Customer Feedback

I've created this page for current or past customers to leave
comments regarding my straps and their experiences.
I hope you all will take a moment of your time to let me and others know how I'm doing.

Email Jul. 7, 2017

Tim Logan

My A strap is perfect. It looks beautiful; is soft and comfortable; and a very functional. Communication and turn around time were excellent. Very nice man and very nice service. You will be very happy!

Email Jun. 22, 2017

Melanie Johnson

Just received my new custom-made mandolin strap and it's beautiful-great craftsmanship & quick turn-around on my order! Thanks so much Alan!

Email Apr. 26, 2017


Alan crafted a strap for my A style Collins. It is simply perfect and beautiful, a wonderful color for the mandolin. And his attachment system behind the nut puts my mando in a much better position for playing. Completely pleased!

Email Dec. 12, 2016

Mary Anne Nesbit

Beautiful mandolin strap for my husband for Christmas. Exactly as ordered and in plenty of time to put under the tree. Thanks Alan!

Email Nov. 22, 2016

Rich Benson

Wonderful strap! Looks great with my Pava Pro. A beautiful mandolin deserves an equally beautiful strap. Thanks Alan.

Email Sep. 22, 2016

Steven DeFrancesco

Well made and great looking strap. Great communication and fast shipping throughout the process. Thanks Alan!

Email Sep. 22, 2016

David S. Levin

As Lloyd Loar is to mandolins, Alan Gelman is to mandolin straps. Who would imagine in this era of fiber-optics and lithium ion batteries that there are still craftsman like Alan out there hand tooling leather specialty items one at a time and made to

They don't make 'em like this no more Alan. Many thanks!

Email Apr. 4, 2016


Just got my straps today - they are beautiful! Will look gorgeous on my Pava and my Weber!

Email Apr. 1, 2016


This strap is fantastic. Just what I was looking for and had hoped for. It is a true quality piece and the experience of working with Alan was equally so. Highly recommended!

Email Website Feb. 25, 2016

Tommy Reece

I bought a couple straps some time back, maybe two-three years ago. I play every day, Alan's straps have held up beautifully. I can happily recommend to anybody. They are comfortable, strong, and very good looking.

Email Dec. 16, 2015

Mike A.

I recently bought a beautiful 1991 Flatiron Performer, and knew that a special strap was required. I was very pleased with the strap that Alan had made for my Jacobson, so I knew that I wanted to have him make my new strap. It arrived today, and I am thrilled.
The design is outstanding, and the craftsmanship is absolutely first rate.

Alan Gelman is a gentleman, a pleasure to work with, and his work is beyond compare. I recommend both him and his straps highly.

Email Nov. 18, 2015

Mark Finley

Great service, great leather, great strap, Alan will work with you to get you exactly what you are looking for. Made the perfect strap for my A-style Kentucky.

Email Oct. 3, 2015

Bob Hoover

I like what you did with the strap and the color. I see I got the last of its kind 14-6. That design seems to replicate the scroll on the Orrico tailpiece on my Silverangel. Sorry to see that one go.

I can tell that you use fine leather in just the couple of weeks I have had the strap. The unfinished side is not turning into loose suede like some of the other straps I have had. I expect this one to last quite a long time.

Email Aug. 16, 2015



I received my mandolin strap yesterday and attached it to my Weber. It is well designed with precise stamping of the design. The color is perfect and matches the color of the Gallatin. I appreciate the care you took to make it and inclusion of the conditioner.
That was thoughtful and a sign of good quality service.

Thanks for your prompt and quality service

Email Aug. 1, 2015


Just received the mandolin strap today, and it is very nice. I had the strap custom made with my Dog's name on it. He recently passed away 13yrs old. He loved hearing the mandolin being played. Great inlay work and quality - Thanks Alan

Latest comments

11.12 | 01:09

I will take photo 15 #2.

11.12 | 00:14

I would like to purchase a 3/4" strap for an F style mandolin. Photo 14 strap #2. Do you take venmo or should I just mail you a check?

27.04 | 04:18

I received my mandolin strap today and it is a beauty. Better than I expected! The quality of the workmanship is the best. The leather and tooling are superb. The strap exceeded my expectations.

24.03 | 00:23

Would you be able to make a strap for a mandola? Thanks, Kristen