Monthly Archives: August 2016

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  • Old Wave mandola cabernet.

    Beautiful mandola from Bill with a Colorado Engelmann spruce top with red spruce x bracing, Varnum estate curly maple sides and back, 2 piece neck,  16" scale, 16"radius ebony fretboard, ebony Cumberland Acoustic bridge, ebony peghead veneer,  ivoroid binding, abalone position dots, rosette and wave inlay, 1 1/4" bison bone nut, Grover tuners, cabernet lacquer finish, D’Addario J72 strings, Weber hardshell case.

    It has a beautiful deep and sonorous tone, just like a great 'dola should, fantastic warmth and wonderful dark resonance.  A great mandola like this sounds a lot deeper that it really is.

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

    A5 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 (adjustable under tension). 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.

    Fantastic rich and full sounding octave mandolin with 20" scale making it very easy to play. It has great resonance and depth of tone with excellent definition and projection from the lowest to highest notes.

    Weber mandolins, click here.


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  • Eastman 815 mandola.

    The Eastman 815 mandola is back in stock.
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  • Benjamin Baritone with Baggs M1 pickup 2004.

    Made by local luthier Nick Benjamin in 2004. With a 27" scale this beautiful baritone hits those low notes with ease. It has fantastic depth and resonance and with the 12 fret body join feels like a standard guitar to play.

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  • Fletcher Brock F5 Englemann spruce/30 year old one piece birdseye maple USED.

    A stunning 30 year old one piece birdseye maple back and sides F5 mandolin with Englemann spruce top. It has a 29 mm nut, twelve inch radiussed ebony fretboard and ebony bridge, Waverly tuners with ebony buttons and a James tailpiece and a matching birdseye maple pickguard.

    In excellent condition this beauty has incredible tone with one of the best bluegrass chops I have heard, thanks in part to the birdseye maple being harder than other maples. Overall it has amazing clarity and projection, one to be heard in that noisy jam at your local. It responds beautifully to a heavy pick and with a gentler approach has a beautiful rich and full tone making it great for many other styles, a fantastic all-rounder.

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  • Northfield F2S sunburst.

    Northfield has gained a fantastic reputation over the last few years. This is my second oval hole from them and it is another beauty.

    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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  • Eastman prices rises and discounts.

    I’ve just had my last delivery of Eastman mandolins at the current prices. The new price will be on average 20% higher. Also I have reduced sunburst models by £100 from the current price. Current and new prices below.


    Current            New

    504/505                       £659                £799

    515                              £979                £1149

    604/605                       £819                £969

    614/615                       £1269              £1499

    815varnish                   £1559              £1859

    815 Mandola               £1559              £1859

    805 Mandocello          £1789              £2079


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  • Summit A-100-5 sunburst USED. £1195.

    A beautiful A5 in spruce and gorgeous flamed maple from rural Tennessee, single bound top and back, ebony fretboard and bridge and abalone Summit mountain and moon logo. Paul's A100 has plenty of chop and cut for slaying ban*oes with amazing projection and clarity it is great for fast runs and percussive style accompaniment.

    With TKL case. In very good condition with a few small dings on the top, no issues and plays beautifully, a lot of hand made mandolin for the money.

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