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.

  • Collings MT Mandola with black gloss top ivoroid binding.

    All the depth and warmth you would expect from a great mandola but with the legendary Collings definition and projection. Yes you can have it all, resonance and clarity in one package.


    Collings mandolins, click here.



  • My latest newsletter is out.

    Newsletter click here.

  • Fay Model one Adirondack and black and white ebony.

    Guitars don’t get any better than this. With impeccable workmanship and detailing it has great presence and playability, with amazing balance from the lowest to the highest notes. Fantastic and well defined bass notes, rich and complex mids and clear trebles. A very versatile guitar, it is great for all styles from flatpicking and strumming to fingerstyle, it will handle it all.


    Simon Fay guitars, click here.





  • Laskin 'Bluegrass' fretboard.

    Origins Of BLuegrass-fretboard

  • Mix MAD A5 with Schertler CDyn pickup USED.

    This carbon fiber climate-proof beauty has the rich and rounded mid-range that only the very best f hole mandolins have, plenty of volume and projection and more resonance than most f hole mandolins. The chop is of the musical type rather than hard-edged percussive, just the way I like it.

    Used mandolins, click here.




  • Eastman 305 A style F hole.

    Back in stock.


    Eastman mandolins, click here.




  • Weber Bitterroot F5 Octave Mandolin: F style, f hole.

    A beautiful F5 style octave mandolin with hand graduated spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. It as a 20" scale length and 1 3/8" nut with a traditional Brekke bridge giving excellent playability. The top is bound, the fretboard is radiussed and bound ebony and it has a solid/cast stainless steel tailpiece, dual action truss rod, Grover tuners, Celtic knot and 'Weber' headstock design and a custom hard case.

    It is tone bar braced so there is none of that floppiness common to flat top octave mandolins. It has great power and definition with plenty of character and depth of tone and excellent projection. With a 20" scale it is very easy to play.

    Weber mandolins, click here.



  • Simon Fay's guitar should be here in a couple of weeks.


  • Eastman 305 A style F hole octave mandolin.

    Free UK mainland delivery. £749, including pro set-up.


    Classic Eastman tone and build quality with a satin finish, pressed tailpiece and a gigbag. It has a 21" scale length and plays beautifully.


    Unbelievable value, solid spruce, hand carved top, solid maple (hand carved) back and sides, unbound back. Great tone, solid bass notes, rich mids, clear trebles.


    Eastman mandolins, click here.



  • Givens A5 mid 1970s.

    Number 118 from Bob, mid 1970's or thereabouts. This A5 has a bound headstock, pickguard, radiussed fretboard scooped at the 23rd and 24th frets (possibly not original), Schaller tuners and Allen tailpiece. It's been well played but has no issues. It sounds like all great mandolins should... Incredible volume, separation and projection known to few mandolins but without sacrificing bass and sustain. Deep and rich at the lower end, a sweet, vibrant mid range and clear and bright in the high notes, great for bluegrass or any other mandolin style. With Golden Gate ABS case an McIntyre pickup.


    This is a fine example of his work with the characteristic Givens sound. Warm and deep bass with phenomenal mids giving that rare chop that is both powerful and musical. The trebles are strong and clear, a great bluegrasser but with enough depth and character to be good for all styles.


    Used mandolins, click here.




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