Monthly Archives: July 2018


    Handsome headstock or what?!




    I am incredibly lucky to be a small cog in the TAMCO machinery because I get to play, photograph and video, many exceptional guitars. It is a privilege.

    The flip side is, that it would make it incredibly hard to choose an instrument for myself, if I had the funds to do so.

    And, I'm regularly torn between aesthetics and sound.

    But I thought I'd dream a little and make a hypothetical choice. So here are 'my' two favourite guitars having photographed and played all of Trevor's wonderful treasures in recent months.

    I'd take the 'Doerr Trinity Select Signature' on looks.

    I'd take 'The Manzer' for playability and tone.

    And if I had to settle for one....The Manzer wins. I love listening to music and that's why I took up guitar in the first place.

    What a pleasant daydream that was.....





  • PHOTO - good morning....

    ....from hazy Brighton


  • AVAILABLE - Collings OM3

    Take a look at me

    I'm an OM3


  • AVAILABLE - Northfield octave mandolin maple

    With a 22" scale length this is a very easy playing octave mandolin. The tone is rich and full with great projection.

    Here is what Northfield has to say about it.

    “In creating our octave mandolin, we’ve pulled together a variety of specs and influences to create something with a unique voice and aesthetic.”

    Northfield mandolins, click here.

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  • NEWS - Northfield F5s

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

    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.

    Northfield mandolins, click here.




  • AVAILABLE - Girouard Mandola

    Gorgeous grain!



  • SOLD - Brondel B2 Essential


  • SOLD - Capek Basic Octave Mandolin


  • AVAILABLE - Northfield Big Mon F5 Engelmann spruce top.

    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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