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Testimonials


Dear Andy

I got home yesterday evening and the Cittern you made (and then resuscitated for us over the last fortnight) was sitting waiting for me.  I played it for hours last night and I am completely blown away.  The sound, the harmonics, the magic of it was a total revelation.  I found myself playing things I hadn't even imagined before and, at times, it almost felt it was playing me.  I know this probably comes across as over the top but I wanted to express how grateful I am.   Your instrument is sublime.  You are a genius and I am delighted. Clifford told me how much he enjoyed talking to you and said it is really special to meet someone who genuinely creates things out of love and a lifetime of learning. This instrument is a special gift.  I feel very honoured to be its custodian for now.  Thank you so much.

Clare Gow - Cttern

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I couldn't be more pleased with this instrument. It's by far the best that I have ever had the sheer delight to play. Every aspect of it - the 'feel', the quality of the construction, the machine heads, and ohhh.. how it resonates. It keeps in tune (which is something you can't say about every instrument of that neck length) even when capoed - something that really irked with previous instruments I've owned! I'm so glad I went for the large body bouzouki.

It oozes quality, the tonality is just incredible, and makes me want to play it every day. It came extremely well packaged, and that wonderful smell of spruce when I unwrapped it was like a walk in a forest. Pure joy! Andy, you are a true artisan. I can't wait to meet up again with Stevie Lawrence, who recommended you to me - both to thank him and to let him have a go on it! I know he'll smile.

Hugh Lee - Large Body Bouzouki

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“Finally, yesterday night I could take the bouzouki to a session...No words... It's incredible!!! It has a rich sound, with a great bass and a good volume! Really comfortable to play! I can't wait to use it in concert. And the engraving it's even better than it looks on the photo!!! Thank you so much for build this amazing instrument!! And of course for all your patience and dedication to me!!! Thanks!!!

Albert Pamies - Large Body Bouzouki

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“It is the finest instrument that I have played Andy, it has a sweet tone with great bottom end and sustain.
What I find really striking is the way it responds to that way it is played. If you bash it on rhythm it just responds instantly and from playing over the sound hole to picking back near the bridge the sound changes so fast and makes it such a great players instrument.

You are one of the best out there Andy. Thanks.

Kenny McDonald - Large Body Bouzouki

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“I'd first heard about Andy's instruments from the late Davy Steele, and had been impressed by the number of players I came across who also played a Tobin, such as Quico Comesaña from Berrogüetto and Manus Lunny of Capercaillie. I'd been after a really typical Irish bouzouki sound, when that tight, punchy, Lunny-esque sound is sometimes what's needed! With the work with Fred Morrison beginning to take off, I took the plunge and plumped for the Tobin and I've been thrilled to bits with it since it arrived.”

Steve Byrne - Standard Bouzouki

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“The instrument is absolutely beautiful. You are quite the artist. The bottom end is exactly what I was looking for and the overall balance of sound and resonance is just phenomenal and I'm sure it's only going to become warmer as time goes by.”

Bob Dougherty - Tenor Mandola

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“It has arrived completely unscathed and intact, looks great, sounds wonderful and plays brilliantly. I am extremely happy with it!”

Niall Anderson - 10 string Cittern

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“Thank you very much man the cittern is feckin lovely, been playing it all the time totally perfect, can't wait to do a gig with it! so no problems at all, an excellent job altogether.”

Ross Ainslie - Cittern

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“The bouzouki Andy made for me is a well balanced, clear yet round-sounding instrument. Its pick- up system is excellent also, and gives me what I need for live gigs. It has a rich acoustic sound, ideal for playing in a session, to recording in the studio.”

Karl Nesbitt - Bouzouki

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“The Mandola has just arrived....it is...absolutely beautiful. The tone and clarity is really amazing, unbelievable. The details and finish are great. It is much better than I expected. I can truthfully say my search is over.”

Mark Woodrow - Octave Mandola

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“Sound -exactly as I asked deep and rounded with plenty power.
Looks - great I love the finish and the balance, the Gotoh pegs make tuning fun.
Accuracy is perfect and general feel great.
Overall I am delighted, well done and thank you.”

Jean Pierre Sieczkarek - Mandolin

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"I thought you were buying a mandolin - that sounds really nice!”

Jean Pierre Sieczkarek's wife on hearing her husband play his new mandolin for the first time.

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“I have been playing Andys bouzoukis for as long as memory permits. Yes I have picked up and played other fine bouzoukis, but I have always been glad that its a Tobin in my flight case. The tonal quality, sustain, projection and build of a Tobin instrument just delivers everything a player needs for live performance, recording and especially session playing.

I often throw a capo up and down the neck during tune sets and the Tobin bouzouki holds the intonation and tuning remarkably well.
Andys reputation as a luthier is well deserved...Oh, and he's one of the good guys too!”

Russ Davidson - Standard and Large Body Bouzouki

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“Bouzouki has arrived! Excellent, going to spend the next couple of hours getting to know it. It sounds fantastic! Thank you.”

Paul McKenna - Standard Bouzouki

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“The sound is awesome, I like it very much. The bass is more powerful that I expected, and I like it. And the trebles are so bright - I just say thanks, what else I can say?”

Nelo Mascaros, Valencia - Large Body Bouzouki

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