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    I was asked about making a mandolin violin style. Here it is an A model with 100 yr old red spruce top, northern hard maple b/s/n. Parallel tone bars, carbon fiber rod in neck. Varnish finish. It sounds good to me new so I think it will really sound good after it gets played. I used my phone and the video was done on our iPad.

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    Very nice!
    Play it like you mean it.

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    Kind of has the feel of an "Instant Classic" in all the right ways.

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    Man, I thought I was going to see one of those Lyon & Healy violin headstocks! lol
    Looks great Skip!
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    Nice! For new, it sounds loud and open already. Gonna be a good’n

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    Very nice, Skip.
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    Nice to see someone else doing violin style mandolins. I love building this way.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Pritchett View Post
    Nice to see someone else doing violin style mandolins. I love building this way.Click image for larger version. 

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    Your mandolins and mandolin family instruments look awesome!

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    Thanks guys for the kind words! I just hope the Campanella dude doesn’t get mad at me!
    I was real happy with the tone, volume and overall timber of the mandolin. The new owner is happy!
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    Beautiful!
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    Love the burst and the no dot fretboard. The color treatment on the sides is especially tasty. Home run in every way. I want one. Especially if you make it with a narrow nut and very slim shallow neck.
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    Beautiful!!!!
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    Visually stunning and it does sound wide open for such a new instrument. Nice work Skip!

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    Nice job, brother!

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    Hi Skip, really nice work!! very classy!

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    Thanks guys, I really appreciate it!

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    Looks good!

    It's stirring up my MAS again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Kelley View Post
    Thanks guys for the kind words! I just hope the Campanella dude doesn’t get mad at me!
    I was real happy with the tone, volume and overall timber of the mandolin. The new owner is happy!
    Hah! He didn't invent the violin, did he? Anyway, Skip, your mandolin sounds very nice. Glad to hear that the owner loves it. Will you make more of them in that style?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Hah! He didn't invent the violin, did he? Anyway, Skip, your mandolin sounds very nice. Glad to hear that the owner loves it. Will you make more of them in that style?
    Jim, Joseph Cleary, the Campanella guy makes mandolin family instruments in the violin style. He was one of the first that I saw build like this. I do plan on making more. I have another A model started and a customer wants a two-point in this style. This is going to be fun!

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    I do love this style of building and that came out really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Kelley View Post
    Jim, Joseph Cleary, the Campanella guy makes mandolin family instruments in the violin style. He was one of the first that I saw build like this. I do plan on making more. I have another A model started and a customer wants a two-point in this style. This is going to be fun!
    I met Joe when he visited Carlo Aonzo workshop in NYC in his early days of building those. I was joking that you don't need his permission to copy violin stylings to a mandolin. I would love to see that two-point in that style.
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    I really like that one Skip. Nice soft finish too. I haven't done much lately. Been sick.

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    Great looking build!

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    I like it!

    That's a very nice sounding and looking mandolin you've built. Congratulations!
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    Dang it Skip....the last thing i needed to see and hear was another top flight mandolin. Beautiful in all aspects.

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