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    Re: octave mandolin

    Dave
    The first "proper" instrument I made is a flat-top octave built from walnut and spruce offcuts from a closing joinery shop. I gave the neck a small backset, and made an ebony bridge about...
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    Re: What Should I Call It?

    Brilliant
    I knew you chaps would come up with ideas to get the old grey matter working again!
    Tavy, I had completely forgotten the original English Guitar, I remember seeing several at the V&A...
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    Re: Survey For Builders.

    I've just used some lovely tuners from Rubner in Germany
    http://rubner-markneukirchen.de/onlineshop/index.php?cat=c152_mandolin.html&XTCsid=36339d28fd97108a28882b8afb0dd5e2
    beautiful finish, and...
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    Re: What Should I Call It?

    Scale length will be 625-630mm abouth 24 3/4"; to be decided.
    It may well be tuned as an Oud (EADEAD)
    BTW the customer is always right!
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    What Should I Call It?

    A guitarist has asked me to make an instrument, it is a hybrid jobbie, and I've been scratching my head what to call it.
    The body will be pear shaped, (made from recycled Cuban Mahogany circa 1850),...
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    Re: Brazilian rosewood back

    A few years ago a furniture making friend gave me the offcuts from a BRW project for a very upmarket Harley Street medic. Nice stuff, with a good density and colour. So naturally I had to give it a...
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    Re: OMs in the white

    Both bodies have the same outline, one is flatback with a slightly wider rim, the other 3 piece carved back; overall volume about equal. The top of bridge to back dimension is also about equal. Flat...
  8. Re: Do You Reach For Your CBOM's More Than The Mandolin?

    With the band "Off the Square" mostly OM for years, until a new rosewood A style mandolin came along, different pitch and tone capabilities leading to new ideas in the band. New OM on its way now...
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    OMs in the white

    Just strung up these babies today. Really pleased with the sound, a few tweaks required, then lacquer to finish.
    The grain is fun, English Sycamore all the way from Devon
    7460374604
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    Re: Soundhole purfling

    Thanks for the responses, ALL the comments much appreciated!
    Nice detail John; Dave, your detailed dissertation is a peach! Nice detailing Oldwave, and Peter, good info on your website.
    I'll take...
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    Re: Shop Pictures

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    Been working on getting this workshop up and running for a couple of years.
    Sudden collapse of employer certainly spurs you on.....
    I'll get a picture of the view the other way when...
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    Soundhole purfling

    I'm sure its been asked before, but have you guys any good suggestions for cutting the purfling channel(s) for an oval soundhole on a carved top mando? Currently working on a pair of Octaves, there...
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    Re: Tailpieces in England

    Thanks for the info. As regards "quality", I mean something with a good weight and style. The Eastman tailpiece looks really good, but it seems to have dropped out of mandolin.org parts in the last...
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    Re: Rover RM 75 question

    Sadly the Rover 75 is no longer produced over here, but these guys can help with tuning!
    http://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/
    They may not be so good on mandolins though!

    Best part is - keep...
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    Tailpieces in England

    Can anybody point me in the direction of maker/supplier of QUALITY tailpieces for archtop mando's, octaves and 'zouks based in UK or Europe?
    I'm looking for nickel finish and bronze and brass...
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    3 course Bouzouki (also in CBOM)

    I have been asked to look at building a 3 course flatback bouzouki with a small body to enable access to the higher frets. This gives a very long slender neck with a nut width around 1" or >25mm
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    3 course Zouk

    I have been asked to look at building a 3 course flatback bouzouki with a small body to enable access to the higher frets. This gives a very long slender neck with a nut width around 1" or >25mm ...
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    Re: Archtop Octaves

    Thanks to you all for the replies and links; it's just like a magic box!
    F hole or oval? Big question, I'd like to do both, given the time, but will probably decide when the plates are carved to...
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    Octave Archtop: also See CBOM

    Did Gison ever make an Octave Mandola/in?
    Info on dimensions etc.....welcome before I start a pair in Fiddleback Sycamore and Walnut
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    Archtop Octaves

    I'm sure this must have been asked before
    Did Gibson ever make an Octave Mandolin (or Mandola, let's not get into that debate)
    If so can you point me in the direction of dimensions? Siminoff has...
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    Re: Retirement

    Good luck in your retirement, Live each day to the full:mandosmiley:
    I've not yet got to the age to retire, but getting there; I'm close to completing my new workshop where I can continue to make...
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    Re: Sweet Chestnut for Tonewood?

    One thing to watch for as it dries: sweet chestnut grows with quite a strong twist or spiral in the trunk. That will tend to make it wind or twist as it dries. If the timber has been split rater than...
  23. Re: Anyone ever played a "F" with Indian Rosewood Back and Sides?

    I finished this Rio b&s rosewood "A" style a year or so back. Now its played in it has a really warm tone with well defind top and bottom notes and a load of punch when driven. Cuts through the...
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    Re: Rosewood Mando

    Thanks for the replies
    The top is bearclaw spruce from Italy
    Headstock veneer is Yew, with rosewood counter veneer on fiddleback sycamore neck.
    It is hand lacquered, with a little pigment shading...
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    Rosewood Mando

    This one took nine years to complete: house moves, new workshop, other instruments, but when it finally woke from its slumbers, it just rang!
    Carved rosewood, offcuts from a friend's excursion into...
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