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Old German Lute Guitar

SOLD

Not quite a Lute Guitar and not quite a Wappen Guitar so Wappen-Lute-Guitar then? No label is present therefore it is not possible to establish when or by whom it was made, possibly it is a bit younger than typical Lute Guitars made in 1920-1940's. It has deeper dome-shape body rather than round ribs which provides much more bassy tone. Scale length of 640mm and neck dimensions are closer in size to a standard Classical Guitar but with headstock that was often used on German Lute Guitars and Mandolins.

Condition of guitar was very good with no cracks or wear to soundboard, finish was also intact however it has been replaced throughout with french-polish as it did look plasticy and made the instrument look unattractive. The body has been lightly stained to pull out rich figure and with french-polish it now looks way more attractive than before. Other repair involved glueing splits between ribs, re-levelling fretboard and complete re-fret. Original tuners only required a good clean and work finely as they should. Nut and saddle have been replaced with new ones made of bone. Action is set very low with 3.2mm on treble side and 3.5mm on bass side at 12th fret therefore very comfortable to play. Guitar is fitted with D'Addario EJ31 Hard tension strings which sound better over low tension set initially fitted and also helped eliminate any buzzing that low tension was causing (due to much tougher construction of guitar and it being younger, a heavier tension would not over strain the instrument).

Here is a list of materials of which guitar is made of

(please note that sometimes it is very hard to identify the material correctly due to age or simply other substitutes looking very similar)

Soundboard – solid spruce

Back and sides – figured maple

Neck – maple

Fretboard – rosewood with mother of pearl inlay

Nut and saddle – new bone

Bridge – rosewood

Frets – 18 Hosco nickel-silver 2mm

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 104cm

  • body width 33.5cm

  • body length 52.5cm

- body depth 13cm

​- from nut to 12th fret 320mm (total scale length 640mm)

- Neck width at nut is 49mm, at 12th fret 59.3mm

  • More detailed photos can be provided upon request

Lute Guitar
Lute Guitar
Lute Guitar
Lute Guitar

Antique German Terz Guitar

Gut Klang

 

at £240 RESERVED
 

An old Terz Guitar made in Germany around 1910-20's under the brand Gut Klang. Terz guitars aren't very popular these days and can easily be mistaken by a children's guitar due to it's small size. Total length of this guitar is 87cm with scale length of 542mm, it is tuned to GCFA#DG so a third higher above standard guitar tuning. With smaller body goes more trebly tone which at first sounds a bit odd but once played a little you begin to appreciate different tonal qualities which sound great when playing music written by Classical Guitar composers of 18th & 19th century.

Guitar has two cracks to soundboard which have been previously repaired, the back had one full split and loose strutting therefore required removal to glue all parts back together properly. Finish was quite worn out and unattractive therefore stripped completely and refinished using antique oil (quick drying). Neck and frets were in good order only requiring a clean up, fret re-levelling and crowning. Some tuner buttons were missing so all replaced with new ones made of rosewood. Action is set to 3.2mm on treble side and 3.5 on bass side above 12th fret therefore easy to play.

Guitar is fitted with a low tension strings set – Aquila Ambra 800 82c

Here is a list of materials of which guitar is made of

(please note that sometimes it is very hard to identify the material correctly due to age or simply other substitutes looking very similar)

Soundboard – solid spruce

Back and sides – figured maple

Neck – 2 piece maple

Fretboard – rosewood with mother of pearl inlay

Bridge – maple

Frets – 19 (possibly silver)

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 87cm

  • body width 28.3cm

  • body length 41.7cm

- body depth 7.1cm

​- from 0 fret to 12th fret 271mm (total scale length 542mm)

- Neck width at nut is 42mm, at 12th fret 50.3mm

  • More detailed photos can be provided upon request

Terz Guitar
Terz Guitar
Terz Guitar
Terz Guitar
Terz Guitar

Old German Mandola

" Sing "

 

SOLD

Large size bowl backed mandola made under brand “Sing” also known as “Superton Sing” in Markneukirchen, Germany around1930's. This Mandola varies much from other mandolas of that period, first noticeable difference is a very large bowl with 3 top/middle ribs protruding over the rest of the bowl, longer scale of 442mm and shorter but thicker neck that meets body between 8th and 9th fret. Strutting is also quite unusual as there are thicker bars running along the grain of soundboard with only thin strutting running across it.

As the instrument was generally in a good condition for it's age and being quite rare I decided to retain it entirely in its original state. Repair work (rather than restoration) involved reconditioning of fretboard and frets to correct the level and allow lower action. Missing armrest and bridge have been replaced, tuners lightly cleaned and work fine, finish only cleaned of dirt.

Mandola is currently fitted with Octave mandolin set which is a lot lighter than standard mandola set, recording was done in traditional tuning CGDA. However, initially I have fitted it with thicker strings and tuned it 3 half tones lower which actually seemed to sound more right on this instrument as lower tuning is a more appropriate pitch to stimulate a chamber of such size (I will leave the string choice up to the future owner though).

Action above 12th fret is set to 2.2mm on treble side and 2.5mm on bass side. Bridge is quite low leaving a gap of 5-7mm between strings and top (depending on area).

Here is a list of materials of which the mandola is made of

(please note that sometimes it is very hard to identify the material correctly due to age or simply other substitutes looking very similar)

Soundboard – solid spruce

Back – maple

Neck – maple

Fretboard – rosewood with mother of pearl inlay

Nut – original, ebony

Bridge – new rosewood

Frets – 20 plus zero fret

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 79.5cm

- body width 27.5cm

- body depth at cant 18cm

​- from 0 fret to 12th fret 221mm (total scale length 442mm)

- Neck width at nut is 32.5mm, at 8th fret 46mm

  • More detailed photos can be provided upon request

Mandola
Mandola
Mandola
Mandola
Mandola

E. de Cristofaro

Napoli, circa early XXc.

