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    Mandolin tragic Graham McDonald's Avatar
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    Default A new classical mandolin

    Just strung up this morning, a classical mandolin, for want of a better term. 13" scale, with a body inspired by a carved top Italian mandolin I found a photo of years ago. The soundboard is Sitka, carved to an arching height of 1/2", graduated a little thinner than normal and X braced. The body is Tulip Satinwood, an Australian sub-tropical rainforest tree which is a marvellous tonewood and almost unobtainable. The neck is Queensland maple with a rosewood fingerboard and tortoise celluloid binding. Rubner tuners with the posts cut down to fit. Strung lightly with J62 10-34. I will find someone who can play a tune or two on it.

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    That is an exceptionally beautiful instrument. The 13 inch scale appeals to me, too. My aging hands are finding shorter scale lengths much more comfortable. Great job, Graham. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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    Very nice Graham, and I like the Embergherish head. I've been thinking of building a low-arched, thin topped classical one myself, so I'd be very interested to hear how yours sounds.

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    Beautiful mandolin.Yes another person interested in an audio clip.
    The instrument seems to be like a German style mandolin. i.e. flat back, deeper body etc. And the the nut width seems a bit wider than usual for a small mandolin. I noticed that the tuners are at an angle to the string. Does this work better than perpendicular. (right angles)?
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    Really lovely. Clean and elegant.

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    Very nice and understated. Looking fwd to the sounds. What more common wood would be closest to Tulip Satinwood in tone?
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    Default Re: A new classical mandolin

    Attached is a link to an mp3 of a 3 part Australian mazurka, called The Lanky Long Legs Mazurka, collected in my home town of Gilgandra, NSW from an old accordion player who went to school with my mother.

    Jim, Tulip satinwood is quite heavy, closer in sound to a rosewood than a mahogany. It just does all the right things as an instrument making timber. I have a couple of mandolins worth of it left and hopefully a source of a bit more.

    https://soundcloud.com/graham-mcdonald-4/legs3

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    A very elegant and understated creation, Graham. Lovely work and great sound.
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