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5-Bar

We have reshaped our tone bars quite a bit from our standard series mandolins because of a few design changes. We've added strength to the top by creating a more pronounced arch. We have also changed our thickness map varying the graduation in several hundred points across the top. The tone bars are not really "braces" at all, more like EQ dials that we can adjust depending on the specific frequencies we want.

5 Tone Bars instead of 2?  Over the years there have been many variations on tone bar shapes and placement. We have arrived at a hybrid of sorts combining parallel bracing with a few small additional braces to finely tune the instrument and achieve responsiveness with specific frequencies. The result is an instrument that achieves a strength in the bass while still allowing for a lot of balance across the strings. Sustain is achieved by adding a little mass and the harmonics in the 3rd and 4th octaves are brought out - adding rich overtones and coloring to the overall tone. Depending on the top wood choice, strength and bone structure can also be added to the upper end as well, increasing head room. Ultimately, we are aiming for a distinctive aural complexity with this variation.

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130 W Michigan Ave.
Marshall, MI 49068

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