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  • 1990 Brazilian rosewood Butterfly Model1

    Andy Taylor is selling his 1990 Brazilian rosewood Butterfly Model 1.  Andy says:

    1990 Sobell Butterfly German Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood.

    I purchased this guitar a few years ago from Donal Clancy who used it on his album On the Lonesome Plain.  It is the guitar he’s holding on the cover so if you want the hear the guitar have a listen to the album.

    It is in very good condition. It does have a repaired surface crack on the treble side. Donal said it was repaired by a very well known luthier in the USA.  It is completely stable. Donal told me this was the most stable guitar he’d ever owned … me too!

    Stefan did see the guitar a few years ago and gave it the thumbs up.

    It truly is a fabulous guitar it has spent most of its time in its case in my spare room and it really is too good a guitar not to be played hence the sale.

    I live in Lichfield WS15 4 postcode area. You are welcome to come and try it .

    Contact me on kdandajtaylor@hotmail.com or tel 07918 026734

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  • 5 course 1982 mandolin for sale

    Andy Adams is selling his 1982 five course mandolin. Andy says:

    1982 Stefan Sobell mandolin, rosewood back and sides, carved cedar top 5 course mandolin.

    I collected the mandolin from Stefan in August 1982, the Jack Clark fibreglass case came later. Stefan fitted an Ashworth transducer in 1984, which produces excellent reproduction. Stefan re-fretted the mandolin with improved fret wire in 1987.
    The instrument is otherwise completely original and in good working order. It still plays with ease and the usual Sobell clarity. I played it continually for the first 20 years; since then less and less to the point it now haunts me to be lying idle.

    In September 1984 it received damage to the treble rib when the mandolin, in its case, was thrown at me by a very angry girlfriend. The depressed crack in the rib was caused by the hinge rivet as the case hit the wall. Stefan’s quote about it still appears in his ‘The things they say’ webpage.

    The front has suffered mainly from my little finger resting against the body and one unfortunate accident where it was knocked off a chair. Otherwise all other cosmetic damage is due to the time practicing, performing and session playing. It has no visible signs of structural defect.

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    In September 1984 it received damage to the treble rib when the mandolin, in its case, was thrown at my by a very angry girlfriend. The depressed crack in the rib was caused by the hinge rivet as the case hit the wall.  Stefan’s quote about it still appears on his ‘The things they say’ webpage.
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    The front has suffered mainly from my little finger resting against the body and one unfortunate accident where it was knocked off a chair.  Otherwise, all cosmetic damage is due to time spent practising, performing and session playing.  It has no visible signs of structural defect.

    I visited Stefan with it in February 2010 and he could find no structural problems. It has been played very little since.  I live in Lincoln and have the original receipts.

    Contact Andy Adams: adams_andy@hotmail.com

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  • 5 course maple / spruce mandolin

    Simon Meyler is selling his 2007 five course large bodied mandolin. Simon says:

    This is a remarkable mandolin.  The clarity of the instrument is beyond extraordinary with strong and well defined bass notes, complex and rich mids and clear and full trebles.  The quilted Maple is stunning and no less, the craftsmanship.

    Stefan fitted the Mandolin with a Lloyd Baggs pick-up which has served its purpose and without problems.  Comes with a custom Mike Mullins reinforced case.  This instrument is in pristine condition with no dints or marks whatsoever.

    You can hear the mandolin in action, acoustically on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2YpDsgLk40

    E-mail:  simonmeyler@eircom.net

    Phone:  353-1-4641679

    Mobile:  0876383622

    Genuine buyers only please.

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