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    Many of you will be familiar with my Celtic mandolins - they're pretty nice.



    But they're also pretty big. For the last few years I've supplied them in a nice, affordable plywood case I used to buy from Germany. The case was actually a mandola case, but the fit was excellent. This year I ordered a box of the cases and when they turned up the design and shape was totally different. The company had switched suppliers and I couldn't get cases to fit. Bah.

    All was not lost - I found a case the right size and had custom foam inserts laser cut to fit the mandolins. But this has meant a prettty big price increase on those lovely big Celtic mandolins of mine as the cases cost three times what they did.

    So, I thought I'd go back to the old Sobell size Celtic mandolin and design one that would fit in a standard Hiscox case. I've just completed the body and have been testing it out to check the fit:




    So pretty soon there should be a new addition to the range.

    Stay tuned!

    Nigel
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    Beautiful. I have a Hiscox case. They are excellent, especially when traveling.
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    The Celtic mandolin is coming along nicely. It seems so little compared to my old Celtic mandolins, but it's not- it's a regular Sobell size.

    The fretboard went on today, so she's nearly ready...

    Nigel
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    What a beauty! Can't wait to see the end result!
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    Just put the little prototype together today, and so far, I'm very happy with her. Loud, and woody. More so than your average Celtic style mandolin.

    Nigel
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    Beautiful.
    Any chance of a sound clip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed McGarrigle View Post
    Beautiful.
    Any chance of a sound clip?
    Here you go. Sorry, been very busy.



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    Great sound, as usual, Nigel. I love your laid-back approach to presenting your videos and talking about the instruments. Thanks for this latest.
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    Understated beauty and inspiring sound... Love it, Nigel.
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    Nice work, Nigel! Do you have any thoughts on a solid bridge vs. the usual adjustable pillar type - can you hear any reliable difference in the sound?

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