Bill Graham is a regular columnist for the Mandolin Cafe. This month he delivers a composition on the past and future of two mandolins of vastly different vintage. A Clark F5 Mandolin as new as they come and a Harwood recently returned to where is was originally created.
Graham writes The Clark F5 shines to the eyes and the distinctive varnish smell still wafts in the air when it first comes out of its case, while the Harwood bowlback’s finish is weathered and the mandolin always smells of closet dust.
One is just beginning its musical career on a journey to who knows where? The other I recently reeled in from Wisconsin via eBay, bringing it back to the city where its wooden pieces were shaped and glued together…
Read Bill’s whole article on Mandolin Cafe.