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2005 Bradley Hill F-5
2005 Bradley Hill F-5

Stanley Tone Model

2005 Bradley Hill F-5More Details
In the brief time that Bradly Hill was building mandolins, he cultivated a reputation as an outstanding builder that handcrafted exceptional bluegrass mandolins at very reasonable prices. Brad is not building at this time and his stuff is somewhat rare. He built only around 30 mandolins, so you just don't see them available for purchase very often.

This is a Stanley Tone model and is the 9th mandolin built by Brad. It features excellent fit and finish work and an outstanding traditional sound.

Specs: Sitka Spruce top, flamed Maple back/sides/ neck in a Sweet Tea sunburst gloss lacquer finish. 3-ply bound top, Flat Ebony fretboard with scooped extension. Nickle hardware includes an Allen style cast tailpiece and Schaller tuning gears.

It would prove difficult to find a better sounding F-5 in this price tier. Woody and dry, classic bluegrass tone. Evenly balanced with excellent volume and a powerful chop. A beast that will hold it's own in a jam with boomy Martin's and obnoxious banjos.

Excellent-minus to Excellent condition. Top has several lacquer dings and indention marks/scratches. Headstock shows several string scratches. Minor fretwear.

Offered with new TKL Prestige hard shell case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made mandolin.

Price: $2,499.95

2013 Ken Hooper F-5
2013 Ken Hooper F-5


2013 Ken Hooper F-5More Details
Remarkable F-5 handcrafted by Ken Hooper (, out of Elkin, NC. Ken has an established and highly respected name in the acoustic guitar world. He has built several mandolins as well with this example, built to Loar specs, being s/n 3.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, highly flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a lighter caramel sunburst, varnish finish. Single ply bound fretboard, 3-ply bindings on body and headstock. Radiused Ebony fretboard, modified vine headstock inlay and nickel hardware includes James tailpiece and Waverly tuning gears.

Traditional Loar-like sound featuring a dry woody tone, a strong chop and big, big volume. A banjo slayer with a Beyond Beast voice!

Excellent condition overall showing light play wear. Has a small ding or two and a few pick scratches on the top. Back shows one small area of button rash. Back of headstock is lightly scarred, likely from a clip-on tuner.

Includes Travelite style case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,999.95

2014 Collings MF-Gloss Top
2014 Collings MF-Gloss Top

Clean Machine!

2014 Collings MF-Gloss TopMore Details
Super fine, Ellis-like gloss top Collings MF model. Want to own a like new Collings at a pre-owned price? Let's make a deal!

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top in a darkish sunburst gloss lacquer finish, highly flamed Maple back/sides/neck in satin finish, Tortoise style bound top, radiused Ebony fretboard and nickel hardware including cast Collings tailpiece and tuning gears with Ebony knobs.

Features a dark, warm, woody voice with excellent depth, but nicely balanced throughout the spectrum. Superb "pop" and bluegrass chop. Sweet set up too, plays easy. An extremely strong MF. You won't find one better, which speaks volumes considering it appears to be new and unplayed.

Mint condition. No flaws or blemishes. No fret wear.

Includes shaped Collings case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made mandolin.

Price: $3,499.95

2015 Skip Kelley F-5
Special / Sale Price - 2015 Skip Kelley F-5


2015 Skip Kelley F-5 More Details
This Kelley F-5, s/n 51 has been with Adam Steffey for the last year (see our home page for a link to Adam playing this mandolin at last years IBMA), but just returned in exchange for a new Kelley with a California Redwood top. So, it's been broken in by a master. Kind of like having Manny Machado break in your new baseball mitt. In any event, we're calling it "used", with warranty and discounting it by $500 off new pricing.

Specs; 20+ year old Adirondack Spruce top, Big Leaf Maple back/sides/neck in an antigue sunburst, hand rubbed stain and varnish finish, tortoise bindings throughout, flat Rosewood fretboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays. Also features tone bar bracing, hide glue assembly, engraved James tailpiece and Golden Age tuning gears.

Big, wide open, dynamic sound. Quite powerful, but all Skip Kelley mandolins are. Still somewhat tight, but sounds incredible right out of the box. Rich, woody tone. Beasty chop. Destined for supreme beasthood. Will excel on stage, in studio or at your local festival's campground jam.

Excellent-plus to near mint condition. Adam did play it and it shows light play wear. Has a few superficial scratches/marks on the top and minor fret wear. Also has one minor blemish. Skip had a screwdriver mishap on the top side of the neck near headstock and nut, while installing tuner screws. He touched it up, but still shows somewhat.

Includes rectangular TKL case with blue interior.

