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    Just arrived. Made by Spencer Oliver. Wow, what a difference an armrest does. And it looks so good!
    Thanks Spencer!

    Check out his site:
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    Happy easter!

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    One of my used instruments came with an armrest, had never tried one before. Now I am a believer, all of my instruments have them - keeps the edge from cutting in to my arm, so I can play longer! Two are from Spencer - quality armrests at a great price!

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    Before I got an armrest, my picking would wander out of the sweet spot toward the bridge. After, the geometry made it much less of a problem. I'm sold on armrests as well as tone guards. Lot to hang on a mandolin though.
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    This is the one Spencer made for my Breedlove Quartz FF.
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    I bought a Spencer Oliver armrest for my Kentucky KM-272 and I love it!
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    They look very nice. Do any of you feel they are a touch too large??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeSalvio View Post
    They look very nice. Do any of you feel they are a touch too large??
    I don't think so. I have one. I started with an ebay armrest that was too small and I like the larger size and the way it is sculpted.

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    They are larger than other armrests I've used but are well designed. You could contact Spencer and ask him to make you a custom one that is smaller.

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    Spencer custom-made an arm rest for my Blevins octave. I gave him the measurements and he knocked it out of the park. He'll work with you. I'm satisfied with all the arm rests he's made for me. On a personal note: I try to shop as local as I can whenever I can and he's a Georgia boy in Marietta.
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words!... very glad you guys are happy with your Armrests! I always love to hear kinds words from happy mando folks!

    Thank you for supporting my MAS

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeSalvio View Post
    They look very nice. Do any of you feel they are a touch too large??
    Hey Jim, I understand your concern with their size. I actually have played with the size to make them a little smaller. I used to make them about another 1/2 to 3/4" longer and reduced their size probably about a year ago because I also felt they were a little too big. However, what you may not be able to see is that I carve a sort of groove in the middle for the arm to rest in for comfort and placement, but I've not had success making them any smaller and still being satisfied with how that turns out. But when you choose a wood species that is similar in color to your instrument's finish it diminishes the size significantly.

    Just so everyone knows, I'll be on a short sabbatical for the month of May as I'll be out of town for most of the month, but hope to be up and running in June again.

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    Here is what I made to match the custom distressed "old violin" finish on my Silverangel. It is a distressed ebonized walnut with gold hardware to match.
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    Silverangel Econo A #429
    Jacobson Nautilus Oval Hole Prototype

    Hand Crafted Mandolin Armrests
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