Mandolin Brothers TV

In which Stan & co. discuss & demonstrate some of our most illustrious & intriguing instruments.


Kent Chasson (used, 2009) Brazilian rosewood Dreadnought

We present to you, in its second incarnation on our website, the second Kent Chasson guitar we received from the exceptional string wizard of Bellingham, Washington.  It takes the form of a Custom Dreadnought having Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a special rosette, a magnificent Cocobolo fingerboard.  It is, however, not your grandfather's high-end dreadnought in that it sustains like the wail of a steam-driven train barreling across the Canadian Rockies on a crisp late afternoon the early fall.  

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Smallman (used, 2001) Classical Guitar

Greg Smallman works with his sons, Damon and Kym.  His guitars are considered to be one of the best classical guitars in the world - second to none.   This example  is in excellent plus condition, better than simply "excellent."  It was played but well taken care of.     The fingerboard appears to be striped ebony, though it may actually be some other wood; the top is American Western Cedar and matte finish while the back and sides are an extremely beautiful wood with a great deal of swirly grain.

This was $26,800 but it is now ON SALE for a much lower price:   

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Gibson (used, 1970) J-200 Acoustic Guitar

This fine sounding J-200 bears no interior label, but it has a serial number stamped on back of headstock, with no “Made in USA” underneath, and no volute (hand-stop) carved on the back of the neck.  It has many of the same features as the late ‘60s J-200.  It has 4-ply back purfling, six-ply top purfling, a double ring soundhole rosette, a solid rosewood, large closed moustache bridge with four pearl inlays (two apostrophes and two miso soup spoons).

This WAS $4118, but is NOW ON SALE

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National (used, 1930) Triolian Prewar Steel Body Mandolin

This National Triolian single-cone mandolin, has the striking shaded finish and remains entirely in excellent condition.  Its rectangular carrying case is hand-crafted, decorated and  nicely crafted. This  is an incredibly beautiful piece; it would make an extremely fine musical instrument for a mandolin player seeking ultimate volume and prewar panache, or it could be a wonderful collectible to be stared at, fondled and cared deeply for over the next 500 or so years.   

NOW ON SALE!   THIS WAS $2319, BUT NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU AT A LOWER PRICE. . . 

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National (new) El Trovador Baritone Guitar

a wonderful sounding and attractive wood-body resophonic instrument built with a slotted headstock, having an engraved headstock logo, vintage style National tuners. It utilizes a bone nut, an ivoroid heel cap, an ebony fretboard and a biscuit bridge. The guitar’s fetching, enticing body is made of laminate mahogany - but then so were its prewar antecedents. It comes in a fine hard shell case.

The National List Price is $3600
 

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Weber (used, 2009) Yellowstone Deluxe F-style mandolin

This beautiful mandolin is housed in its original silver gray Weber plush lined hard shell GWW brand “quality case, made in Costa Rica.”    This model, fancier than most Yellowstones, has a tastefully decorated, but certainly not over the top headplate inlay that includes a black (polished ebony) overlay bordered in single-ply ivoroid, inlaid “The Weber” in script lettering. . . 

   WAS $3603.  NOW ON SALE! 

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Gibson (used, 1924) Lloyd Loar H-5 mandola, signed March 31, 1924

Back in 1918 Gibson Musical Instrument Co. formally hired a gentleman named Lloyd Loar, who had worked for them in other capacities, to act as the company’s “Acoustic Engineer.”  Professor Loar was a musical theorist who had many ideas about sound transmission and distribution.   His theories, brought to practice at the Gibson factory on Parsons Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan actually (in our opinion, at least) changed the course of American musical history.    WAS $108,255 BUT NOW ON SALE FOR: 

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