Larry May

“It’s a shame that all pickers of the world can’t experience the sensation of hearing and feeling such a fine instrument come alive in their hands. All the parts speaking with one unified voice—the top, back and neck all alive. Who would’ve thought that physics, nature and aesthetics could find such harmony in your mandolins. Any note on the fretboard confirms that a fine craftsman built this mandolin with a soul. Despite being a “Bluegrass” model, this mandolin interprets my every mood—folk, blues, jazz. This bird can sing, it has so much to say.”

(update) “I’m still in daily awe. All indications are this musical state of bliss is a permanent condition. There is no known cure — and that’s why I’m smiling.”

(update 2016)“A Wisconsin visitor showed up the other day on the doorstep of Phoenix Mandolins with his 2003 Phoenix mando anxious to meet the new torchbearer of the Phoenix legacy. It didn’t take long to recognize Jenny’s commitment and hear the wisdom in this young luthier’s voice. The music world is safe in her hands. I left my 13-year-old mando with Jenny for a bit of Phoenix spa love while visiting Maine during peak fall color. Knowing I’d be without an instrument for a few days Jenny graciously offered to loan me her personal cherry mando built in 2009. Oh my! This instrument can sweetly lift the fog from the lake and sustain falling maple leaves in mid flight. To future Phoenix players…we are in good hands. Rolfe must be proud of his past, present and future Phoenix legacy.”

 

Larry May