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Andy Miller
Oct-03-2009, 11:40am
I got to pick up my new Hilburn octave mando yesterday, here are some snapshots of it. I took it to its first gig last night. It is everything I hoped it would be. Jim might have some better pictures, he's had a lot more practice photographing beautiful instruments. . .

Andy Miller
Oct-03-2009, 11:43am
Here are a few more angles.

Jonathan James
Oct-03-2009, 5:45pm
Sweet! Jim's work is second to none.

Mike Black
Oct-03-2009, 6:28pm
Let's hear it! :)

How does it compare to Jim's personal octave?

Andy Miller
Oct-03-2009, 8:13pm
Mike, I will post a sound clip as soon as I can get something recorded - soon.

Compared with Jim's octave, to me it has a little punchier sound, more brightness, projection and perceived volume. The materials he chose for this one were aimed in that direction, and I think it was a success. It works a lot better alongside a guitar than my flattop unison-strung octave does - I can dig in and project with ease when I want to. I have a sudden, powerful urge to learn about 10 more Tim O'Brien tunes.

Jim Hilburn
Oct-04-2009, 12:07am
This was the quickest one of my instruments was picked up after being strung. Andy played a gig with about 6 hour old strings. I barely got a chance to do my usual photo shoot but I did take some outdoor shots in the bright fall sun.

Chris Biorkman
Oct-04-2009, 12:21am

Andy Miller
Oct-04-2009, 4:23pm
Here's a sound bite:

Oct-05-2009, 8:40am
O.M.G. !

That, like everything else Jim builds, is clear off the chart!

Oct-05-2009, 9:33am
Andy the Brave, you got yourself a good sounding and pretty mando! :mandosmiley::mandosmiley::mandosmiley:

(brave is for playing it in a gig 6 hours after getting it) :)

Jake Wildwood
Oct-05-2009, 12:46pm
Nice one!

Skip Kelley
Oct-10-2009, 2:47pm
Absolutely beautiful!!!

Oct-10-2009, 5:23pm
Looks great, Jim!