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    Hi mando friends,
    It's a long time I've been reading you all, with a lot of pleasure and lots of learnings !
    By the way I would really like to thank you all at the café for all of that, this was of great help for achieving what is below.

    Today, I decided to post, to show you my personal builds and repairs.

    My last build is a regular F5 :
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    and more can be seen at my Website :
    http://www.labellenote.fr/articles.php?lng=en&pg=6


    Second is the repair of an old Neapolitan mando from the years 1910s.
    It was in really bad condition and I took it back to playability.
    For this one, particular thanks to Dave Hynds for his kind advice :

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    more details on my site at this page :
    http://www.labellenote.fr/articles.php?lng=en&pg=10

    So, what do you think ?

    Cheers from Brittany,
    Christophe

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    Beautiful looking work Christophe - it is nice to hear from a luthier working in France. I build instruments too, but just as a hobby.
    Keep sending pictures of your work.
    Cheers from Poitou-Charentes,

    Dean

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    Lovely work. They both look scrumptious.
    Did you repair the clown shoe case, too?
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    Hello Christophe,

    Beautiful work. That F5 is stunning. Thanks for posting these photos, it's really nice to see your work. Could you post a sound clip so we can hear the F5?

    Best wishes, Bob
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    Hi Dean, thanks for your word.
    Poitou Charente ? You may know then Dave Hynds, he is a Brit but actually lives in Thaims near Royan.
    I am not a professional luthier, I am an amateur too.
    Cheers,
    Christophe

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    Hi Randi,
    I guess what you call the clown shoe is the bowlback mando case ?
    Yes I did, hinges were torn away , and wood was missing at their attachement.
    ferules were rusted, but OK.
    The neat thing of this case is its handle, rope made, wrapped with some sort wax paper. I kept it original.
    cheers,
    Christophe

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    Hi Bob,
    I have put a sound sample on my site, with more details about this mando.
    But take care, I am way better at playing the gouge than playing the pick !! ...
    thought I try to progress with time
    Thanks for the encouragement,
    Christophe

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    Christophe. Your F5 looks perfect and the restoration work on the Umberto/Humbert Freres and the case(!) looks meticulous. I bet that case took some time to get right. Very nice.
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    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work. I love your photo of the F5 on the chair. That ought to be on a calendar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buxus View Post
    I am not a professional luthier, I am an amateur too.
    Professional or amateur doesn't matter. I've just had a look at your website. This is the work of a real artist!
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    Hi Mando folks,

    Always glad to visit the café.

    Here is a new build from me, I have finished it a week ago, and I have just finished documenting it on my website.
    I was eager to show you that

    Here it is :
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    No, no, it is not a guitar !!
    It is a tribute to the 59' burst, but it is actually an "octave-baritone" eMando

    I am not a guitar player, but I must say I love the LP design and I didn't have so far any electric instrument, so I made it !

    All the strory board of the build can be seen on my site :
    http://www.labellenote.fr/articles.php?lng=en&pg=265

    Tell me what you think about it !!

    Cheers,
    Christophe, from Brittany.

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    Christophe,
    This is lovely work. The pochette is quite interesting and beautiful.
    Thanks for posting it.
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    You are a really fine builder, Christophe. Beautiful work on all your projects.

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    Thanks John and Bill, that's really encouraging me !
    I don't have so much mandolin fan in my close surroundings ..

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    Very nice work...
    I am trying to "put back in playability" an old bowlback too, but I'm sure that I won't have a result as nice as yours !
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    Yes, another Breton here !
    Ronny, I'm sure you'll succeed. It is just a matter of taking all the necessary time, with passion.
    I'm sure you know Dave Hynd's site ? http://www.mandolinluthier.com/
    It is the key to success for old bowlbacks surgery.
    Cheers,
    Christophe

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    Hi,
    Just for the continuity of this post where I started to show all my builds, here is the last one :
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...=1#post1765299


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    I like that Tele-mandolin!
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