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Listen to a Myrtle flattop Mandolin - A B C D

Listen to a Walnut flattop mandola - A B C

Current price for the mandolin $1500 AUD.  This does not include a case.  Standard case is an additional $130, Cedar Creek case an additional $450.

Mandola $2000 (Includes a Cedar Creek case)

Available now

 

If you are lucky I may have a mandolin for sale available immediately.

  • A shape, round sound hole, simple soundhole rosette, enhanced X braced
  • European Spruce, Engelmann Spruce, or King Billy Pine (if available) top.  Back and sides depending on availability but includes Tasmanian Myrtle, Tasmanain Oak, Tasmanian Blackwood, Walnut or Queensland Maple.  Rosewood may also be available at additional cost.
  • Top and back with 15ft radius
  • Ebony fingerboard with Paua Abalone dots, radiused to 12"
  • Neck width at the nut 28mm (30mm available as an option)
  • Wooden bindings
  • Ebony bridge
  • Nickel plated fan tailpiece
  • Nickel plated or brass Rubner tuners with pearloid knobs
  • Clear plastic pickguard

Also available as a Classical model.

The flattop model offers outstanding value.  Less embellishments coupled with the flattop design allows me to offer these instruments at a much reduced cost.  No compromises have been made on important things such as the wood quality, varnish finish, dovetail neck joint and especially the sound.  A lot of research has gone into making these instruments sound good and to be structurally stable.  Don't be fooled by the price or the fact they are flattops.  These instruments sound great.  They are based on the standard oval hole mandolin so do sound similar.  They don't quite have the same richness or refinement of tone, but make up for it with more ring and sustain and more volume and responsiveness.  You have never heard another flattop mandolin or mandola that sounds like these.  Don't believe me?  Listen to the sound clips.

What is an enhanced X brace?  In essence it consists of an X brace that is reinforced with carbon fibre, plus additional bracing to reinforce the soundhole and the area under the tailpiece.  The end result is a very strong stable soundboard that won't sink and the instrument will stay in tune.  It also sounds great.

Note that these instruments are made to a price (hence no case).  Thus any changes that involve additional material costs or labour will incur an additional charge.   Email me for more information.