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  • Capek A4 basic octave mandolin with Fishman pickup USED. £1595.

    Rosta is the man for getting great bass from a mandolin and that's what you want from an octave mandolin. This beauty in spruce and flamed maple with a twenty two and three quarters inch scale length has a very strong but controlled bass with fantastic warm and vibrant mids and clear ringing trebles. Many octave mandolins suffer from muddiness, not this one, the balance and projection is amazing and it plays like a dream and sounds fantastic acoustic and plugged in. With case.

    In excellent condition with a few surface marks.

    Used mandolins, click here.




  • Weber Yellowstone A4: Mandola A style, oval hole, honey/tortoise.

    Dola heaven! This beauty growls and purrs along with the best of the subterranean mandolas with fantastic deep and warm tone. I have never understood how a good mandola can sound like this, giving the impression of an instrument much deeper than it actually is and a lot more than a fifth below the mandolin. Fantastic for melody, rhythm and adding a new voice to the mix solo or in a group, its also low enough to sing with.


    Its in the beautiful honey and tortoise finish with a hand graduated and tuned Adirondack/red solid spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, ebony veneered tapered A headstock, tortoiseshell/ivoroid bound with black/ivoroid side accent lines, MOP "The Weber" Script and MOP white and gold flower pot inlay, tortoise bound soundhole, tortoise bound ebony radiussed fingerboard  with a 17 inch scale and a 1 1/4 inch nut width, MOP buds fret markers, dual action/adjustable bridge, tortoise bound body with black/ivoroid side accent lines, cast Weber nickel tailpiece, nickel Grover tuners, traditional Brekke bridge and deluxe hardshell case.

    Weber mandolins, click here.



  • TAMCO deal of the year.

    Osthoff OM cedar/ziricote USED. £1995.

    I got to thinking a while ago that I didn't have many cedar topped guitars in stock. Then I remembered that my favourite ever cedar topped guitar was paired with ziricote, so I ordered this beauty from John.

    The sound has the typical warmth and immediacy of cedar with very full notes and beautiful richness and depth. It also has great balance and even tone across the range. Another incredible guitar from John.

    Used guitars click here.

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  • Campanella Due Used.

    I am not expecting my fist mandolin from Joe until September 2017 so having this preview is fantastic.

    I now know why Joe has gained such an incredible reputation, the Due model is his signature mandolin. It has remarkable presence and depth of tone with a richness that is quite stunning. This is a fantastic all-rounder with plenty of volume and a great chop for bluegrass players and great warmth and resonance for other styles.

    With Waverly tuners, James tailpiece and Calton case. The new price will be over £7500.

    Used mandolins, click here.



  • Lowden D32 mid 90s. £2195.

    Newtonards made (1989 -2003) D32.

    Fantastic rich, deep and resonant tone with great volume and projection. Great for picking, strumming and much more.

    Used guitars, click here.



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  • Collings C10 custom red with Baggs Lyric pickup.

    Beautiful C10 custom in as new condition. It has a gorgeous sweet and warm tone with great balance and clarity. Perfect for intimate fingerstyle but also responds well to a pick, a great all-rounder.

    Used guitars, click here.





  • Northfield Big Mon F5 Engelmann spruce top amber.

    Stunning, wonderful and gorgeous!

    Amber Big Mon with Engelmann Spruce top, violin varnish neck, engraved Bill James tailpiece.

    This is my seventh Big Mon in the last year. I don't expect this beauty will be around any longer than the other six.

    The Northfield Big Mon has been creating quite a stir. It has a big fat tone with fantastic volume and projection. Created as the ideal bluegrass hoss (or cannon if you prefer) it has an amazing chop and great depth and richness of tone to take on pretty well any style, with great responsiveness from the lightest touch to the heaviest attack with a thick pick it is fantastic for all types of playing.

    From the Northfield website. "Our "Big Mon" Mandolin is something we created in our shop. In an effort to try and create a little more mid range and bass response, with a nice airy sound, we developed this model to have a distinct voice. Here's what we did..

    The "Big Mon" body style is just slightly different than the standard size. We've increased the width of the body, at its widest point, by 5mm. We've also adjusted the depth/width of the sides a little in a few places. Everything is in proportion to this change, so it results in a slightly larger body overall. It's not very noticeable unless you compare it directly to another standard size by lining them up back to back."

    Northfield mandolins click here.


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  • Martin O-18K 1929.

    '29 O-18K in great condition. It sounds great with a very sweet and warm tone.

    • Koa top
    • Koa back and sides
    • 12 frets to the body
    • 24 ¾” scale
    • 1 7/8” nut width
    • 2 3/8” string spacing at saddle
    • 13 ½” lower bout
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood bindings
    • Rosewood backstrip
    • MoP dot position markers (with side dots)
    • Concentric circles rosette
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ebony bridge
    • Original tuners
    • Ivoroid tuner buttons
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Non original hardshell case

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  • Gibson Style O Artist 1920. £4995.

    1920 Gibson O Style Artist in great shape, all original except the tailpiece. The Style O was made famous by Big Bill Broonzy.

    I have been wanting to get my hands on one fo these for a very long time, it's a real beauty and a classic of its time. It plays very well with a sweet tone, more of a flat-top than archtop sound. All in perfect working order with good action and no buzzes or rattles.

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