Here are some links to my suppliers, colleagues and other interesting links.
Lowell Lavinger (Banana) is a dealer in vintage instruments who has sold some of my mandolins on consignment for me in the U.S.A. whenever I have one available. Unfortunately the cost of transport, as well as the paperwork and costs associated with the USA Lacey act has ended this for the time being.
Schertler are makers of what I think are the best sounding mandolin pickup in the world. Expensive, but as close to a microphone sound you are likely to get. Made in Switzerland.
Excellent sounding pickups for acoustic instruments. I use their feather pickup in my guitars.
Gillian is my great friend and colleague. Some of the finest sounding hammered dulcimers in the world are made by Gillian in Canberra.
Doug and Dale are friends and colleagues of mine from Queensland. Doug makes guitars, mandolas, mandolins, etc.
Steven Gilchrist is the maker of some of the finest mandolins ever made. Here are a couple of pictures of a mandolin I have made by Gilchrist.
Graham is a stringed instrument maker from Canberra.
John is a maker of fine hand made guitars.
Lawrence is a maker of fine guitars and mandolins.
Terry is a maker of wooden flutes.
Peter is the maker of my button accordions. I have a 2 row in G/C and a new 3 row in Acc/D/G. Beautiful instruments that sound as good as they look Click on any picture for a more detailed look. Peter lives in Adelaide.
Bruce is a harp maker from Canberra.
Jack is a old friend way back from when I first started making mandolins.
Supplier of native woods from Tasmania. Specializes in supplying the Luthier market. Bob exports Tasmanian timbers all over the world.
Another supplier of native woods from Tasmania. They have had some of the most stunning colours of figured Blackwood I have ever laid eyes upon. Also the go to source for Tiger Myrtle. They have an ebay store so you can buy on line and see pictures of the wood before purchasing.
Lewis Judy from Northwest Timbers, Oregan U.S.A. has some of the best looking U.S.A. Walnut and Maple I have ever seen. I visited in October 1999 and gasped at the timber he has in his shed when I wandered in. I left with a very much depleted credit card, but some beautiful mandolins will emerge from this timber.
Bruce Harvie from Orcas Islan Tonewoods supplies me with Spruce topwood. Bruce's Spruce has found its way into some of my best sounding mandolins. I love Bruce's wood, he sure knows how to process tonewood.
Randy Allen supplies me with blank and pre-slotted Ebony fingerboards. Randy has a great fingerboard slotting service.
John Preston from Old World Tonewood has some killer sounding Carpathian Spruce (a variety of European Spruce) and figured European Maple.
Luthier from Perth Western Australia.
Hayzee's guide to folk instrument makers
A list of manufacturers and makers of a wide range of musical instruments.
A stringed instrument portal featuring all types of information on guitars, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, dulcimers, etc.