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Brian Dean Renaissance Bowl-Back Mandolin (used)

Regular price $ 5,000.00

Bowlback mandolin made by Canadian luthier Brian Dean in Nov. 2004 (#20). Dean is considered one of the greatest mandolin luthiers in North America. It has 13 ribs (dark mahogany alternating with rosewood, divided by maple strips), a spruce top, hand-carved rosette (first ever use by Dean!), two auxiliary soundholes with carved & engraved rabbit and crescent moon. Lute-style angled headstock. Originally had friction pegs, but was converted to geared tuners by Brian Dean at the request of owner. Ebony bridge & fretboard, 7 frets to the body, 1 1/8" nut width, brass tailpiece. A padded leatherette soft case is included.

Our senior luthier performed the following repairs: refit tailpiece, bush endpin hole & screw holes, refit end pin. Setup/action adjusted, re-fitted bridge shim, adjust nut slots, new strings. Overall, very good condition. There is some slight fret flattening on the lower 4 frets, but that does not compromise playability.

The mandolin has a beautiful, warm, lute-like tone. None of the barky quality of many F and A-style mandolins.

Brian Dean builds about 8 instruments a year in his solo workshop, and has a considerable waiting list. His instruments are played by some of the finest talents in mandolin today. His philosophy is simple: "don't complicate it." Each mandolin is brought to life from the rawest of lumber and metals, shaped unhurriedly by hand tools, and tuned to resonant golden standards by self-taught methods.

The cost of fully insured UPS Ground shipping (within the continental US) is included in the price. If buyer opts to return for preferential reason, the cost of outgoing shipping will be deducted from refund. Serious buyers outside the continental US may contact us for a shipping quote (please include your full address).