SOLD

From the little sources available I've learned that Cristofaro built his mandolins in Naples (126 Via Vecchia Capodimante) and despite moving to France his workshop still remained there. Paris,12 Boulevard Saint Martin was possibly his shop address based in France where he would be selling his instruments, we can assume that his mandolins gained popularity there and living in France would allow him to get closely involved in trade. Absence of date of make on label would only let us estimate to usual 1900-1920's.

Cristofaro mandolins are surely eye catching with unique headstock, fancy pick-guard and “bird house” style sound-hole. Apart from look though and thanks to large body mandolin does sound very well with very good volume and rich, bright, sweet tone.

Mandolin was imported from France in very bad state, as you can see from video it required a lot of work to bring it back to life. Luckily the soundboard is healthy and did not have any cracks or splits, as there was no need to remove original finish all marks remain as part of it's previous life.

Restoration was mainly focused on the back which was badly damaged, bits of wood missing on the back, headstock, binding and armrest have all been replaced. Back and sides have been re-finished with light stain to bring more wood figure and French polished. Fretboard and frets were in very good condition only requiring some re-levelling and crowning. Tuners cleaned and polished to restore shine, missing buttons replaced, tuners now work nice and smoothly.

Original bridge had some damage therefore a replica with compensated bone was made to improve intonation.

As for playability, strings height at 12th fret is set to 1.9mm at treble side raising to 2.3mm on bass side providing comfortable playing action. Strings spread at nut is narrow therefore suitable for players who prefers such set up.

Recording in the video below was done in tuning FCGD, a tone lower than standard tuning which I feel works better on this mandolin and also puts less strain on the instrument.

Mandolin is fitted with light set of strings – D'Addario EJ62

Here is a list of materials of which the mandolin is made of

(please note that sometimes it is very hard to identify the material correctly due to age or simply other substitutes looking very similar)

Soundboard – Solid Spruce inlaid with rosewood pick-guard

Back – maple and decorative wood strips

Binding - tulipwood

Neck – maple and veneer

Fretboard – rosewood with mother of pearl inlay

Nut – original, metal with zero fret

Bridge – new ebony and bone, compensated

Frets – 29, brass

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 63cm

- body width 21cm

- body depth at cant 8.3cm

​- from nut to 12th fret 167mm (total scale length 334mm)

- Neck width at nut is 28.2mm, at 10th fret 38mm

  • More detailed photos can be provided upon request

Cristofaro Mandolin
Cristofaro Mandolin
Cristofaro Label
Cristofaro Mandolin
Cristofaro Mandolin

Antique Italian Flat-back Mandolin

Antonio Monzino

Milano

circa late XIX – early Xxc

SOLD
 

Seven generations of Monzino family have been making and distributing musical instruments since 1750, with business establish date as 1767. Monzino family was also very active in publishing, involved in string making and developing modern machinery for wood manufacturing. Although label does not carry actual date of make it is most likely that the mandolin was made at time of Antonio Giacomo Monzino IV (1847-1929) who also created a “Mandolinist Club” which would indicate was the one who cherished mandolins in particular.

Mandolin has a flat-back body made of highly flamed maple, it has a canted soundboard made of tight grain spruce, finished with ornate soundhole and MOP inlayed tortoiseshell pickguard. Tailpiece with sleeve guard itself was imported from Germany as it carries patent information DRGMSCH No 41988 (as the image on label suggests, this type of tailpiece was originally fitted on mandolin). Craftsmanship of Mandolin feels different from other flat-back mandolins, it feels more precise, it's very light, responsive and producing very loud tone for such small bodied instrument.


 

Unfortunately mandolin must have been stored in a barn or attic for many years where it was attacked by wood worm and fungus which left a bit of musty smell inside, although I have tried to neutralize it's still present. Luckily this hasn't affected structural condition of mandolin and after treatment and patching up holes left by wood worm it is has been returned to playable state again. There's only one small crack on side near tailpiece, soundboard and back are crack free. Fretboard and neck remained in perfect position and no movement has occurred. Slightly worn out frets were re-levelled and crowned allowing action to be set at 2mm (at 12th fret) with no buzzing. As the bridge was missing a new one was made in style that compliments all over decorative appearance, Bridge is made of ebony and bone saddle intonated ensuring mandolin plays in tune, gap between pickguard and strings is 6mm. Tuners are also in very good condition for it's age, only required good cleaning and work very smoothly. As this is very rare mandolin restoration was aimed at minimal interference with original state. Soundboard was gently cleaned and lightly finished with French Polish as to seal the surface rather than build up a layer.


 

Playability of mandolin is very good, light and comfortable, suitable for player preferring narrower neck. For sound sample see video below.

Mandolin is fitted with light set of strings - Pyramid Silver Wound .032-.009

Here is a list of materials of which the mandolin is made of

(please note that sometimes it is very hard to identify the material correctly due to age or simply other substitutes looking very similar)

Soundboard – Solid Spruce with tortoise shell scratch plate (possibly faux)

Back and sides – Maple

Neck – maple and rosewood veneer

Fretboard – rosewood with decorative mother of pearl inlay

Nut – new bone

Bridge – new ebony and bone

Frets – 23 possibly silver

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 59cm

- body width 20.2cm

  • body length 31.3cm

  • body depth at cant 5.7cm

  • More detailed photos can be provided upon request

Antonio Monzino
Antonio Monzino
Antonio Monzino
Antonio Monzino
Antonio Monzino

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