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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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Octave Mandolin # 67
has been sold.
(Finally!)




Check them out in the Mandolins section.
(Click on Octave A-4 Mandolins)
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Bowed Psaltery
 (with case and bow)
Click on the
Other Stuff section
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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:
Monday - November 17 - 2014
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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 coming along quite nicely.
Check out my Facebook page for weekly updates and photos of its construction.



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The Walnut Mandolin (# 73)
(as seen to the 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.
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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 is done.
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. 
Price tag (with case) will be about $1850.
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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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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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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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