Brentrup
Sole luthier bluegrass mandolins from £5000

I had heard such great things about Hans Brentrup's mandolins that I got impatient waiting for one to come my way and ordered one. Hans has a reputation as one of the top solo builders today. He builds mostly in the traditional style with impeccable finishing and attention to detail but he is not afraid of innovation with such models as the Stealth.

Whilst discussing my order Hans agreed to supply three mandolins to TAMCO!
 

 



  1. Brentrup F5 Poor Man's Loar

    Brentrup F5 Poor Man's Loar

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    This beauty is in red spruce (Adirondack) and sugar maple with flowerpot abalone headstock inlay, tortoise pickguard, James tailpiece and a scalloped fingerboard extension. Hans achieves a balance of power, sweetness and cut that few others can emulate. This amazing mandolin responds to whatever you want it to do. It will cut through with the best of them with incredibly punchy chop chords. It has depth and complexity with clarity and sweetness, characteristics that from a lesser luthier are an either/or choice. It is one of the most versatile mandolins I have played.


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  2. Brentrup Eclipse - USED SOLD

    Brentrup Eclipse - USED SOLD

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    Hans is the master of old and new. My M21v is the ultimate in traditional design and old fashioned tastefulness. The recently sold Stealth and this Eclipse demonstrate his mastery of pushing the boundaries of design, some will love it some won't. Regular visitors to this site will know of my love of different designs so that puts me firmly in the former camp. The sound is Brentrup plus. I've had the privilege of playing some very fine mandolins over the last few years but few match a Brentrup. It has incredible power with a richness and depth of tone that is amazing. From the most delicate touch to the hardest chop it responds willingly, a truly amazing mandolin.

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  3. Brentrup Eclipse V8 Not for Sale

    Brentrup Eclipse V8 Not for Sale

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    Han's latest version of the Eclipse. He won't be making many more mandolins due to injury and semi-retirement. I am delighted to give this beauty pride of place in my own collection.

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  4. Brentrup M21V  USED SOLD

    Brentrup M21V USED SOLD

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    This is one of the sweetest, richest most complex mandolins I've ever heard. It looks incredible too with immaculate workmanship and the most beautiful quilted maple back and sides.

    Unfortunately due to ill health Hans has had to announce his retirement. If he hadn't agreed to finish the Eclipse V6 I have on order I wouldn't be selling this amazing mandolin.

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  5. Brentrup A1 oval hole Adirondack/Red spruce/red maple - SOLD

    Brentrup A1 oval hole Adirondack/Red spruce/red maple - SOLD

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    This oval hole A model from Hans has the same beautiful and elegant finishing as the A5 with the addition of a tortoise/white/tortoise soundhole binding. This is what a great oval hole mandolin should sound like (to me, you might disagree). Not many of the top makers make A4s so its great to have one from Hans. Others I have played have had very powerful bass and loud ringing trebles, as you would expect. Hans' oval (also as you might expect) is a more subtle affair. The basses are strong but warm and melodic, the mids are rich and complex, the trebles are sweet and clear. This would also be a great all-rounder but missing off bluegrass at one end of the spectrum and adding classical at the other end.




  6. Brentrup Stealth V3 deluxe - SOLD

    Brentrup Stealth V3 deluxe - SOLD

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    I am going to take some persuading to part with this one, its the ugliest, worst sounding mandolin I've ever heard (joke).

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