I would like to thank all the mandolinists, private collectors, luthiers, dealers and museum personell who have assisted me in my research. Without their cooperation it would have been impossible to write about this subject. I would particularly like to express my grattitude to Sebastiaan de Grebber for his support, enthousiasm and computer knowledge. Special thanks go to Dr. M. Chiappini, Dir. Embergher-Cerrone Museum, Arpino; Dr. L Torp, Dir. Musikhistorisk Museum og Carl Claudius Samling; Dr. G. Joppig, curator of the Münchner Stadtmuseum; Mr. K. Moens, curator of the museum Het Vleeshuis, Antwerpen; Dr. M. Latcham, curator of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, dep. Musical Instruments; Catherine Bowder, Sotheby's (London).

I would also like to express my gratitude to the following people for their enthusiastic support either with instruments, knowledge or other resources: A.E. van Dalfsen, Ugo Orlandi, Rob Faverey, Stefan Trekel, Paul Sparks, Tony Bingham, Goshi Yoshida, Eric Liefeld, William Petit, Hendrik van den Broek, Constant Nieuwenhuis, Sebastiaan de Grebber, Ferdinand Binnendijk, Valery Afanassiev, R. Leenen, Søren Venema, fam. Albert Messagie, Sebastian Nuñez, Stewart Button, Tove Flensborg, Alison Stephens, Alfred Woll, Andrea Tacchi and all the others who have contributed in the creation of this website.


Alex Timmerman


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