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    Here's a new flat-top from Chris Baird, builder of Arches mandolins (Cafe ID: mandolplyr). Lovely choice of woods, excellent fit and finish, very warm tone, easy to play, and excellent value. Not to take anything away from other builders, but this mando is at least as good as the flat-tops I've played from Weber, Mid-Mo, Freshwater, and Moon. If you're in the market for a flat-top, and want to work with an individual builder, give Chris a call. I'm impressed enough that I will probably order an arch-top from Chris later this year. He has some great pictures of some of his arch-tops in the "Work in Progress" thread.
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    The top:
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    The back:
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    And some detail. Now, I know I'm not the only one on the board to buy from Chris recently, so how about some more pics.
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    That binding is a real killer!And that maple back ain't too shabby either.How does it play and sound? Lp
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    Nice binding Chris, lovely instrument.

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    OK here is the headstock of my Arches walnut A model. Let's see if I can get this thing to post properly...
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    Here's one of the back.



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    Here's a picture that shows the whole mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (JLP @ Jan. 14 2005, 19:44)
    That binding is a real killer!And that maple back ain't too shabby either.How does it play and sound? Lp
    Plays and sounds great. It is built light and has light strings but has good volume. The tone is open and warm, a lot of sustain. I'm finding it a real inspiration for Irish music and I've composed a couple of tunes on it already.

    That walnut arch-top is beautiful. Great looking headstock.
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    I have just placed an order with Chris. I blame you lot.




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    Quote Originally Posted by (grandmainger @ Jan. 16 2005, 15:37)
    I have just placed an order with Chris. I blame you lot.
    An excellent choice! I have a feeling 2005 will be a very successful (and busy) year for Chris and his Arches mandolins ...

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    Jim,

    I like that the fingerboard is slightly elevated on your flattop, allowing a bit taller bridge. Is yours the prototype that Chris initially showed in the classifieds ad, or part of the regular production?
    Jeff Rohrbough
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    Jeff - Mine is numbered #3, so I assume it's not the prototype. I like the elevation too. Still very easy to play and has good volume.
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    OK here's the Arches walnut mandolin at home with its siblings, a Schwab emando and an 'Island Koa' soprano uke..
    After six months of daily playing its sound still continues to open up and improve.
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    The walnut A at rest in its Calton.
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    Aha! I just noticed for the first time that Chris has a nascent web site ...

    http://www.archesmusic.com/index.html

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