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Anyone familiar with a Mandocello??
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DanB

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Recently I've been looking at Mandocellos trying to figure out how one is built. There are far too many variations of this instrument and a few of them I've seen that look just like an acoustic dread.

I'd really like to find the plans to potentially try to build a proportionally bigger mandolin, but I have some wood I'm willing to sacrifice to build a guitar and set it up as a Mandocello to see if it will work.

If anyone has any innovative ideas on maybe how to make this instrument work, I'd most definitely like to hear. I've never seen one of these in person, and all I have to base anything off of is the few youtube videos that I did find on Mandocello.

I'm going to be in way over my head trying to build one of these, but I'm down for the challenge and the possibility of actually getting one.

Unless some insight changes my views, I've got a guitar rim ready to go, with a back and top braced up that needs shaping. I'm considering to cheaply put this together as a trial run on the mandocello. If it fails, no harm done, if I actually build a successful instrument, then I would try again with much more time/money invested into the final outcome.

Feel free to throw in any ideas, far fetched or not ;)

Dan

Nov 19, 09 | 3:17 pm
Freeman

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Start with Roger Siminoff

http://www.siminoff.net/

He is one of the real experts on Loar style mandolins and mandolas, I'll bet he can help you with a mandocello. I would suggest e-mailing him directly, he is a heck of a nice guy and very helpful (I built one of his F5 kits)

I would also pose the question in the "other stringed instruments" forum at MIMF (and maybe look thru their archives)

http://www.mimf.com/cgi-bin/WebX?14@141.xl4sa2IiE80.0@.ee6c2e0

and last, but far from least, go thru the GAL plans and back issues of the big red books and the quarterly magazines (they have covered almost every instrument known to man).


Nov 20, 09 | 5:36 am
Freeman

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oops, here is the link to GAL

http://www.luth.org/

Also, a "friend" from another forum has a mandocello, I'm quite sure I could get him to take some basic measurements (scale length, body size, things like that) but he isn't going to be able to get bracing or details.

Nov 20, 09 | 5:55 am
Simon

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Total Posts: 67
Hey Dan,

Snap! For my second build I'm thinking about building an Irish bouzouki out of the OM kit instead of a guitar.

Frank Ford has an article on frets.com where he converts a Martin OM into an octave mandolin.

As luck would have it, I have one of the finest makers of these types of instruments in Graham McDonald living a couple of suburbs away from me and I'm hoping to pick his brains soon. He's a nice guy and very helpful. He has also written books about making bouzoukis and mandolins. The bouzouki one is available through Stew Mac and has full size plans for a teardrop shaped bouzouki which might give you some ideas.

I'd be very interested in hearing how you get on!

Cheers,

Simon

Nov 20, 09 | 6:01 pm
DanB

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Total Posts: 272
Hey Simon,

Great to hear, I've got a guitar I just completed the shell to, that just needs bindings and finish, I was considering to set it up as a mandocello with 8 strings and just hoping the bracing works. I'll check out that article you link and see if there's any information from stopping me to do so.

I'm uploading some photos now that I'll be posting under my guitar build #2 progress under building procedures. It'll be the sapele dread that I'm considering doing the mandocello with if I can.

Dan

Nov 20, 09 | 9:14 pm
DanB

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Total Posts: 272
I actually just looked at that conversion and saw that he did nothing with the bracing, so I'm going to give it a shot on that dread, and if that works out, then I'll do it again eventually with which ever body style that I think would compliment it best, and use better woods and accents.

Dan

Nov 20, 09 | 9:27 pm
Freeman

Total Topics: 27
Total Posts: 668
Interesting discussion at MIMF,

http://www.mimf.com/cgi-bin/WebX?128@227.1zJ5a4esEGM.14@.2cb6b5b7

Dec 03, 09 | 10:19 am



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