Peter Coombe Mandolins and Guitars
Some comments from customers
Re: Sassafrass Guitar
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2018 09:11:08 +1000
Just letting you know my husband arrived home yesterday after picking up my gorgeous new sassafras guitar. I can't put it down, although l'll have to soon to give the skin on my fingers time to recover! This is not a one dimensional guitar - every time I play it , it gives me something new. It zings with clarity and yet promises such tonal depth as it ages. I will love growing ( as a guitarist) with this instrument.
Thank you so much for your dedication to crafting such lovely instruments.
From Guy (small short scale guitar)
Subject: Short Scale Guitar
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 17:40:13 +1000
I have just spent a very enjoyable hour playing my new short scale guitar. It sounds wonderful and I doubt my Matons and my Martin will get much use from now on. It is very even sounding throughout and has a great dynamic range. It sounds beautiful played softly and maintains its character as I play louder. I have only played with a flat pick so far and it works really well when played this way.
Thanks for building such a lovely instrument,
From Jane (00 Guitar and flattop mandolin)
To: "'Peter Coombe'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: 00 146
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 18:09:45 +1030
My new guitar arrived yesterday and I just wanted to say that I am so impressed with your work. The guitar is so mellow yet clear and is a joy to play – put simply, I have fallen in love with it and didn’t want to stop playing it to go to bed. Not only does it play so well, it looks beautiful ! Congratulations on what you have achieved.
The mandolin hasn’t arrived yet but I am sure that will be beautiful too.
Subject: my mandolin
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:32:56 +1030
Just to let you know my mandolin arrived this week and I love it ! A beautiful sounding instrument and it looks superb. I love the different timbers and the attention to detail which seems to be your trademark.
Thanks again for you beautiful instruments – I now just have to learn to play the mandolin !
From Michael (flattop classical model mandolin)
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 20:29:04 +1100
Subject: Mandolin purchase
To: Peter Coombe <email@example.com>
I have had Peter's mandolin for a couple of months now and I love it. The timber used for this classical model looks stunning and the instrument plays beautifully. This is a quality instrument and Peter is a true craftsman who takes genuine pride in his work. The mandolin when it arrived had been thoughtfully and carefully padded and packaged to keep it safe. It even came with a two page information leaflet describing the timbers used and how to care for the instrument. The entire purchase was all done via email and the whole process went very smoothly. I had lots of questions and Peter was very patient with me and readily accommodated my particular requirements. Thank you!
From Dave O'Neill (thanks Dave)
Subject: Re: My mando
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:24:27 +1000
To: Peter Coombe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Well I've now spent three days up the mountains playing no-stop with Peter Logue , then went to Melbourne and did two shows with Enda Kenny.
All I can say is that I'm totally gobsmacked by the mandolin. It is simply fantastic. The neck is so playable the fingers just fly over it effortlessly. The intonation is flawless. I'm easily able to play things that I've struggled with in the past.
And for a new instrument the sound is beautiful. I've finally found the voice I've been searching for.
Thank you for crafting an instrument
that is such a joy to play.
I'm finding it impossible to put down.
Subject: My mandolin
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 22:26:50 +1000
To: Peter Coombe <email@example.com>
Bloody hell. This instrument is extraordinary. I cannot believe how easy it is to play. A bit over a month now, and I'm starting to really get to know it. Mate, you're a genius.
Subject: Re #129
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:36:39 +1200
Just thought that I would touch base with you. I have just played a Gibson A model from 1923. Same shape as your one. #129. All I ever hear is just how great the Gibsons are: Fantastic. The ultimate. Best sounding mandolins ever made, etc, etc. I have to say that your one would leave it for dead both in sound and finish. There is a lot of codswallop written and spoken about the old Gibsons. They are very good without a doubt but they have been surpassed by many outstanding instrument makers throughout the world. I would certainly place you in that category.
Many thanks for such a wonderful mandolin.
Best regards, Dale
Subject: My Coombe mandola
My new mandola is wonderful - every bit as gorgeous in person as it appears in your photos, solidly built yet graceful, and virtually impossible to walk past without strumming a tune or two. Or ten.
