John Alvey Turner
Home. History. Inventory. Accessories. Strings. Banjo Parts. Contact Us. Mandolins


c.1962, round back, bent spruce top, rosewood ribs, fancy inlaid pgd and soundhole, extended rosewood fbd, recessed tuners, replaced bridge otherwise all original with no cracks or repairs, strong & sweet tone for which this eminent Naples atelier is renowned, EC, OHC   



Eastman MD305

NEW (China), A-5 style, matt brown stained, hand-carved spruce top and maple b/s, bound top, basic but great sound for those on a tight budget. GB





NEW (China), F-5 style artist model, matt brown lacquer, hand carved spruce top & 1 piece figured maple back, ebony fbd, bound top, best value on the market for build quality and sound, GB



Handmade Mandolin (UK)

Unknown maker, recent, roundhole flatback, nat.spruce top, stained & figured maple b/s/n, ebony fbd, slothead, fancy marquetry banding, slight top sinkage does not affect structure or playability, loud and full tone, EC, GB



Handmade Mandolin

Unknown maker, recent, roundhole, spruce top, rosewood b/s & fbd, mahogany neck, sweet abalone & pearl inlays, basic non-luthier construction but plays well and has big open sound, EC, GB



Perreti Figli


c.1900s, roundhole flatback, bent spruce top, bound rosewood b/s, slim mahogany neck & slotted phd, radiused extended ebony fbd with oval pearl inlays, inlaid t’shell/ivory scratchplate, in style of Embergher but not bowlback, new Schaller tuners, excellent quality fit & finish, classical tone with tremendous projection, EC, HC





(Japan), c.1980s, F-5 style artist model, sunburst, carved spruce over maple, gold plated fittings, nice quality Gibson clone with minimal playwear, easy action with good strong sound at a budget price, EC, HC





b/s = back and sides : btn = button : inl = inlaid

fbd = fingerboard : pgd = pickguard : phd = peghead : pce = piece

tpce = tailpiece : t’shell = tortoiseshell

mop = mother of pearl : aba = abalone : adj = adjustable

HC = newer hard case : OHC = original hard case

OSC = original soft or semi-hard case : GB = gig bag


Mint/as new = all original unplayed condition

EC (Excellent Condition) = all original, no repairs/refinish unless noted, some playwear

VGC  (Very Good Condition) = basically all original, may have minor repairs/refinish but no other issues unless noted, moderate playwear

GC (Good Condition) = generally sound, possibly some repairs/refinish, may need work as noted, moderate to heavy playwear

PC (Poor Condition) =  Issues and work required as noted

WE BUY, SELL AND EXCHANGE all fretted instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, Hawaiians, resophonics - in fact, anything cool, interesting or unusual!

Worldwide courier delivery can be arranged at cost.


To view photos:

Aria Mandolin Banjo

(Japan),  c.1980s, mahogany, 11” metal rim with integral tonering, full flange/resonator, rosewood fbd, plays like a mandolin but sounds like a banjo, EC.



Clifford Essex

“XX Special”

Melody Banjo

c.1910s,  4 string, nat.maple, 13” mandolin scale, open back 11” rim with Whyte Ladye style tonering (later called 'Concert Grand'), rosewood fbd with engraved pearl inlays, slotted phd, extremely rare model with exquisite early CE workmanship, EC



P Beuscher

Octave Mandola/


c.1940s?, flatback, 23”/580mm scale, walnut neck/back/sides, spruce top with inlaid pgd, fancy coloured purfling, Maccaferri style ‘grande bouche’ soundhole, thick ebony fbd with abalone dots,  new bridge, rare and unusual offering from famed Paris music dealer, plays easy with sweet resonant tone, ideal for folk tunes and songs, EC, GB