Oddy Cello Mandolin notably played by  Steve Knightley of Show of Hands is based on a ‘tourist’ instrument brought back from  Eastern Europe which has subsequently been refined by David into the classic it is  today.  See more about its history here OK, so technically its not a Cello Mandolin, a more accurate description might be a long scale length Octave Mandola .. but our clients and professional players of this beast have always referred to it as the “Oddy Mandocello” and the title has stuck. They are known for their ‘presence’ and ‘volume’ and used by many as a lead instrument notably by our chums in the award winning band Show of Hands. Broadly the instrument is the same scale length as a guitar (25.4”) and generally tuned GDAD or GDAE. As played by Steve Knightley of Show of Hands. We have been playing David Oddy instruments for nearly 30 years and the Show of Sound is defined by them, in particular the mandocello has been responsible for some of our best loved songs such as Country Life and Roots.” Steve Knightley To hear Steve playing the Oddy Mandocello Click here   
What our customers say: Ian Cleverdon of the Huers said: "I've played many hand-made instruments over the years, and David and Nick's combination of construction and high quality materials is among the best in the business.  There's also nothing that can touch their cello-mandolin in terms of unique sound, depth and songwriting inspiration!" 

Oddy Mandocello

This is as close as we get to a ‘standard’  specification for a Mandocello ! “A” grade Indian Rosewood back & sides AAA grade Sitka Spruce front soundhole decorated with a line of Paua  Abalone and contrasting black and white  veneers Maple binding with black/white veneer purfling 2-part Lamintated Black Walnut neck Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge Mother of Pearl ‘Snowflake’ fret markers  and white side dots Rosewood veneered peghead  inlayed with David Oddy brand and ‘vine’  inlay in mother-of-pearl Fitted with Chrome mini Gotoh tuners Zero fret Bone Nut (43mm) & Saddle Chrome plated strap button under the neck heel. The instrument shown is left-handed which we  will do at no additional cost. Prices start from £1800
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