American Conservatory Mandoletto

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Chris Vallillo
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Joined: Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:52 pm
Location: Illinois

American Conservatory Mandoletto

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Here's the latest one off my bench, an American Conservatory Mandoletto. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Spruce top, Ebony Fingerboard. Interestingly enough, this thing has tiny bar frets!

I got this off ebay with a severely warped top. I pulled the fingerboard and the top. I usually save the binding and re-use it, but it too brittle and just broke into pieces. I was able to glue and cleat the cracks, remove, clean and re-use the original braces, then re-assemble the instrument and re-bind it. Finally, I french polished the entire instrument.

It plays very well, and is loud as a canon with bright highs but a surprisingly rich low end considering it's size.
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Greg Steil
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Re: American Conservatory Mandoletto

Post by Greg Steil »

very nice work Chris

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