Thank you for your dedication to customer service; I could not have negotiated the paperwork labyrinth without you. I am very grateful for your thoroughness and persistence in the face of all that bureaucracy; without it, I would not have come out the other side with such a stunning instrument.
You have provided me with a source of pride and sweet music that I will treasure and play for the rest of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Subject: Re: Mandolin
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2011 15:04:19 +1000
To: Peter Coombe
Package arrived all intact, thanks to your secure packing and the bullet-proof Presto case. What an absolutely stunning instrument! I've played it in every spare moment I've had and am so impressed with the beautiful tone, incredible sustain and powerful volume. It rings like a bell with an almost angelic sound. I have a collection of over 10 other quality mandolins that I've purchased over the years from all around the world - this one makes them sound like toys. Thank you so much.
Subject: Peter Coombe's Latest A5
About a week ago, I received Peter Coombe's latest effort. It's an A5 with a Swiss Pine top. Back, sides, neck and fingerest are highly figured Tasmanian Blackwood. Rock Maple is used for the body binding. Fingerboard binding, tuner knobs and peghead overlay are in Ebony. A Brekke bridge, and a Price tailpiece were included as was a Presto case.
How we came to select this particular combination of timbers is a fairly long story, but suffice to say that we put a fair amount of thought into it. The selection of the Brekke bridge was also a calculated decision. The process we went through to specify my mandolin was interesting, educational and left me with the feeling that I contributed to the creation of a unique instrument.
The instrument is an extraordinary piece of work in my opinion. The Tasmanian Blackwood back is beautifully matched with great figure. Peter finishes his mandolins with French polish which in my opinion brings out the best in the timbers. The Ebony fingerboard, fingerboard binding, peghead overlay, and tuner knobs are in striking contrast to the gold hardware and red/gold coloration of the Blackwood. Needless to say, it looks damned nice and I'll put some photos up of it in the near future. It's the best sounding, best playing mandolin that I've ever experienced. The intonation is just superb. Peter says that this is the loudest mandolin that he has ever built. It is certainly theloudest mandolin I've played. All strings are very balanced. The G string is rich. The E string sings brightly. D & A strings sound just as good. This evening, the instrument really opened up. It sounds incredible.
Peter Coombe builds great mandolins. I feel that his prices are very reasonable. Last I heard, his waiting list was surprisinglyshort. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a very high quality, custom built mandolin.
Thank you Peter!
Subject: New Mandolin! Coombe 83To: COMANDO@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Disclaimer - any individuals suffering from MAS read the rest of this mail at their own risk!
The day arrived. It started like any other - I got up, had coffee and breakfast and went to work. Then it all changed.
I got paged from the office at 10:45 - there was a parcel waiting for me, "and its damn big". With great trepidation, I went to the office, and there was a big box there, with the wonderful words "Fragile: musical instrument" written by hand on the side. This was it!
I carried the box back to my office, and carefully pulled off the case. Inside, packed in foam, foam balls and plastic was a white Presto case. Inside a mandolin. A Coombe mandolin. Number 83.
This mandolin is AWESOME! Its an A style, oval hole mandolin. Top is Engelmann, the back and sides gorgeous flamed rock maple. Ebony fingerboard and trims. A spectacular Birdseye maple pickguard. Gold hardware, Brekke bridge, Abalone inlays. The construction is fantastic, and it looks like it shouldn't be played! I will take more photos soon, but for now there is a photo here:
Now I said it looks like it shouldn't be played. But it should. And it will. And it has! And the sound? Like it looks - FANTASTIC!
It is very clear, and has great sustain - as my wife puts it "Its heaps louder and sounds nicer than your old mandolin". It is very strong in the base, and I can get the G strings to distort slightly if I hit them *really* hard. The treble doesn't have the same strength, but rings like a bell. The tone is not as rich as some mandolins I have heard, but it is up there - and I expect this to develop with time. This is a keeper, I love it, its not going anywhere!
I replaced my Washburn mandolin with this - its definitely a big step up. I got it to play, and to have as a reference mandolin for the ones I am/going to build. This sets the bar high! Anyway, too much typing - I have playing to do! I will try for some sound files in the next week or so.
To Peter - a big thanks! This is the mandolin I wanted! To anyone considering a mandolin from Peter - do it! You won't be disappointed!