View Full Version : Koa Weber Yellowstone in progress

Nov-28-2004, 6:34am
Hi all...I just got some "in progress" pictures from Paula and John at Weber. #I should have the finished version of this one (my first mando) in about 3 weeks or so...I thought some here might be interested.


Nov-28-2004, 6:35am
A few more...


Nov-28-2004, 6:36am

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Nov-28-2004, 6:37am
Last couple...


Nov-28-2004, 8:22am
Hi Drew!
That will be a beauty no doubt!I have often wondered just how much work was involved with adding binding,after seeing these pictures I can see the answer is quite alot!I am a big fan of this company,I just ordered an Absaroka,allready have a Maple Gallatin.This brings me to my next question:Why not offer more models of these carved top mandos with just beveled edges?Personally I like just the beveled edges of the Gallatin,and without the extra labor involved with the binding it seems like they could be made with much less work to keep the prices down.I was going to order the Absaroka with no binding but the price was very close to the standard model so to keep things simple I just got the standard.Thanks for the pics!

Nov-28-2004, 10:51am
Thanks for sharing your pictures Drew. I really like that Koa back!
I also have a Weber in progress. A Bitteroot octave which should be ready in about 3 weeks. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif hmmm...wonder if we'll have consecutive serial numbers?


Nov-29-2004, 12:45am
Nice ... wow, a YellowS. for your first mando? Lucky fella http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif enjoy

Ken Berner
Nov-29-2004, 9:45am
The folks at STE are always amazing me, often presenting different options that make me want to start all over with a new mandolin. My '99 Beartooth is outstanding, but now I want this KOA Yellowstone. There is no question that this one will be gorgeous to look at and I would like to hear it in about two years!

Nov-29-2004, 12:39pm
I never had the chance to play a Koa mando ... what would you say is the difference between koa and maple sound-wise?

Nov-29-2004, 10:43pm
In mandolins, I can't really give a helpful answer yet since I'm kinda just starting out...but in guitars, I have found koa to be a less bright and a little "richer" than maple. # Closer to mahogany, IMO. # And good koa is a joy to look at...

Speaking of which, I think it's time to see if they have the next set of pics...

Kevin K
Nov-30-2004, 7:49am
Keep us updated. I like Koa on guitars but never played a Koa mandolin. It's gonna be a looker for sure.

Dec-01-2004, 3:06pm
I can't see the photos; whatsa matter? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Baron Collins-Hill
Dec-01-2004, 4:26pm
hmmm, same here, although i could earlier... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Lane Pryce
Dec-01-2004, 6:04pm
Me three. Lp

Dec-02-2004, 1:07am
Well they (photos) were huge maybe too much space was being used up but i seen em last time i was here....things that make ya go hummm http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

John Rosett
Dec-02-2004, 10:29am
my first "real" mandolin was a steven andersen A5 with koa back, sides, and neck. it was sweet sounding, more like a mahogany mando than a maple one. i think it was #22, built in '81.
what i'd like to try (but can't afford) is a koa bridger.

Dec-02-2004, 12:58pm
I wanna see em! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif

Jim M.
Dec-02-2004, 1:16pm
I don't know if this is the one, but here are some pics of a koa Yellowstone at the Weber site. What a beauty:


Dec-02-2004, 1:31pm
Yes, it sure is a beauty.
Maybe if we ask real nice Weber would let us see more.

Dec-02-2004, 1:51pm
Sorry gang...Weber (ever so politely I might add) told me that they would prefer the photos not be published...so I complied.

I'll take a few snaps when I receive the finished product...should be just before Christmas...

Dec-03-2004, 1:27pm
I asked Weber very politely to see more koa mandolin pictures. They just arrived. The koa looks wonderful, even while unfinished. And the last photo showed a very tasteful dark stain being applied to the top. Binding and scroll showed impeccably (sp?) clean workmanship. It's gonna be a nice one!
I'll have to check out other Webers, I noticed the ridge on the scroll, both front and back, splits into two as it melds into the body.
(Possibly Weber didn't want the photos posted because they do show construction techniques.)