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Instrument Ranges

Instrument design is an evolutionary process. We have increased the range of standard fretted instruments (mandolin, mandola, cittern and bouzouki) over the years to reflect, not only our interest in innovation, but also the needs of musicians. Within our different ranges, with their distinctive appearances and sounds, you will find the instrument that is just right for you. Coming soon, more details of our new Cirrus range.


Original rangeNova rangeTeardrop rangeCarved Top rangeClassic rangeMeridian range

New ranges

Cirrus, Nimbus, Stratos & Zephyr

 

Original

Teardrop

We developed the Teardrop range of mandolin family instruments as we became aware of a need for a good quality instrument costing less than our Original models. We achieved this by using a simpler design with no frills that is quicker and easier to make. This has reduced manufacturing costs while maintaining our usual careful workmanship and attention to detail. Like all our other instruments, every Teardrop is of all-solid construction and has only high quality components.

Materials

 

Soundboard Western red cedar
Back and sides Mahogany
Neck Mahogany with solid truss rod (mandolin)

 

Mahogany with adjustable truss rod (mandola/cittern)

 

Rock maple with adjustable truss rod (bouzouki )
Fingerboard Rosewood with mother-of-pearl position markers
Tuning machines
Gotoh
Finish Satin acid catalysed lacquer

This range will appeal particularly to the session player. The instruments have a bright, full sound that projects well.

Teardrop specials

We liked the sound produced by a teardrop so much we went on to develop some enhanced models! They are now available in figured sycamore, rosewood and imbuia, with spruce or western red cedar soundboards, ebony fingerboards and Schaller machines.

Teardrop

Nova

A further development of the teardrop design, this instrument (currently only available as a mandolin) has a deeper body, giving more bass response, but still with the distinctive cut. Spruce soundboard, figured sycamore back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and high gloss finish.

Classic

We applied the experience and knowledge gained from developing our range of guitar designs to the mandola, cittern and bouzouki. The Classic has a larger body size than the Original, guitar-type bracing for the soundboard and a guitar-type, pinless fixed bridge.

Materials

 

Soundboard Western red cedar and spruce
Back and sides Imbuia, rosewood, figured sycamore, jarrah, hyedua or mahogany
Neck Rock maple with adjustable truss rod
Fingerboard Ebony with mother-of-pearl position markers
Tuning machines
Schaller
Finish Satin acid catalysed lacquer

The result is a 'classic' sound - superb tone, wonderful balance, bright clear trebles and a really rich resonant bass.

Classic

Carved Top

If you've ever played a Gibson mandolin, you'll know that special chunky, powerful, cutting sound of a carved-top instrument. We pride ourselves that our instruments sound just as good! The soundboard of each instrument is hand-carved from a wedge of solid wood.

Materials

 

Soundboard Western red cedar and spruce
Back and sides Imbuia (when available), rosewood, or figured sycamore
Neck Mahogany with solid truss rod (mandolin)

 

Rock maple with adjustable truss rod (others)
Fingerboard Ebony with mother-of-pearl position markers
Tuning machines
Schaller
Finish Satin acid catalysed lacquer

As the carved-top mandolin is the most popular model, it is the only one we keep in stock. Carved top octave mandolas, bouzoukis and citterns are available to order only.

We also do carved-back instruments as well as carved tops, and Gibson 'A5' style (with f-holes)

Carved Top

Meridian

Several years ago, Niall O'Callanain (www.nialloc.com), the well-known Irish bouzouki player, asked us to build a large-bodied instrument with plenty of volume and good projection. Our design solution for Niall combined the larger body of the Classic with the floating bridge and bracing pattern of the Teardrop. He was very satisfied with the end result, and we went on to develop the idea with the aim of providing a reasonably-priced large-bodied instrument. This Meridian range comprises simply-designed, plainly decorated instruments that are built to our usual high standards.

Materials

 

Soundboard Spruce
Back and sides Mahogany
Neck Rock maple with adjustable truss rod
Fingerboard Ebony with mother-of-pearl position markers
Tuning machines
Gotoh
Finish Satin acid catalysed lacquer

If you're after an instrument with lots of volume, great projection and cut, this could be the one for you.

Original

The Original range is where we started, and has been continuously improved over the years. Each model was extensively road-tested by the experts - experienced musicians whose feedback influenced the final design.

Materials

 

Soundboard Western red cedar or spruce
Back and sides Imbuia (when available), rosewood, jarrah, hyedua or figured sycamore
Neck Mahogany with solid truss rod (mandolin/mandola)

 

Rock maple with adjustable truss rod (others)
Fingerboard Ebony with mother-of-pearl position markers
Tuning machines
Schaller
Finish Satin acid catalysed lacquer

The design and construction of an Oakwood instrument leads to a full, evenly balanced tone.

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