Hello! We are Mobius Trio, a not-for-profit performing arts organization whose mission is to spread the experience of new music. After forming in 2010, we have commissioned and collaborated on more than 20 new pieces of music, with more on the way.
Now we need your help. To help us continue our innovative work, we need innovative tools. At a guitar festival this past summer, we discovered world-class guitar maker Benz Tschannen. After playing Benz’s guitars, we knew we had found a real talent. We all loved his guitars so much, we thought immediately of having him build us three matching guitars. Three instruments from Benz would be more than just three guitars with pristine, perfectly balanced tone; they'd also give us a perfectly unified sound that ensembles strive painstakingly to achieve. Benz’s ingenious designs produce instruments that will help shape our promotion of new music for a lifetime.
Your contribution will help us continue to create, collaborate, and innovate at an unprecedented level. Please assist us in our mission to bring new and exciting works of art to you, our audience, and to new audiences around the world.
Your support for this project is the stepping stone we need to afford these beautiful instruments. They are fully hand-made-to-order, and include such revolutionary features as a heel-less neck, a raised fingerboard, an extended note range (see gallery for more detail), and as an all-too-appropriate final touch; a rosette in the shape of a Mobius strip.
Every little bit you give will help us achieve our goal. Your contribution will be tax-deductible*, and whether you can give $10 or $1,000, we have some fantastic perks; T-shirts, exclusive recordings, a fantastic home-cooked meal, or some Mobius-crafted beer are just a few of the ways we want to express our gratitude for you believing in us. Can’t donate? You can still make a significant contribution simply by sharing this page with your friends, family, and fellow music lovers. Email this page, share this on Facebook, tweet this page - you are our best campaigner!
Thank you so much for taking the time to check us out! We want to extend to you a heartfelt “Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!” Here’s to a successful campaign!Matt, Mason, and Rob
Here's a note from Benz about the guitars:
About the three Mobius guitars: They are as close to identical as I think is possible: sides cut consecutively from one slab of Cocobolo, back from another slab and a slab of curly Maple. The Spruce outside tops are not from the same slab, but from the same supplier, www.tonewood.ch, cut the same year. The inside Cedar veneer of the double top is also cut from the same slab. All tops are within about 2 grams in weight, and have very similar deflection. One adaption to the 7 string are two extra fan braces in the lower bout, and a marginally deeper body.
The rosette of course is an impression of a Mobius strip.
All necks are heelless, bolted to the tops. This facilitates playing the high notes, as well as making adjustments to string action.
There will be 22 frets, 21 of which can be stopped on 1st and 2nd strings.
Individual adaptions are: 640 mm scale for Matt, blonde Shellac for Matt and Mason, Seedlac for Robert, and of course the 7 string for Mason.
*Mobius Performing Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donations to MPA are deductible for income tax purposes, but limited to those amounts over the premium you received.