Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Mandocello K-style build

  1. #1

    Default Mandocello K-style build

    For a very long time I have been wanting to build a Mandocello, and I wanted to make a Florentine Style one but with apertures instead of K-4 with soundhole style.


    Over the years I've gathered information as for original dimentions of the K4 and research pro and cons. I have to be honest.. I've read a lot of treads right here on Mandolin Café (if not all). I then started on my first drawings draft and re-tweeked them quite a few times whenever changing my mind about, for exemple, scale length..

    My build is well underway, At this point in time I have the rim all glued up and i'm almost done carving the Torrefied Sitka Spruce top.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1759.jpg 
Views:	44 
Size:	414.4 KB 
ID:	173059


    I though a lot of you might be interested in following this journey and I will update on here as well as on my YT channel the build journey. hope this will be interesting to you all.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...YC8NYCNPNDb-xJ
    Last edited by Hovington Instruments; Nov-30-2018 at 8:08pm.

  2. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Hovington Instruments For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Registered User bluegrasser78's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Sugar Grove,PA
    Posts
    1,909
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Very KOOL man! The world needs more of the mandolin orchestra instruments! Sitka top? You're not going traditional woods? What are you going to use for the body, maple, birch, I'm very interested as there is no one building these in the traditional look well maybe Gilchrist? Oh just seen you have a youtube link! NICE!

    "I can't get the you tube link to work?"

  4. #3
    Registered User Charles E.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Saint Augustine Beach FL
    Posts
    4,088

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Youtube link is non functional. Good looking start though.
    Charley

    A bunch of stuff with four strings

  5. #4

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...YC8NYCNPNDb-xJ let me know if this one works... It works for me when I click on it.

  6. #5

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Very KOOL man! The world needs more of the mandolin orchestra instruments! Sitka top? You're not going traditional woods? What are you going to use for the body, maple, birch, I'm very interested as there is no one building these in the traditional look well maybe Gilchrist? Oh just seen you have a youtube link! NICE!

    "I can't get the you tube link to work?"

    I just re-linked the playlist.. hopefully it works now.

    I'm using Curly maple back and sides... I found this relly nice piece of Torrefied Sitka Spruce and had good results in the past using Sitka.. I already outside the realm of traditional as I'm making the body bigger and lengthening the scale.

  7. The following members say thank you to Hovington Instruments for this post:


  8. #6
    Registered User Walt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    West Monroe, LA
    Posts
    283

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Nice! What will the scale length be?

  9. #7

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    I’m making a 25 1/2” scale. To get more tension on the low C

  10. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Hovington Instruments For This Useful Post:

    hankWalt 

  11. #8
    Certified! Bernie Daniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,925
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Wonderful that you are doing this. I look forward to watching all the videos you have put up!

    I have never made a mandocello but I have converted four guitars -- three arch top and one flat top -- into mandocellos and also converted a couple of guitars into 5-course mandocellos (I call them citterns). I have owned three other mandocellos in addition to the builds. So as you might imagine I have developed some views on mandocellos. Not that they are anything to "write home about" but here they are:

    1) The mandocellos I have produced ranged from 24.75" through 25" to 25.5" -- I really do not see a big issue with a loose C-course on the 24.75" scale. I can't really say the one I built with a 25.5" scale was better either -- or worse for that matter. I know some people are more picky so I'm not saying it is not an issue for some players. I will say this - even if you do get a C-course set of strings with more tension (on a longer scale) you also get at the same time more distance between frets and a more difficult mandocello to play. So it is always a trade off.

    2) I feel that a 1.5" nut width combined with a shallow rounded (not pointed) neck profile is the best combination for easy playing. In fact of all the mandocellos I have had the one I have kept is one with a 1.6" nut (due to my mistake while building) and a shallow, rounded arch top guitar neck. The shallow rounded neck profile is the best in my opinion.

    3) I think for the mandocello the oval hole is the best all around configuration -- compared to the f-hole version. But that is nothing more then an opinion and the one mandocello I have now is a converted '42 Gibson L-50 (i.e., f-hole).

    Best of luck on the build!
    Bernie
    ____
    Due to current budgetary restrictions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off -- sorry about the inconvenience.

  12. #9

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_0508.jpg 
Views:	22 
Size:	411.1 KB 
ID:	173115
    Just finished carving the Scroll, and editing the video in the Mandocello build! I've added the video in my YouTube playlist and posted a link to the video here... https://youtu.be/xQbIPAU6OAU

  13. The following members say thank you to Hovington Instruments for this post:


  14. #10

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Thanks Bernie for all the information, Greatly appreciated.. I did play with the scale in my mind before setting myself to 25 1/2. and I am aware of the instrument becoming harder to play the longer the scale. I guess I decided to go with this length when looking at Cellos with a 27" scale. even some M'cellos were made at that scale.

    The goal is to increase the tension of the Low C , Not just for the low C itself but to add more tension on the actual soundboard to make it more alive. Not certain of how much change this will make but this is what makes it interesting.

    I just finished an Octave mandolin last year and convince my customer to go from a 20"scale, like he wanted, to 21" scale to add more tension. He and I were really happy to have chosen the longer scale. the OM is really ringing and is fun to play.


    Thanks again for taking the time to post your thoughts. Really appreciate the information.

  15. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Hovington Instruments For This Useful Post:


  16. #11
    Certified! Bernie Daniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,925
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Tbanks I am enjoying your videos -- its a tour de force in real time!
    Bernie
    ____
    Due to current budgetary restrictions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off -- sorry about the inconvenience.

  17. The following members say thank you to Bernie Daniel for this post:


  18. #12
    Registered User Inklings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    North Shore of Masschusetts
    Posts
    117

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Salut Tomy! I've been enjoying your vids (and your accent, reminds me of home in NB) for a while now. Just watched you carve the scroll last night on Youtube - I have to admit that my heart was in my mouth a few times when you went at it with that large gouge, but things are looking great.

    I wondered if you were on the forums. Thanks for giving us an "inside view" of your progress.
    Kirby Francis

    Francis Guitar Repair

  19. #13

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Hi Francis, I’m new here on the forums... Just created my profile... I really like
    It so far, lots of nice people here. Thanks for watching the videos!

  20. #14
    Registered User Inklings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    North Shore of Masschusetts
    Posts
    117

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    You're quite welcome. Thank you for making them. Hope your current build continues to go well.
    Kirby Francis

    Francis Guitar Repair

  21. The following members say thank you to Inklings for this post:


  22. #15
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Wilmette, IL
    Posts
    64

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Tomy, great to see you here!!

    I too am a fan of yours and followed the octave build. Your videos are such a treat, always a learning experience. This mandocello is going to be awesome!

    - Greg Day (gdayjr)

  23. The following members say thank you to gregoriousd for this post:


  24. #16

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Thanks Greg for following this build and for the feedback.. Greatly appreciated!

  25. #17

    Default Re: Mandocello K-style build

    Tomy, as a newbie still working on my first mandolin build (first instrument build of any kind, actually) I have found your YouTube channel extremely helpful. I'm really enjoying watching this new series. Thanks.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •