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    Mandolin tragic Graham McDonald's Avatar
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    Default A couple of new mandolins

    A couple of recently completed mandolins. They are both based on Lyon and Healy mandolins of a century or so ago. The first is a flat back with a Brazilian rosewood body, recycled from a mandola I made years ago and decided I didn't like, with a carved Sitka soundboard. The second has a carved Tulip satinwood body and an Englemann soundboard and is a particularly responsive mandolin.

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    Default Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Sweet! I am a big fan of the L&H styles. I really like the "folded over" position markers.
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    Default Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Very good looking instruments - love twin point mandolins. What bracing scheme did you use?

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    They're both very beautiful, Graham. I'm especially partial to the looks of the second one. I'd love to hear what it sounds like.

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    Nice look on both! I think I hear them playing a duet. What about a finish?

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    Are these spoken for?!?

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    Bracing is an x brace on both, crossing about halfway between the bridge and sound hole. Finish is satin nitro in a rattle can from a German company called Wurth. The Tulip satinwood is with a prospective buyer, but may opt for another with a narrower nut. The Brazilian one is available, but being Brazilian rosewood with no documentation it will need to find a home in Australia. I will see what I can do about a sound file.

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    I think I'd like a mandolin with a zero fret.
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    Love these! Seriously cool design of the side / fret markers.
    Looking a your site I may want to order your F model. Is there any sound clips or video available of one online?
    Dylan Burtch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burtch View Post
    Is there any sound clips or video available of one online?
    Not at the moment. My nephew in Sydney has the one on the website and I will ask him to record something.

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    Beautiful instruments Graham. I also like the fret markers . Is the neck a bolt on design as in your bouzouki book?
    Thanks a lot
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    Default Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Lovely both of them but i really like the second one. Yes, please upload some sound files if you would. I'd love to hear them!
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    Default Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Graham, beautiful work as always. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burtch View Post
    Love these! Seriously cool design of the side / fret markers.
    Looking a your site I may want to order your F model. Is there any sound clips or video available of one online?

    Dylan,
    My nephew in Sydney, Jesse Johnston, who is a very clever and skilled musician recorded these two short tracks as parts of backings for songs (I think). It will give you can idea of what my F style mandolin sounds like.

    I haven't had a chance to get anyone else to record anything on the two new ones as we are in a covid lockdown for the next couple of weeks and being asked to simply stay at home and not visit.

    Ivery Mando 2nd Bounce.mp3

    Acoustic Lev Mando Bounce.mp3

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