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ab4usa
Dec-06-2004, 7:40pm
Just arrived today

ab4usa
Dec-06-2004, 7:41pm
Back (birdseye maple)

ab4usa
Dec-06-2004, 7:42pm
Another view

ShaneJ
Dec-06-2004, 7:46pm
Beautiful lefty! What are the peghead veneer and pickguard woods?

mandoJeremy
Dec-06-2004, 9:02pm
Very nice. I love Bill's F-hole design.

ab4usa
Dec-06-2004, 9:09pm
Peghead, Fretboard and pickguard are Arizona Ironwood.

ShaneJ
Dec-06-2004, 9:10pm
I would have guessed mesquite. Looks great!

Hoyt
Dec-06-2004, 11:46pm
Really nice. #I've had three Old Waves, down to just an Octave now and still kicking myself for selling the others.

Your is as pretty as I've seen. #They all play and sound outstanding.

Congratulations.

Frank Russell
Dec-07-2004, 9:19am
Congratulations Alan. If it's anything like mine, you will just get happier every day. Every time I play it, I think it's the best mando money I've spent so far. Have fun, you sure got a pretty one. Frank

GVD
Dec-08-2004, 6:24pm
Bill never ceases to amaze me. Does it sound as good as it looks?

GVD

ab4usa
Dec-09-2004, 5:43am
GVD,

It sound better if possible, than it looks. I actually know two other lefty players and both of them were amazed at the sound. One works at an acioustic music store, and the other just got a new Weber two weeks ago. His comment was that it was not only louder than his weber (as well as our instructors) but both the Collings MT and MT2 on the store's wall. The guy who works in the store plays mainly celtic and he was stunned by the overall tone, volume and deep bass. It's a pleasure to play. Small frets and very low action mean little pressure required to fret. Now I just have to work on my skills. I'll never be able to blame it on the instrument.

Lefty&French
Dec-09-2004, 5:52am
As a lefty player... looks fine http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Darren Kern
Dec-09-2004, 8:03am
Very unique look, and very cool finish. Me likey http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

ira
Dec-09-2004, 8:19am
never heard an ironwood mando- how is the tone???

ab4usa
Dec-09-2004, 9:57am
Ira,

The ironwood is only for the pickguard, fretboard and headstock. Other wise, it's Engleman Spruce top and birdseye maple back and sides.

Onesound
Dec-14-2004, 11:41am
I had an opportunity to put my paws on Alan's Oldwave last evening. # Let me tell you this is an awesome mandolin. #Too bad it's a lefty cause best I could do was strum it. #Keeping in mind that it's only 2 weeks old it vibrates like a bell. #Absolute fantastic A sound even if it isn't an Oval. #Imagine what it will sound like after more break in.

Cosmetically, it is an absolute flawless gem. #If this is typical of Bill's work (and I imagine that it is), these babys are a bargin. Stunning! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Congrats again Alan.

Cheers,
#Brian