Trades are gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $5,999.95
Price: $4,749.95

1978 Monteleone F-5 Fern
Special / Sale Price - 1978 Monteleone F-5 Fern

Rare F-5!!!

1978 Monteleone F-5 FernMore Details
Built by John Monteleone and patterned after a 1925-26 Gibson Fern. According to my client, Monteleone built 16 F-5 Ferns with Monteleone inlay in the headstock during this time period. This example is s/n 21, a well-played instrument with a significant amount of honest play wear and a phenomenal voice. John completed this exceptional mandolin exactly 38 years ago today, 07/15/1978.

Specs; Alpine Spruce top, European Maple back/sides/neck in a cremona sunburst, thin gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply bound body, 2-ply bindings on fretboard and headstock. Radiused Ebony fretboard with large fret wire and parallel tone bars. Gold hardware includes Monteleone/Allen style tailpiece and Schaller tuning gears and Abalone Fern headstock inlay.

This instrument features a richness and purity of tone that is nearly incomparable. It has the best of two worlds; built by one of the mandolin worlds master builders and has been played for thousands of hours in it's 38 years. It provides a dry, warm and woody tone. Versatile voice. Extremely powerful with a stellar chop. Likely sounds very close to the Fern it was patterned after. Outstanding playability.

Naturally distressed mandolin shows significant play wear, as seen in photos. Three top cracks professionally repaired years ago by Bob Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y., two adjacent to tailpiece and one adjacent to fretboard extension on the bass side. Back filled area on headstock repaired in later years after tuners were replaced. Frets show light to medium wear. Do not require work at this time.

Includes Canadian shaped hard shell case with some tasteful case stickers. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $17,500.00
Price: $16,500.00

2013 Collings MT-GT Wide Nut
2013 Collings MT-GT Wide Nut

Honey Tortoise!

2013 Collings MT-GT Wide NutMore Details
Collings is definitely leading the Honey Tortoise pack. Man, they can sure make some serious eye candy down in Austin Tx. This handsome dandy features an incredible one piece back, gloss top and sensational sound.

Specs; Wide grained Engelmann Spruce gloss top with Tortoise binding and highly figured Maple back/sides/neck in a Honey satin finish. Radiused Ebony fretboard, 1-3/16" nut width (wide nut option), Ebony full contact bridge and parallel tone bars. Nickel hardware includes cast tailpiece and tuners with black knobs.

A delightful sounding mandolin with a dark, dry and woody tone. Beasty. Loud and responsive with a chunky chop. Definitely at the top of the MT food chain. Really good.

Near mint condition. Top has a few tiny lacquer pings, tailpiece is somewhat tarnished, but we'll work on that. Minor fret wear.

Includes original Collings hard shell case with green interior. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,249.95

1984 Kentucky KM-600
1984 Kentucky KM-600

Strong A-5!!!

1984 Kentucky KM-600More Details
Sumi era, Japan built Kentucky A-5 style mandolin that is exceptionally strong. It has very good appointments and is in excellent condition, particularly considering it is 33 years old!

Specs; Solid Spruce top, Maple back/sides/neck in a tobacco burst gloss lacquer finish, flat Rosewood fretboard, Rosewood bridge, 3-ply top binding, single ply back, fretboard and headstock, Gotoh tuning gears and Fleur-de-lis headstock inlay.

Sensational sound, relative to price point. Dry, woody tone with that nice trditional mid-range "pop", excellent volume and solid bluegrass chop.

Excellent condition. Body has some lacquer dings and perhaps a light scratch or three, but still quite clean. Minor fretwear.

Include Boulder Alpine Series gig bag.

Price: $749.95

1985(?) Kentucky KM-1500 **SOLD**
1985(?) Kentucky KM-1500 **SOLD**

Terrific Sound!!!

1985(?) Kentucky KM-1500 **SOLD**More Details
Outstanding Kentucky Master Model, said to be a 1985 by a former owner, however, part of the label is missing, so the year model is not confirmed. We do know that it is s/n 302.

Specs: solid Spruce top, curly Maple back/sides/neck in a traditional cremona sunburst gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply bindings throughout, flat Ebony fretboard and Abalone "Fern" headstock inlay. Gold hardware includes engraved tailpiece cover and original tuning gears have been replaced with high quality tuning machines.

Has "Gibson" like appearance and tone. Dry, warm and woody. Outstanding volume and projection. Chunky bluegrass chop. Exceptional vintage sound.

This mandolin has a repaired top crack that basically runs the entire length of the top, near the center. Crack has been glued and has several cleats. Additionally there is finish checking on beneath and on both sides of the tailpiece. Otherwise, the mandolin is in excellent-plus condition showing light play wear and minor fret wear.

Includes rectangular Travelite case.

