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    Finished my first mandolin build a little less than a week ago. Have been playing my fingers off since.

    This started as an IV A-style kit. I ended up re-working almost every aspect of the kit. I used medium Stew-mac frets, and celluloid tortoise binding. I added an ebony headstock overlay in which I inlaid my name in MOP. Rubner tuners and a Cumberland Acoustic bridge help keep it in tune and ensure good tone.

    Finished it with aniline dyes and Mohawk Nitro lacquer.

    I love playing it as it sounds stronger/louder and more vibrant than anything I own or that I've played lately.

    Hope you like the photos. (Cannot understand the portrait orientation, they're right side up on my computer...)

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    Looks great; congrats! I hope it brings you many years of joy.

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    Looks great! Good job. Sound clip?
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    I like the look. Looks like a keeper that will serve you well for many years, unless you get MAS and build another!

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    Congratulations - you should be proud!

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    Building a mandolin is quite an accomplishment. Seeing it through to the end is satisfying.
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    Congrats. Beautiful looking mandolin. I hope it brings you years of joy.

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    Looks great! Video?

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    Looks great! I love that burst. Very nice work.

    Whenever I want to use photos I took on my phone in portrait orientation on a forum or WordPress, I always open them in a Preview program first on my computer and then I just save them. I don't know why, but there is almost always something screwy with the orientation of photos direct from the phone.

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    Nice job! Now you need to start the next build!

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    Fantastic job!

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    Most impressive, and the tortoise shell type binding looks great on that body!

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    Lovely!
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    Well done!
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    Thatís great. Love the colour of the burst with the tortoise binding

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    Thanks much all! I'm really enjoying playing it.
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