This mandolin has a hollow wooden body with a rosewood bowl back, table with root maple scratchplate,and a neck with a flat (or slight radius) fretted fingerboard, a nut and floating bridge, a tailpiece or pinblock at the edge of the face to which the strings are attached, and mechanical tuning machines, to accommodate metal strings. Like any plucked instrument, mandolin notes decay to silence rather than sound out continuously as with a bowed note on a violin. Its small size and higher pitch make mandolin notes decay faster than larger stringed instruments like guitar, which encourages the use of tremolo to create sustained notes or chords. The mandolin's paired strings facilitate this technique: the plectrum strikes each of a pair of strings alternately, providing a more full and continuous sound than a single string would.
This Mandolin had been purchased from Carabott in Valletta in the early 20th century. It has been restored to its original configuration both with regards to its playability and looks by our own luthier. We invite you over to our shop to give this one a go, letting your hearts judge the feel and sound of this instrument.