Issac Jang very kindly recorded some videos at the recent Woodstock Invitational showcase. You can see them all on my facebook and twitter pages and my blog.
Four great used guitars in. Fist up a Bown OM.
Bown OM German spruce/cocobolo with pickup 2009.
A very rare opportunity to get a recent Ralph Bown guitar. Clive Carroll will tell you how amazing Ralph's guitars are. Only Ralph can tell you how long his waiting list is but last I heard it was around three years. Built in 2009 this beauty is in as new condition with a pickup installed by Ralph and a Calton case.
The combination of German spruce, cocobolo and Ralph's talents produces the expected wonderful tone. It has incredible balance from the lowest to highest notes with perfect definition all the way. The bass notes are rich and well defined as you would expect from cocobolo. The mids are very complex and warm with remarkable depth of tone. The trebles are clear and very full, again as expected from German spruce and Ralph's skills.
This is a very versatile guitar with fantastic responsiveness from the fingers or a pick, whether plugged in or acoustic it is truly remarkable.
The depth and richness of tone of this little beauty is truly remarkable! Its a little clichéd to say how parlour guitars sound like bigger guitars but if you doubt it come and try this stunner. It has a quality of tone that only a hundred and ten years of Adirondack and Brazilian can produce.
Sexauer FT 15 Italian spruce/Australian Blackwood USED. £2995.
This is one of the lightest guitars I’ve had in. It is light and lively, it leaps into your hands and exudes expression. It is immediate and responsive with remarkable separation and balance, full and well defined base notes, rich and complex mids and clear, well defined trebles. It achieves that rare combination of great resonance and great definition.
Wow! Rich, full deep and warm with volume, definition and projection. I have never before heard such solid, clear and well defined trebles on a guitar of this size. If you are looking for a small guitar that does everything a bigger one will do look no further.
It takes a great teacher (Linda Manzer) and a great student to achieve this level of perfection.
I am delighted to announce that I will be stocking Joe Campanella's mandolins next year.
As you can see from the photos below Joe's background is in violin making. He has gained as fantastic reputation over the last few years. If you do a search on the Mandolin Cafe you will find some glowing reports of his work.
I have an A5 and an F5 due around September.
National ResoPhonic RM1 Walnut with Antique Brass hotplate & parts.
Great for blues and generally getting that wonderful resonator tone, National ResoPhonic mandolins are also fantastic for their unbelievable volume. I can still remember the first time I tuned one up and did my usual quick and hard three chord run to check tuning, my ears hurt. If you want to be heard in the pub in that noisy jam there is nothing better.
The tone is nothing like those cheap n' nasty resonators you hear around and about, it is the true mandolin sound with the resonator feel.
National's hotplate pickup is perfect for the job of making this beauty even louder, reproducing the acoustic tone faithfully and adding a tone control.
Please note that I have two natural Gallatin A5s at the pre-brexit prices, saving £350 on the new price. Also the Gallatin is no longer avaiable in the natural finish.
Weber Gallatin A5: A style, f hole faded Leather.
Fantastic value A5 from the Weber team. The Gallatin mandolins are designed to get a great sounding mandolin at the best possible price. It has no bindings and satin finish, it looks great and is tone bar braced. It has a Weber solid cast tailpiece, traditional Brekke bridge, radiussed Ebony fingerboard, dual action adjustable truss rod, nickel Grover tuners and comes with a deluxe hardshell case.
It has a very punchy f hole sound. Plenty of power and volume for the bluegrass chop with depth and enough resonance to make it a great all-rounder..
Weber Gallatin A4: A style, oval hole faded leather.
With no bindings and a faded leather satin finish this Gallatin A looks great. It is an example of a mandolin where every penny has gone into the sound. With a solid hand carved spruce top, solid hand carved maple back and sides, solid cast tailpiece and Brekke bridge it's the least expensive US of A made A style mandolin around. The basic spec of course does not affect the sound, it has a classic A4 tone, solid, well defined bass with warm and rich mids and crisp ringing trebles. With hard case.
The one and only Dave Swarbrick (Swarb) of Fairport Convention owned one of these.
Weber Yellowstone A4: A style, oval hole, honey/tortoise.
Absolutely gorgeous Yellowstone A4 in the beautiful honey and tortoise finish with a hand graduated and tuned Adirondack/red spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, ebony veneered tapered A headstock, tortoiseshell/ivoroid bound with ebony and black/ivoroid side accent lines, tortoise bound soundhole, MOP "The Weber" Script and MOP white and gold flower pot inlay, tortoise bound ebony radiussed fingerboard with a 1 1/8 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.
It has rich and resonant basses with great sustain, warm complex mids and clear ringing trebles. A fantastic mandolin for folk and old time music with a wonderful deep low and enough volume to be heard.
Beautiful A4 Bitterroot with flame maple back and sides, spruce top, bound soundhole, radiussed ebony fretboard and Brekke bridge, 1 1/8" nut width, cast Weber stainless steel tailpiece, nickel Grover tuners, dual action adjustable truss rod and custom hard case.
Fantastic full and rich sound with warm and deep bass notes, sweet mids and clear trebles. The Bitterroot range represent great value from Weber and always have a very sweet and mellow tone, not Ideal for bluegrass but perfect for everything else.
Another gorgeous octave mandolin from Jayson, is as new condition.
It has unbelievable solid and well defined warm bass notes, fantastic rich and complex mids and full/clear trebles. None of that muddiness common to flat-top octave mandolins here, it has definition and projection a plenty and it plays beautifully.
Sitka top, rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, 24" scale and a hardshell case.
Buchanan bouzouki with a 25" scale length. Spruce top and mahogany back and sides with mahogany binding. The tone of this instrument is very deep and rich, it comes tuned GDAE (an octave below the mandolin) with all string pairs in unison. With gigbag.