Mandocello

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.


Custom Model #75

Custom Model #75 Walnut SP

Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back and Side Wood: Flamed Walnut
Neck Wood: Walnut
Fingerboard: Ebony
Headplate: Walnut
Bridge: Rosewood
Binding Material: Ebony
Tuners: Gotoh
Pickups: Shop Made Piezo

$4000


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 #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, Unfinished Neck
Fingerboard: Maple and Maple purfling
Rosette: Mother of Pearl ring
Bridge: Rosewood with Ebony/Pearl bridge pins
Binding Material: Rosewood
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Gold Plate
Pickups: Baggs Anthem Mic

$3900


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
Headplate: Walnut with Pearl Inlay
Bridge: Indian Rosewood
Binding Material: Indian Rosewood
Tuners: Gotoh 510 Gold Plate
Pickups: Baggs iMIX

$3500


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