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ScottR

Sarah's Mandolin

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5 hours ago, ScottR said:

Thanks Andy. Will you still be making one?

SR

Almost certainly, Scott.

I am inspired in two directions.  I would like to build a mandolin for my sister who gave me a splendid book a few years ago that contains a number of plans.  I would probably go for one of the designs that is constructed more like a flat-topped acoustic and try for eking out as much tone and resonance as I can.  Their compromise is that the looks are a somewhat plainer than the style that you have built, although it would also mean I wouldn't have to tackle that utterly spellbinding scroll! :D

The other thing that I'm inspired by is the look of your mandolins top and finish.  It has reminded me that the archtop I have had in my head for sometime simply MUST be built.  It's one of the reasons I got the Veritas pullshave.  Another reason to get on with it :D

 

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Great work, I would like to hear it... how is the volume on such tiny instrument?... I mean, why the hell there are no pickups???

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4 hours ago, curtisa said:

Stunning, Scott. :thumb:

Where's the arm for the Floyd Rose go? ;)

Thanks Andrew!

It folds up under the tail piece cover when not in use.

SR

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4 hours ago, psikoT said:

Great work, I would like to hear it... how is the volume on such tiny instrument?... I mean, why the hell there are no pickups???

Doh! I knew I forgot something. The volume is not overpowering, but plenty loud enough for a living room or something similar. It actually rings for quite a long while after being strummed.

It sounds like a mandolin to me, but I'll have to get the verdict from Sarah as to whether it sounds like a mandolin is supposed to.:D

 I'm taking it on an 1100 mile trip in a few days to hand it over to its new owner.

SR

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Thanks for the kudos, Norris, Andrew and Simon. I hope it was at least half as fun to watch as it was to build!

SR

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7 hours ago, ScottR said:

Thanks Andrew!

It folds up under the tail piece cover when not in use.

Nice. I see you've thought of everything.

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On 7/10/2016 at 5:31 PM, ScottR said:

Fingerprints and dust.

That's what I always see after I take the pictures.:rolleyes:

I think that you will see a lot more fingerprints on this fine instrument from here on out  Splendid work my friend.

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6 hours ago, maull said:

I think that you will see a lot more fingerprints on this fine instrument from here on out  Splendid work my friend.

...and a few dribble stains...

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Thanks guys! I apologize on the delayed response, I've been on a 2600 mile round trip delivering it. Sarah was very pleased and said it was beautiful, felt good sounded good and plays easily.

That made me happy!:)

SR

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Excellent, there's nothing like the efforts and love put into work being appreciated by the recipient, who in turn will be inspired. Makes it all the more worthwhile. Well done for putting something positive into the world again Scott.

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Sure. That and the accomplishment of overcoming something never tried, bettering something I didn't do properly when I knew I was shooting under target, the realisation of something in my head to something physical. Refining and evolving. We all have our satisfaction triggers. You should see the PCBs I've got coming in for a retrofit electronics makeover.

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You sir, are quite the analytical fellow. 

Actually, I think most of us creative types have similar satisfaction triggers with minor variations allowing for personal idiosyncrasies. All those you mentioned certainly work for me as well. Sometimes I look at them just like you do......sometimes I just say it makes me happy to do, so I do it.:D

SR

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This has been a fantastic build and a very impressive display of skills.

In a way I'm sad as it's now finished, but happy as I'm sure there's a new Scott build just round the corner :D

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I appreciate that Norris, very kind of you to say so. Finishing is always bittersweet for me. It is a huge satisfaction to actually pull off what you intended, after all that is what you've been striving for over the last several months. So a huge sigh of relief is in order. Two weeks later, I miss the project desperately. So yes, there is likely a new build coming in the not too distant future.:)

SR

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