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    Default Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    That's a good idea, or maybe a round soundhole drop-in carving that contains a cat silhouette. I'll give it some thought and see what I can come up with. I have to finish this mandola first.
    I like the way you think.

    I'll send my sound hole's dimensions... 😹
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    Varnishing the latest mando
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    I'm almost done with this electric octave mandolin. It will have four single strings and a relatively short scale (18"). Shooting for something in an octave mando range in a mandolin/mandola-size package. It will have heavier gauge strings to push it down into the octave mandolin range. That last photo is next to a standard mandolin for scale.
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    Octave mandolin in sitka spruce and claro walnut. 21" scale length, lacey sheoak fingerboard and Queensland maple neck.

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    Worked out all of the set up on #5 and took some detail shots; check the Flickr link for all the goodies:https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAUKZT

    Its been done and ready for a couple weeks now and I've been playing it and I am just as thrilled at how it sounds as I am about how it looks!

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    A couple more high-modulus neck experiments/data points. An A-model w/ WRC top, quilt figure bigleaf maple b/s/n. Neck looks conventional, but has a surprise inside. A C#-model;, w/ another CF/composite neck, redwood top, maple b/s/n. Both instruments strung up in the white now for play-testing. The A-model sounds a lot like Frankie Jr, so good to prepare for finishing. The C#-model also sounds strong, maybe a little more treble-y. I may thin the back a bit and play-test again. Or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard500 View Post
    Maybe a minuscule carved mouse on the inside back for the cat to see.
    You can call it the Tom and Jerry model...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelly View Post
    Surely not a "normal" mandolin as a break from your usual more exotic instruments, Jo! Looks really lovely. Will you post a sound clip of it when you have it strung up, please?
    Ha! Yes, one of my less 'weird' builds.

    Here, as requested is the sound sample:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cohen View Post
    Neck looks conventional, but has a surprise inside.
    If nobody else is gonna bite, I sure will. What's the surprise? It's hollow? It's really CF but looks like maple?
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    Close. There's not a lot of the wood neck shell left, but some CF and a lot of empty space inside. The all-CF necks are difficult to work with, so that A-model is one of several experiments (to follow), aimed at finding simpler and cost-effective ways to make high-modulus necks.

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    Hey Steve! I'm an avid science fiction reader - just bought a copy for my kindle.
    Sure do like that kevlar/carbon. Do those have a temperature range guarantee like the Lava Music instruments?

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    Alfonse,

    1. Thank you so much for taking the leap with The Rift. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing!

    2. While the Kevlar/Carbon fiber + molded chopped carbon composite that I am using is more stable than wood for humidity and temperature change, I DO NOT recommend treating the instruments any differently than you would treat any other high-end instrument.

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    No idea what this thing will sound like when it's done, but I'm pretty confident that the back will look alright.

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    Default Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus Geijer View Post
    No idea what this thing will sound like when it's done, but I'm pretty confident that the back will look alright.

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    I can’t tell much of the size of it but the shape resembles a nyckelharpa. More pics, please.
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    Jim, see post #1711 on the previous page.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus Geijer View Post
    Getting close to done with this monster. A few minor tweaks, and then disassembly, final sanding, stain and finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I canít tell much of the size of it but the shape resembles a nyckelharpa. More pics, please.
    Ah! Thanks, Charley. It was a nyckelharpa. Monster indeed!

    It might be interesting to build a mandolin family instrument on a nyckelharpa style body. Maybe an octave mandolin or mandocello?
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