English custom builder of all things stringed, a/k/a Manson Bros. (with his brother, Hugh) or A. B. Manson. Above left, a solidbody electric octave mandolin (the Brits would call it a mandola), formerly owned by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and currently belonging to John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin (who also owns some wild triple-necked Manson axes). Above right, a doubleneck mandolin/octave mandolin belonging to Lief Sorbye of Tempest, who seems to have a predilection for such instruments.
Mr. Manson has departed the sceptred isle of late and set up shop in Portugal. If you're intrigued by his work (I certainly am), check out his Web site, or try the following contact information:
4 Rua dos Carvalhinhos, Ribeira
MRT 3450 061, Espinho
00351 231 929144