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    I gave a video presentation at the CMSA convention in the cloud last November. In the following zoom Q&A session, a participant asked me if I had ever built a mandolin for myself. I have had various demos, built on spec, hanging around that I have played, but I had to admit that I have not built one specifically for myself. So I decided that I would finally complete one, incorporating an orphaned top plate, for myself. In 2015, I had built a mandolin for a CMSA player that I particularly liked. I had built two top plates for the instrument at that time, and arbitrarily chose one of them for his mandolin. So I incorporated that other orphaned top plate into the mandolin in the photos here. The top plate is redwood, the back, sides, and neck are plain Eastern black walnut (obtained locally, likely steamed, definitely nothing special). The headplate, pick guard, tailpiece cover, and tail inlay are Macassar ebony. Binding is mostly curly maple with some Pau ferro. I'm being good to myself and no longer spraying nitro. The finish on this one is French polish. It's certainly labor-intensive, but a much safer alternative than filling the shop with lacquer solvent vapor.
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    A beauty, as always. A sound lip perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    A beauty, as always. A sound lip perhaps?
    How's the emboucher, Dr. Dave? Nice to hear from you again. Beautiful mandolin and you deserve to have one for your very-own-self.

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    How much?
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    Very nice work. Beautifully executed.
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    The slotted headstock is a great touch and so elegant. Nice work as always, Dave.

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    Really like the slotted headstock. Would you share your source for the tuners?
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    Forgot to mention: The tuners are Rubners (the ones that were on sale a few months back). Rubber offers the posts for slotted headstocks as an option on all but their F-style tuners, iirc.

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    <<How much? >>

    There is one in every crowd!

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    Great, Dave, congratulations on your new mandolin!

    I loved the way your mandolins sounded and played and it was fun hanging with you years ago at CMSA.
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    Very nice, and about time don't you think.
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    Lovely!

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    That looks really Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SternART View Post
    <<How much? >>

    There is one in every crowd!
    The slot head mandolin tuner for the thrifty seems to be a thing of the past. I followed the old Cafe threads to Schaller. I inquired and recived this email from the CEO today.

    many thanks, the old mandolin tuners we don`t have anymore for many years.
    Please check in our webshop the new GrandTune Mandolin tuners.
    Kind regards
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    Assuming SternArt was asking about the cost of the tuners (which is not clear), the cost of the set of Rubner tuners in this mandolin was about $100 usd. Schaller Grandtunes could be had for ~$155 last time I checked.

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    Oops. Question was from Pheffernan.

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    I had assumed "how much" was about the tuners too. It is a beautiful mandolin!

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