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Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

The Irish Tenor banjo is specially adapted to Irish and other Celtic music styles, pitched low to co-exist with the Bodhran, pipes and fiddles. The Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor model offers a quality instrument at a reasonable price. The seventeen-fret IT-250’s short scale neck uses heavier strings and is tuned to GDAE, an octave below the mandolin. This setup is in wide use by many traditional Irish musicians because it provides the plunky tone that works so well with the bodhran, pipes and fiddles found in Celtic music ensembles.

Price: $850 CAD
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Eastman E10 OOSS Steel String Acoustic Sunburst, 2015

Eastman E10 OOSS Steel String Acoustic Sunburst, 2015

The Eastman E10 OOSS is a rebuild of a classic – the OO body shape with an Adirondack Spruce top and Mahogany back, sides and neck with Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. This design comes from the 1898 Martin OO18, which was built until 1995, and again since 2006 with a few variations. The OO body is a bit larger and louder than the ‘Parlor Guitar’ size, and closer to the volume of a classical guitar body. These are known as being tonally very well balanced, with good clarity and separation between notes. They make excellent fingerstyle guitars.

Price: $1299.99 CAD
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Gold Tone TS-250 Tenor Special Banjo

Gold Tone TS-250 Tenor Special Banjo

Gold Tone TS-250 Tenor Special Banjo

Price: $1539 CAD
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Eastman MD814-V F-Style Oval-Hole Mandolin Black Antique Varnish

Eastman MD814-V F-Style Oval-Hole Mandolin Black Antique Varnish

The Eastman MD814/V F-Style Oval-Hole Mandolin is based on the groundbreaking designs by Orville Gibson in the late part of the 19th century, blending traditional mandolin and violin construction principles.

Price: $2349 CAD
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Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin Antique Varnish

Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin Antique Varnish

The Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin is one of the most recognisable mandolin designs, based on the groundbreaking work of Orville Gibson in the late part of the 19th century, blending traditional mandolin and violin construction principles.  The F-Style mandolin has become one of the benchmark instruments for country, bluegrass, celtic, and traditional music forms.  And, if you take a listen to Chris Thile, they can do Bach to the full potential of the player.  Closely related to the Eastman MD814-V model, the F soundhole and its enhanced treble attack tilts the Eastman MD815-V towards Bluegrass and Country repertoires, compared to the F-holes on the MD815/V.

Price: $2349 CAD
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Gold Tone OB-250 Orange Blossom 5-String Resonator Banjo

Gold Tone OB-250 Orange Blossom 5-String Resonator Banjo

The Gold Tone OB-250 has everything needed to produce THAT tone: a sand-cast bell brass flathead tone ring, a cast one-piece resonator flange circling a multi-ply maple rim with twin coordinator rods and an extra-deep curly maple multi-ply resonator for better low-end response. The curly maple neck has a bound ebony fretboard with hearts & flowers inlay. The bracket hooks even have metric threading to enable finer tension adjustment. “

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