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INSTRUMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR SALE

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As a musician I understand that choosing an instrument just by looking at photos is quite difficult therefore I accept returns with no problems in case the instrument didn't appeal to you, although the return cost would have to be covered by the buyer.

Renaissance Cittern

at £750 including free UK delivery
 

A reproduction of Renaissance Cittern, date or make are unknown (may have been made by Early Music Shop etc.).

General condition is very good with some light marks to body. Fretwork has been reconditioned - levelled, crowned and polished so as good as new. Original nut was made of rosewood but had few chips at strings spacings so has been replaced with new cattle bone which should last longer. Ebony bridge also had chips so it now has added bone saddle.

Action is set nice and low at both nut and bridge providing action of 2.5mm at 12th. It may be lowered further down if needed however tension is rather low here and left hand playing is effortless so it's better to leave sufficient height for strings to ring freely.

Cittern is fitted with new custom made set of strings with following gauges

B .014 – G.030 g.016 G0.30 – D .012 – E .010

Should you require a sound sample please drop me a message, though I don't really play cittern I can record something to give you an idea of it's tonal qualities.

Soundboard – Solid Spruce with decorative rose and purfling

Back and sides – Sycamore   Neck – L shape Sycamore

Fretboard – Pear wood    Nut – Bone

Bridge – Ebony with bone saddle

Frets – 17 Flat Brass Wire   Tuners – Rosewood Pegs

 

Instruments measurements are as follows:

  • total length 75.5cm   body length 35.5cm   body width 22.6cm

  • body depth 5.3cm at neck, 2.3cm at tailpiece

  • from nut fret to 12th fret 226mm/ 8.897inch (total scale length 452mm/17.795inch)

  • Neck width at nut is 41.2mm, at body merge 41.5mm

Antique Russian Guitar

at £150 including free UK delivery
 

An antique guitar labelled “Tomp” and made in Moscow. I couldn't find any information regarding this brand however it appears to be an earlier guitar than those mass produced post WWII as it has old flat copper fretwire (22frets) and decorative strips around soundhole made of wood rather than stickers. Date of make may be estimated to 1930's.

Originally this was a 7 string guitar but as lowest string peg doesn't work properly it has been converted to standard 6 string ”parlour like” guitar. Rest of pegs work nice and smoothly and are holing tuning well.

Guitar is made of all solid woods with spruce soundboard, back and sides Maple or similar bright wood (not sure here). Neck/fretboard are painted black but both likely to be made of maple.

Guitar is in fully playable condition and retains it's aged look throughout. Some repairs were done like, two shrinkage splits to soundboard patched from beneath, reconditioning of fretwork, light clean up of tuners to get them going again. Soundboard received a new coat of shellac, back and sides were possibly refinished in the past, possibly with shellac as well.

Original bridge was missing and tailpiece must have been added by previous owner.

It now has a floating rosewood bridge which work perfectly fine and allows setting intonation easily. I though if someone ever decides to convert it back to 7 string guitar it will make it a lot easier to do so.

Currently guitar is fitted with nylon set of strings (D'Addario rectified EJ29) however it may be possible to use light set of steel strings. Action is set for nylon strings so around 4mm at 12th fret but neck is adjustable via nut at heel (radiator key fits well here) so if needed action can be changed via neck or bridge.

As guitar has a smaller body compared to modern guitars it suits older classical guitar repertoire and with steel strings would be great for blues/ragtime. It has a typical tonal qualities for a guitar from that period which has more highs and mids. To request a sound sample please drop me a message

Instruments measurements are as follows:

  • total length 94cm  body length 44cm

  • body width 26cm upper body, 32.5cm lower body

  • body depth 8.3cm

  • from nut fret to 12th fret 305mm/12inch (total scale length 610mm/24inch)

  • Neck width at nut is 44.5mm, at body merge 60mm

Antique Italian Mandolin
Giuseppe Casini

Napoli, circa early Xxc.
 

SOLD
 

Neapolitan Mandolin made by Giuseppe Casini sometime around early 1900's.

