Mandolin Brothers, Ltd. - Credentials and References

By: Mandolin Brothers  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Guitar, Vintage Guitars, Fretted Instruments

CREDENTIALS & REFERENCES: Mandolin Brothers, Ltd. is featured in articles in The New York Times, New York, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and many other magazines and newspapers. In business since 1971, this international known company is referred to owners seeking advice, appraisal, repair or marketing by virtually all the major manufacturers, by libraries, museums, and music stores across America. They are a leading dealer (and continuously recommend to owners for advice, inventory and consignment sales) by Gibson, C F Martin, Fender, Guild, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Dobro, National, D'Angelico, Collings, Santa Cruz, Lowden, James Goodall, Tippin, Breedlove, Huss & Dalton, Bourgeois, RainSong, Composite Acoustics, Paul Reed Smith, and Hofner Companies, Stelling and Deering banjos, Weber, Mix, Phoenix, Apitius, and Big Muddy Mandolin Companies. David Grisman has chosen them to be his East Coast Showroom for Giacomel instruments. Mandolin Brothers is listed on The New York Music Trail -- a map of the famous "Sites of Sound" established by the City of New York and The Host Committee for the Grammy Awards, as a destination for visitors. Included on the list with Mandolin Brothers are such institutions as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theatre and the John Lennon Memorial in Central Park. George Harrison was their customer and Paul McCartney chose this shop to repair his original Beatle Bass and later thanked them in an interview in Bass Player Magazine. Most recently, there is a letter to the editor in The Washington Post, on October 25, 2008 whose headline is: Home to Mandolin Brothers, Tibetan Art, and Biscotti that refers to “the world-famous Mandolin Brothers shop.”

PRESS CITINGS: Mandolin Brothers has been named: "The best guitar store in New York." -- New York Magazine. "One of the best guitar shops in the world." - The Boston Globe. "I've never seen anything like this anywhere. This is the sort of place in which you can very easily lose your mind." -- Peter Watrous, music critic for The New York Times, speaking on National Public Radio's Marketplace. "Mandolin Brothers music shop in Staten Island, NY is a Mecca for acoustic guitar customers." - Forbes, July 26, 1999. "Your shop is the best I've ever seen, and I've been hanging around guitar shops for thirty-five years."-- Christopher Guest. "Best Acoustic Guitar Shop & Repair" - The New York Press Best-Of Issue, September '98. "One of the world's foremost dealers in new and vintage guitars and other fretted instruments" -- The New York Times, Aug. 17, 2001. Best Acoustic Instrument Shop in the "Best of New York" issue - October 17, 2001 - The Village Voice. The Summer 2002 issue of ForbesFYI Magazine says Mandolin Brothers "is many musicians' first and last resort for new, used or vintage banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, guitars and basses. [It's] an enchanted cavern of stringed instruments that you can play all day long." In the Sunday October 13th, 2002 New York Times eight paragraphs in an article titled "Collectors Shake, Rattle & Watch Those Bankrolls," were about Mandolin Brothers, Ltd. That article discusses American fretted instruments as investments and collectibles. Stan was quoted in The New York Times on May 9, 2004 in the article “A Mandolin Wind Blows in Bloomfield” (by Brian Wise) in a discussion of mandolin orchestras. Also, a mention in Departures, May/June '04, the American Express Card magazine, the article is on Kim Walker Guitars. New York Times article on Sep. 24, 2004: "Baby Boomers are Digging Guitars as Pricey Collectibles" - in the Arts and Leisure Section. October 12, 2004: The Village Voice "Best Of" issue named us "Best Place to Indulge in Your Passion for All Things Ukulele." April 2005: Tim Brookes, a writer and commentator on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, in his book, Guitar: An American Life says "Mandolin Brothers of Staten Island, the best guitar shop in New York and probably the universe." “I went to Staten Island, Sharon, to buy myself a mandolin . . . .” Joni Mitchell, “Song for Sharon” on both the 1976 Hejira and 2005 Songs of a Prairie Girl album.

