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    Re: Have you ever seen anything like this?

    Very intriguing. If the tanbur is reversible, and has been flipped between the two segments of the video, then the only way I can make sense of it is that it has a very shallow body (the same...
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    Re: New Carlo Aonzo Perfetto Mandolino

    Thank you Martino. A fine sounding (and fine looking) instrument.
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    Re: New Carlo Aonzo Perfetto Mandolino

    As I understand Gore falcate bracing, it is designed specifically for the rocking motion of a guitar soundboard with a fixed bridge, so I wonder how suitable it is for a floating bridge system. The...
  4. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    It didn't persuade me either. But if the moon does something measurable to trees (just) I suppose the moonwood story is just possibly free of leprechauns.
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    Re: Moon Wood

    Just maybe it's not total nonsense: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/1998/04/moon-through-trees

    But moon schmoon. It's nice wood.
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    Re: Modern writing?

    'Adrian Hooper Conducts the Sydney Mandolins' is the only one I know of that is all mandolin content.

    https://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/product/adrian-hooper-conducts-the-sydney-mandolins
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    Re: Modern writing?

    To add an antipodean contribution, a lot of works for mandolin by Australian composers were commissioned by Adrian Hooper and the Sydney Mandolins. Scores and recordings of some are available at the...
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    Re: Question for Thomastik strings users

    A few years ago I dug out the first mandolin I ever made which had a set of TIs on it that were over twenty years old. They were probably a bit subdued, but they sounded remarkably okay.

    In...
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    Re: Bach Partita 2 Allemande

    Thanks, I hadn't come across the C.L. video. Sometimes when I play this movement I'm tempted to take the same kind of license with the rhythm that she does, and wondered whether I 'should'.

    It...
  10. Re: Mandolin plans inquiry - Baroque, Brescian

    Here is a free plan for a Baroque mandolino: http://www.crane.gr.jp/CRANE_etc/CRANE_Plan_E.html

    I'm sure Alfred Woll's book (which I gave a link to in your other thread) would have information...
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    Re: German Concert Mandolin- design ideas etc.

    I made a slightly modified Seiffert style bowlback a few years ago (there's a thread here somewhere). There are sufficient photos on the web to make your own plans if you use the scale length (330mm)...
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    Re: Refinishing a German Bowlback mandolin

    Nice result Bill. It's a beautiful instrument. (And thanks for reminding me about Plektra.)
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    Re: Refinishing a German Bowlback mandolin

    Nice mandolin. Why not just polish out the swirls with something like Meguiars? You could try it on the armrest first and see if you like the result.
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    Re: Another prototype

    I really like this Graham - the design, the wood selection, the quartet ambition, everything. I look forward to seeing its siblings.

    If I remember your previous carbon bracing experiments right,...
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    Re: A new classical mandolin

    Very nice Graham, and I like the Embergherish head. I've been thinking of building a low-arched, thin topped classical one myself, so I'd be very interested to hear how yours sounds.
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    Re: Building a baroque mandolino

    Great project. I look forward to seeing how it progresses!
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    Re: Kerman style build

    I did look a lot at Jacob Reuven's site, Jim, but didn't think to contact him. I will if I make another.

    The fact that the Kermans have a wedge under the fingerboard to provide the right neck...
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    Re: Kerman style build

    Thanks Bob. The back, sides and neck are Queensland Maple, the soundboards are European spruce and all the black is ebony.

    As for the internal soundboard, I couldn't really picture how Kerman...
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin copy by Mintu Biswas

    I just saw this thread after posting some pictures of my own recently finished Kerman copy in the 'Videos, photos etc' forum, if anyone is interested.
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    Kerman style build

    After listening to Avi Avital and Jacob Reuven recordings last year, and liking their sound more and more, I decided to have a go at making an Arik Kerman style of mandolin based on all the...
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    Re: A couple more new ones

    Very nice Graham. Out of interest, how dense was the bunya you used? I have a soundboard-size piece that is extremely low density compared to other bits I've got. There seems to be a big variation. ...
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    Re: A new A with mostly Australian timbers

    That's really nice. I like the contrast of the cedar neck, but it must also make the whole thing super light. I'd love to hear it.

    Carving Huon would be a good way to forget the smell of smoke...
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    Re: Mandolin classical literature

    Chris Acquavella has two very useful repertoire lists on his website, one Baroque/Classical, the other Romantic/contemporary:
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  24. Re: Potentially dumb question: Reverse tapered dovetail?

    I used this joint when I made a bowlback because I couldn't see any other good way to attach the neck (except making it integral with the block). It seems perfectly strong and secure.
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    Re: New Flat-back German

    Very beautiful. The headstock and rosette details are exquisite.

    Out of interest, do you find any difference in sound between your bowl and flat-back Germans?
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