We were intrigued by the idea of a torrefied top mandolin when Collings made the announcement during the summer, and we're happy to report that Collings has topped themselves once again.
This mandolin sounds phenomenal and is extremely responsive. It has a huge, open voice with the kind of throaty quality you don't normally get from a brand new instrument. While it's true that we've never met a Collings mandolin we didn't like, we really like this one.
This MT has tortoise binding and optional black & white top purfling, which we think gives this mandolin a nice, understated appearance.
Includes deluxe TKL Geib-style hardshell case.
We’re excited to announce torrefied Sitka spruce as our newest tonewood offering for our popular MT series.
We’ve experimented with a number of torrefied woods over the years and have found Sitka spruce to be an excellent fit for this instrument, creating an impressive balance of openness, projection and solid midrange warmth with a dry, woody tonal character. It provides an extremely quick response for softer, more delicate passages, yet offers plenty of head room to dig in for a throaty, bluegrass bark.
Sometimes informally referred to as "baked" tonewoods, the thermal process of torrefaction serves to alter the structural composition of the wood by crystalizing the natural resins within. This effectively hardens the material while also reducing its overall weight.
These structural changes happen organically over time as wood ages, which many believe to contribute to the tonal character of cherished vintage instruments.
While we believe there is no “magic bullet” for great tone, we’re having a hard time containing our excitement for this particular combination.