May 24, 2017

Classical mandolin

Mario Vorraro

This instrument allows for two models : one is built to preserve its XIX century character. It presents a fretted neck (with 17 frets) which doesn’t go beyond the sound hole and a body slightly smaller than the one of modern mandolins.
The second model is what we consider the modern mandolin used for concerts. It has a higher body and a fretted neck (27 frets) which goes beyond the sound hole. If requested, the fretted neck may have a slight curve at the end similar to that of violins.

Time required for construction : five months.
Weight : about 620 grams, 1,36 lbs.

Length: 620 millimeters (248 Inch.)
Types of wood employed : Maple and rosewood for the body, firwood and for the
harmonic box, ebony and rosewood for the fingerboard.
Polishing : opaque (ancient style) or hand polished (blotted polishing with shellac)
Number of frets: from 17 (for the ancient model) to 27 (modern model)
Strings : steel 1^E 0.10 (Inch.) – 2^A 0.14 (Inch.) – 3^D 0.24 (Inch.) – 4^G 0.34 (Inch.)

Number of staves: 7 – 9- 11



Sound range : (ancient model):

(modern model, for concerts):

Modern mandolin, rounded keyboard

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Modern mandolin, flat keyboard

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Modern Mandolin, flat keyboard

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Il M° Mauro Squillante esegue, con un mandolino da concerto con tastiera bombata, il” Notturno”, di Costantino Bertucci