This was a great project to build something of a Bandolim/Mandolin hybrid. So what actually is the difference between the two? Well that is still very much up for discussion. But it was an excellent reason to delve into a world of music I knew little about. Truly an eye opener into the virtuosity that some of Brazil Bandolimists have to offer. Its now in the very safe hands of a musical pioneer in London and I for one am very much enjoying the music he is making with it.

A wider and deeper body than my usual mandolins with a cedar top for extra warmth, paired with a lovely set of European walnut. Keeping things local to the UK it has a Bog Oak fingerboard and peghead overlay. The extra course inspired by musical legend Hamilton de Holanda.