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Extraordinary Instruments is presenting with few exceptional makers around the world that are creating beautiful hand-made music instruments, that deliver new ranges of sounds and sound colors, instruments that can be special or rare. Discovering these instruments requires knowledge, perseverance and sometimes just luck. We have created this web site to help players discover, experience and even purchase such extraordinary instruments.

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Mandolins

Richard Morgan Mandolins Powerful. Unique. In two body sizes. Learn more > Buy > Radial Braced Pretensioned Soundboard The uniquely designed soundboard is radial braced, with each of the divergent pieces under tension to form an S curve. If the tension was removed the pieces would return to being straight. The tension or torsion is what “enlivens” most soundboards and this [...]

  • Coming Soon Richard Morgan

Coming Soon – Richard Morgan

We have photos of the beginning stages of three new instruments coming soon- a lead mandolin, a large body [...]

  • Radial Bracing closeup

Richard Morgan introduces Radial Bracing

Luthier Richard Morgan from Tasmania just sent us a set of amazing photos that present his unique radial bracing [...]

  • Richard Morgan Octave mandolin

NEW ARRIVAL: RM-O1 octave mandolin by Richard Morgan

A new octave mandolin has arrived with a unique design by Richard Morgan. This instrument combines distinctive looks with power, and [...]

  • Richard Morgan Lead Mandolin

New Arrival: RM-L1 Richard Morgan Lead Mandolin

A new lead mandolin RM-L1 Richard Morgan just arrived all the way from Tasmania to be included in ExtraordinaryInstruments. We [...]

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Christos Rizos – Un Dia De Noviembre (Richard Morgan mandolin RM-L1)

Exactly one year after this beautiful Richard Morgan RM-L1 mandolin was delivered to ExtraordinaryInstruments and immediately delivered to the awaiting owner, we publish the short video of Christos Rizos performing Un Dia De Noviembre by Leo [...]

Christos Rizos – Un Dia De Noviembre (Richard Morgan mandolin RM-L1)

Exactly one year after this beautiful Richard Morgan RM-L1 mandolin was delivered [...]

Christos Rizos – Nao Me Toques (Richard Morgan RM-L3)

Here's Christos Rizos, recorded during a study session of Brazilian music (choro). [...]

MandolinARTE – The Concerto, M. Hadjidakis (Octave Mandolin Richard Morgan RM-O1)

 Here's MandolinARTE, the Plucked STrings Orchestra of Athens, performing for the Democracy [...]

  • Richard Morgan Octave mandolin

NEW ARRIVAL: RM-O1 octave mandolin by Richard Morgan

A new octave mandolin has arrived with a unique design by Richard [...]

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Testimonials

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I bought one of Richard Morgans first designs of these mandolins and it has the most amazing sound! I bet these new designs are even better. Great luthier!
Harry
I am no mandolin player, but when I simply plucked the strings of the mandocello displayed by Richard at StringFest, Deloraine, in 2014 I was astounded by the depth and strength of the sound it made. I was drawn by the unique shape and build of the soundboards, which Richard said took him 25 years to perfect.
Geoff Iliff
I have a Richard Morgan Mandola. I play celtic music with it. Beautiful tone, great sustain and punch. It is loud enough to be heard at the local pub without amplification. Lovely for melody, chords and counter melody. I have had many positive comments about its sound and Richard’s craftsmanship. Richard has also given good follow up service with regards to restringing.
I highly recommend Richard and his instruments.
Helen Snibson

… this Richard Morgan lead mandolin is so balanced! I’m truly in love with it’s deep bass notes, crystal and velvety! All stringsproduce full, sweet, professional-quality sound …

Nina, Creta