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Jupiter creek mandolins
« on: Dec 05, 2005, 11:05:39 PM »
Hey, i was recently looking around for a good electric mandolin, and i found a guy in australia who makes custom mandos.  Company named Jupiter Creek Music.  Anybody heard of them, or heard how they sound?  I am thinking of ordering one from him, they look real nice.  He uses local australian woods.  Heres his website

www.jupitercreekmusic.com




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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #1 on: Dec 07, 2005, 03:54:40 PM »
Cool mandos.  Never heard of these before, but I'm not into electrics.  Looks like a mando blaster to me in some ways.

Order one and then give us the details  :)

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #2 on: Dec 07, 2005, 04:14:38 PM »
Hey, i was recently looking around for a good electric mandolin, and i found a guy in australia who makes custom mandos.  Company named Jupiter Creek Music.  Anybody heard of them, or heard how they sound?  I am thinking of ordering one from him, they look real nice.  He uses local australian woods.  Heres his website

www.jupitercreekmusic.com


I don't know anything about the guy, and I don't have anything against him.  That being said, on first impression, his work looks kind of clubby and amateurish.  To me that's a warning sign, because if people don't take care of the obvious little details of appearance, they are not as likely to take care of the subtle little details that make the  differnce between a Wal-Mart special and a decent player.

That's just an impression.  Could be great playing axes, for all I know, but I'd sure want to see one hands on before buying.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #3 on: Dec 09, 2005, 05:07:33 PM »
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To me that's a warning sign, because if people don't take care of the obvious little details of appearance, they are not as likely to take care of the subtle little details that make the  differnce between a Wal-Mart special and a decent player.

Woodwiz, I don't agree.  From the photos it looks like they're no-frills, but nothing really bothers me visually except a couple of the finishes don't look that great.  He's built enough of them to be decent by now, I'd think.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #4 on: Dec 09, 2005, 07:08:24 PM »
Wouldn't be much fun if we all had the same opinions..........

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #5 on: Jan 09, 2006, 12:00:47 AM »
Well, I ordered one from him today.  A tasmanian blackwood telecaster shape.  So i will let you know in a few weeks how it is.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #6 on: Jan 09, 2006, 12:18:34 AM »
Ah you should have got the mini Jaguar
they look real nice considering the price :)
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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #7 on: Jan 09, 2006, 12:19:12 AM »
Let us know how you like it.

By the way, did you check out what the customs duty might be?  I don't know what it would be on musical instruments from Oz (the other Oz, Toto!), but it wouldn't hurt to be prepared.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #8 on: Jan 09, 2006, 01:30:05 AM »
He ships to the u.s all the time (in fact, most of his online business seems to be here), with a shipping fee of $45, which i believe covers everything.  I am pretty excited, cant wait until it gets here.  I am also going to be finishing up my electric fiddle some time this week, but that is a topic for another section.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #9 on: Jan 09, 2006, 02:32:15 PM »
Cool.  Please post pics of yours and sound files if you can.  Let us know how this thing is.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #10 on: Jan 09, 2006, 09:14:34 PM »
yes, of course.  Will be a few weeks for the mando (as he still has to make it), but my fiddle will be varnished and done in just another week, so pictures then, in the amplified violins section.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #11 on: Jan 10, 2006, 02:27:10 PM »
yes, of course.  Will be a few weeks for the mando (as he still has to make it), but my fiddle will be varnished and done in just another week, so pictures then, in the amplified violins section.

Hey Pat !!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

I'm sorry to butt in on this thread but, I have been trying to send you an email about your Eviolin pickup. Your inbox needs cleaning though so I can get through. Must be a new PM limit thing, I just noticed mine was full too

I'll try again soon.


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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #12 on: Mar 03, 2006, 03:58:53 PM »
The mandolin came today.  very cool.  As soon as i got it unwrapped from all the packing material, i played it almost nonstop for the next 3 hours.  Sounds very good.  Hooked it up to a wah at my friends house which sounded pretty sweet.  played some jimi hendrix and iron butterfly stuff on it using the wah.  never thought you'd hear sounds like that out of a mandolin!  Just gotta find a case for it by monday, cause im bringing it to school for sure.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #13 on: Mar 04, 2006, 12:22:41 AM »
Can we see a pic?

