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Andy Tobin
Tobin Instruments

Image: Tobin InstrumentsAndy Tobin has been making acoustic stringed instruments such as Bouzoukis since 1985 after training for a career in Design at Bristol Polytechnic in the early eighties.

He started making the odd instrument at college, mainly solid body and semi acoustic guitars for local musicians, but it wasn't until he started to get involved in traditional Irish music at the sessions in Birmingham that his connection with the Bouzouki family of instruments started.

The first Irish Bouzouki he made was for Ivan Miletich of the now sadly lost band Long Acre from Birmingham. Ivan still plays that same instrument today, albeit with the benefit of a few re-frets and services.

The Mandolin Family of Instruments

Andy concentrates most of his production on the Mandolin family of instruments, primarily Bouzoukis, Mandolins, Mandolas, and Citterns, and he works alone.

This way he can control the whole process from start to finish. As everything he makes is built to order.

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Hand Made Mandolins

This is a Mandolin with a larger than average body and a scale length of 360mm. It has a clear bright tone with a distinctive mid range and resonant bass. With its larger body and longer scale length it has more presence and projection than a traditional style instrument.

Image: Hand Made MandolinsStandard tuning:
Mandolin - GDAE

Top - European spruce
Back and sides - Indian rosewood
Neck - Brazilian mahogany
Fingerboard - ebony
Bridge - ebony
Saddle & nut - bone
Machine heads - gold-plated Gotoh
Tailpiece - solid brass
Adjustable truss rod

Source: http://www.tobininstruments.co.uk
Aug, 2011