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    Sweet!
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    A brace of mini Flying Vees......
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    The black `68 style 8 string is a customer order but I thought it might be fun to make a `58 style spec` build in parallel. The `58 is built from Idigbo, a close relative of Limba (the wood Gibson used for the original).

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    A new batch of Brazilian rosewood "sharkfinz" for the Brazilian rosewood mandolins....


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    Very nice work- look forward to seeing this one complete.
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    Here's a comparison of the first few shippable Nautilus mandolins.
    Some final setup tweaking needed, but hopefully it gets the idea across.


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    They all sound great from here Marty but I particularly like #3 and #5 comes a close second.
    You'll have to give me some playing lessons when I get to Atlanta Marty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Jenner View Post
    They all sound great from here Marty but I particularly like #3 and #5 comes a close second.
    I agree with Peter. Good thing #3 is coming my way. I thought the atypical oval ports sound quite pleasing. While sound clips fall short of capturing the full sonic experience, it's a good way to compare the voicings and is a nice tool for customers who are trying to decide on tonewoods and hole configuration. Thanks for posting, Marty.

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    Congratulations Steve! Great choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandcanyonminstrel View Post
    A new batch of Brazilian rosewood "sharkfinz" for the Brazilian rosewood mandolins....


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    James, those look great.

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    Oh foul fiend French Polish... this is one battle you shall not win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Jenner View Post
    They all sound great from here Marty but I particularly like #3 and #5 comes a close second.
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    My impression too. I really liked #3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    Oh foul fiend French Polish... this is one battle you shall not win!

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    Peace to you and to that instrument, Marty! And thanks for the sound comparison. I'm a bit partial to #2 of course....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    My impression too. I really liked #3.
    That seems to be the consensus. I never expected a curly redwood mandolin to sound that good, or have that much presence and power.

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    It's great to see you getting these designs into production, Marty. I'm very impressed with your work. They all sound great!
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    Ummm, Marty, are you flying the bird at that finish!?!? Speaking of birds, nice birdseye on #16. I've got some birdseye in the works as well.
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    I've got some birdseye in the works as well.
    You sure do, Max! Nice, very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    Here's a comparison of the first few shippable Nautilus mandolins.
    Some final setup tweaking needed, but hopefully it gets the idea across.
    Nice to hear the fruits of your labor (strange conceptual language, I know). I have to listen a few more times but I do like the cedar and redwood topped ones. I assume you picked the string set for each one based on what the tonal qualities would be? Keep up the good work. I would love to hear one in person someday. I do have a good friend who lives in Atlanta... hmmmm, maybe a road trip is in store some time.

    Comparison of Nautilus mandolins recently completed. In order:
    #15 - parallel braced, tone bars, spruce top, J74's
    #16 - transverse braced, yellow cedar top, Thomastik Mittels
    #18 - parallel braced, curly redwood top, JS74's
    #20 - transverse braced, spruce top, J74's
    #21 - paralell braced, spruce top, FW74's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markkunkel View Post
    Peace to you and to that instrument, Marty! And thanks for the sound comparison. I'm a bit partial to #2 of course....

    Mark
    I mean, of course, I'm partial to #17 mkII, that apparently wasn't recorded as part of the sound comparison. It's the one Marty's working on that features a gorgeous French polish with a strikingly obscene gesture as the centerpiece accent on the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandcanyonminstrel View Post
    A new batch of Brazilian rosewood "sharkfinz" for the Brazilian rosewood mandolins....
    James: did you post pics of these BRW mandolins?I would love to see them.
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    Another 'frog' plate.
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    111 grams braced.. Rings out at F4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    James: did you post pics of these BRW mandolins?I would love to see them.
    No public appearances yet; 'not sure if I want to. When was the last time you could say you had a matched set of two carved Brazilian rosewood / Ted Davis red spruce mandolins and a 16" L5 guitar bodied Brazilian rosewood octave mandolin, from the same few boards of 25-50+ year seasoned materials all to yourself???? As soon as I show them off, guys like you will want them!!! I'll be keeping one of them for myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandcanyonminstrel View Post
    I've been lusting after having a new titanium bike custom made by Mike Lyndskey ($$$) over in Chattanoogaaaaaahhhhh, so the others will be available eventually.

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    Good choice James. My tri bike is a Lynskey and my old Litespeed is from when the family was still welding them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Seale View Post
    Good choice James. My tri bike is a Lynskey and my old Litespeed is from when the family was still welding them.
    Same here- I've got an old titanium Litespeed that Mike built new for me and I think I've logged in over 40,000 miles of singletrack on it. No question about who I'd get to build me another with that kind of track record!

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    A few shots of carving plate exteriors for the current batch of mandolins. The 2 point mando is Englemann spruce/bigleaf maple and the standard A model is Adirondack spruce/red maple. Now to flip 'em over and carve the interiors.

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    I imagine if you asked the average non-builder what they thought was the hardest part to bend on an F is they'd say the scroll but this is by far the one that will test your will and patience.
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