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #14 on: Nov 15, 2006, 02:52:37 PM »
Hi,

I ordered a Jupiter Creek mandolin as of three months (12 weeks) ago. Today is the exact due date for the instrument... I've asked the builder to send me an Email when it's sent.

"From receipt of deposit to despatch of your instrument should take no more than 12 weeks, depending on availability of parts."

Yeah, there's got to be some slack... but the builder took on too many instruments, and now mine is delayed, along with others as well I'm sure... I payed a good $300+ on that mandolin after all, and others probably paid more...

Should I just leave it be? Or should I mention it to him? How do you think I should handle it if it is very late?

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #15 on: Nov 16, 2006, 03:53:13 PM »
Varian, when did you receive this email you pasted?  If it was from the beginning of the order, I'd email or call him and chat.  Just see where he stands and go from there.

Yeah, $300 isn't chunk change, but in the mando world, not too much.  But I see your points.

Just see what the current status is before going off on him..

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #16 on: Nov 16, 2006, 06:40:11 PM »
Oh, I'm not going to go off on him... I just don't know how to handle it.

I actually got that quote from the website www.jupitercreekmusic.com under "prices and options", paragraph 5....

Yeah, it's really not that much for a mandolin, but it is two paychecks. It's more the principle of the thing...

I'll try Emailing him again... I guess I should bug him since it's late... even just a little bit...

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #17 on: Nov 26, 2006, 10:15:32 PM »
Yeah, send him emails.  Rob is a great guy, but i guess now he has too many instruments to work on.  Mine was a little late due to excessive heat problems in australia over the summer, too hot for varnishing, but its fall now, that should not be a problem.  I can post some pics of me playing it in a few days. 

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #18 on: Nov 27, 2006, 12:52:17 AM »
too hot for varnishing, but its fall now,

Don't forget we are upside down here Pat. It Spring atm, heading for summer. But I would email him for sure, or maybe Varian has it by now.??

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #19 on: Nov 27, 2006, 02:10:21 AM »
What you could do depends on which law applies.  What's your contract say? 

Generally, options include:

1.  Cancel and demand return of money
2.  Demand instrument as soon as possible
3.  Demand instrument as soon as possible with price concession
4.  Realize there's no money in making instruments, most makers are one man shops, and delays aren't unusual, understanding you'll enjoy the instrument for many many years.  Ask politely about progress.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #20 on: Nov 27, 2006, 02:52:51 AM »
4.  Realize there's no money in making instruments, most makers are one man shops, and delays aren't unusual, understanding you'll enjoy the instrument for many many years.  Ask politely about progress.


Something tells me option 4. might work best ;D

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #21 on: Nov 28, 2006, 02:41:52 AM »
ah yes, i forgot about the whole upside down thing.  But i did spend the last 5 days hiking and camping in the mojave desert, thats kinda like australia, right?

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #22 on: Nov 28, 2006, 06:41:07 AM »
 ;D  yeah, a fairly decent chunk of it is... except the cactus roots are showing here ;D ;D


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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #23 on: Dec 24, 2006, 02:49:08 AM »
I ordered a Jupiter Creek mandolin as of three months (12 weeks) ago.

So did it ever come Varian?

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #24 on: Jan 12, 2007, 02:41:36 PM »
Sorry for the delay, I was off fiddling in the Peruvian Amazon (no kidding)...

It actually did come and a gave me a small discount for the inconvenience...

The mandolin is amazing:



Ain't she a beaut? It sounds good, but it's really heavy. I got a strap to fix that. Overall I'd give JCM a thumbs up for this one!

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #25 on: Jan 12, 2007, 03:19:14 PM »
That's a great looking instrument Varian. Do you play through an effects pedal to give it that mando sound? You will be posting a recording won't you?

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #26 on: Jan 13, 2007, 02:46:45 AM »
.....Do you play through an effects pedal to give it that mando sound? ...

Oh yeah .... forgot about that .... I saw the picture and thought "oh its a 4 string, wonder what that sounds like??" , but I guess it would be real easy with a very slight delay, or 1 voice extra chorus, to mimic 8 strings. Yeah, let us know can you please Varian.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #27 on: Jan 14, 2007, 01:17:26 AM »
Glad that you like it, it looks nice.  Are the 2 pickups different outputs to help change tone (like on a guitar), or are the same, with the tone difference just from the placement?
For those asking about getting "mandolin" sound from the mando, it is quite easy with chorus to get the traditional acoustic sound.  But I typically use mine more in the manner of an electric guitar, not using it too often to get an acoustic sound.  If I want acoustic, I play acoustic.  Electric and acoustic mandolins are very different instruments, just like electric and acoustic guitars...

