Putting the strings on the Mandocello...

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Blog entry by Tomy Hovington posted 04-25-2019 08:14 PM 416 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got really exited last time I was in the shop.. Made the bridge, strung the Mandocello and was able to hear it for the first time… Mind you the voicing is not done and the action isn’t optimal..( will most likely get the spacing on the nut between the strings closer also).


I’ve been able to play this monster up to the point that my fingers asked me to stop… It was so rewarding and exiting to hear the response, the tone, and how low it sounds in person. Oh, and the low C isn’t a thud… It rings on and on and on!!! I made this little clip for everyone interested to hear it at this point in time… follow the link

-- Tomy Hovington

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#1 posted 04-27-2019 04:02 AM

I’ve been following but not commenting. Nice deep, rich tone. It comes through in the video. It sort of reminds me of a bell shaped 12 string made by Nick Appolonio in Maine. It was the one used by Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary to play and sing “The Wedding Song” popular years ago. I had a chance to try it out while taking luthier classes in his shop in the 70’s.

Anyway, unique and very nice indeed. Bravo.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 04-28-2019 12:47 AM

Thanks Crasftman on the lake

-- Tomy Hovington

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#3 posted 04-30-2019 11:58 PM

This sounds beautiful. I can’t wait until it is finished. Thanks for sharing.

-- Time to get started

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