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Thread: Build Thread: Cripple Creek Mandolins Mahogany Teardrop Soprano

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    Default Build Thread: Cripple Creek Mandolins Mahogany Teardrop Soprano

    So a little while back I saw this for sale in the Marketplace and sent the maker (David Hanson) an email asking some questions about it. That one has already sold, but David sent me some pictures of the in progress build of what I just learned is kerneltime's adirondack/cedar teardrop.

    Long story short, I ended up tossing a few idea's David's way and ordered one.

    I asked for mine to be more like the original Favilla teardrop's, but with some styling more like style 2 Martin sop.

    Here's what I ultimately asked for:

    - Mahogany top/back/sides.
    - Small fretboard dots reminiscent of vintage Martins and Favillas. Side dots in all standard locations.
    - Ebony nut and saddle
    - 15 frets, 1.5" nut, 14" scale (like the one that sold)
    - 3 pointed crown style headstock with some type of nice wood overlay.
    - Peghead tuners.
    - Simple binding and rosette in black, white, or black & white

    Finally, in this video discussing an old Favilla teardrop they mention (starting at about 3 minutes) that the originals only had 2 ladder braces, one below and one above the sound hole, with no fan braces and no bridge plate. David, thought his needed some bracing so we landed on "minimal bracing to the extent to which he is comfortable with the structural integrity". Based on our conversations I believe this will end up being a bridge plate and one vertical fan brace (I think he usually uses 3), but again it will depend on what he is ultimately comfortable with and I am happy with whatever he decides.

    Anyway, he just finished up kernaltime's and I got my first build pics today.

    Here they are: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JpCdKTRqaN7HxzfaA. I love the headstock. Traditional 3-pointed crown but looks to have some extra swoop!

    David says he found a nicely matched set for the top, back and sides and that he has an cool idea for the headstock overlay.

    Looking forward to the seeing it come together!
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    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
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    Nice! Congratulations!

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    Thanks. I think that since it will be based on the Favilla but with more Martin-like styling I will call it "The Mavilla", which I think is a better name than the other option "The Fartin".
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    David Hanson (Cripple Creek Mandolins) Mahogany Teardrop Soprano
    Rebel Mango Double Creme Soprano

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    Just got another photo. I didn't specify what I wanted for the peghead overlay. I just said something cool.

    Well what a lovely suprise.

    Spalted! Curly! Bookmatched! Koa!

    Simply brilliant!
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/hf1kt9Usv1Db7CpZ6

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Thanks. I think that since it will be based on the Favilla but with more Martin-like styling I will call it "The Mavilla", which I think is a better name than the other option "The Fartin".
    Good call.
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    Looking forward to seeing the results!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Just got another photo. I didn't specify what I wanted for the peghead overlay. I just said something cool.

    Well what a lovely suprise.

    Spalted! Curly! Bookmatched! Koa!

    Simply brilliant!
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/hf1kt9Usv1Db7CpZ6

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    Lovely headstock!
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    Thanks. I'm pretty excited about this now. I must admit I had some moments where I was thinking I shouldn't have ordered this (just because I've bought to many lately) but now I am so glad I did. It's gonna be such a cool uke!
    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    David Hanson (Cripple Creek Mandolins) Mahogany Teardrop Soprano
    Rebel Mango Double Creme Soprano

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    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    David Hanson (Cripple Creek Mandolins) Mahogany Teardrop Soprano
    Rebel Mango Double Creme Soprano

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    David keeps sending me progress pics. This is fun to see coming together.

    Got this yeserday:

    "The neck and soundboard are clamped down on a form. This insure perfect alignment. The soundboard is epoxied to the neck, rather than use wood glue. The joint tends to get misaligned with the pressure needed for wood glue. The epoxy bonds by contact, so it doesn't need hard clamping.

    The sides drop into the neck slots while the soundboard and neck are still clamped down on the form."

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/u8s84j3pzzCGCTZS9

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    Takumi TC-1M Mahogany Concert
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    David Hanson (Cripple Creek Mandolins) Mahogany Teardrop Soprano
    Rebel Mango Double Creme Soprano

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