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    Hello everyone,

    I'm very excited to unveil my latest mandolin... a Lyon and Healy style built for Mr. Sylvain Néault of Québec City, Canada (www.bazirka.com). Sylvain is a professional violinist by trade, and I have to say it is an immense pleasure, yet again, to have a mandolin on the world stage...
    Sylvain's playing styles range from Tsigane to Klezmer, Irish to Québecois, South American to Chanson Française. Sylvain allowed me the freedom I needed to custom tailor this instrument to his needs, precisely and despite that no such instrument has ever existed quite like this one. Some stats on this mandolin:

    Scale: 13.5"
    Top: Engelmann spruce cant-top, induced arch, Sitka bracing
    Back: Maple, Ebony, Koa in understated semi-lute configuration; spruce shaving reinforcement
    Neck Radius: 7" nut, flat bridge
    Nut Width: 1”
    Bridge: one-piece ebony
    Pickup: Pick Up The World, compression-type, directly under bridge; Tapastring endpin, silver plated
    Tailpiece: Labraid Violette, silver plated, custom "stork" inlay to commemorate Sylvain's new baby.
    Peghead: Slot-head, visually inspired by the old city of Québec

    Sylvain was looking for a tone which would project without inhibition, one which would still have a traditional sound like that of a turn-of-the-Century mandolin. The goal was complexity, ethnicity, the tendency toward emotion, all with the possibility of digging in without loss of identity.
    I'm very excited that Sylvain will be putting together some mandolin tunes somewhere in the near future, and you can be sure that they will be posted on my website when they are ready.

    Thanks for looking! Happy picking.








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    Wow

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    HOLY SMOKES!! That is a gorgeous mandolin. Your mandolins are always so well thought out and executed flawlessly. Man I sure would like to own a mandolin like that!!! Want to build another?

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    There are lots of little details there I really like, espescially the ears over the tuner plates on the headstock, the deco-ish headstock shape, the back! Wow the back! Great work and congratulations, Brian and Sylvain.

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    very very cool.

    why the zero fret?

    amazing work, cant wait to hear clips.

    thanks,
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    WOW! I never thought a hunk of wood could be so all-out sexy!!

    Q: Is there a white line along the bottom edge of the bridge, like a pad or lamination? Or just an odd reflection?
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    Absolutely stunning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    Q: Is there a white line along the bottom edge of the bridge, like a pad or lamination? Or just an odd reflection?
    I think that is the Pick Up The World saddle pickup described in the instrument stat description. You can see the wire sneaking from the center of the bridge to the tailpiece on a few of the pics.

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    Brian--Fabulous work! I too am looking forward to some sound clips.

    Congratulations Mr. Néault your new mandolin is going to be a treat to play as well as listen to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Collins-Hill View Post
    why the zero fret?
    Why not the zero fret? I am sure that Brian has a very good reason.
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    i believe he shares his theory on the zero fret at his website...

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    I think a zero fret helps to make the overall sound and tone even from a fretted note to an open string. But I may be way off.

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    Another tour de force, Mr. Brian.

    I think as I see each one of these come out of your workshop, my questions stop being: how beautiful is it? how refined? how elegant? how inspired? how surreal?

    My question starts being:

    -- How fast does it go? --



    Quote Originally Posted by Dfyngravity View Post
    I think a zero fret helps to make the overall sound and tone even from a fretted note to an open string. But I may be way off.
    That's exactly why I would use one, and have retrofitted some old instruments with them per customer requests myself...

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    i have to say "Holy Cannoli" that is beautiful...that back...WOW!...that is sleek..those black tuning heads.....you made a beautiful mandolin Brian...very classy..
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    Bravo!
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    Brian, amazing to say the least!! One day some of your mandolins will be in a museum for the whole world to see! They are a true work of art!

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    Another beautiful instrument from Brian! Wonderful work!

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    I always love to open the Labraid threads--there's sure to be eye candy inside! Just amazing every time, Brian. The back is work of art--well, the whole mandolin is.

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    Each morning after a new post is like a Christmas morning here at the Cafe. Thanks all for your espcially warm comments... After a month or more of solitary confinement in the shop, I have to admit that unveilings are like a warm mug of brandied hot chocolate. Mmmmmm.

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    Baron: I think someone got to your question first. It's all about intonation -- not just in the quantitative sense, but the quali... aww heck, it's about getting it just perfecto.

    Ed: While the Pick Up the World device is not entirely hidden, it does a pretty good job at disappearing to all but the most acute eyes. It is also the very finest conceived pickup I have ever had the pleasure of using, not using any tone-robbing adhesives, and being exposed to the widest possible input area. Of course, I generally build them very loud so a standard stage mic can pick them up easily... But.. some like the ability to strut around the stage. And what would Tull be without the venerable flute mic? Very quiet indeed.

    To everyone: My warmest thanks and blessings to you all... Happy Seasons, and until the next!



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    That mandolin is truely incredible. I love it

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    I think everyone has plans to design a 'dream mandolin' by going to mandolin cafe and looking at all of the fine instruments. Brian is a wealth of good ideas and I'm glad he shares them here.

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    thats for the zero fret info, seems like a brilliant idea.

    what is that mando on the right in the last picture, that thing looks great.

    amazing work as always, some day i will be on your list.

    thanks
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    That's Joe Brent and Brian's new Pähkinä mandolin. Videos of Joe playing are inside!

    Jamie
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    Brian I always enjoy seeing the photos of your creations, and this one is no exception - really stunning. I love all the detailing, everything about it is so elegant.

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