this is a small mandolin designed for traveling. it is based
around a piece of hollowood: a plywood cylinder twisted in a spiral
tube like a cardboard tube. sadly, hollowood is difficult to find,
and i fear that the company has gone out of business. this piece
was finished with padauk veneer -- a rich red hardwood -- and the
fretboard and trim are padauk and ebony. the soundboard is
the mando is deliberately quiet, for use in hotel rooms, thought
when aplified via a piezoelectric pickup, it sounds much like a
traditional celtic-style mandolin.
the whole thing fits into a cardboard poster tube with plastic
caps, and is short enough to fit in airplane carry-on luggage.
samples, loops, and Reason/Mach5 banks coming soon...