Blog & new arrivals

The TAMCO blog will announce new arrivals as they are put on my website and occasional news items. You can sign up to receive notifications for mandolin arrivals and news and/or guitar arrivals and news (see RSS at the right of this page). I will still do the newsletter if you prefer a summary every few weeks.

  • Grit Laskin's new book.

    I finally received mine after it took two months to come to the UK and be returned to Canada by the Post Office.
    What an incredible book and tribute to Grit's genius.
    I was also delighted to see a couple of TAMCO guitars.
    The next TAMCO Laskin is underway with a bluegrass theme. I will post sketches soon.
  • Whiteface.

    Old and new whiteface mandolins, Gibson and Collings.

    both p 1

    both l 2both l 1

  • Vintage Gibson mandolins.

    Vintage Gibsons galore, fourteen in stock, mandolas, snakeheads, the lot.



  • Capek A4 Basic USED. £1650.

    A great value professional quality A4 (A style, oval soundhole) mandolin. Solid spruce top, solid flamed maple back and sides, ebony (flat) fretboard and bridge, abalone inlaid logo and bound soundhole and a McIntyre feather pickup installed here. It has great volume and depth, solid bass notes, sweet and warm mids and clear trebles. With Capek hard case. In extra-fine condition.

    Used mandolins, click here.



  • Newsletter.

    My latest newsletter is out.

    Newsletter, click here.

  • Eastman 504 A style oval hole USED. £599.

    In excellent condition with a couple of light marks on the headstock.

    Used mandolins, click here.



  • Gibson A-1 1908.

    This is an early Gibson A style mandolin with "pumpkin" top and Orville Gibson's picture on the label. The mandolin has the first version of the elevated pickguard but it is missing the clamp. The tailpiece cover is the earliest version that is a bit more ornate. The original bridge height is a full 3/4". The finish is great and the top is fully arched with no sinking. This a great playing antique instrument. Classic vintage Gibbo tone, lots of that wonderful deep and resonant bass, warm and sweet mids and clear trebles.


    Used mandolins, click here.



  • Gibson A 1916.

    This is an excellent 100 year blacktop Gibson "A" model w/ original pickguard, tuners, and tailpiece. The fingerboard is ebony and has new frets installed. Two piece birch back, spruce top. Some mild playing wear present.

    Wonderful classic teens Gibson tone. All those fantastic deep and sonorous bass and mid range notes with bright 'n clear trebles.

    Used mandolins, click here.



  • Pava A5 blonde satin.

    This beauty has absolutely incredible tone! Its one of the best sounding mandolins I've ever played. It has remarkable volume and achieves that rare feat of having fantastic depth and resonance at the same time as clarity and cut (bluegrass players please note, the chop is outstanding).

    No question here of what styles of playing it is suitable for, it will do everything from quiet and gentle to loud and aggressive.

    Pava mandolins, click here.




  • Gibson A-1 1918.

    This is a nice complete old pumpkin top with all original parts... tuners, case, pickguard and tailpiece.  It has that warm, beautiful Gibson sound, lots of deep resonant basses, warm mids and clear, ringing trebles.


    Used mandolins, click here.




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