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    Brescian mandolin in walnut and maple ready for the finish.

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    Working on a prototype of a nylon-strung, four string piccolo mandolin (Cgda, a fourth above a mandolin). Finally strung it up today. It has modified Torres bracing (like a classical guitar) with a very thin top. Went with a floating bridge rather than a fixed bridge, to keep it more mandolin-like. Made a tailpiece specifically for this purpose, of black walnut and brass. Ribs and sides are local cherry. Neck is hard maple, bridge is local black walnut.

    Have to do a little set-up work, and try a heavier, wound C string. Will post more about it when it's actually done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    I used to fix medical equipment. So, how did that 3D printer work out? That was what you were assembling wasn’t it?
    Still sitting there while my teenagers laugh at me when I try to coach them about persistence and grit.

    My CNC machine died, so that turned into a year-long project and rebuild. It's pretty nice now, I just made some stainless steel guitar parts on it (which you're not "supposed" to be able to do).
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    Finally got the neck out of my Kalamazoo KG-11. I first used steam then switched to heat rod. Will be doing a refret, new nut and saddle in addition to the neck reset.
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    I think the excess string has to exit the head to the sides for the kitten vibe; maybe about 4” each side.
    The tailpiece is nice, and novel. Are there grooves in the brass to keep the strings located?
    Let us all know when you get the string gauges worked out, and we can hear this one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard500 View Post
    I think the excess string has to exit the head to the sides for the kitten vibe; maybe about 4” each side.
    The tailpiece is nice, and novel. Are there grooves in the brass to keep the strings located?
    Let us all know when you get the string gauges worked out, and we can hear this one!
    Good for you, Richard, you figured out what I was going for with that headstock shape. I like your idea for the whiskers! Here's a photo of it as I was beginning to put on the finish. Note that the left ear is 'tipped', which is the sign of a spayed or neutered feral cat. My barn cats all have the tipped ear, as they all were feral earlier in their lives, but now have a home and an occupation. Here's a picture of the headstock as I was beginning to apply finish.
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    The tailpiece was an experiment, and I learned a lot from it. Hopefully there will be a next one and if so, it will be slightly wider, and will have the grooves you mention. If this one works out, I'll make a regular mandolin match to it.

    I've been terrible about putting up recordings, but I plan to put up a video comparing this one to one of my typical metal strung piccolo mandolins so others can learn from my little experiment as well. That should follow in about two weeks.
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    Sides for my first attempt at a violin.
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    Necking again in the shop while waiting for 'monsoon' season to pass. Ebony/quilt, African Blackwood, Brazilian rosewood, Macassar Ebony, brw/curly, ebony, desert ironwood, brw, brw, ironwood. Below is part of the ebay old Kay bass brw fingerboard stash....
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    Is that from the stash you got from the lady in the other side of the mountain! The violin guy who passed? That’s what one my OldWave Oval A. Best choice O made was when you asked me if I wanted you to use that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldwave maker View Post
    Necking again in the shop while waiting for 'monsoon' season to pass. Ebony/quilt, African Blackwood, Brazilian rosewood, Macassar Ebony, brw/curly, ebony, desert ironwood, brw, brw, ironwood. Below is part of the ebay old Kay bass brw fingerboard stash....
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    When someone posted some pics of a 1920s Stromberg-Voisinet mandolin a few weeks back, I was reminded that I had traced the body and head outline of one that someone brought in for some repairs a few years back. Wanting a break from carving the quartet instruments I thought a canted-top, 13"scale diversion was required. Soundboard is Sitka, Back and side Tulip Satinwood, neck is Queensland maple with an ebony fingerboard, Ivoiroid binding. The neck is not carved yet and the back binding has yet to be trimmed. I made the neck with 11 frets to the body rather than the original 10. The head had to be adjusted in length to take some Gotoh tuners, as the original had some patent tuners where each tuner was in a little metal cylinder an inch or so across and was inserted into the head from the front.

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    Not "on" the bench. But recently left the bench and headed to Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots in Manchester, VT. Andy built this instrument for the festival's instrument raffle to raise funds for a local non-profit.

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    On the bench: A maple Brescian and a renaissance cittern also in maple.

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    Maple octave back, and one of the f holes. No luncheonettes were harmed in the making of the binding, as far as I know!
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