4-course mandolin by Cesare Montaldi, Naples, 1850, completely restored by Clive Titmuss,
This Neapolitan mandolin was made by Cesare Montaldi around 1850, then sold at a franchised store in London, according to the label. The instrument is completely restored by BC luthier Clive Titmuss. The neck is re-set, body completely removed and repaired, new rosewood fingerboard, new brass frets. There are more than 30 tiny pearwood butterflies holding the back together. The tuning machines are excellent modern reproductions with the correct gauge light stringing for the period. The sound is absolutely stunning, crystalline and completely authentic.
The action is perfect at 3.2 mm at the body/neck joint. No case.
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Sound sample: Over the Sea to Skye, duet with an 1809 Broadwood Piano
All instruments built by Clive Titmuss come with custom-fitted cases.
Prices do not include shipping and insurance.
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