During the spring 2001 , I went to Merlefest and decided to buy a F5 mandolin
During this period the franc / dollar parity was not very good for me and all the good instruments I saw were very expensive.
I also looked at the Stewart Mac Donald kit which was $425 ,
and called some luthiers here in France to get an idea of how much it would cost to finish a mandolin with this kit .
I also ask my friend Pascal Granga , a wood seller specializes in luthery wood ,
about obtaining wood for a mandolin.
He lives near my home and says to me that for just with a small amount of money ,
I could have all the wood needed .
I would need to buy the rest : fretboard , frets , tuners, bridge , tailpiece , truss rod and ........ the strings !!
I ordered this hardware from Stewmac , and also ordered the Siminoff book
« Constructing A Bluegrass Mandolin »
I 've spend lot of time on differents website , like the mandolincafe builder section and also frets.com
which is a fabulous site.
Thanks to my dear friends Tom & Gail who help me to write a comprehensible English version .