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Antique German Mandriola

12 String Mandolin

in preperation

Mandriola
Mandriola
Mandriola
Mandriola
Mandriola

George La Foley

Mandolin 1905, London

SOLD

Very little is know about George La Foley, label indicates that he produced mandolins and guitars in London from early 1900's. Around 1920-30's La Foley added Ukuleles to his range which according to some sources have been quite expensive ones and regarded as very good quality, George Formby himself played on La Foley Ukulele. La Foley mandolins are quite alike in craftsmanship to mandolins made by G.J. Winder, a mandolin maker also based in London at that time. Did the Luthiers known or learn from each other it's hard to tell. Headstock, neck shape and hardware are similar on mandolins from both makers however this particular mandolin has rounded soundboard, more original ideas such as sound-hole moved closer towards the bridge and extended fretboard on both bass and treble side (Italian and German mandolins usually had fretboards extended under treble side only). It is worth pointing out that construction of this instrument is actually well re-thought as where middle strutting on many other mandolins quite often had raised soundboards in area between fretboard and cant, here soundboard continues flush to fretboard and towards the cant which allows lower action. This was achieved by lowering sides of bowl to keep soundboard in rounded shape. A common mistake made by luthiers in olden days was to carry on with sides of bowl at same level flush to neck where convex strutting raised the soundboard above level of fretboard making it impossible for action to be set low.

Having a chance to play both, La Foley and Winder mandolins I must admit that they sound outstandingly well. Tone is rich, sweet and with very good volume.


Condition of mandolin was mostly sound apart from few deeper marks and two hairline splits to soundboard which have now been repaired and supported with patches from inside. Frets were a bit all over the place therefore required re-levelling and crowning, fretboard has been cleaned however still shows some signs of wear. Finish was mainly intact so only required cleaning and refreshing to bring back more gloss, soundboard though has been re-finished with French-polish. Mandolin used to have a stamp on soundboard below tensioner though sadly must have rubbed off with time.

Half of the bridge was missing therefore new one had to be made, also using ebony although instead of brass saddle I have used large bone to allow setting intonation correctly. Tensioner was missing so new one has been made as well. All other parts are original and in good working condition.

Action is set to just below 2mm therefore very comfortable and thanks to intonated bridge mandolin plays in tune well.

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

For sound sample see video below.

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 tortoiseshell scratch plate

Bowl – rosewood, 15 ribs and 2 side slats

Binding - rosewood

Neck – maple and rosewood veneer

Fretboard – ebony with mother of pearl inlay

Nut – original, bone

Bridge – new ebony and bone, compensated

Frets – 22, brass

Tensioner – new ebony

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 60cm

- body width 19.9cm

- body depth at cant 14.7cm

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

- Neck width at nut is 28.8mm, at 10th fret 37mm

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  • More detailed photos can be provided upon request

La Foley Mandolin
La Foley Mandolin
La Foley Mandolin label
La Foley Mandolin
La Foley Mandolin

Barnes and Mullins

Mandolin, circa early 1900's

SOLD

A premium mandolin labelled and hand signed by Barnes and Mullins. Whereas banjos were made for B&M in England mandolins were outsourced from Italy, although there's no indication of maker it is very likely that mandolin was made by Luigi Dorigo who produced exactly the same model. Confirmed luthier who has been making mandolins for B&M was Giuseppe Casini however his models varied greatly therefore unlikely to be one of his creations.


 

Mandolin is in very healthy condition for it's age and restoration was mainly focused on frets, set up and light cosmetic work. Finish on body has been refreshed to bring back high gloss, headstock completely re-finished, soundboard lightly cleaned and re-finished with French-polish. Frets have very good height after re-levelling and crowning, fretboard cleaned and in very good condition, tuners cleaned and lubricated, turn very lightly and are holding tuning well. Original bridge is still present however decided to make new compensated one to improve intonation (both bridges will be provided). Tortoiseshell pickguard do have few cracks though it's only a cosmetical flaw.

Action has been set to just under 2mm at 12th fret so mandolin is very comfortable to play with clean tone and no buzzing throughout, neck is in V shape. In terms of tone quality mandolin sounds clear and strong with good volume and sustain, for sound sample see video below.

Mandolin is fitted with light set of strings - Optima Silver Wound

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)

Bowl – rosewood, 15 ribs and 2 side slats

Binding and decorative strip - tulipwood

Neck – maple and rosewood veneer

Fretboard – ebony with mother of pearl inlay

Pickguard – tortoiseshell inlaid with silver and M.O.P

Nut – metal with zero fret

Bridge – new ebony, compensated (plus original one)

Frets – 17 possibly silver

Tensioner – metal on headstock, ebony inlaid with M.O.P. on soundboard

Instruments measurements are as follows:

- total length 61cm

- body width 19.1cm

- body depth at cant 14.7cm

​- from zero fret to 12th fret 164mm (total scale length 328mm)

- Neck width at nut is 28.3mm, at 10th fret 36.6mm

  • More detailed photos can be provided upon request

    Mandolin comes with original case however it's in such poor state it will only serve as an extra protection while being shipped.

Barnes & Mullins
Barnes & Mullins
Barnes & Mullins
Barnes & Mullins
Barnes & Mullins

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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Photo by Monika Karpiej, Manchester United Kingdom 2017

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