I posted this one last summer, but it should be in this collection.

Dec-02-2005, 1:22pm
drool http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Dec-02-2005, 5:41pm
Here's my blonde Brian Dean 11" scale piccolo!

Dec-02-2005, 5:54pm
The back side ...

Dec-03-2005, 8:33pm
hey mooman, could you post a closeup of the rosette around the sound hole, from what i can see looks very cool. also, since we don't know this luthier- tell us more.

Dec-05-2005, 10:41am
Certainly ira. Here's a better picture of the soundhole. Gideon Weigert makes all his own soundhole inlays from exotic woods. He now works out odf Sheffield, UK. He is mainly a classical guitar maker but recently started making mandolin family instruments with hybrid mando/classical guitar bracing. This mandola was made to my specs. Peace mooman.

Bill Snyder
Dec-11-2005, 7:03pm
The back of my IV kit completed last summer.

Dec-16-2005, 12:05am
Here's my latest acquisition: a ca. 1890s Tuscan mandolin (i.e., four gut strings) by Bavassano. #Does it count?

Dec-16-2005, 12:17am
The top:

Jim Garber
Dec-16-2005, 12:24am
It looks lovely on that quilt, Eugene.


Dec-16-2005, 12:28am
Thank you, Jim.

PS: The quilt is by Mrs. Eugene and much more impressive (or distracrting from mandolins) on the flip side.

Dec-16-2005, 1:33am
gorgeous ... mandolin's ok too.

does the bridge have some sort of auxiliary support, keeping it anchored to the face or is it simply glued on? without an end piece, do you think it would be able to support tension of 4 paired courses?

beautiful looking instrument. i'll bet it makes a nice round sound.

Dec-16-2005, 8:13am
Eugene, sorry to tell you, your blonde has a moustache!

Dec-16-2005, 10:22am
Eugene, sorry to tell you, your blonde has a moustache!

Bill, the bridges on these (mustache and all) function exactly like old lute bridges. #They are immovably glued to the soundboard and the strings are tied directly to the bridge. #Unlike modern classical guitar bridges, lute-like bridges feature a tie block only and have no saddle. #The loop of the string knot actually determines the endpoint of the vibrating string length. #Similar bridges have supported a great many paired courses, as on my 6-course mandolino by Luciano Faria or on 13-course lutes.

Jim Garber
Dec-16-2005, 10:31am
Also bear in mind that that Brescian mandolin uses gut strings. not J74s. No bark there, either.


Dec-16-2005, 11:33am

Jim M.
Dec-16-2005, 11:48am
That's beautiful, and it looks in great shape. I'm curious, is it tuned to A440? And what kind of music would have been played? Brescia -- I believe that's where Gaspar DaSalo built violins and violas.

Dec-16-2005, 12:07pm
Thanks, Jim M. #I like it. #The action was a bit too high and there was an ugly crack running from the rosewood scratchplate, under the treble mustache, and to the butt of the instrument. #Ben Wilcox (http://www.brw-instruments.com/) filled the existing bridge holes and redrilled them a little lower. #He also shaved down the tie block. #He worked a single grain of spruce into the wavy open crack and stained it (the match is very good, but not exact; the repair is almost invisible). #I am very pleased.

Single, gut strung mandolins seem to have caught on in northern Italy and Germanic places. #A similar but slighter and earlier instrument was played by the virtuoso Bortolazzi; he was the dedicatee of Hummel's famous concerto. #For pages and pages of discussion of what things like this might have done, click here (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=6;t=11266).

Tremolo sounds a little silly to my ears on this, but plucked trills and ornaments sound remarkable. #It also lends itself to incredible scalar speed. #I have been playing Gragnani's little notturni on this, and they sound great that way. Yes, I tune this one to A=440.

