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Our SP Model

To further meet the needs of the gigging musician, we developed a Sound Port or 'SP' model which is geared towards providing the best experience for the live performer. These are our best selling instruments among our customers who visit our shop and showroom in Charlottesville, Va. The inclusion of a double top seems to be particularly effective on our SP models.

By constructing a soundbox with an enlarged side sound port facing the player and eliminating a soundhole on the top a number of significant improvements are achieved. Eliminating the traditional soundhole allows for a simpler, lighter, and more efficient bracing scheme to be utilized, yielding a highly responsive top.

Thanks to the increased vibrating plate area, the harmonic spectrum is also broadened for a rich tone. To make sure the audience hears the same tone that the player hears under his or her ear, a suitable pickup is carefully matched to faithfully reproduce the instrument's tonal character. While the instrument still maintains solid projection un-amplified, the enhanced response and nuanced tone show through the amplified sound using our shop-made piezo pick-up. However, when playing alone, the player gets the full sound of the manodcello presented right under their ear via the side port.


Sound Port Model #68

Sound Port Model #68

Top Wood: Cedar/Cedar Double-Top
Back: Locust, Locust center strip
Sides: Locust
Neck Wood: Cherry
Fingerboard: Maple and Maple purfling
Headplate: Locust
Bridge: Locust, Ebony pins with Pearl dots
Binding Material: Locust, black side purfling
Tuners: Gotoh Magnum Lock
Pickups: Custom shop made pick-up

$4250


Sound Port Model #67

Sound Port Model #67

This instrument features our breakangle adjustment and is made to be tuned in octaves rather than unison.

Top Wood: Cedar/Cedar Double-Top
Back: Walnut
Sides: Walnut
Neck Wood: 3-pc Cherry laminate
Fingerboard: Madagascar Rosewood w/ Ebony binding
Headplate: Walnut
Bridge: Indian Rosewood, Ebony pins
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Gold
Pickups: Custom shop made pick-up

$4250


Sound Port Model #36

Sound Port Model #36

Top Wood: Bearclaw Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Locust
Neck Wood: Cherry
Fingerboard: Maple and Maple purfling
Rosette: Mother of Pearl ring
Headplate: Locust
Bridge: Osage Orange (?) with Ebony/Pearl bridge pins
Binding Material: Maple
Tuners: Gotoh 510 gold plated
Pickups: Custom Shopwound Pickup

$4500


Sound Port Model #33

Sound Port Model #33

This instrument features a Breakangle adjustable Neck and Double Top.

Top Wood: European Spruce and Nomex Honeycomb
Back: Osage Orange with Indian Rosewood insert
Sides: Osage Orange
Neck Wood: Curly Maple with Wenge and Mahogany
Fingerboard: Maple and Maple purfling
Rosette: Mother of Pearl ring
Headplate: Osage Orange with Pearl Inlay
Bridge: Rosewood with Ebony/Pearl bridge pins
Binding Material: Rosewood
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Gold Plate
Pickups: Baggs Anthem Mic

$4500


Sound Port Model #30

Sound Port Model #30

Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back: Walnut with Indian Rosewood insert
Sides: Walnut
Neck Wood: Walnut
Fingerboard: Ebony with Pearl Inlay
Rosette: Mother of Pearl ring
Headplate: Walnut with Pearl Inlay
Bridge: Indian Rosewood
Binding Material: Indian Rosewood
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Gold Plate
Pickups: Baggs iMIX

$4500


SP Model, Serial #16

SP Model, Serial #16

A-braced with side port. This is a warm instrument with great response high to low.

Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Walnut
Neck Wood: Walnut
Fingerboard: Ebony with Ebony binding and Abalone side dots
Headplate: Walnut with curly Maple crescent inlay
Bridge: Indian Rosewood and Ebony with Abalone eye bridge pins
Binding Material: Curly Maple
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Gold
Pickups: Baggs iMix

$4075



SP Model, Serial #15

SP Model, Serial #15

A-braced with side port, this is a warm instrument with great response high to low frequency. Fingerboard has custom inlay at 12th fret and terminates in a beautiful sculpted curve over the top of the instrument.

Top Wood: Bearclaw Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Honduran Mahogany
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Ebony with Ebony binding, MOP side dots
Headplate: Walnut with black and white Ebony endgrain
Bridge: Indian Rosewood and Ebony with Abalone eye bridge pins
Binding Material: Ebony
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Gold
Pickups: Baggs iMix

$3950



SP Model, Serial #14

SP Model, Serial #14

This is a beautiful cherry instrument. A-braced with side ports (S.P. Model), it focuses on a beautiful mid range and bass response, and is ideal for a rhythm instrument in group settings or to accompany singing. The Baggs Imax pickup amplifies this instrument particularly well.

Top Wood: Engelmann
Back Wood: Cherry
Neck Wood: Cherry
Fingerboard: Ebony with Ebony binding and Maple purfling, MOP side dots
Headplate: Cherry
Bridge: Indian Rosewood and Ebony with MOP eye bridge pins
Binding Material: Cherry
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Cosmo Black
Pickups: Baggs iMix

$3600



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