In The Staten Island Advance article “Success, with Strings Attached” (Aug. 25, 2006) reporter Ben Johnson says: “The shop’s interior opens up into a veritable maze of rooms in which every wall is covered, floor-to-ceiling, in beautiful workmanship. Mandolins, lap steels, banjos, ukuleles, acoustic and electric guitars of all families and ages adorn the walls so heavily that any self-respecting musician might pass out from sheer rapture.” In The New York Times Magazine on Sunday November 12, 2006 an article on actor Christopher Guest titled “The Shape Shifter” states: “[Chris Guest] sat on a couch at Mandolin Brothers, the venerable guitar store on Staten Island and the kind of mecca for him that Harry Winston is for Elizabeth Taylor. . . . They sat in what Guest called “the grown up room,” for serious connoisseurs. Stan Jay brought out a succession of vintage guitars and mandolins and the two men [Chris and David Nichtern] played as customers peeked inside. Guest pretended not to notice." An article in Friday Aug. 10, 2007's New York Post, titled N.Y.C.'S SUBURBAN BOROUGH OFFERS WAY MORE THAN A FERRY GOOD TIME by Joseph Barracato, reads; Mandolin Brothers -- Music lovers and guitar aficionados will lose it when they visit this expanded showroom. The store features the rarest and most sought-after vintage, high-end, hand-made, classical, pre-1900 parlor, 1950s and '60s instruments ever made. 629 Forest Ave.: (718) 981-8585 See photo at:


Stan Jay has a Bachelors degree from Penn State in Education/English, a Masters from Wagner College in Education/English, and a nearly complete doctorate (ABD means “all but dissertation,”) 60 credits past the Masters from Columbia University Teachers College in The College Teaching of English. Between 1970 and 1976 he taught guitar on the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and courses in the Arts as an Assistant Professor at what is now the College of Staten Island, City University of NY. He co-founded Mandolin Brothers on December 14, 1971. An expert in marketing, he is an original co-founder and co-director of Steinberger Sound Corp (founded 1980) a successful, innovative manufacturer of carbon fiber, “headless,” basses and guitars that won 5 international industrial design awards including Time Magazine’s Industrial Design of the Year, became universally famous in the 1980s and which company he negotiated the sale of, with the approval of his partners, to Gibson Musical Instruments in the late 1980s. He has contributed forewords and chapters in books including the foreword in Classic Guitars USA, by Willie G. Moseley, the chapter on Marketing in Bob Benedetto’s book, How to Build an Archtop Guitar, and the chapter on "Collectibility" in the book Classic Guitars of the '50s, Miller-Freeman press, 1996. Stan has a 4-page article in the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars, 10th Anniversary Edition (2006-2007) and is also quoted in a blurb on the back cover of the book. In addition, Stan is simultaneously also quoted, with a photo, on the back cover of The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guid,. 2007. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of American fretted instruments – being both a person and a company known to fretted instrument musicians in every country and every state. On June 1, 2007 Stan was a featured speaker on Public Radio's "Soundcheck" on WNYC-FM New York. You can hear this interview at Another 2 mentions in The New York Times – July 31st, 2008, -- we are mentioned in an article titled “S.I. Attempts to Get People Off the Boat and on a Bus” by April Dembosky. August 10th, 2008 – The New York Times – this time about ukuleles, “Those Four Irresistible Strings” by Allen Salkin.