Mandolin is in fully playable condition and well set up at both nut and bridge, providing low action of 1.5mm at 12th fret over treble side and 1.8mm on bass side.
 

Mandolin has now a new fretboard, fretted with narrow 1.1mm wide nickel-silver frets.

General condition of mandolin was good with no cracks to soundboard, bowl had few splits between ribs which have been repaired (due to some twists in ribs not all could be perfectly aligned). Original finish was fairly good just requiring a clean up and reviving, only soundboard received and new coat of french polish as old finish was completely worn out. Tailpiece and tuners have only been lightly cleaned and left in aged condition as work perfectly fine so complete renewal was not needed. Original bridge was missing so a new one has been made of rosewood with mother of pearl saddle and edging, compensated for strings G and A to improve intonation. Despite very low action there's very good gap between strings and soundboard which makes it a lot easier to avoid hitting pick-guard with pick while playing.
 

Mandolin sounds surprisingly well with very deep and bright ringing tone, pearl saddle makes it sound very crisp and clean with excellent sustain. A sound sample to follow shortly.


Mandolin is fitted with new light set of strings – Picato Nickel wound .010-.034

Soundboard – Solid Spruce with tortoiseshell pick-guard inlaid with M.O.P.

Bowl – 21 rosewood ribs & 2 side slats

Neck – V shape made of maple with rosewood veneer

Fretboard – New Rosewood with MOP inlay

Nut – New bone

Bridge – New Rosewood with pearl saddle

Frets – 17 Japanese Nickel silver1.1mm crown width

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 61cm - body width 19.7cm - body depth 13.8cm

- from nut fret to 12th fret 165mm (total scale length 330mm)

- Neck width at nut is 27.9mm, at body merge 38.3mm

Antique Roman Style Mandolin

Unknown Maker

circa early XXc.


SOLD
 

An exceptional mandolin, likely of Italian origin, unfortunately no label is present therefore exact place or date of make in not possible to establish. Unusual bowl with a shape that has a mix of German and Roman characteristics but with ribs continuing through to neck and ending just before headstock. Soundboard has beautiful Mother of Pearl inlay, edges finished in M.O.P. and abalone binding with a very ornate ebony arm rest at bottom.

Mandolin has now a new bone nut with equal spacing and low action at first fret, a new ebony bridge with bone saddle, compensated and set up for very low action – 1.5mm at 12th fret over treble side, raising to 1.9mm on bass side making it very easy to play. It has a nrrow V shaped neck and extended fretboard with 21 frets.
 

Mandolin has deep yet crisp and powerful tone with very good sustain, a sound sample to follow shortly.

Mandolin is restored to fully playable condition and following work was done: New Rosewood fretboard fretted with 1.1mm crown width frets and original M.O.P. transferred from old to new one. Very small split in soundboard repaired (next to fretboard, just above soundhole), there's a little deformation around this area as well which does not affect structural strength. Pickguard had few splits but apart from cosmetical imperfections it's holding well. Tuners work fine only requiring good clean and so did tailpiece. Bowl only had little shrinkage split between ribs which is now repaired and almost invisible. Original finish throughout the body was lightly cleaned, re-touched with shellac and polished to semi gloss.


Mandolin is fitted with new set of light strings Ernie Ball .009 - .034

Original case is present however it's in poor condition so only good enough to provide extra protection during shipping. New wooden hard-shell case can be added at extra £80, original case is included free of charge.

Soundboard – Solid Spruce with plastic pick-guard inlaid with M.O.P.

Bowl – 15 rosewood ribs & 2 side slats with added M.O.P inlay and ended with tulip-wood strip.

Neck – V shape made of maple with rosewood ribs and tulip-wood

Fretboard – New Rosewood with MOP inlay

Nut – New bone

Bridge – New Ebony with bone saddle

Frets – 21 Japanese Nickel silver1.1mm crown width

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 61.5cm - body width 20.5cm - body depth 14.5cm

- from nut fret to 12th fret 165mm (total scale length 330mm)

- Neck width at nut is 24.7mm, at body merge 35mm