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    I thought I'd added mine but I guess not.
    This is a Jack Spira Irish bouzouki made for me in 2010. The body has nicely figured blackwood back and sides. Sitka spruce top, and rosewood bindings. The rampant lion inlay was a personal touch that matches a tattoo on my left forearm.
    So far I've been very happy with this one!











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    That Spira is gorgeous. I especially love the inlay. I've wanted a lion tattoo for a long time but I'm too much of a chicken! LOL

    Your playing sounds wonderful as well!

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    1918 Gibson K4 Mandocello

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    1918 Gibson K4 Mandocello
    Lovely! How long have you had it? I would have to imagine it sounds awesome. The one thing about those pre-1921 mandocellos though was the hefty neck. How do you find that?

    I had a chance to buy one that had be converted to a guitar about 10 -12 years ago. It was hanging in a local music store. If the price had not been way too high (considering it was no longer an original vintage Gibson) I'd have purchased it and converted it back. That is a close as I've come to having one. Do you have matching F-4 and H-4?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Baker View Post
    I thought I'd added mine but I guess not.
    This is a Jack Spira Irish bouzouki made for me in 2010. The body has nicely figured blackwood back and sides. Sitka spruce top, and rosewood bindings. The rampant lion inlay was a personal touch that matches a tattoo on my left forearm.
    So far I've been very happy with this one!
    -Kyle Baker
    I can well imagine that you are pleased! The woods and the finish are awesome but the Lion Rampant inlay is over the top!! You are of the Scottish lineage I suppose?
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    Jason,
    Beautiful K4 and fantastic vintage look in that photo. Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Sanford View Post
    Here is my H5 copy which I am really enjoying. This is my 7th build and it is the best I have done to this point. Still needs some refinement as to fit and finish but it plays very well and has good sound. My first attempt at playing mandola and I still need to get used to the different chord positions.

    James, I was going through this tread catching up and saw your H-5 copy. That is a awesome build. How is it doing now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Daniel View Post
    Lovely! How long have you had it? I would have to imagine it sounds awesome. The one thing about those pre-1921 mandocellos though was the hefty neck. How do you find that?

    I had a chance to buy one that had be converted to a guitar about 10 -12 years ago. It was hanging in a local music store. If the price had not been way too high (considering it was no longer an original vintage Gibson) I'd have purchased it and converted it back. That is a close as I've come to having one. Do you have matching F-4 and H-4?
    Hi Bernie,

    I've had it since December 2010 and it does sound great. The neck is hefty but it doesn't bother me -- I've been playing some Indian instruments (sursringar, sitar) that have thicker necks so I am used to the heft. The biggest challenge is using the pinky on the C and G strings. The strings are thick and require a lot of pinky strength to get a clean note. I don't have a matching F-4 and H-4 -- this is my first vintage Gibson!

    Steve -- thank you for your comments!

    -- Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-o View Post
    Jason,
    Beautiful K4 and fantastic vintage look in that photo. Nice!
    I was thinking that same thing well. Even though I was immediately taken by the K4, everything in the picture just intrigues me to no end. All the lovely pieces - the ornate music stand, vintage design chair, and the beautiful fireplace - just go so very well together. Must be an amazing place to place an amazing instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrangatan View Post
    I was thinking that same thing well. Even though I was immediately taken by the K4, everything in the picture just intrigues me to no end. All the lovely pieces - the ornate music stand, vintage design chair, and the beautiful fireplace - just go so very well together. Must be an amazing place to place an amazing instrument.
    Thanks Barrangatan!

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    This Sutherland OM has only been in my hands a few months but it is truly a joy to play. Just a wonderful rich tone and great looks too. I'm a huge fan of Stephen Owsley Smith inlays and jumped on this when I saw it. it is the Zoukfest '03 raffle mando. Yes the photo was taken in my daughter's room (fan of Selena Gomez as you can tell). Hopefully she can play it one day in the future.


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    I've had this for a week and a half now. It's one of the Trinity College octave mandolins, the model I'm sure everyone has seen before. Picked up a second-hand Allen tailpiece to replace the stock one with the little cover that I hate. At the moment I'm using J80 strings and mostly playing in ADAE, sometime AEAE tunings.

    The strap is pretty cool, it's one I recently acquired to try on my mandolin as it's a bit longer than the one I normally use. Did not like the longer length so it was sitting unused and just happens to be a perfect match for the OM. One of Sully's "Vintage" creations.
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    This is my Moon octave, bought in July last year, and sadly a bit underused, although I hope to remedy that this year.
    Spruce over maple, rosewood fingerboard and mahogany neck.
    Scale is a shade over 21.25".




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    Apc om and my guitar zouk conversion
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    MAN! That thing looks so cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucho View Post
    That's a spectacular gallery you have there. The amount of history in those instruments is stunning!
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    Very impressive collection lucho.
    Makes me feel better about my meager few.
    Love the Hurdy Gurdy. I've been thinking of
    building one.
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    And you play them all?
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    of course I do play them.... but not often enough....... Saturdays I do play them to keep tuning for one hr. selecting which one I will play with my Choir on sunday morning
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    History and how different these instruments sounded were the reasons how I started collecting old axes of pre II WW.... In those days just tenor banjos and mandolins.... and through trading and exchanges I have built this collection.... 10 years ago my string collection looked somewhat different... http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/en...uments-amp-MAS

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    This is a four string mandola by Bill Bussman, tuned as an octave using Thomastik starks. The kent armstrong pickup has an ebony cover. The sound is wonderful, the build quality superb.
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    My new Mann carved-top flatback mandola arrived. Red spruce top, maple back and sides, rosewood fingerboard, Cumberland Acoustics bridge, 16" scale. I have it strung up right now with D'Addario EFT76 flat top strings. It has a really nice tubby darkish voice. It's hanging on the stand with my '99 Flatiron Festival. Sorry about my poor photography skills. I'll post a sound file when I figure out how to. This is my first mandola, and I'm having a great time playing it. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    This is a four string mandola by Bill Bussman, tuned as an octave using Thomastik starks. The kent armstrong pickup has an ebony cover. The sound is wonderful, the build quality superb.
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    I would be very interested in hearing how that sounds...

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    Still work to be done (lots of it!):
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