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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.


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

Mandolin # 72
Stained Maple with Redwood top.

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

Silvertone Jumbo Guitar.

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


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Rock Bend Folk Festival

Sat. & Sun.
Sept 6 & 7,

Rock Bend
Folk Festival
Peter, Minnesota



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)


Saturday - May 23 - 2015
Hello from the banks of the
Watonwan River at Madelia, Minn. 

(The "Pride of the Prairie")        
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.

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.

Here's a quick up-date on the latest:

Octave Mandolin (# 80) is almost done.
This one will be made completely from Curly Walnut with a Redwood top. I will have updated photos coming soon. 
I'm building F-style
Octave Mandolins again.
#79 is done!

Photos are up in the
Mandolins section under
F-4 Mandolins.
(Text and details and price tag coming soon) 

Check out my Facebook page for
photos of the construction of # 78.


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

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

Photos and details are up in the
Violins and Fiddles

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.

10-String Hybrid Mandolin-Mandola (#74 and #76) are sold.
More coming soon. 

Photos and details are up in the
Mandolins section.

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. 
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.
  Photos and
details are up in the
Mandolins section.

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


OK...That's it for now.
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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...
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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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