Price: $1,199.95

2004 Rigel A+ Deluxe **SOLD**
2004 Rigel A+ Deluxe **SOLD**


2004 Rigel A+ Deluxe **SOLD**More Details
Exceptional one owner mandolin purchased directly from Pete Langdell in 2004. This fine offering features contemporary stylings, a modern voice and a one piece Maple back.

Specs: Solid select Spruce top, Maple back/sides/neck in a chocolate burst gloss lacquer finish, radiused Ebony fretboard, Piezo plug and play pick up and gold hardware including cast tailpiece and Schaller tuning gears.

Deep, dark and warm tones, a killer chop and excellent volume. Sounds much richer than it's modest price tag. Fantastic set up too.

Excellent-plus condition showing only light playwear, primarily superficial finish scratches. Minor fret wear.

Includes original oblong tweed case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made mandolin.

Price: $1,649.95

2014 Collings MT-O
2014 Collings MT-O


2014 Collings MT-OMore Details
I don't have a personal oval hole mandolin, but if I did, this one would be a likely choice. I wouldn't want to play it though. I'd merely hang it on the wall and admire it. This outstanding offering features $250 in upgrade options (Sheraton Brown finish and Ivoroid bindings) and an as new appearance.

Specs; Engelmann Spruce top, flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a Sheraton Brown satin lacquer finish. Ivoroid bound top and soundhole, radiused Ebony fretboard, X-bracing, M.O.P. "Collings" headstock logo, nickel tuning gears with Ivoroid buttons and cast Collings tailpiece.

Warm, resonant, rich toned with outstanding sustain. Really rumbles on the low end, yet the highs are remarkably clean and clear and offers a very good chop for an oval hole. This is a very versatile mandolin.

Near mint condition. Minor fret wear, otherwise Mint. Includes TKL "Collings" hard shell case with green interior.

Trades are welcome on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,149.95

2016 Northfield NF-F4M
2016 Northfield NF-F4M

Exquisite Oval!!!

2016 Northfield NF-F4MMore Details
The Northfield folks are producing some mighty fine mandolins these days and this stunning oval hole Master Model is certainly at the top of their tasty food chain. This was a Special Order with a over $600 in upgrade goodies including; Premium Engelmann Spruce top, One-piece back,
Violin varnish neck, nickel James tailpiece, EVO fretwire, Custom color finish and Vintage Gibson F4 style rosette.

Specs; Premium Engelmann Spruce top, highly figured maple back/sides/neck in a red wine burst gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply bindings throughout, radiused Ebony fretboard with gold EVO fret wire and modified "Vine" headstock inlay. Gold hardware includes engraved James tailpiece and Gotoh tuners with black buttons.

Near mint condition overall. Has some finish marks in the back of the headstock from a clip-on. Otherwise mint.

More to come. Stay TUNED!

Includes shaped Canadian case. Trades gladly considered on this fine instrument.

Price: $3,499.95

2005 Silverangel Distressed F-5
2005 Silverangel Distressed F-5


2005 Silverangel Distressed F-5More Details
Distressed Silverangel, s/n 234. Ken names his mandolins and this one is Michele. This is a very good example of Ken's work. Best fit and finish I've seen on a Silverangel. Ken says he graded it at 9.5 out of 10.

Specs; 100+ year old Adirondack Spruce top, one piece Maple back, Maple sides and neck in an iced tea burst, satin finish with 3-ply bindings throughout. Radiused Ebony fretboard, James tailpiece and Grover tuning gears. Also features an exquisite custom Potted Fern headstock inlay.

Deep, warm and woody tones. Really sounds like a well played, vintage mandolin. The aged Red Spruce sounds terrific. Outstanding volume and a beasty bluegrass chop.

Near mint condition overall. No fret wear to speak of. One of the G tuners slips occasionally.

Includes a rectangular TKL case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,749.95

2015 Collings MT-2 Quilt
2015 Collings MT-2 Quilt

Eye Candy Dandy!!!

2015 Collings MT-2 QuiltMore Details
Extraordinary Collings A-style. Extra special in every way, featuring a stunning one piece Quilted Maple back, a delicious dark sunburst finish and a delightful voice.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, highly figured Quilted Maple back/sides/neck in a dark sunburst gloss lacquer finish w/ 3-ply bindings throughout, Radiused Ebony fretboard, nickel tuners with ivoroid buttons, cast Collings tailpiece and Vine headstock inlay.

Near mint condition. Very minor fretwear, otherwise like new.

Deep, dark Collings tone, nicely balanced with an outstanding bluegrass chop and excellent volume. Articulate and versatile mandolin, sure to please and impress.

Includes original Collings hard case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,749.95