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more pics and info on someof the instruments I
make plus lots of detailed photos on the actual
construction of some of them.
Also YouTube videos of some really unique
(and really Strange!) musical instruments from
around the world.
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not be set up at Rock Bend again this year. My big
old tree died and they cut it down, so needless to
say... no more shade! I will be hanging out at the
North Stage most of the time and will have an
Octave Mandolin or two with me. Hope to see you
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I make stringed Musical Instruments
and conduct field surveys for Reptiles and
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- October 4 - 2021
the banks of the WatonwanRiver at Madelia, Minn.
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Viola 'd Amore
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made an Arpeggione!
it is now on
for sale at
(Or best offer)
More photos and details on the Violins and Fiddles page.
are tuned the same as a regular size
Mandolin…but an octave deeper. The
body size is much larger giving it a nice, deep
“Guitar Like” sound.
There are carved scrolls in the top
and back of the
The scale length from
nut to fret is 20 inches.
I've been using D'Addario Octave Mandolin
strings, but you might want to consider using
Guitar strings to compensate for the shorter
are made of local clam shell from the
is made of Redwood.
This was one of the last pieces of old growth
Redwood I found up at the local lumber yard years
ago. And despite the fact that this last board was
infused with several knots, I decided to use it
turned out, all those knots certainly didn't
dampen the sound at all, as it has a nice deep
The scrolls on the top and back of
the body are more exaggerated than most
Mandolins. Just something I've been
experimenting with to enhance the balance andtone.
sides are deeper than my older Octaves: These
are 2 - 1/4 inches wide to get a deeper sound.
port side sound holes have been added
for extra tone.
tuners are inexpensive but good quality Guitar
tuners from China.
back, neck and sides are made of highly figured
Maple all stained a wine-colored burgundy
The string width at the Ebony
nut is 1 - 1/2 inches wide andhas
a 'Zero Fret'.
bridge is adjustable for
varying string heights.
tail-piece is made of bronze
by Allen Guitars
All reports coming in agree: These heavy
bronze tail pieces really add to the tone and
balance and sustain of an instrument.
sound-hole is also bigger than ones I've made in
inside bracing on the top is my own experimental
version called an X-Spyder. It may be slightly
over-doing it a bit, but so far I haven't had
any complaints on the final sound quality. And
it's a good bet the top won't be collapsing any
the inside of the lower right rib, there is a
wooden block that can be used to attach an
the outside of the lower bout, there is a tiny
black dot so you can pin-point the exact
location to drill the hole for the pick-up.
The case itself is constructed of
and plywood. The inside is padded with foam and
lined with felt. Brass hinges and latches make a
secure lock and the little rubber legs will
prevent any scratching of floors or furniture.
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The FiddleHarpa is for sale once again!
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Mandola (# 75)
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10-String Viola D'
Amore is done and is
at its new home in
There will be more of
Let me know if you're
Snake head 'Hardanger'
has become famous!
It has toured several
countries with it's
new owner and is
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photos of the
construction of # 78.
Great Big Giant
10-String F-4 Mando
The photos of the
are up on my Facebook
available in the
past. I might be building more
in the future
but it will be a while.
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I started making musical instruments in the late
1970’s. My first attempt
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