I met Aaron at the Healdsburg Guitar festival in 2009. I was captivated by the originality and beauty of his work. He graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie in 1994 and has worked in Seattle since. His first love is the designing and building of original instruments, informed equally by tradition and modern innovation. The stunning Aurora guitar that I bought at Healdsburg (despite me not selling archtop guitars I just couldn’t resist it.. its still on my guitar pages) sold very quickly.
Andrews 'Zorzi' Octave Mandolin USED£3,595.00In stockAaron says "I have always had a deep appreciation for unusual guitar designs that originated in the early part of the twentieth century. Most of these old guitars have become mere footnotes in the history of American lutherie, but I have been greatly inspired by some of them. One special example is the Kay Kraft Recording King, designed by Joseph Zorzi for Kay, in the late 1920's.
I especially admired the lines of Zorzi's Recording King (AKA Venetian) archtop guitar, so I set out to build one of my own interpretation. Of all the guitars I've built, the Zorzi is one of my most favorite."
I was so impressed with the guitar that I asked Aaron to make me a 25" scale Octave Mandolin in the same style. Some will be familiar with the body shape from the Kay mandolins. It is truly awesome. It growls like a mandocello but with definition and POWER...
Its in spruce and Oregon myrtle with an ebony fretboard and tailpiece, and a maple bridge and it comes with a custom Ameritage case.