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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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Upcoming Events



Rock Bend Folk Festival

Rock Bend
Folk Festival
St.
Peter, Minnesota
.

  I will not be set up at Rock Bend again this year. My big old tree died and they cut it down, so needless to say... no more shade! I will be hanging out at the North Stage most of the time and will have an Octave Mandolin or two with me. Hope to see you there!

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Welcome to TeeJays Home Page and Web Site.
I make stringed Musical Instruments
and conduct field surveys for

Reptiles and Amphibians

(Click on the Frog to get to the
Biological Survey)

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Updated:
Monday - May 4 - 2021

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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. New E-Mail Address:

tjessen2040@gmail.com
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Items currently available:

  Scroll down to see what I've got,
then click on the
appropriate blue link above for more pics and info.

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Octave Mandolin # 13 is done !!!

I still have to finish the case and practice a bit before posting a video/sound sample, but brand new photos should be up real soon.
And I'll also post all the details of the 'Mysterious Curse of Mandolin # 13'
on my Facebook page too.

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 I've made an

Arpeggione!

  

More photos and details on the 
Violins and Fiddles page.

Please Note...
When you get to the Violins and Fiddles Page... You will see a blank page.
Just scroll down a ways and you'll see everything. I don't know why it does that to me, but I can't fix it till my Computer Genius guy comes out to fix it. 

                                              

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F-4 Octave Mandolin (# 89) 

Look for it in the Mandolins section under
Octave F-4 Mandolins.

$3800.
(Case included)




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Guitar Body Octave Mandolin
has been


SOLD!

There will be another one of these this Winter. 









(More Photos and details in the
Mandolins
section)

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Octave Mandolin
(# 82)


SOLD!


(More Photos and details in the
          Mandolins section)
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10-String Hardanger Viola
is SOLD !!!

I've built another one of these, but it's not quite done yet. It won't be a Viking Fiddle, but it will have 8 strings. Stay tuned to my facebook page for weekly updates.

More photos in the
Violins and Fiddles

section.

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The FiddleHarpa is for sale
    once again!
       

              
(More photos and details in the
 Violins and Fiddles section.
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10-String Mandola (# 75)

$2500
(Case included)


Now with new side sound-holes too.
(In the Mandolins section)
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The 10-String Viola D' Amore is done and is at its new home in Richland, Washington.











There will be more of these!
Let me know if you're interested.
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The 10 -String
Snake head 'Hardanger' Fiddle
has become famous!
It has toured several countries with it's new owner and is making beautiful music. 

 







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  I now have video/sound samples.
Please keep in mind:
I spend a lot more time building than playing.
(More coming soon)



More videos in the Mandolins section.
 
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That's what's currently available.
Check out my Facebook page for
photos of the construction of # 78.






 
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Great Big Giant
10-String F-4 Mando Cello.
The photos of the construction process
are up on my Facebook page too.



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  10-String A-Style Mandolas have been available in the past.
I might be building more in the future
but it will be a while.

 

(In the Mandolins section)

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

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Catalog

  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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E-mail:
tjessen2040@gmail.com
 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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