I'm excited to say that I bought your mandolin from George Gruhn today! George took me upstairs and we A-B'd yours with three Loars, a Monteleone, and a handful of Gilchrists. I can honestly say that I preferred the tone of the Wienman over all of them with the exception of one Loar. Even that was a close call. Unfortunately I was short $160,000.
I took the instrument home on loan last night and in the several hours that I played it dramatically opened up. The mid-range is out of this world. Balanced, responsive, and immediate.
I have toured with Claire Lynch the past few years and will be hitting the road hard with Billy Strings next year. I don't know if you're familiar with either of these names but they're both fantastic.
With that said, I admire your work. I know a good mandolin when I play one and this one has something special. Where are you based out of? I'd love to let you know when I'm playing in your area.
"I'm very happy with the vintage look and feel of this mandolin. The notes ring evenly up and down the neck and the chop really barks. It's an honor to be one of the first handful of players to pick on a Wienman!
We have no endorsement deals. We feel incredibly honored and lucky that after only a short time of putting our instruments out there, all of these fantastic players liked our instruments well enough to purchase one.
"It's everything I'd hoped for. The neck profile feels really good, it's clear and loud in all positions, nice woody low end and easy clarity up high. And it's only getting started. And it's beautiful.
I'm a former guitar repair person, so I appreciate the craftmanship. The binding around the scroll, varnish finish, fingerboard radius and fretwork are all really good. The one piece maple back is beautiful. Sunburst is just right. Tinted binding is the right color. You should be proud.
I'll keep you posted.
"This mandolin is seriously insane. Exceeds every expectation I have and more. You guys have figured it out. I cannot put this mandolin down. I've played more mandolin over the last few days than I have over the last year.
Thank you all again for building such a fine instrument! Absolutely love it!
"Will and Wes Wienman are making some of the best looking and sounding mandolins I've ever played. Some instruments have an abundance of low end. Some have mid range and high end. These mandolins speak out from a multitude of frequencies. They're very even and responsive. I'm also impressed by the playabililty and stability. Thank you, Will and Wes, for building an incredible mandolin. I'm lucky to be playing a Wienman mandolin."
"I just tuned it up and am pleased with the sound, which is very good. It's a truly brilliant mandolin. I wish my old Lloyd Loar had a wider neck.
"Ok, so I've pretty much been playing this since it showed up on Wednesday. There is a depth and a sweetness to it that is most pleasing and great fun. Wes, good on ya my friend. This is a very fine instrument and I think I'm in love ... it just wants to be played. Thank you lads. This has been a fun journey and more to come. Carry on smartly.
"Will and Wes,
I, of course, think of you frequently, whenever I play with more facility and abandon than ever before (before Wienman mandolin). During pandemic, playing with jazz pro neighbors and just wanted to let you know how much everyone loves the sound and how much fun I'm having playing it. A year ago I played Nick's and was impressed. Now completely smitten.
Thanks you so much,
"I played my first Wienman at the end of a guitar show, where I had already played a number of excellent mandolins, but I was immediately blown away by the tone and attack of these mandolins. For my style of bluegrass/old-time, where I want the mandolin to sound loud, woody, organic, articulate and open, I don't think there's another builder who can compete with Wes and Will. I'm losing count of the times where people turn to me and say "Wow that is a great mandolin!"