acous•tic blue•print•ing: The process of refining an instrument for most
efficient operation with minimal noise, sweetest tone, and most open feel.
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Mandolin family instruments generally gain more even and crisp response,
distinctly more open and sweet general sound, better balance, greater brilliance,
and a bit more projection. Much of this comes from simply reducing noise.
My approach was initially derived from the work on violins by Deena Spears.
Since then I’ve blended in techniques from various workers including Jack Fry,
Evan Smith, and others. Mandolins are so small that very tiny amounts of
scraping can have a significant effect. The general steps are:
1. Get the setup straight.
2. Go through the ribs, linings, blocks, tone bars, and plates to get them working
4. Go through the bridge, making crucial preliminary adjustments.
5. String and play, evaluating tone, balance, and response.
6. Make a series of adjustments to get the tone, balance, and brilliance where
7. Refine the original adjustments, and make final F hole and bridge adjustments
More detailed description of the process
Complete blueprinting: $175 plus any setup and repair costs
Basic blueprinting: $95 plus any setup and repair costs
* Bridge adjustment, limited, on the instrument
* Bar adjustment, one pass
* One pass top and back sequencing
* Balance and brilliance adjustment via Fry method
To get this work done, please contact us for current turnaround time and fill out
pdf to send with your instrument. Payment due when work complete and prior to
We can supply new mandolins from the Saga lines, including "Kentucky," and
Music Link's "The Loar" lines complete with blueprinting.
We may have some instruments in stock.
gianna, inc. – friendsville, tennessee, usa – skype stephen.perry.esq – firstname.lastname@example.org – 865-995-9546