Dec-16-2005, 1:09pm
Quote (glauber @ Dec. 16 2005, 08:13)

Eugene, sorry to tell you, your blonde has a moustache!

when i first started studying italian, i was told that in sicily they have a word which means "girl with a not altogether unpleasing moustache."

re bridge: i just can't get my head around the idea that strings strung in fifths will have greater tension; too much for a bridge that's simply glued on. i always imagined that end pieces came about because of popping bridges - an ever-present danger, i'm told, with charangos.

Dec-16-2005, 1:30pm
Not at all, Bill. #Tension is a function of string density, diameter, length, and pitch. #All else equal, just get skinnier strings for less tension; there are great on-line calculators (like Arto's (http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/wikla/mus/Calcs/wwwscalc.html)) to help determine such things and maintain appropriate tensions. #You wouldn't use the same gauges if tuning a Brescian mandolin in fourths. #You shouldn't use stock charango strings for alternate tunings of substantially different pitches than standard, just as stock soprano ukulele strings would be worthless for mandolin tuning.

Dec-16-2005, 2:34pm
[QUOTE]"...in sicily they have a word which means "girl with a not altogether unpleasing moustache."

As in the north, the expression "I'll be three days dead and still look better than YOU!" #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif I've used that a lot, in my corporate days... #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif Ah, those colorful Italians!

Lovely instrument, Eugene. I have never heard such a critter chirp from up close but, just looking at it, I get the impression of great beauty and grace.


oldwave maker
Dec-17-2005, 10:22pm
Fresh golden oldie #379 off to NY

oldwave maker
Dec-17-2005, 10:25pm
Fresh golden oldie #380 off to SC:

Keith Newell
Dec-17-2005, 10:42pm
Here is a blonde just finished. The bear claw top shows up so nice in person...taking pictures of it is very hard to get the full picture.
# Keith

Jim Garber
Dec-17-2005, 11:05pm
The ultimate blonde mandolin...


Keith Newell
Dec-17-2005, 11:26pm
You win!

Dec-18-2005, 10:16pm
Here is #3, three weeks old.

Dec-18-2005, 10:18pm
and the back.

Dec-18-2005, 10:20pm
one more....

Jason Kessler
Dec-18-2005, 10:29pm
Man, I LOVE blondes. That tortiseshell binding is the bee's knees. Lovely.

Darryl Wolfe
Dec-30-2005, 12:34pm
Here is F5LOAR's Blonde Eastman (we need to give him some picture taking lessons) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Darryl Wolfe
Dec-30-2005, 12:35pm
and the back

pick up the world
Dec-30-2005, 1:29pm
You get eastmans with pickguards, or can you install them?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif? It looks so much better with a pickguard, I love it!!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Dec-30-2005, 4:42pm
That was a rush job! The Eastmans do not come with guards nor can you get them from Eastman. Cost cutter I guess.
Mine was a do it yourselfer I had laying around here. Those blondes look so naked without a guard on it.

pick up the world
Dec-31-2005, 7:59am
how did you do that DIY job. I would love to have one on my eastman.

Dec-31-2005, 5:30pm
Here's my little blonde

Dec-31-2005, 9:42pm
f5loar: How does that Eastman measure up to your other mandolins? I'm quite interested by the fact you seem so taken by the Eastmans.

Dec-31-2005, 9:43pm
Oh, and Neil, I love that headstock! Who built it?

Dec-31-2005, 11:15pm
If you are good with a hammer, drill and screwdriver you can DIY on most anything. The problem with a pickguard on any mandolin is you really only got one shot at getting it right so it might be best to leave it up to a pro. I think all mandolins should come with one and leave it up to the owner to decide to leave it on or take it off. Same goes for Gibsons. All these fancy signature models F5s and they can't spring for a $100 pickguard on it. I bet their cost is around $25. The Eastmans IMO are the best bang for the buck going today. Years ago I thought the Kentucky 1000s and 1500 were the hot thing in new mandolins. Today it's the Eastmans. They are easy to play and sound so great.

Jan-01-2006, 2:42pm
My little blonde is my IV kit so I have to take the blame for the headstock. I wish it looked as good up close but it sounds better than its somewhat shabby appearance would suggest.

