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Wednesday, March 29, 2006


The wood for the sides and the fretboards has arrived, as have the bindings and some more mother of pearl. I have just read a fantastic little book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, which has reminded me that I must keep striving for quality. So, time to tidy up the garage....

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Why so long

I haven't added any posts for a while, mainly because I have made little progress over the past month. However, I am about to order wood for the sides, and some of the other bits and pieces I need.

I have also being giving a lot of thought to my next project. I have decided to make another minature solid body mandolin, my 'microlin TM'. This time I intend to build in an amplifier and an MP3 player into the body, with a loudspeaker or headphone to listen. It will be strung with double course metal strings so will need more neck strength than my previous one. The idea is an instrument for silent practice with a backing track (MP3 from a midi).