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    Does anybody besides me find this cover photo to be somewhat sad?
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    Looks like some numpty has been at the stock photo’ library.

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    Sad when graphic designers have no knowledge of music. They should have asked Carlo. I bet hr is not real happy and probably never even saw the cover.

    Hey, at least they had a mandolin (of some sort) and a guitar. I wonder if they supply sound files with an electric mandolin with foam under the bridge.

    OTOH have you ever seen paintings of violins even from old masters? They almost never seem to get the proportions correct.
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    Nah. Would not be my first choice of mandolin to show on the book cover, but its ok for the intended audience. Those experienced with Bach are not going to look at the cover very long, and others perhaps intimidated by the subject might even be comforted by the mandolin chosen. Further, if the Bach within is played well even the shown mandolin could make beautiful music.

    I think I know what you mean, though, where the beauty and serious effort represented by a book's content is not reflected by the choices or effort put into the cover art and layout. It immediately makes me think someone doesn't understand and another someone is too tired to fight about it anymore. I have no direct knowledge that this is the case, but that is the impression I often get. Also I have no experience in publishing, where they routinely practice the ins and outs of attracting just the right audience balanced against offending those who would purchase it anyway.

    My preference for such a book would be a text only cover, with maybe a baroque frame or boarder around.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    I'm not going to lie, I enjoyed that immensely.

    As far as the book cover goes I think they've used that same mandolin on some other cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Nothing like a minuet played with distortion and reverb.

    Someone should talk to Hal Leonard and tell them next time to make Carlo Aonzo and John Carlini much larger. Those two would appeal to many of us here to actually buy this book.

    On the other hand, they actually got closer with a sensible cover here. I do seem to recall a discussion of the extra knob on the top of this Lyon & Healy mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    ...the extra knob on the top of this Lyon & Healy mandolin.

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    It goes nicely with the dreadnought.

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    Henry, I bought that book a couple years ago, and I have to confess that I never paid much attention to the cover.

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    At least they didn't use a uke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Ross View Post
    At least they didn't use a uke.
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    As usual, Bo knows....

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