Instruments - Mandolino per orchestra

These models were first of all intended to be used in mandolin orchestras. Since the mandolin had regained popularity in last quarter of the 19th century the instrument of the mandolin family had grown into their own orchestra family. For this purpose other types like mandoliolas(also named: altomandolin or mandola contralto, tuned c-g-d'-a'), mandolas, mandoloncelli, liuto cantabiles (also: liuto moderno) and mandolbassos, were developed. Embergher even added a terzino mandolino (tuned: b flat-f'-c''-g'') to the family. At first sight the orchestra models differ from the student models through the design of the head and the rosette which is made of mother of pearl in black mastique putty surrounded by wooden linings.

mandolin (1924) Orchestra model No.1
left: mandoloncello (1924) Orchestra model No.1 - right: mandola (1931) Orchestra model No.1
Mandola (1931) Orchestra model No.1
Two photos of an Orchestra model No.1 mandoloncello (1924)

The catalogue states the following about this model:

Mandolino N. 1

Mandolino per orchestra, 18 ribs in maple- or palissander wood, rosette head inlaid with mother of pearl, position markings at the fingerboard, scratch plate in imitation tortoise shell.

N.B. In this no. 1 design are also Mandoliole (Alto-mandolins) - Mandole (Mandolas)

mandolin (1909) Orchestra model No.2
mandolbasso (1924) Orchestra model No.2

The catalogue states the following about this model:

Mandolino N. 2

Mandolino per orchestra, 28 ribs in maple- or palisander wood, rosette and head inlaid with mother of pearl, position markings on the fingerboard, scratch plate in tortoise shell.N.B. In these models we fabricate Mandoliole (Alto-mandolins) - Mandole (Mandolas) - Mandoloncelli and Mandolbassi.

The position markings at the fingerboard are dots of mother of pearl.

Mandolin (1923) palissander Orchestra model No.3
Mandolin (1924) maple Orchestra model No.3
left: mandolin (1923) and (1924) detail end-clasp - right: mandolin (1924) detail of the scratch-plate
Mandola 1933 Orchestra model No.3

The catalogue states the following about this model:

Mandolino N. 3

Mandolino per orchestra, in maple- or palissander wood with 32 sculpted ribs, rosette and head inlayed with mother of pearl - position markings on the concert fingerboard in ebony wood, scratch plate in tortoise shell.

N.B. In this number 3 design also the Mandoliole (Alto-mandolins) - Mandole (Mandolas) - Mandoloncelli and Mandolbassi are constructed.

mandolin (1912) Orchestra model No.4 on a book published by Gendai Guitar
left: mandolin (1915) Orchestra model No.4 - right: details of the scratch-plate and tortoise shell neck

The catalogue states the following about this model:

Mandolino N. 4

Mandolino per orchestra, in palissander wood with 40 sculpted ribs with ivory lining in between, refined ivory and mother of pearl decoration inlay on the scratch-plate, head and fingerboard. Patented mechanic, border lining in mother of pearl, neck veneered with tortoise shell, concert fingerboard in ebony wood.

N.B. Of this model we also make Mandoliole (Alto-mandolins), Mandoloncelli and Mandolbassi.

The decoration on the scratch plate is, like also seen on the model no. 6, 7 and 8, usually a dragon figure made of ivory and mother of pearl.

 

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