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    Looking to learn some more about the builders of these mandolins. Sobell and Fylde being two of the oldest and well known builders, at least for me. Taran Guitars and the Springwell mandolin. Frank Tate. Nigel Forster. Red Valley here in the US. Who are some other builders in this style?

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    Hi,

    Joe Foley in Ireland seems to have had a good reputation for a long time.

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    Daniel Brauchli in Tasmania does a lovely job.

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    Paul Shippey in England, superb mandolins,

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    You mentioned Nigel Forster who I think learned his trade under Sobell but not 100% sure.
    This Celtic model from Nigel sure sounds nice:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lg_StJ...ture=emb_title

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    Keep us posted on your search and especially if you buy something. I've been thinking about getting something along these lines too.

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    Jimmy Moon and Tom Buchanan are two more from the UK.

    If you’re looking at Fylde, bear in mind that Roger “Barry” Bucknall still insists on putting a fret marker on the ninth rather than the tenth fret - drives me mad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Roberts View Post
    You mentioned Nigel Forster who I think learned his trade under Sobell but not 100% sure.
    This Celtic model from Nigel sure sounds nice:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lg_StJ...ture=emb_title
    Nigel worked for Stefan for over a decade.
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    There is an excellent luthier who lives near me in Manchester called David Lim. He used to work for Oakwood instruments in the late 80's and has made a load of flat top mandolins, more recently he has started making Gibson A1 style mandos (I've just ordered one). He is also a very good uilleann piper and maker. There is a picture of him and 2 gibson style mandos on his website https://davidlim-uilleannpipes.com/lutherie/

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    Great info so far everyone! Have always liked the Fylde Single Malt but yes, that dot on the 9th fret is maddening. Some pretty healthy prices and wait times on others. Good for those builders!! Any other North American builders of this style? Clearly there are plenty go builders making excellent carved top oval holes.

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    Quite a lot of the names mentioned here cropped up in a similar thread about Irish bouzoukis last year.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...ouzouki+makers
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    Did ye see this one? NFI on my part obviously - would love to have the $$ for this though!

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    Be careful with the Sobells. I’ve owned a few, and they all needed some sort of work, and not minor stuff. Non-working truss rods, splits between the fretboard and top at the neck joint, etc. I’ve got to say, the best Irish style mandolin I’ve owned is this

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    Shaun, you just missed a nice Trillium at TME, and at a great price.
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    You would post a pic of that Campanella..... I did see the Trillium. I'm kinda done with long scale mando family instruments, especially after getting the banjo. It's just so much easier to play. I briefly thought about maybe trying DAEB on it but when I went to look at it again, it was gone.

    I've always liked the tone of Sobells but just haven't wanted to pay the price. I've also heard about issues as Mary describes. So it would have to be the right one from the right source. Also really like the Springwell and Forsters. Mostly trying to learn about this segment of mandolin builder since it's one I haven't dabbled in much. I don't do well with ordering an instrument and waiting years for it. Just want to be educated so I know what I'm looking at when stuff pops up on the used market.

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    I bought a used Red Valley about six months ago. Even though the sound sample I heard before buying sounded good, I must confess that the looks of it really captured my interest. When I got it, it not only looked as good as advertised, it sounded better than I expected. Way better.

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    Can’t get that link to open Sean

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    Hmm... Working here. It's a link to Macdara's FB page and a video of a new mandolin just strung up and on its way to Custys in Ennis.

    I think if you click on his FB page link you should find it. First video. I've not had a chance to try his Mandolins yet but looking forward to getting the chance.

    https://www.facebook.com/mofluthier/?ti=as

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    Thanks, That link worked. Very nice sounding mandolin.

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