Martin Jonas
Jan-07-2006, 11:10am
Here are some photos of my recently-acquired Otwin flattop. It's German, either 1950s or 1930s (no date and the company was active for a long time), probably the former. Otwin have a very good name in Europe for jazzy vintage archtop guitar and they also made guitar-shaped archtop/f-hole mandolins similar to (but reputedly better than) those cat-eye Framus ones. Apart from being instrument makers, Otwin were also tonewood dealers, and it shows in the quality of the timber here.

Mine is a flattop with a two-piece arched maple back. Pressed arch rather than carved, I think, but I'm not sure. An intriguing mixture of design and structural elements from Gibson (the overall body shape, the back construction and the raised pickguard that came with it but that I took off) and Selmer/Maccaferri (small soundhole, headstock, flattop).

I've cleaned her up, took the pickguard off, replaced the bridge with a new compensated ebony/bone bridge and put Jazzmando JM-11 strings on. Very satisfying result: a very loud mandolin with punchy chords and bright, clear tone on single notes. Not a very complex tone, but a very distinctive one.


Martin Jonas
Jan-07-2006, 11:13am
Here's the back: those radial stripes are inlays of a darker wood into the two-piece back.


Martin Jonas
Jan-07-2006, 11:16am
Some detail of the soundhole surround and binding. I really like the two-tone checkerboard effect, created by alternating light and dark wood pieces.


Martin Jonas
Jan-07-2006, 11:17am
One last photo: this one is taken with a flash, to better bring out the satiny figure of the wood.


Jan-07-2006, 8:49pm
Love the back on that Otwin!

Jan-17-2006, 5:12pm
VERY rare Blonde F-5 Gibson Master Model
One of the very last mandolins out of Gibson's Montana
facility - a custom ordered beauty signed by Bruce Weber. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Jan-17-2006, 5:14pm
Another photo of Rare Blond Gibson Master Model

Jan-17-2006, 5:15pm
Blonde Gibson F-5 Master Model Side View

Jan-17-2006, 5:18pm
One Final Photo of Rare Blonde Gibson F-5 Master Model

Jan-17-2006, 7:07pm
I posted a couple of pics before that Steve Perry took, here is a couple of my pics of the same mando. Eastman 804D



Feb-06-2006, 4:21pm
Bump for anybody looking for RareMandoGuy's pics in reference to his classified (http://www.mandolincafe.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/classifieds.cgi?search_and_display_db_button=on&db_id=17426&query=retrieval) ad.

Feb-08-2006, 2:43pm
Just got these latest pics of my new OM, on its way to me as we speak... had to share. This is by Brian Dean.

Feb-08-2006, 2:44pm
the back...

Eric F.
Feb-09-2006, 12:30pm
Oh, my!

Feb-10-2006, 11:19am
I always thought I liked redheads, but I'm having second thoughts now...pretty stuff folks

Mark Walker
Feb-16-2006, 7:07pm
My cousin's blonde Silver Angel #197... "Cynthia Jane"

Mark Walker
Feb-16-2006, 7:09pm
The back of Silver Angel #197...

Mark Walker
Feb-16-2006, 7:10pm
And binding details...

Feb-17-2006, 3:25pm
Here are some photos of my new Eastman MD615 #580:


With the tone-gard in place.


Feb-17-2006, 3:26pm
Here's two more:


The headstock overlay is a rich chocolate brown color. This photo doesn't do it justice.

Mark Walker
Feb-18-2006, 8:51am
Victor - very beautiful!

I know what you mean about the photos not doing it justice... The headstock of that Silver Angel (with the mother-of-pearl flying angel in it) looks 'black' but in the light you can see deep, rich grain in the ebony.

Sometimes photos just can't show what really is seen in natural light! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Mando Medic
Feb-22-2006, 10:15pm
Just got my new Bob Schnieder F-4 with long scale yesterday and am just getting to play it. It sounds as good as it looks.

Mando Medic
Feb-22-2006, 10:16pm
The Schneider Headstock. Bound in tortoise.

