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Kai Tönjes

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Kai Tönjes
Fine Instruments

Making instruments for the past fifteen years, at first at instrument making courses in the school holidays in Germany, then working with a harpmaker in Scotland for six months prior to joining the London College of Furniture in 1992.

After a six year training in making baroque instruments, violins and guitars/mandolins I graduated with an honours degree in 1998. I moved to Ramsgate, Kent in the south east of England in 2002 where I share a workshop with my wife, the hurdy-gurdy maker Claire Dugué.

 

FLAT-TOP MANDOLINFLAT-TOP MANDOLIN

This “american style” mandolin is very loud and powerful despite its average size. The sound is clear and focused with a subtle ring and will stand out in any session.

CARVED TOP MANDOLINCARVED TOP MANDOLIN

Inspired by the legendary Gibson A-model of the early 20th century. A percussive sound with a loud ring - a favourite among mandolin players for 100 years. I use best quality european spruce and european figured maple for these instruments.

LONG NECK CARVED TOP/BACK MANDOLINLONG NECK CARVED TOP/BACK MANDOLIN

I also offer a wider bodied version which combines the sound of the A-model with 12 frets to the body rather than the usual 10 frets.

FLAT-TOP BOUZOUKIFLAT-TOP BOUZOUKI

A larger than average body gives this instrument the power and projection a lot of players are looking for, especially for tune accompaniment. It also features a wide dynamic range for softer playing and song accompaniments. I offer a variety of scale lengths depending on the tuning and preferences of the customer.

CARVED TOP BOUZOUKICARVED TOP BOUZOUKI

The carved top shares many of the characteristics of the flat top model, though the sound is more percussive with more ring and the ultimate clarity and projection. It is the nature of the carved top to take time to play in, reaching its full potential a couple of years later.

OCTAVE MANDOLINOCTAVE MANDOLIN

Designed to play tunes, rather like the tenor banjo, the octave mandolin is a scaled down version of my bouzouki model. The smaller body and scale length makes it a very versatile and comfortable instrument to play in sessions with plenty enough body to carry the tune and chord accompaniments.

 

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June, 2005