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Dec 9, 2019 - 3:54:22 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

250 posts since 9/1/2019

This guy, Tom Jessen, builds some really interesting instruments including (but not limited to) hardingfele and nyckelharpa both in a plural sense (nyckelharpae?) I know luthiers for these instruments are hard to find, so if you're looking for one.... I have no financial interest in his business, nor am I a customer, I just think his instruments look awesome
cricketfiddle.com/moreinstruments.htm

Dec 9, 2019 - 4:38:26 AM
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0yh80w5nje

Finland

24 posts since 7/3/2018

I thought this was about Magic Fluke company.

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:58:29 PM
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148 posts since 12/4/2011

Yes, I have several instruments by TJ.  I commissioned a 10 string, 16.5" Pacific NW Haida art inspired Hardanger viola with perfection pegs and a 10 string F4 26" mandocello.  I also have a 21.5" F4 octave mando, 10 string A4 mandola and F5 mandolin.  All have either western red cedar or redwood soundboard.  They are all terrific sounding and you really need to see the cases he makes as well 

I'm not sure how to post pictures here these days.


Edited by - Mandobart on 01/15/2020 19:15:02

Jan 15, 2020 - 7:16:06 PM

148 posts since 12/4/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Mandobart

....I'm not sure how to post pictures here these days.


I figured out the pics, kind of.  Here are the instruments, too.


Edited by - Mandobart on 01/15/2020 19:27:55

Jan 15, 2020 - 7:40:52 PM

148 posts since 12/4/2011

I should mention very reasonable prices as well. I've bought these instruments over the past 10 years. The most recent is the Hardanger (2017). Now I did get a "preferred rate" as a friend/frequent customer, but the viola with case shipped was right around $3000. Compare that to any other custom fiddle or US or Norge luthier built Hardanger.

The mandocello (2014) likewise was about $3 k shipped, with case. One built by Bruce Weber would run $10,000 then.

Wait time was under 6 months for each.

TJ is honest, easy to work with and IMO under appreciated. I don't get any kickbacks for saying this.

Edited by - Mandobart on 01/15/2020 19:41:27

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:23:12 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

250 posts since 9/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Mandobart
quote:
Originally posted by Mandobart

....I'm not sure how to post pictures here these days.


I figured out the pics, kind of.  Here are the instruments, too.


Awesome! I think I saw that viola build on mandolincafe? If ever I get the chance I'll get an instrument from Tom, I'm a fan of his work 

Jan 16, 2020 - 5:28:20 AM
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kjb

USA

682 posts since 6/8/2013

nice collection!

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:48:13 AM
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148 posts since 12/4/2011

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Originally posted by kjb

nice collection!


It gets worse...


Jan 17, 2020 - 6:01:53 AM
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kjb

USA

682 posts since 6/8/2013

Ouch!

Jan 17, 2020 - 6:11:57 AM
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1270 posts since 4/6/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Mandobart
quote:
Originally posted by kjb

nice collection!


It gets worse...


Nice! what make is the Maccaferri ?

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:46:37 AM
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148 posts since 12/4/2011

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Originally posted by pete_fiddle
quote:
Originally posted by Mandobart
quote:
Originally posted by kjb

nice collection!


It gets worse...


Nice! what make is the Maccaferri ?


It's an Altamira.  Spruce top, ovangkol back and sides.  Mid-level decent quality Chinese built guitar.  Michael Horowitz (djangobooks.com) is the guy to talk to if you're in the NW about all things gypsy-jazz.

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