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Here you'll find more pics and info on some of the instruments I make plus lots of detailed photos on the actual construction of some of them.
Also YouTube videos of some really unique
(and really Strange!) musical instruments from around the world.

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Instruments currently available:
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Click on the blue link up above in the
Other Stuff:
section.

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Mandolin # 72
Stained Maple with Redwood top.


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Mandolin # 73 Walnut with Redwood top.
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Click on the Mandolins section above.
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Silvertone Jumbo Guitar.

Click on the
Other Stuff
section above for more details on the Silvertone.

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Upcoming Events



Rock Bend Folk Festival

Sat. & Sun.
Sept 6 & 7,
2014 

Rock Bend
Folk Festival
St.
Peter, Minnesota
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Welcome to TeeJays Home Page and Web Site. I make stringed Musical Instruments and conduct field surveys for

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Updated:
Saturday - January 3 - 2015
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Hello from the banks of the
Watonwan River at Madelia, Minn. 

(The "Pride of the Prairie")        
 
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A note about calling here and leaving a phone message:
It usually doesn't work!  Sorry... but using a cell phone with a bad connection makes it impossible to hear your return number.
Please use my E-mail address instead. Thanks.

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Items currently available:

Check on the left to see what I've got, then click on the appropriate link above for more pics and info.
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Here's a quick up-date on the latest:

I'm building F-style
Octave Mandolins again.
# 78 is done... and sold! 
Check out my Facebook page for
photos of its construction.








I'll begin building an F-4
Octave Mandolin
(just like the one above, but stained Merlot)
on Monday January 5.
Scheduled to be completed by march 1.
It might already be spoken for, but check out my facebook page for weekly updates on the progress.
 
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The Walnut Mandolin (# 73)
(as seen to the upper left) has been upgraded
with a new side soundhole.
(Price reduction too)
Scroll down towards the bottom of this page to get to the link with new photos
and more info.

(The Walnut Mandolin
is now officially on hold)
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The 10-String F-4 Mando Cello is done.
The photos of the construction process
are up on my Facebook page.


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Nyckelharpa # 6 has recently been re-assembled and is ready to go too.

Photos and details are up in the
Violins and Fiddles
section.


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The Hybrid 10-String
F-4 Mandolin/Mandola.
   

Photos are up now in the
Mandolins section.
(price reduction on this item)
Check out my Facebook page for the whole construction process from start to finish.
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10-String Hybrid Mandolin-Mandola (#74 and #76) are sold. More coming soon. 


Photos and details are up in the
Mandolins section.
  

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Nyckelharpa # 5 is ready to go.



Photos and details are up in the
Violins and Fiddles
section.

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Check out the photos and video of Nyckelharpa # 4 in the
Violins and Fiddles

section.
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Mandolin # 72.
Pics and details are up in the Mandolins section up above.

I started building this one last Fall as a special order, but the customer ran into financial difficulty and had to abandon the project.
It was originally going to be a replica of a 1921 Gibson, but the only thing now resembling an old Gibson is the width of the neck at the nut.

It's a standard A-style Mando with my own special X brace design, and I went back to using Merlot stain again.

All Maple with a Redwood top and
Ebony fret board and bridge. 
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The 'Chocolate Mandolin'.

Regular size A-style Mandolin. Back, sides and neck made of rare curly Black Walnut.

Top is Redwood with Ebony fret board.
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  Photos and
details are up in the
Mandolins section.
Here's a quick video/sound sample of it:


Here's another recent video of it taken after I opened up the new side soundhole.
My poor old dying digi-cam was having another bad day, and this is the best I could get for now.

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This is a direct link to all my videos on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TeeJay5085
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As of right now it looks like I'll be concentrating on making A-Style Octave Mandolins and Nyckelharpas.

Update: Despite my repeated attempts to stick to 'A' style Mandolins (and Octaves) 
I am now back to making F-4's again.
(Let me know what you want, and get in line) 

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OK...That's it for now.
   Keep checking in.      

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  A4 Mandolins 

  F4 Mandolins 

  F5 Mandolins 

  F5 Bluegrass Mandolin 

  Octave A4 Mandolin 

   

  Octave F4 Mandolins 

  Come back for more...



I started making musical instruments in the late 1970ís.

My first attempt was a 5-String Banjo made out of a pine board I found in the garage...
                                       Read More...                                               

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Check out the other
Nyckelharpas I've made.


 

Actually its a "FiddleHarpa".
A Nyckelharpa built to the size and tunings of a Violin.
(Look in the Violins and Fiddles section above)

 

 

E-mail TeeJay@cccinternet.net
Sorry...Had to delete the phone number.
I usually run and hide whenever I hear the phone ring anyway. 9 times out of 10 its not for me and I'm really bad about getting back to you if you leave a message. You'll have a much better chance if you use E-mail. Thanks!
 
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