Mando Medic
Feb-22-2006, 10:18pm
Schneider F-4 back.

Mando Medic
Feb-22-2006, 10:19pm
And sides.

Mando Medic
Feb-22-2006, 10:33pm
The ebony pickguard, bound in tortoise.

Mando Medic
Feb-22-2006, 10:34pm
And lastly, Bob's label. It's a beauty and it's in varnish. Kenc

Feb-22-2006, 10:41pm
VERY beautiful, Mando Medic! How does it sound?

Mando Medic
Feb-22-2006, 10:59pm
It sounds like the best F-4 you ever heard. Very rich and open with plenty of volume. It's a red spruce top and I can't wait for it to open up as it sounds so good now. Bob really out did his self on this one. Though I do need to get some J-75's on it. Kenc

Mark Walker
Feb-23-2006, 9:30am
MandoMedic - wow, that's a BEAUTY for sure! Congrats on that! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jason Kessler
Feb-23-2006, 11:26am
A beaut!

Clyde Clevenger
Feb-25-2006, 1:41pm
I got to play it for a while last night and all I can say is:
It sounds as good as it looks and it looks better in person than in the pictures. Great job Bob. Very well balanced with a strong low end that I haven't seen in a lot of F-4s. I'm getting Oval Hole envy.

Feb-27-2006, 10:27am
Old Wave #147, recently returned from a trip to its creator for a check-up.

Feb-27-2006, 10:28am
and the back...

Mar-03-2006, 11:59am
Hey all:

New member here. I happened to note this request to post a picture of blonde mandolins, so here's mine.


I play cittern in a Celtic group, and wanted a mandolin to add to my banjo/cittern/guitar arsenal. I decided to make one, and patterned this after a friend's 1900-something Gibson A-model. I also used plans for same. I have always liked the non-stained top of my citterns (first a Brock, now a Sobell) so I stained the maple neck and back and sides dark amber/mahogany, but left the spruce top plain. Since this picture I regraded the top to make it more responsive, especially in the bass, and re-finished it by French Polishing rather than nitro (as the back and sides are.) The shellac imparts a MUCH nicer warmer glow to the spruce.

You can see more pics at:



Mar-03-2006, 12:00pm
Sorry for the above post! Let me add the image properly:


G. Fisher
Mar-03-2006, 12:58pm
Here is a pix of my new Brock and a link to the others I posted on the board.

Look what I brought home from Wintergrass (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=32540)

Rob Grant
Mar-04-2006, 7:32pm
Here's an old photo of two blonds and a redhead ( two Spruce and one Western Red Cedar)...

Jul-01-2006, 1:59pm
Red Diamond #173 just arrived. I thought I should share a few pictures with you. You can also see these onFlickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauls_place/sets/) where you can hover your mouse over the pictures to get pop-ups with more info.

This instrument is made from Red Spruce and European Maple. I chose Don's "modern" arch as opposed to his "vintage" arch because I wanted a more throaty, woody, warm sound as opposed to the brighter, crisper sound that cuts through better. Compound radius fretboard. Wide, round neck. 22 small frets. Pearl fret markers.

First the front shots:

Jul-01-2006, 2:02pm
Now the back shots. One piece back. He described it as "violently curly" maple. I love the ebony center stripe along the spine of the neck.

Jul-01-2006, 2:09pm
The headstock. The pearl ring around abalone vase & flowers is Don's signature logo. I love the understated elegance. He reworks the Schaller tuners, not only tweaking the mechanism but also changing the post lengths to more closely match the curves of the headstock. I think I'll replace the buttons with pearl.

The nut is fossilized walrus tooth. It has the durability of pearl but the warm sound of bone.

Jul-01-2006, 2:15pm
Gotta love the James tailpiece.

There's a Schertler inside and the cord plugs into the tailpiece as you can see here. I'm fairly pleased with the Schertler so far. It has a very sweet & pleasant sound. We EQ it a little - boosting the treble some.