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grandmainger
Oct-29-2004, 4:42am
Very nice! I particularly like the upward-pointing point! Also, this binding is interesting, is it plain ivroid on top and ivroid-black on the sides? Looks very nice.

Darryl Wolfe
Oct-29-2004, 6:13am
Small f-holes...with a cool delicate shape....that should add alot of warmth to the tone..

Lane Pryce
Oct-29-2004, 7:04am
Very nice. Varnish I presume? How are you gonna dress it up? Lp

Scotti Adams
Oct-29-2004, 7:31am
..Very,very nice Jim..looks like a dandy...though I dont have any pics to share im supposed to pick up my new varnish BRW tomorrow....the wait has been soooo bad....Ive been waiting since Feb.....good luck on your new axe..

Bob DeVellis
Oct-29-2004, 8:15am
Ward builds really beautiful mandolins and this one is no exception.

Scotti Adams
Oct-29-2004, 11:09am
....probably wont have time to post any pics this weekend....Ive got to play....probably get some pics shot next week....I dont have any way to post any sound bytes....Im ignorant when it comes to that. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

mandolooter
Oct-29-2004, 6:46pm
it's a beauty Jim! If Scottie doesn't use up all your webspace, we all wanna hear it too!

Baron Collins-Hill
Oct-29-2004, 7:05pm
nice mando. have any pics of the back? is that birdseye or just quilt on the sides?

JTG
Oct-31-2004, 1:52pm
Looks like another great Ward Elliott mando. I have a blackface A style that I absolutely love. The tone and detail work is great. It plays as easy as any mandolin that I have played. Good luck and enjoy the new mando, I know you will love it........

mandocanoe
Nov-01-2004, 10:49am
Hi Jim,

Ward is just finishing up an A model for me. I think he is trying to do the finish work on both at the same time. Your F model looks fantastic. He has promised to send pictures to me later this week of my A "in the white" and I'll add them to this post if you would like. Although the wait hasn't been nearly as long as some folks have to wait, it's really hard to be patient.

Mike

dtb
Nov-05-2004, 4:28pm
"you will not like this mando"....I repeat, "you will not like this mando"....so send it to me. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

very pretty.

Marky Mark
Nov-06-2004, 7:29pm
That is definitely beautiful.

Scotti Adams
Nov-08-2004, 8:09am
purty, purty......I hope you are playing it by Thanksgiving...hope its dry.

levin4now
Nov-08-2004, 10:36am
sweet gracious sakes, that's a beautiful mandolin.

Ken Sager
Nov-08-2004, 11:00am
Here are a couple pictures right after it was stained, but no sealer or varnish applied yet. It looks "dull" now, but it gives a hint of things to come.
It hardly looks dull now. It's gorgeous.

Congrats,
Ken

Ken Sager
Nov-08-2004, 3:48pm
I love one piece backs like that. Keep us posted on the progress. I'd love to see it with its varnish pants on. It really does look spectacular.

All the best,
Ken

Scotti Adams
Nov-08-2004, 7:38pm
Ben used a UV box to dry mine too...but seven coats still takes a while to cure....seemed like it took 3-4 weeks even with the box...Of course we were having alot of rain there for a couple of weeks...driving that humidity up. That probably figured into the drying time too. #40 is coming along beautifully...I ablsolutley love it...so much so that I didnt even get #6 out of the case at the show we played last weekend....thanks for asking Jim.

Scotti Adams
Nov-08-2004, 7:55pm
..sounds good...mine is oil varnish..some recipe he got from a old family of violin builders....I guess the recipe is hundreds of years old. Just to make it interesting #40 is only his second varnished mando to date...remember..hes only 24 yrs old http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif..but its perfect...no inperfections no where. And I'll tell you what..there aint nothing like opening up that case and smelling varnish instead of lacquer...not to say lacquer is a bad thing...theres just something magical about varnish. My little girl let the TV remote control fall out of her hand(actually she threw it) as I was playing...yep you guessed it...it landed right on the top of #40...I thought...well theres the first big ding...I looked...nothing...not one iota of a mark..the stuff is durable and strong but breathable.

Ken Sager
Nov-11-2004, 2:01pm
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My little girl let the TV remote control fall out of her hand(actually she threw it) as I was playing...yep you guessed it...it landed right on the top of #40...I thought...well theres the first big ding...I looked...nothing...not one iota of a mark..the stuff is durable and strong but breathable.
You've got a strong argument for two things:
1) The quality of Ben's finish
2) Corporal punishment
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Best,
Ken

Scotti Adams
Nov-11-2004, 2:46pm
..ya think? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Ken Sager
Nov-13-2004, 7:36pm
Amazing. It really is spectacular, Jim. That is some of the nicest looking wood I've ever seen, and absolutely beautiful craftsmanship. It's looking better and better with every round of photos you post.

Best,
Ken

Scotti Adams
Nov-14-2004, 6:50am
..yep..outstanding...I bet your going nuts...

jmpullen
Nov-14-2004, 2:07pm
I WANT IT
I WANT IT
I WANT IT
I WANT IT
I WANT IT
I WANT IT
JIM http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Scotti Adams
Nov-19-2004, 7:56am
....mighty fine Jim..it truly will be a Thanksgiving huh?

MandoPicker
Nov-19-2004, 9:05pm
Oh My God, I don't think I've ever seen a mandolin as pretty as that. The wood is beautiful and if this mando sounds as good as it looks it will be a hoss for sure. Congrats Jim.

John

Scotti Adams
Nov-22-2004, 6:48pm
..good luck and be careful.....dont speed.....yea..right http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Flowerpot
Nov-22-2004, 6:56pm
Yep, don't go playing the mandolin on the way home and be driving with your knee. And do post some more pics... don't you just love seeing the new mandos coming home? It's like bringing the baby home from the hospital, complete with new noises, much pampering, and lack of sleep.

Scotti Adams
Nov-22-2004, 7:54pm
..each time Ive went to pick up a new BRW..lets see..5 of them now..Ive taken along a designated driver for the trip home..and Ben is only and hour and twenty minutes from me....makes the ride go fast.

dj9124
Nov-24-2004, 7:21am
Well Jim by now you should have it in your possesion and have a few hours on it, tell us about it!!!!!
Dave