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    I'm not a builder, more of a repair person and technician, also an experimenter. Since a friend gave me a fiddle I've been wondering if a mandolin with a sound post under the treble side of the bridge has been tried. I have several inexpensive mandolins I have tried design modifications on and I'm not afraid to fail. Thinking about removing the treble side tone bar and installing a post on a Rover A model. Any thoughts or advice. Thanks

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    Charley

    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Over the years it has been discussed many times. The mandolin and the violin top and back operated differently. While you're waiting for some answers take a look though these threads.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    My favorite is this one just for the title.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    One thing that I can say after watching this conversation over the last several years is that generally the sound post on a mandolin seems to work best when the top has collapsed and there is no other way to keep the instrument playable without actually repairing the problem. In that situation people become adamant that they work.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    If it somehow worked, you all could have something like my very most favorite tools-as-sculpture: the three bears post tools; violin, viola, celloClick image for larger version. 

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    Great idea...if you play the mandolin with a bow....

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    Thank you all for your replies. I will read all the reference posts you've linked to and if I'm discouraged I'll change the oil in my car instead. If I proceed with the project I'll keep you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudmister View Post
    Thank you all for your replies. I will read all the reference posts you've linked to and if I'm discouraged I'll change the oil in my car instead. If I proceed with the project I'll keep you posted.
    Or not posted.

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