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Since 2007 our team has been working on design improvements for our highest-level mandolins. We have evaluated and tested our own instruments through years of use on the road. We have extensively studied some of the most impressive modern day instruments. We have taken field trips to play and listen to exceptional mandolins, working with some of the finest musicians and luthiers in the world. We have spent many hours handling some of the very best vintage examples—peering inside them with sophisticated tools used for modeling construction and collecting acoustical data. This research has inspired and led us to reimagine and refine ourselves in the Artist Series.
Ultimately, we know that a mandolin's voice is subjective—artistry and musicality, not laboratory hours, matter most in the end. We have not forgotten that the link between builders and players is where the soul of the instrument is born. We've done extensive live and recorded listening tests, developing a vocabulary to define what we're after in the tone of a mandolin, but we haven’t done this alone. Apparent in the name Artist Series, we’ve had a lot of help from very discerning professionals—incredibly, some of the most amazing mandolin players in the world.
Top: PremiumEngelmann Spruce
Back / Neck / Sides: Highly Figured Maple
Bridge / Fingerboard: Ebony
Tailpiece: Nickel-plated engraved Gilchrist/Northfield
Binding: Top and Side Triple-Bound
Pick Guard: Bound Black Phenolic
Nut Width: 1-1/8" (28mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 5.7" at nut, 7.7" at 20th fret
Finish: Spirit Varnish
Color: Honey Amber
Strings: Northfield Medium Phosphor Bronze
Case: Airloom Recurve
All instruments from the Old Town School Music Store are professionally inspected and set-up before shipping, and directly support the missions, programs, and continued growth of the Old Town School of Folk Music.
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