Jang, Kinnaird, Buendia, Eastman price rises and discounts, Collings, Clark, Northfield, Franzke, Summit and Weber.
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I am delighted to announce that Leo Buendia will doing the sixth Legendary Luthiers event sometime next spring.

Date not decided yet so no tickets avaiable on-line but drop me a line if you are interested.

For information on Jeff Traugott's Legendary Luthiers talk see below.
There is a fantastic article about Isaac Jang in the current Acoustic Guitar magazine.

You can see Isaac's amazing TAMCO guitar here.
Kinnaird oak parlour USED.
Having seen an oak guitar by Steve at the Memphis show last summer and having loved both the oak guitars I've had in before I ordered this beauty. It was well worth the wait!

It sounds fantastic, Ed my tech describes it as 'caramel' and adds that it is superbly balanced, I agree. Its loud beyond its pint size with sweet tone and plays like a dream. I love it.

In excellent condition except for one ding on the top below the bridge near the edge (hard to photograph). New price now would be £5595.

When Stephen Kinnaird was on a trip to the UK he visited the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester, which is Britain's oldest charity. He was greatly inspired by the ceiling of the church, and used the design for the rosette and the backstrip of this parlour guitar. It is very beautiful and adds to what is anyway a very special instrument. Part of the proceeds from the sale will be going to Stephen, and part will go the charity. For the person who buys it this is a chance to own something unique, and something quite magical.
Tickets for Jeff Traugott's Legendary Luthiers event at TAMCO on the 15th of October are over half sold but there's still time to get one.
Tickets here:
Previous events with Ervin Somogyi, Grit Laskin, Linda Manzer and Ray Kraut have all been a great success and can be seen here

Eastman mandolin prices will be going up by over 15% soon. Buy now!!!

I have knocked £100 off all Eastman sunburst models, I will not be stocking them in future.
I have four Collings mandolins in stock. Here's what's coming in the next few months with expected completion dates.

MT O, Tortoise Binding, Gloss Top, 7th September.
MT, Tortoise Binding, Honey Amber Gloss Top, 21st September.
MT, Ivoroid Binding, Black Gloss Top, 13th October.
MT O, Ivoroid Binding, Full Sheraton Brown Gloss Top, 28th November.
MT, Tortoise Binding, Honey Amber Gloss Top, 28th November.
MT Mandola, Tortoise Binding, Gloss Top, to be scheduled.
Northfield F2S. Sold already, another on order due next week in sunburst finish..

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

With an Adirondack (red) spruce top and gorgeous flamed maple back and sides it sounds as good as it looks. 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.

Clark guitar bodied octave mandolin (GOM) cutaway.

Gorgeous sunburst guitar bodied octave mandolin, 20.25" scale, ebony tailpiece, bound ebony pickguard, ebony bridge, Adirondack Spruce top and Red Maple back and sides, bound in ivoroid with black/white purfling, varnish finish, abalone and MoP headstock inlay and it comes in a custom Ameritage case.

The jazz guitar bodied octave mandolin seems to be the way to go, it has magical qualities, bass that I've not heard in other octaves, it is well defined and solid, if you like your octave mandolins jangly this is not for you. If you like a strong bass and lots of deep warm sound with great definition and projection it is perfect.

Franzke A4.

This beauty has a very even sound from the lowest G all the way up the fretboard, not biased towards the bass notes like so many oval holed mandolins. The tone is very full and sweet with great individual note definition, fantastic for folk/old time and many more styles.

Top                   Engelmann Spruce
Back/Sides       Red Maple
Neck                Maple
Fretboard          Ebony
Inlay                 Reconstituted Stone
Bindings           Maple/bloodwood/maple
Truss rod          Fixed double carbon fiber
Tailpiece           James engraved
Bridge            Bill James
Tuners            Golden Age
Finish            French polished Spirit Varnish
Frets               Gold EVO
Case              Guardian molded

Franzke A5.

It has a very balanced sound with full basses, rich and complex mids and clear, ringing trebles. The chop is what I refer to as 'musical' plenty of power and cut but with warmth and richness. Great for bluegrass and almost any other style of playing.

Top                    Engelmann Spruce
Back/Sides    Red Maple
Fretboard    Ebony
Inlay            Reconstituted Stone
Bindings    Maple/black/maple
Truss rod    Fixed double carbon fiber
Tailpiece    James engraved
Bridge            Bill James
Tuners            Golden Age
Finish            French polished Spirit Varnish
Frets               Gold EVO
Case              Guardian molded


Weber Fern A5: A style, f hole USED.

Built in 2014, in excellent condition.

This is Bruce's top of the line A mandolin. Its a stunner and features a hand graduated and tuned solid Red Spruce/Adirondack top, hand scalloped spruce tone bars, flamed maple back and sides, "The Weber" script in MOP and Fern inlay in Abalone,  cast Weber gold tailpiece, gold Grover tuners, Traditional Brekke Bridge and comes in a deluxe rectangular case.

Its a Fern F5 without the strap hanger and around three grand less but has 'the sound', its punchy with enough chop to lay low a few ban*os, with a sweet and sublime power. A gentler approach yields a very sweet, rich and warm sound with great separation and balance. This is a truly outstanding all-rounder.

Whether hunting ban*oes or serenading, this beauty will be a faithful and willing accomplice.

Summit A-100-5 sunburst 2003 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. Pure bluegrass without a scroll. But if you can live without the strap hanger 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, it is a lot of hand made mandolin for the money.
Happy pickin'.

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