Hinde Custom Instruments
Philosophy "Made To Be Played!"
I use the highest grades of material for the construction. I use hot hide glue for most of the construction, especially anything that is in the sound box. I prefer to use a varnish finish for several reasons. I want a thin flexible finish that can be applied easily and quickly. I use a water based varnish on most instruments for ease of application, easy clean-up, and buffs out well. And non-toxic. I also do oil based varnish with French polished top coats if desired for the traditional approach. I can do Nitrocellulose Lacquer for guitars for a tougher finish. But I also use KTM 9 or other water-based lacquers. I have the utmost respect for the vintage construction and design from the past, but I also think the materials and technologies we have today afford even higher levels of quality. I embrace commonly accepted materials for certain instruments, but I believe there are opportunities using different woods and materials to enhance the aesthetic and tonal qualities. With current restrictions on traditional materials, we need to search for alternatives as well.
Instrument: Hinde Traditional Sunburst A-Style Mandolin
Top: Adirondack Spruce
Back and Sides: Maple
Tuners: Schaller Grand Tune
Inlays: Mother of Pearl
Varnish: Tru Oil