Category Archives: F-Hole Mandolin

Mandolin with ff Holes (violin style)

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″


Front2 Front1

Headstock Back1 Back2  tuners


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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1999 M23 12993E

Serial number 12993E, Signed Dec 1999, 3rd instrument Hans built.

Engelmann top and Bosnian Maple back and sides. Tortoise binding top and back. Early logo on the Headstock.


90224 21V

90224 21V prototype blackface 2002

2004 M23 V

2004 M23 V (Need Serial Number)

German Spruce top?


M23L 50110R

Brentrup M23L, Serial number 50110R, signed May, 2001, 10th instrument Hans built. Red Spruce top, red maple back, lacquer finish, tortoise binding, scalloped pickguard.

The mandolin developed a humidity crack

80471-I M23V

Exceptional M23V, serial number 80471-I, signed August 2004, 71st instrument that Hans built, Italian Spruce top, flamed maple 2-piece back, large frets, radiused fingerboard, back of head has an ebony veneer. Body, headstock, fingerboard and pickguard are bound in white with a black stripe, doubled¬†fleur-de-lis headstock inlay, Varnish finish, Waverly tuners with ebony buttons, James tailpiece, the scooped fingerboard extension is fully fretted, custom “snowflake” fret markers.

Older pictures including build

Hans said “Here’s a picture of scraping after the first coat of varnish. Color differences are lighting. The real red scroll is camera flash. It’s just one coat a day from here on with a rough sand after about half of the finish is on.”