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Thread #124817   Message #2759399
Posted By: Will Fly
04-Nov-09 - 10:38 AM
Thread Name: F-style or A-style mandolin?
Subject: RE: F-style or A-style mandolin?
I have to say that I'm not sure that f-holes or round holes per se are the ultimate shapers of volume and tone. The quality of the woods, the construction, the overall craftmanship, etc., will determine the sound of the instrument, IMHO. I play a handbuilt flat-top, roundhole instrument which is made from walnut back & sides, spruce face, mahogany/maple/mahogany stripe neck, ebony fretboard, rosewood bridge and bone nut and saddle. The instrument is as light as a feather and bright and loud as a button, and compares very favourably with f-hole instruments. I'm sure that both designs have their characteristics of tone and volume in general, but soundhole shape is only one factor. Just a personal thought.