The “Artist” is an evolving design that I have adapted to suit different players’ requirements. This includes 8 and 10 string versions, varying body sizes and soundhole designs, multi-scale (fan fret) fingerboards and now a 9-string version.
This mandolin was originally designed following a commission from Joel Lipton. Joel , who was the principal violist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, was looking for an instrument suitable for playing classical, folk and jazz. He particularly wanted a dark and resonant instrument and this led me to experiment with much larger body sizes than I had used before and a shape that increased the volume of the air chamber.
I am currently building a 9-string , oval-hole “Artist” which has been commissioned by Ewan Macpherson (Shooglenifty, Salt House) and I am also developing an Octave mandolin version.