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  • Eastman 615: F style F hole with K&K twin internal pickup. USED.

    The 615 comes with a K&K twin internal pickup. It sounds great plugged in.

    An all solid woods spruce/flamed maple hand made, hand carved F5. Triple bound top, back and single bound headstock, solid cast tailpiece, Schaller tuners, plenty of bark and chop, and projection and volume to battle those ba*jos for bluegrass players and depth and warmth for other styles. With fitted violin style hard-shell case. Classic finish.


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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."


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  • Northfield F5S.

    Northfield's F5S has been getting a fantastic reception stateside and with very good reason.


    The amazing AIRLOOM case is included, this would normally add £250.


    They are bluegrass monsters with a strong and powerful chop and much, much more, strong well defined bass notes, rich and complex mids and clear trebles. The balance and projection is remarkable as is the depth of tone. Great for the aforementioned bluegrass and almost any other style.


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  • Smart 'Comma'. USED.

    If has Lawrence's legendary craftsmanship and a very clear tone with fantastic definition and projection.

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  • Rigel G110 Resophonic – USED.


    Wha d' y say about this! There are not many of these around, grab it while you can! It's in as new condition, it's loud and resophonicy!! It's a tough business describing sound (awwww poor me). I'm not even going to try with this one. With case.

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  • Northfield F2S sunburst.

    Northfield has gained a fantastic reputation over the last few years.

    The amazing AIRLOOM case included, this would normally add £250.

    Tone-wise it is identical to the amber F2S that sold the day after it arrived so I will use the same words. "It has the beautiful rich and deep tones you would want from an oval hole mandolin and great clarity and definition (thanks in part to the Adirondack top) so you have a very full tone and great note separation making it fantastic for most styles of playing, folk, classical and old time (it even has a decent chop for the bluegrassers). It plays very easily and has plenty of volume, responding extremely well to a light touch or a heavier pick.


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  • Pava A5 sunburst 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.


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  • Old Wave Mandola.

    Musser Colorado Engelmann spruce top (1997) with red spruce x bracing, orcas island tonewoods (2002) curly maple sides/ neck/ 2pc back, 16" scale,  16"radius macassar ebony fretboard, bridge, and peghead veneer ivoroid binding, abalone position dots, rosette. and wave inlay, 1 5/16" bison bone nut, Grover tuners, cremonesque lacquer finish over fresh shellac sealer, D'Addario J72 strings, Ameritage custom hardshell case.

    Lots of that fantastic deep and luscious tone, with deep bases, rich mids and clear trebles.

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