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    Thanks for the additional pics, Steve! Absolutely gorgeous!!
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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Here are few more glam shots of #2. I realized that there is a long tradition of hot rodding '23s . . . which is a fair analogy for these builds. Of course Ford never installed a Versi in the original classic T.

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Well, both Stealth prototypes are winging over towards Raleigh for IBMA 2017. I'm really looking forward to hearing and seeing how they hold up under hard-driving pressure next week.

    These two instrument really are prototypes with a host of changes which now have to stand or fail in the real world.

    Based upon how they do, I'm really looking forward to going back into the shop and pushing further down this path.

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    It was great fun seeing you at IBMA and getting the chance to play many versions of the Sorensen visionary designs. Loved the Stealth #1, especially having learned the special sauce the went into its construction. Amazing!

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Is the special sauce secret ? Do tell!
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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Matt, all special sauces are secret!
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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Enjoyed playing the new models at IBMA on Friday. Great designs and finish. I liked everything, but honestly I'm still a fan of the more traditional Sorensen styles. Hey, but I'm old!!
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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    It was great to hear Don Rigsby up on stage with Stealth #2 (the Red Hot Rod) on the big street stage at IBMA --

    https://www.facebook.com/paula.hinto...4158431225047/

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Here's Liam Purcell (Cane Mill Road) checking out the Stealth prototypes --

    Red Hot Rod --
    https://www.facebook.com/11964550814...7972669641697/

    Black Ninja --
    https://www.facebook.com/canemillroa...0920789593069/
    This is a live show using K&K Twin internal pickup only.

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Perhaps the best quote from IBMA on the red Stealth mandolin came when I asked Josh Gooding for feedback.

    He said, "Not now . . ." and kept picking . . .

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Steve has figured something out with this design. I was about three rows back from Don Rigsby on stage with the red one. I figured Don Rigsby could probably make anything sound good. Then after circling the expo waiting for people to put it down, I was able to get my hands on the black one, man oh man, that is one sweet mandolin.
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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    I shared this elsewhere, but thought it would be a good addition to the Stealth info.

    This is Zack Arnold (ClayBank) on Stealth#2 with Danny Roberts on Zack's new Sorensen VX. Both instruments are brand new at the time of this recording. I used my Samsung Galaxy7 with no adjustments to the sound quality. We were in the back room of the player's Green Room for the IBMA CBA Suite, so there is a bit of chatter in the background from next door.



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    These things are some of the most gorgeous instruments I've ever seen. Absolutely stunning!

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    Very cool indeed! Nice balance all the way around.
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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    This is quite a stunning design. I, for one, would like to know how the 3D body is done. I would also like to know how the bridge was modified to account for the steepened arch created by the soundhole design.
    My only negative aesthetic response is to the headstock design. Not to my taste, but it does fit the overall vibe of the instrument.
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    Powerful pickin.

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    Bill,

    The arching of the top between the sound holes is essentially the same that of all my "X-Series" mandolins. I wanted to be sure that the working area of the bridge was starting from a place that I know and understand.

    However, from there out, things are very different.

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Update from the real world --

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Stealth attack on Tacoma!

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    The next Stealth attack is gathering momentum . . .

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    STEVE! How you doing with the fires?

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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Chris,
    Sent you a PM. All good where we're at so far. But bad air quality.
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    Default Re: The new Sorensen Stealth . . .

    Are these getting hot rod paint too?

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