PLACE MATTERS AWARD HONORS MANDOLIN BROTHERS: On Wednesday June 11th, 2008 Mandolin Brothers received its second award for being a cultural institution, the first was being inducted into “The New York City Music Trail: The Sites of Sound” by the Host Committee for the Grammy® Awards in 1997. The current honor was presented by City Lore and the Municipal Art Society of New York City and was sponsored, in part, by American Express Historic Preservation Fund. Marci Reaven, Director of City Lore, says: “Mandolin Brothers is one of over 650 places listed to our ‘Census of Places that Matter.’ A jury selected Mandolin as one of 10 places to receive special recognition in our 10th Anniversary year. With this award we pay tribute to you and Mandolin Brothers for running a longstanding establishment that many consider to be at the center of the American fretted instrument world.” The Staten Island Advance, Staten Island’s newspaper of record, states in an article by Greg Alvarez: “Staten Island musician Stan Jay owns Mandolin Brothers, which is being honored as a city cultural landmark. They're not just good neighbors. They have become part of the fabric of life on Staten Island. And for that, they are being honored. The Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Livingston and Mandolin Brothers, an iconic music store in West Brighton, are being recognized by the Municipal Arts Society and City Lore organizations. The groups advocate the promotion and preservation of the city's past and its cultural diversity as part of their ‘Place Matters’ program. Sprawling Snug Harbor, with its Greek revival architecture and rich history, was an obvious choice. But an unassuming music store? You could drive right past the place and never know it's there, but Mandolin Brothers is no simple guitar shop and its star-studded list of customers spans a broad swath of musical culture and history.” The plaque, presented at a ceremony in Manhattan, reads: “Place Matters Honors Mandolin Bros. for Turning a Small Business into a Destination. Stan Jay’s store, center of America’s fretted instrument universe, is home to an outstanding collection of the finest guitars, banjos, mandolins and ukuleles.” Their web site is and a short video about the ten honorees is shown at

From Marc Cohn, Grammy®-winning singer-songwriter (Staten Island Advance, 8/14/08)

Have you ever been to Staten Island?

I’ve never performed there. I’ve been there a couple of times to go to Mandolin Brothers, like everybody else I guess. It’s an amazing store. …I play left-handed so

all the guitars I drool over are right-handed. I just go in to frustrate myself completely.

The Wagner College Alumni Magazine, Fall 2008, reporting an article in The New York Observer, says: "Stan Jay M'67 and Ernie Jackson '87 were in the news back in July, when the NY Observer ran a feature on Stan's famed Staten Island guitar shop, Mandolin Brothers. After reviewing its history of celebrity, starting with Joni Mitchell's "Song for Sharon" ("I went to Staten Island, Sharon, to buy a mandolin. . . ."), reporter Lysandra Ohrstrom noted, "The regular customers who come to the Mandolin Brothers 'to schmooze" and ogle Mr. Jay's new finds are not famous people. They are guitar enthusiasts like Ernie Jackson, a professor of music at Wagner College..on Staten Island and at Queensborough Community College, who introduced himself as 'the man with a problem' because he visits Mandolin Brothers at least two or three times a month. 'Really, I don't want to tell you that,' Mr. Jackson said of how often he visits. 'The admission is just too painful.'"

We've supplied instruments to such well-known players as William Ackerman, Eric Andersen, Kenny Ascher (co-author "Rainbow Connection"), actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick, George Benson, Edie Brickell, Marshall Brickman, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Chapin, Marc Cohn, Judy Collins, actor/singer Harry Connick, Jr. record producer Don DeVito, Holly Dunn, Bob Dylan, Elliot Easton, Raoul Felder, Bela Fleck, Mary Flower, Fr. Stan Fortuna, Jay Geils, John Gorka, actor David Allen Grier, IBMA Flatpicking Winner David Grier, David Grisman, Hall & Oates, Colin Hay (Men at Work), George Harrison, Janis Ian, Chris Isaak, The Indigo Girls, authors Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, actor David Patrick Kelly, Diana Krall, Lenny Kravitz, Cyndi Lauper, John Levanthal, Lyle Lovett, Russell Malone, David Otero Martin of El Canto Del Loco band (Spain), Eddie Martinez, Pat Metheny, Paul McCartney, John McLaughlan, Sarah McLachlan, Don McLean and El McMeen, John Cougar Mellencamp, Miami Sound Machine (Gloria Estafan), Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, actor Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live), Robin Quivers (Howard Stern Show), Vernon Reid, Richie Sambora, Paul Siebel, Paul Simon, Michelle Shocked, G.E. Smith, Bruce Springsteen (his wife, Patty, bought him a mandolin as a Christmas present), Peter Stampfel (Holy Model Rounders), Leni Stern, Stephen Stills, Billy Squier, Jill Sobule, record producer Russ Titleman, Randy Travis, Tony Trischka, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Suzanne Vega, Jimmy Vivino (Conan O'Brien show), Martha Wainwright, Peter Watrous (NY Times music correspondent), Eric Weissberg, Steve Winwood, Vinnie Zummo (Joe Jackson Band), and many other recording and non-recording customers.

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