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    Default Octave mandolin finished.

    Just completed this build. Thought I'd try something a little different.
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    Western Red cedar top, English walnut back and sides.

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    I love it, especially the Pearl.

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    Looks nice! What's the scale length?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Gray View Post
    Looks nice! What's the scale length?
    Thanks , it's around 21.25".

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    That’s a beauty, Mike. A real beauty.
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    Beautiful piece of work. Love the abalone binding. Very crisp clean finish to the whole instrument.

    I'm guessing you gave the project some thought before starting, and I wonder if you have any advice about the effect or use of different scale lengths. I've developed a curiosity about octave mandolins recently and encountered various scale lengths, both longer and as short as 20 inches. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4music View Post
    Beautiful piece of work. Love the abalone binding. Very crisp clean finish to the whole instrument.

    I'm guessing you gave the project some thought before starting, and I wonder if you have any advice about the effect or use of different scale lengths. I've developed a curiosity about octave mandolins recently and encountered various scale lengths, both longer and as short as 20 inches. Thanks in advance.
    Thanks, and yes, a lot of thought went into it as I had no plans to follow. In fact there was probably too much thought, as I've forgotten how I arrived at that particular scale length! I think it was a compromise, placing it somewhere in the middle of the normal range, say, between 20 and 23 inches. I also had to consider where this would place the bridge and was limited by the dimensions of the cedar set I had been given. Basically, I had been given the cedar by my friend Paul(Wildestcat on Ukulele Underground Forum), so everything was determined from that. I had drawn up a plan with X bracing and needed to adjust the X angle to place the bridge correctly so it's wings straddled the X. Also note that I made it a 12 fret body join, which again was to be considered in placing the bridge.
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    Lovely instrument, Mike. Beautifully built and finished. I like your fixed bridge too.
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    I love a top with beautiful silking! Very Nice!
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    Beautiful!
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    Thanks everyone for the kind and encouraging comments.
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    mikeyb2 , Is this the project you asked the compensation question about? It is very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMoe View Post
    mikeyb2 , Is this the project you asked the compensation question about? It is very impressive.
    Yes it is Maurice, I ended up doing a trial string up with a temporary tailpiece, thanks and everything went well. The intonation is not far from perfect.
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    Is this OM for sale, Mike? Do you have a website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglocelt View Post
    Is this OM for sale, Mike? Do you have a website?
    Hi Anglocelt, I'm sorry but it's not for sale . I don't have a website as I'm just a hobby builder who only builds a couple of instruments a year, although I have occasionally sold to friends and family. Thanks for enquiring. Mike

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    That is gorgeous - well done!
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    It's absolutely gorgeous.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

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