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    Hi I'd like to introduce myself and also to say thank you to the fantastic people that contribute on this forum. You have helped me enormously. I have been lurking around here for years but never posted anything before.

    I first became interested in instrument making 6 years ago and made a few rather experimental banjos, I had no idea what I was doing and none of them played very well or looked very good but I was none the less hooked. So I found somewhere I could study instrument making (Glasgow, Scotland) and moved there, after 4 year at college learning as much as I could from the people there I have now in the last year set up my own workshop which I share with a guitar maker.

    While in college I made a couple of guitars and Irish bouzoukis, but for the last 3 years I have mostly been concentrating on carved top mandolins. I have just finished my first F5, this was a huge challenge for me. And again I am so grateful that this place exists and I had somewhere to look for answers to my many questions!
    I'll share some photo with you all of the F5 and a picture of my first banjo (not me in the photo)!
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    Registered User jim simpson's Avatar
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    Wheeling, WV

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    Welcome! You are right, there are great and helpful members here. I have benefited from the wisdom generously given. Your mandolin looks good!
    Cabin Fever String Band, Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenaries

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    Welcome! You've come a long way from that first banjo, nice job on the F5!

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    Finishing an F 5 build is a satisfying feeling. Welcome.
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    Gainesville, FL

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    Welcome to our wild, wacky world. Nice looking F 5, thanks.

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    Thank you for the welcome and the kind words about my mandolin. It's much appreciated

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    Kelley Mandolins Skip Kelley's Avatar
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    Sep 2002
    North Carolina

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    JJ, welcome to the Cafe’! That’s a great looking F5! Nice work!

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    Orrig Onion HonketyHank's Avatar
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    Beaverton, OR, USA

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    I'm glad you signed up so I can hear your input. Nice looking mandolin, there, too.
    New to mando? Click this link -->Newbies to join us at the Newbies Social Group.

    Just send an email to with "mandolin setup" in the subject line and he will email you a copy of his ebook for free (free to all mandolincafe members).

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    Certified! Bernie Daniel's Avatar
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    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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    Nice F-5 for sure so congratulations on that! Be interested to hear what kind of instrument building school you found in Scotland - was it part time or full time situation?
    Due to current budgetary restrictions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off -- sorry about the inconvenience.

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    Registered User William Smith's Avatar
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    Sugar Grove,PA
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    Very nice build! Welcome to the café, Man you builders are all have some serious talent. Nowadays were all not lacking in quality builds, no doubt about it.

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