Hand made, sole luthier mandolins from £6000.
I had played a couple of Heidens over the years and thought them the best I had heard. Michael is rated alongside Gilchrist, Dudenbostel, Nugget and Monteleone. He is one the legendary mandolin luthiers of our time. There has been great excitement recently about John Reischman’s new Heiden mandolin.
I still can’t remember where I got the notion but I followed a hunch, took a chance and gave Michael a call. To my delight, amazement and astonishment he agreed to send three mandolins across the pond.
Heiden A artist USEDOut of stockAdirondack (red) spruce top, stunningly flamed sugar maple back and sides, sugar maple neck, finished with French polish topcoat on top of varnish, all applied by hand. Abalone logo, abalone and mother of pearl headstock inlay, triple bound ivoroid top back, fretboard and headstock binding, radiussed Ebony fretboard with twenty two medium frets, shaped and scalloped at the end. It has a twenty eight millimetre neck width, bone nut, silver James engraved tailpiece, silver Waverly tuners with Pearl buttons, triple bound Ebony finger rest/pick guard and an Ebony bridge. With Calton case.
The sound is awesome, full and rich with with fantastic projection and volume. A great bluegrass mandolin with barrel loads of chop that responds beautifully and sweetly to a lighter touch and all styles of playing.
Heiden A standardOut of stockReduced from £6595.
I can still remember the first Heiden mandolin I played. I also remember what I thought. 'This mandolin has it all.' Clarity, depth, resonance, complexity, volume, subtlety... the list goes on... and on...
Finished with a hand applied French polish topcoat on top of varnish, this beautiful A5 from Michael has a red spruce top, gorgeous one piece sugar maple back and sugar maple sides, abalone headstock inlay , ivoroid top and back binding and a radiussed Ebony fretboard that is twenty eight millimetres at the bone nut and has twenty one frets. Nickel James engraved tailpiece, Ebony finger rest/pick guard and an Ebony bridge. With hard case.
Heiden F standard SOLDOut of stockAnother stunning F5 from Michael, it has a red spruce top, beautiful one piece sugar maple back and sugar maple sides. Finished with a buffed varnish topcoat, abalone headstock inlay, ivoroid top and back binding and a radiussed Ebony fretboard that is twenty eight millimetres at the bone nut and has twenty one medium frets. Nickel James engraved tailpiece, Ebony finger rest/pick guard and an Ebony bridge. With hard case.
This is a true cannon. It has incredible volume, projection and clarity AND richness, depth and resonance. It takes a great luthier to get these qualities in the same instrument. It will chop and bark for the bluegrass player, howl for the blues man, sing sweet for the balladeer and respond willingly to any other style.
Heiden Heritage Used SOLDOut of stockBeautiful heritage model from Michael. It has a 100 year old red spruce top and sugar maple back, sides and neck, Waverly tuners and a Calton case.
It has been on consignment somewhere else so its being sold as used but its never been owned or played outside a shop.
Its a tone monster. I have had quite a few amazing mandolins from Michael, this one (as usual) is truly incredible. From banjo assassination to the sweetest lullaby, it has it all.. and the playability is second to none.