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    Default New To Me - Flat Top Mandolin

    I'm enjoying my latest acquisition, a used Flat Top Mandolin made by Minnesota builder Steve Rossow. Steve built somewhere around 20 mandolins consisting of F5's, A5's and only 2 Flat tops (I think) before focusing his energy on Violins.

    This instrument has great sustain and a warmer tone compared to my maple instruments.

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    Default Re: New To Me - Flat Top Mandolin

    Nice

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    Default Re: New To Me - Flat Top Mandolin

    Wow I really like the A5 shape! Would love to hear it.

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    Congrats! You don't see a lot of F hole flat tops out there. Its pretty cool

    Happy picking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach Wilson View Post
    Congrats! You don't see a lot of F hole flat tops out there. Its pretty cool

    Happy picking!
    It looks very nice. I was wondering how it sounded, given the f-holes on a flat top. I'm also pretty used to seeing flat tops with oval holes.

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    Interesting. The old Waldo f-hole bowl-backs suffered from the lack of a transverse brace. How is the top of this one braced -- or is it? One advantage of arch-top is that strength can be built in through thickness carving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Man View Post
    It looks very nice. I was wondering how it sounded, given the f-holes on a flat top. I'm also pretty used to seeing flat tops with oval holes.
    I'm curious as well. I've never seen one in real life.

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    Here is what my Flat Top sounds like:

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    Default Re: New To Me - Flat Top Mandolin

    That's a nice mandolin. Looks good, sounds good.

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    I love the paw print on the headstock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Interesting. The old Waldo f-hole bowl-backs suffered from the lack of a transverse brace. How is the top of this one braced -- or is it? One advantage of arch-top is that strength can be built in through thickness carving.
    Sorry Allen, I have no idea how the top is braced. It’s resonant and perfectly flat. That’s about all I know about it’s construction.

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    Very cool. Love the look and cool sounding too. Really like the look of the walnut back and sides. Looks similar to some of Charlie Hoffman's guitars with the figuring.
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    Default Re: New To Me - Flat Top Mandolin

    Good looking mandolin! Congrats. I would also be interested in the bracing.

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