Mandocello build series

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Blog series by Tomy Hovington updated 05-10-2019 03:38 AM 16 parts 11932 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Mandocello Build Part1 "wood selection"

09-20-2018 08:29 PM by Tomy Hovington | 2 comments »

Starting a new Build series … I’m really exited about this one.I just selected the wood for it and I’m super exited to be using Torrefied Spruce for the Soundboard… Check out the video link as I show and describe all the parts.

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Part 2: Mandocello Build Part 2. (Making jig and temaplates)

09-30-2018 08:12 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Part 2 of the Mandocello Build is up. This video shows how I make the Jig and Templates from the print.

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Part 3: Mandocello Build Part3. ( blocks and sides)

10-17-2018 05:01 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

3rd part of the Mandocello build is up. Making the blocks and bending the curly Maple sides.. Check it out!!

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Part 4: Mandocello build Part 5, Carving the top

11-27-2018 06:36 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

The latest Part in the Mandocello build is available. check it out on YouTube!

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Part 5: Mandocello Build. Part 6

12-04-2018 01:31 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Just finished carving the Scroll, and editing the video in the Mandocello build!

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Part 6: Mandocello Build Part 7. (Soundboard to Rim Glue up).

12-28-2018 09:31 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Here is the latest video in the Mandocello build serie! in this video i’m cutting out the apertures and prepping the edge of the rim for the soundboard to Rim glue up.

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Part 7: Making a Virzi tone producer

01-15-2019 03:53 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

So, after weighting the pro and cons I’ve made up my mind and will install a Virzi in my M’Cello. Although it will be my first time playing around with one, It is something I want to ,First, have in for the sound it produce, second to learn something new and experiment with it.. The wood used is Torrefied Sitka Spruce

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Part 8: Mandocello Build Part8. Installing Virzi and Tone Bars.

01-22-2019 11:58 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

I just added the latest build progress of the Mandocello build. In this one I’m adding tone bars, the Virzi and also making some tap tone in between steps to really hear the changes happening on the soundboard. Let me know what you think!

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Part 9: Mandocello Build Part 9

01-29-2019 07:00 PM by Tomy Hovington | 2 comments »

Mandocello build Part 9 in the build series. So I’ve made some really good progress on the Neck and the Backboard this week. Check the Video link..

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Part 10: Mandocello Build Part 10

03-04-2019 09:24 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

I’m really glad this step is now behind me.. I must admit… I was very apprehensive about it! But I’m sure glad I took my time with it because the joint is perfect. check out the process here..

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Part 11: Mandocello Build Part11 ( The Neck)

03-12-2019 12:35 AM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

After shaping the peghead and the neck profile, drilling the holes for the tuners and gluing up the neck joint, The Mandocello really is starting to look like a musical instrument. latest video link:

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Part 12: Mandocello build Part 12. ( Hand carving the backboard)

03-21-2019 07:43 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

After a lot of hours the backboard is carved and dry fitted onto the Mandocello… Check out the hand carving process and different steps in this video…

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Part 13: Mandocello build Part 13 (Backboard glueup & ebony points)

04-01-2019 06:23 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Latest video is out…In this video you can see the backboard tuning, glue up and ebony points installation.

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Part 14: Mandocello build Part 15. (Making & Glueing the fretboard)

04-22-2019 11:01 PM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

Build Progress…The fretboard is made and glued to the Mandocello… Check the link to the video.

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Part 15: Mandocello Build Part 17. The Bridge

05-09-2019 03:21 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

The bridge is on and the Mandocello has been strung for almost 2 weeks now. Everything looks great and I am happy to report that 1st, I can enter the finishing stages right after the voicing is done & the binding added, and 2nd the M’cello full size blueprints should be available really soon!

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Part 16: Mandocello build Part 18, Voicing the Instrument.

05-10-2019 03:38 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

I really feel like today was a big milestone in the Mandocello build. A lot was dependant on going over this step… -Voicing- I needed it to be done in order to finalize the M’cello Blueprints, the get started on the binding of the soundboard and backboard and to enter the finishing stages. But also a lot needed to be dialed in before I even started with the voicing itself, Nut spacing, action setup, and also monitor the soundboard under tension for 2 weeks. I’m exited...

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