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    Sorry if this has been asked in the forum before. Can anyone point me towards someone building flat top mandocellos? Like something similar to the Weber Tamarack? I'm looking for something affordable (2-3k) that isn't guitar-bodied.

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    You may (or may not) have some luck placing a want add for a Gypsy MC in the classifieds. Walt has, unfortunately, passed on, but I know he built at least a few of these. As for modern builders, sorry, nothing’s popping into my head presently. If that changes after my second cup kicks in I’ll update...
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    I would ask some of the established flattop mandolin and flattop octave makers if they might want to make one. Sawchyn, Big Muddy, Crystal Forest come to mind. Lots of others here.

    APC in Portugal makes a mandocello. Here is a video demo:



    Also Dammann in Virginia. Here's a guy playing a ten string:

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    You might give Nick Apollonio a call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjr View Post
    Can anyone point me towards someone building flat top mandocellos? Like something similar to the Weber Tamarack? I'm looking for something affordable (2-3k) that isn't guitar-bodied.
    The North American Guitar, formerly Cotten Music, has a flattop mandocello from Cafe member Joe Mendel for $2795:

    https://us.thenorthamericanguitar.co...rondack-spruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptritz View Post
    You might give Nick Apollonio a call.
    Website. He builds these kinds of instruments.
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    Santa Cruz Guitars offers a mandocello.... Obviously a flattop.
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    An Algerian mandole (the one with 1/2 tone frets, not the one with 1/4 tone frets), can also got the bill. It is basically a classical flat top and back mandocello and is tuned the same way.

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    Thanks everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    The North American Guitar, formerly Cotten Music, has a flattop mandocello from Cafe member Joe Mendel for $2795:

    https://us.thenorthamericanguitar.co...rondack-spruce

    https://reverb.com/item/7644166-mend...o-2017-natural
    I've played Joe's instruments and they are superb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjr View Post
    Thanks everyone!
    Herb Taylor might also be one to consider. He has an archtop two-point in the classifieds for above your price range but could probably build you one with simpler appointments and remain in budget: https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/147277#147277
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    Default Re: Flat top Mandocello?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I would ask some of the established flattop mandolin and flattop octave makers if they might want to make one. Sawchyn, Big Muddy, Crystal Forest come to mind. Lots of others here.

    APC in Portugal makes a mandocello. Here is a video demo:



    Also Dammann in Virginia. Here's a guy playing a ten string:

    I can vouch for the Dammann Mandocellos. Wonderful instrument made by some very talented folks. Sound quality is stunning. May run you a bit over budget though. Recommend checking them out if you’re able.

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    Hi there. My name is Maurice McMurry. I built two flat top mandocellos during my association with Mid Missouri Mandolin Co. as well as all of the Mid Mo octaves and bouzoukis. I also built 10 octaves and a bouzouki as contract pieces for big muddy from 2015-2019. I am currently trying to get my own shop going and hope to make another mandocello in the future. Perhaps I could build one for you. Click image for larger version. 

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