Strings and Beyond •
Morgan Music •
Elderly Instruments •
The Mandolin Store •
Collings • The Music Emporium • The Acoustic Music Company • Mandolin World Headquarters • JustStrings.com • Weber
A cool new, very large, hardback book for sale with tons of information about vintage mandolins, guitars and banjos. At 770 pages, Vintage Fretted Instruments, A Compendium and Guide to Collecting is a hefty tome full of eye candy photography, instrument history and the science of tone. There are over 250 pages dedicated specifically to mandolins, mandolas, octave mandolins and mandocellos. Topics are wide ranging including construction differences between makes, historical overviews of the different instrument manufacturers and helpful information for amassing and maintaining a collection. Suggested tunings, string types and gauges for a host of unusual instruments are also furnished. Portraits of mandolin, guitar and banjo family instruments are provided along with detailed photos, including x-ray and infrared images where needed, to illustrate finer construction details. Psychological motivators for collecting are discussed along with a summary of recent research on the effects of age and long term playing on the tone of vintage instruments. The website link above provides sample pages and reader reviews. You can buy a copy (print on demand) via the publisher, Bookbaby, at the"buy" page of the website. Bookbaby lists the price at a whopping $141.36 but I have a discount coupon setup (use code "vintage") which drops the price to $95.00 which is close to what it costs me to print.