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #28 on: Jan 14, 2007, 01:21:02 AM »
Oh wow, I just realized you asked for pictures of mine back on the first page...
Here you go!




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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #29 on: Jan 14, 2007, 01:11:01 PM »
They are cute little things.

I can't see how they could possibly weigh much Varian they must be tiny  ;D

Instead of smashing an electric guitar into the stage, after a big guitar solo .... you could go around and find a few things to put a few dents in, or a few loose nails to hammer in, after a big Emando solo.
They look like fun. Pefect for use with a big Roland Microcube LOL Actually they probably do suit  the M/cube.

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« Reply #30 on: Jan 18, 2007, 02:30:46 PM »
I actually haven't played it much through my Microcube, but it sounds good through it.

I will make a recording sometime when I have the time. I actually don't use the effects for a mandolin sound, but I use it as more of a mini guitar most of the time. I like to use distortion for it, but I can go all ways. I've been working on a song with both my electric mandolin and my electric violin, so perhaps I'll be making a recording of that fer yall!

As for the two pickups, it's like the NS Design violin. But it this case there are also three settings, but they perform for different types of playing all together. If I were to do a whole lot more strumming then I would use just the bottom pickup, closest to the "tailpiece" (if that's what it's called), and if I were to do a bunch of picking and soloing, then I would use the top pickup. It just sounds better that way. If I wanted to go completely versatile and not favor either, then I would use both, but when only one is used, it makes a cleaner, crisper sound.

My god they are heavy. I managed to smack myself in the head with it once trying to get out from the strap... it hurt like -- a whole stinking lot. I still have a mark on my head. The strap makes all the difference though. ;D

I'll see what I can do for a recording.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #31 on: Jan 18, 2007, 11:45:18 PM »
Heavy???  Try a 10 pound LP, then you're talkin' heavy!
I have no problem with the weight of mine...
I use mine the most through that little tube amp I built using an old tube radio.  Sounds really sweet once you get those tubes cooking!
It would be cool to hear a recording from you.  I have some my band has done, but nothing with just mando...

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #32 on: Jan 19, 2007, 02:07:22 PM »
I'll work on one today, I do a lot of looping, so I'll put something together.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #33 on: Jan 20, 2007, 03:18:43 PM »
How do you post audio?  It needs to be stored somewhere on the internet, similar to posting pictures, right? 

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« Reply #34 on: Jan 21, 2007, 12:41:37 AM »
Yes, and I still haven't gotten around to it (I'm lazy!) but I will try something in a minute. I'm going to try a couple of things... so I'll get back to you on that... :P

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #35 on: Jan 21, 2007, 02:41:27 AM »
My first plan worked... I was able to put the file on PhotoBucket.com... so, that would be my first thing to try...

Here's the audio:

http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j55/ViolinVarian/?action=view&current=DCFC0011.flv

I know that it's in an odd format, but I used the video mode on my camera to record it, it's actually kind of nice.  :) WMP should play it alright...

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« Reply #36 on: Jan 21, 2007, 02:47:20 AM »
Actually, the whole thing didn't load, I don't know... there has to be a limit on this free stuff, eh? ::)

The original was 9:53... and it only loaded 5:59 of it...  >:(
It had a clean solo, a non distorted wah, as well as some delay at the end... so I don't know what to do... :'(

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« Reply #37 on: Jan 21, 2007, 03:47:27 AM »
Do you have something like wavepad?, convert it into a lesser sized mp3. I know the quality will drop but there seems to be a level of compression above which it is dificult to tell chages in quality.

File save as .... and the option comes up to change the recorded quality/compression. Go down and down until you get to a happy compromise between quality and size. But remember rule 1 ... never save over your original.

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Re: Jupiter creek mandolins
« Reply #38 on: Jan 21, 2007, 08:36:00 PM »
I ain't got jack... to put it simply...  :-\

I'll ask my brother to help me... he should be able to do something...

 




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