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    The postman dropped this off yesterday...

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    She'll be off to the USA early next year...

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    That's a beauty, Nigel.
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    Yes, indeed.... RATHER.
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    Not only is it beautiful, that neck joint is really cool! How was that done?
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    Not only is it beautiful, that neck joint is really cool! How was that done?
    It's not my idea, it's a variation on the way my old boss, Stefan Sobell did his. It's based on how he used to make dulcimers.

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    Your stuff always looks fabulous.
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    Nice Nigel!!! Nearly as nice as my Forster Bouzouki and Gazouki which are drop dead gorgeous. Oh yeah, and they sound magnificent as well!!!!

    Whats the wood on the back and sides Nigel? Is it solid or are you using the laminate technique you've been trying for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinhardt View Post
    Nice Nigel!!! Nearly as nice as my Forster Bouzouki and Gazouki which are drop dead gorgeous. Oh yeah, and they sound magnificent as well!!!!

    Whats the wood on the back and sides Nigel? Is it solid or are you using the laminate technique you've been trying for a while.

    John
    It's sapele. Aye John, it's laminated. But not like the stuff in your living room! Think of it as extremly posh and expensive plywood. It's a made up from layers of figured sapele, birdseye maple, mahogany and spruce. It allows me to build the deep curve into the back without the need for bracing and still give the response I want from a back. Likewise with the sides - it gives the same response as your gzouk but without adding quite as much mass.

    It's important to experient with this approach as the list of woods on CITES grows yearly now. So much of my work is exported outside of Europe, which means rosewoods are a non-starter. I've a lot of the stuff sitting collecting dust. Bah. So I have to get the same sound from materials which traditionally give a very different sound from rosewood. With this approach, I get the same response as I do from rosewood. I'm very happy wih how it works. It's the way forward!

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    If it's half as good as my Forster Gazouki it's going to be a killer instrument. Slightly off topic but if any of you guys out there want to invest in a quality instrument for life, you wont go wrong with a Forster. I kind of overdid it a bit. I wanted 2 quality instruments for life so I bought 2 Forsters!!! One a standard bouzouki and the other, one of his Howe Orme Style Gazoukis. Both brilliant. Whoever is getting the mandola in this thread is one lucky guy/girl/person!!!!

    Keep up the great work Nigel. You're instruments are truly inspiring and reallyClick image for larger version. 

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    Photo of me playing the standard bouzouki (2006) all dressed up for a gig I played recently for Dublin's Lord Mayor!! Posh or what!!

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    oooh when i think of the tracks that beauty has been on John when Adam had it! gorgeous thing
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    It sure is Rob. Adam broke it in nicely for me!! Nigel's standard bouzoukis are a little different now. Supposed to be louder, mine is loud enough to be honest!! Adam got a new zouk from Nigel earlier this year, flat top fixed bridge and he's delighted with it. This was a new design I think. I wont mention the Gazouki (private joke!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinhardt View Post
    I wont mention the Gazouki (private joke!!).

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    Glad it’s worked out alright John!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukrobbiej View Post
    Glad it’s worked out alright John!
    Ta Robbie, It sure has. Fantastic instrument, totally different in sound to the standard bouzouki. Had it out last night with my Fiddling friend Kevin O'Connor. They sounded great ( the instruments that is ) together. I must post a photo of it. it looks a bit different than you'd remember.

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    heres a few photos of the gazouki

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    Oh wow, that bridge is very different isn’t it.

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    She'll be off to the USA early next year...

    Nigel
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    Well, I’m definitely excited about it. 🙌 thx Nigel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley Turner View Post
    Well, I’m definitely excited about it. �� thx Nigel.
    Hello all. I wanted to add to this post and relay some information to this group. Because of a personal situation I was not able to finalize receipt of this instrument. This was devastating as I had been looking forward to this for a very long time. I own another of Nigel’s instruments and it is amazing. If anyone is looking for a top tier Mandola from a premier builder....this one is going to be up for sale to the public direct from Nigel, brand new. No wait. My loss will be someone else’s gain. Tough to even post this, but it was made to be played.

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    What a shame- I know what it’s like to lose instruments, even if this one never actually made it into your possession. Alas, to expensive for me, but I am sure someone is going to get a very fine instrument.

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    Darn, Wes. I am sorry to hear that. But you do seem to have some nice instruments to play there. If there is anything I can do, somehow, from here in California, don't hesitate to ask.

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    Ian and Tom made a video yesterday - here are a couple of tunes. One Iris Jig, and a nice Scottish tune,

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    Nigel,
    I’m absolutely horrified to hear about the break-in and theft of this and other instruments. I’ve shared on FB and Twitter, and I’m seeing it pop up in lots of music folk’s feeds, so the word is definitely spreading. As you say on your page, these are very distinctive items, so there may be a chance of recovery. Hope to hear better news soon.
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