Sunday, 20 April 2014
Nava Standard Mandolins
I designed and built the first of my “Standard” mandolin range in 2011.Here is my rationale behind the design.
“In these times of austerity, not every musician can afford to own a bespoke, hand-made instrument. So in bid to build a mandolin that is more affordable, and that competes with the like of Moon and Fylde on price, I’m designing a no-frills instrument. Time is the most expensive component of any handmade instrument and building one-off instruments to a clients’ specific needs is extremely time consuming. I shall concentrate on the features that influence the sound and playability and strip back any unnecessary adornments. This will be a real exercise in form following function. The result will be a beautifully sounding, playable hand-made mandolin at a reasonable cost to the player.”
So here they are in chronological order; from July 2011 to now……
This mandolin had the first prototype of my own design of tailpiece
One thing that I didn’t anticipate was that players would pre-order a “Standard” and ask for custom upgrades…..
with herringbone rosette and back strip upgrade.
with tailpiece and head inlay upgrades
(with cocobolo, abalone rosette and head inlay, and transducer up-grades)
Standard IX (residing in Finland)
(with handmade tailpiece and Headway transducer up-grades)
English walnut and Sitka (now residing in Portugal)
Mahogany and Sitka (with herringbone upgrade)