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  • Collings OM1 walnut back and sides.

    Another classic OM from Bill's team. Walnut has for a long time been one of my favourite back and side woods.

    It is famed for deep and well defined lows, and strong mids, with rich even treble tones and lots of sustain. It has the depth of rosewood and the clarity of mahogany. A little brighter than mahogany, but not quite as bright as maple.


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  • Collings MT2 Custom Mandola with cream gloss top and pickguard.

    Customised for  TAMCO to my specifications, with incredible quilted maple back and sides, this is a very special mandola.

    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. Mandolas don't get any better than this.


    Collings mandolins, click here.



  • The latest photo from Leo Buendia. It's due next week.


  • My latest newsletter is out.

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  • Northfield Big Mon F5 Engelmann spruce top.

    Big Mon with Engelmann Spruce top, violin varnish neck, engraved Bill James tailpiece. This one comes with the Airloom case at no extra charge - see photos - it would normally add £250.


    I sold eight Big Mon's in 2016. I have only been allocated four for 2017.


    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.



  • Weber Yellowstone A5: Mandola A style, f holes, 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.



  • Weber Yellowstone A4 Octave Mandolin: A style, oval hole.

    A beautiful octave mandolin from the Weber team. In the gorgeous honey and tortoise finish with Adirondack/red spruce top,  ebony radiussed fretboard, ebony traditional Brekke bridge, it has a  20" scale and 1 15/32" nut width. It's a dream to play with incredible deep and warm basses, rich and sweet mids and clear/well defined trebles. With hard case.


    Weber mandolins, click here.



  • Ratliff R5 USED. £1350.

    A beautiful F5 from Audey in spruce and gorgeous flamed maple, ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, beautiful mother of pearl headstock inlay and logo, engraved tailpiece and custom Calton case. With McIntyre feather pickup. In good condition with some cracking on the point.


    It plays like a dream with a very earthy tone, full and rich with great clarity, great chops and enough volume for you know what.... A fantastic bluegrass cannon and all-rounder.


    Used mandolins, click here.



  • Martin Ditson Dreadnaught III 2007. £2395.

    Based on the original dreadnoughts Martin made for Ditson.

    This is a fantastic mahogany and Adirondack dreadnought, it has power, separation and definition, a fantastic picker.

    Its in excellent condition.


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  • Weber Yellowstone A4 Mandocello: A style, oval hole.


    Awesome! This is one of finest mandocellos I have played. The late Stan Jay famously described the mandocello sound as being like a deep growl from the jungle. This one is coming from somewhere much deeper, the very bowels of the earth. But unlike some cellos it doesn’t lack clarity and definition, it has it all, and it looks incredible. A mandocello for the connoisseur.

    It features a hand graduated and tuned solid spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, ivoroid bound ebony with black/ivoroid side accent lines headstock veneer, ‘The Weber’ script and MoP white and gold headstock inlay, ebony fretboard and traditional Brekke bridge. It has a 24 3/4” scale length and 1 5/8”nut width, dual action adjustable truss rod, cast Weber tailpiece, Grover tuners and a deluxe hard case.


    Weber mandolins, click here.



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