80221-I M23V

80221-I Brentrup M23V Varnish F5, Italian Spruce Top, classic M23 logo inlay, striped ebony pickguard, tortoise binding

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408162-RS PML

408162-RS Poor Man’s Loar (PML)

Built April 2008, this beautiful PML features Red Spruce top, Sugar Maple back and sides, and Violin spirit varnish. Flat fretboard, Tone bar bracing. Elite tuners, Bill James tailpiece, and smaller traditional frets. Nut Width = 1 1/16″

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M22 3-point being played by Charlie Rappaport

2013 interview: September Minnesota Bluegrass Newsletter

Meet the Masters: Johann Brentrup

Brentrup interview Sept 2013

M23 30329-I

M23 30329-I

Italian spruce topped F5 M23, signed in March of 2003. From online ad: “It has a replacement bridge with a pearl saddle“.

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20461-R M22-0 3-Point Prototype

20461-R M22 3-Point Prototype

Beautiful blackface 3-Point prototype mandolin, red spruce top. This is the prototype, signed February 2004, 61st instrument Hans built.

Edited description from Acoustic Music Company’s online advert: “This is a varnish early florentine 3-point style Model 22 made with Bosnian maple and topped with Adirondack spruce. The instrument is a blackface,  Schaller tuners with ivoroid knobs, 1 and 1/8″ bone nut, fine sculpted ebony pick guard, scooped extension, flat fretboard, masterful fit and finish. Custom Calton case to accommodate the elongated 3 point body. This mandolin was the prototype (and is designated as such on the label) for this model.

From Mr. Brentrup:  “The 3 point mandolin was Orville’s original (circa 1908)  florentine instrument and is a very difficult build. It has a very different sound which is well suited to old time string band music.””

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Charlie Rappaport taking it for a spin:

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Custom Calton Case (Mandola Case)

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News Update: Hans taking mandolin orders

Hans has announced that he is going to take some custom mandolin orders. This is great news for those searching for his instruments. You can now commission an Eclipse or any other model that you may have been dreaming of without waiting years for your name to come up on his waiting list. Hans can be contacted via his website.