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    Default Jacobson Nautilus Mandolin #39 - Ziricote and Birdseye

    Hello folks,
    The last year has been interesting, full of a lot of changes for us. I'm building mostly as therapy these days, but am really grateful I get to work with awesome woods and make cool stuff like this, even if it does take a while.

    I probably won't be building any more Nautilus mandolins for some time, if ever, unless there's a specific demand for them. When you move to a new shop, you usually get rid of a lot of jigs and fixtures, which have done OK for while they've been there.

    But I've learned so much since I geared up to start making these, it's time to rethink a bunch of things. I'll be doing that while I make some bigger mandolin-like instruments for some very patient Cafe members.

    This is a cool instrument, though.

    Sitka spruce top, parallel tone bars, offset oval holes
    Super awesome ziricote sides, fretboard, neck, bridge, headstock overlay
    Incredible birdseye maple back

    Thanks for looking!

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    Sound clips:

    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson...39-fiddletunes
    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson/39-prelude
    https://soundcloud.com/martyjacobson...39-bittersweet

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    Default Re: Jacobson Nautilus Mandolin #39 - Ziricote and Birdseye

    Marty, I am fortunate to play your #37 Koi themed mandolin every day. With Thomastik strings it is a great instrument to work on the Bach Violin Sonatas and Cello Suites.

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    That is a beauty, Marty. I look fwd to your new ventures/designs whatever.
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    How can that be a mandolin? It doesn't have a scroll

    Really a wonderful modernistic and elegant work of art. I love it when people color outside the lines. I would love to hear one of your instruments; I'm sure that the intent is not a BG chopmeister.

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    First we had Skip's violin edged A then Gary's beautiful A and now this! Man, you guys are killing it.
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    Beautiful, refreshing, & inspiring!

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    So much great design work here.

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    Default Re: Jacobson Nautilus Mandolin #39 - Ziricote and Birdseye

    What a beautiful work of art! The fact it's a spectacular musical instrument is just gravy!
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    Lovely work as always!
    Cheers Gary

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    Marty, that mandolin is a work of art! Nice work, elegant design! If someone ever makes a book to document modern builders, you should be one of the first in it!

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    That's Beautiful Marty! If we get together again sometime soon, I'd love to see that in person!!!
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    Beautiful work, Marty!

    Sound fantastic as well!

    Glad to see that you are still building in some capacity.
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    It looks wonderful, and the sound clips are fantastic. Great work, Marty.

    Are you getting anywhere with your carbon fiber experiment?

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    That's a real beauty, Marty. Hate to hear it might be the last of its kind, but I'm glad it sounds like you've got some really interesting projects on deck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    That's Beautiful Marty! If we get together again sometime soon, I'd love to see that in person!!!
    Sorry man, it's already shipped.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron McMillan View Post
    It looks wonderful, and the sound clips are fantastic. Great work, Marty.

    Are you getting anywhere with your carbon fiber experiment?

    ron
    Hi Ron, Should be back on the carbon fiber project after a couple more builds. By the end of the year for sure. There's only one real hurdle left, which is resin selection. The resin I've been using starts to deform at about 120F, which means you can't leave the mandolin in a hot car. One of the main attractions for a CF mandolin is the ability to leave it in a hot car in the desert in the Middle East (not kidding, that's a real request from a real customer). So I need to select a resin and postcure process, The Rest is Just DetailsTM.

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