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    Hi Guys,
    Hope that you’re all keeping well and safe- a video for your viewing pleasure!
    Take care Gary
    https://youtu.be/lTKxQ2xx2ts

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarY Nava View Post
    Hi Guys,
    Hope that you’re all keeping well and safe- a video for your viewing pleasure!
    Take care Gary
    https://youtu.be/lTKxQ2xx2ts
    Beautiful looking and sounding instrument. Your work is consistently impressive.

    Thank you for sharing.
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    Sounds beautiful Gary. And well played.

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    That looks and sounds wonderful, Gary. Fantastic work.

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    Paul Shippey has been making a range of flat-top, carved back mandolins and bouzoukis in the UK for a while now and I have been tempted by them. He calls them 'the axe' and some pros have been buying them. Does your version take a different path? It certainly looks and sounds great.

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    Many thanks for this Jill. For quite awhile now, I haven't been able to embed my videos, I guessed it might be because I'm in the UK??
    Thanks again, Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglocelt View Post
    Paul Shippey has been making a range of flat-top, carved back mandolins and bouzoukis in the UK for a while now and I have been tempted by them. He calls them 'the axe' and some pros have been buying them. Does your version take a different path? It certainly looks and sounds great.
    Thanks, glad you like it. Not quite sure what you mean by “Does your version take a different path?”. This mandolin is really development of my Standard Plus model, but with a carved arched back rather than my usual flat, braced one.
    Cheers Gary

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    What do you recognize as differences in tone and sound between the flat and arched back models?
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    Another good one Gary, you should try a flat back arched front for comparison, I have heard one or two of those that were very good sounding instruments too.
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    Great video, great playing by Robin and superb building by yourself, Gary. You must be so delighted with the sound this instrument is creating.

    Re trouble in posting videos. I too am UK based (Scotland) and I have found that it is better to Go Advanced to post a video, and to include only that part of the url to the right of, but excluding, the "/". The other wee idiosyncracy I find is that when I put up a video on YouTube if I then go straight to the Cafe site to post on the SAW group, it sometimes does not load and gives an error message. I have found that if I wait a while then post the link to the SAW group it works.
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    Beautiful mandolin. Fantastic sound!

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    Quote Originally Posted by derbex View Post
    Another good one Gary, you should try a flat back arched front for comparison, I have heard one or two of those that were very good sounding instruments too.
    Thanks Jeremy- hope that you’re keeping safe and well.
    So many variations and so little time to build them all!
    Cheers Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool View Post
    What do you recognize as differences in tone and sound between the flat and arched back models?
    Always a difficult question, as all my mandolins tend to go straight out of the door and I never have two around for a comparison. This one; my initial thoughts were, maybe a tad louder and great A strings. I guess I should ask Robin as he now has two of mine.
    Cheers Gary

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