CoMando Guest of the Week

Glenn Bradford had the idea of interviewing world-class mandolin artists by having the CoMando Discussion List members ask questions, and Glenn would coordinate the responses from the artist. He was able to set up interviews with over 50 of the best mando players in the world, as well as Luthiers and vintage dealers.

Children's Mandolin Round Table

In 2004 I had the pleasure of moderating an on-line session between the CoMando Discussion List members asking question to five mandolin players. The two youngest were Sierra Hull and Scott Gates, both 11 years old. Sarah Jarosz was 12, Josh Pinkham was 13, and Jacob Henry Jolliff was 15. I was impressed by not only their talent and what they had accomplished by that age, but also their maturity and commitment to their music. I've updated the info to include what they are doing now.


When I started Mandozine in early 1996, I reached out to David Grisman for permission to republish his booklets included with the Tone Poems albums. He was gracious and generous in allowing me to include the great photos and history of the instruments used in the Tone Poem album series.

Vintage Dealer's Roundtable

Max McCullough moderated this discussion by America's most knowledgable dealers in vintage mandolins and guitars. It originally was a series of posts on the CoMando Listserver, and has been archived here.

Saturday Morning Luthier's Corner

Ed Ashley coordinated and moderated this discussion by some of the best master builders of mandolins. Lots of tips, techniques and insights to ease the learning curve for novice builders.

Mandolin Builder's Super Summit

Another Comando discussion moderated by Max McCullough. A fascinating opportunity to hear master builders answering questions, covering a wide range of topics.

The Virzi Vortex

Lots of opinions and comments on the Virzi.

Mandolin Buyers Guide

This article is an update to an article by Dix Bruce, in the May, 1987 issue of Frets. Although prices, and models have changed, the basic criteria for selecting a new or used mandolin remains the same.

Home Recordings

These are home recordings submitted to Mandozine, hosted on Soundcloud.

Music Apps

With the phenominal success of mobile applications for tablets and smart phones, as well as their desktop counter-parts, there is no place to find a consolidated list to serve the technological enabled musician that has enbraced this new era of technology. This document will attempt to fill that hole.

The Genius of Lloyd Loar

In 1922 a brilliant acoustic engineer named Lloyd Loar developed the Mastermodel series of acoustic instruments, and invented the first solidbody electirc viola. Loar was the architect of the modern stringed instrument.

Mandozine Gallery

A collection of mando visuals.

Vintage Grass Valley Photos

These photo's were taken at Grass Valley, I believe in the summer of '81. I remember taking photos but I think these were sent to me. I'm embarrassed to admit I don't remember who may have sent them. If you have information on the photos that can be used for a caption, please contact me. Maybe you're in one! If so, let me know so I can give credit. There's some cool photos of a young Ronnie McCoury.


Over the years I have written a few articles, and Joel Glassman submitted a detailed document on the electric mandolin.