Frequently Asked Questions

Mandolin ConstructionQ: How long does it take to make a Macica Instrument? A: My instruments are all fine, crafted instruments done by hand. On average it takes about six months. Q: Where can I find access to try out one of your instruments? A: The Macica Workshop is located in Schuylerville, New York (20 minutes east of Saratoga Springs; 40 minutes north of Albany). The address is 166 County Route 338 Schuylerville, NY 12871. Phone: 518-695-3029. Q: What festivals/conventions do you attend? A: I attend the following Festivals: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York Fresh Grass in North Adams, Mass. Q: Do you make A-style and left-handed mandolins? A: Yes, I can customize an instrument however the customer would like. Q: Do you make any other instruments? A: Yes, I build mandolins, violins, violas, cellos, guitars, bouzoukis and viols. Q: Where have your instruments been played? A: They have been played at the Grand Ole Opry, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Albany Symphony, and many Bluegrass bands. Q: Do you stain your mandolins? A: No, I do not stain my mandolins. I put all my color in the varnish, I find it is more transparent and brings out the beauty of the wood more. Plus, I feel stain has a tendency to clog the pores of the wood. Q: Do you make arched fingerboards? A: Yes, I make arched and flat fingerboards.