Cremonese/Bresciano mandolin

12.0030.00 + VAT

4 single strings – e, a D, G
Full string length: 60 cm
Vibrating string length: 30-33 cm

Available in two versions:

  • historical version (e: gut; a: gut; D: open wound (demi-filèe) on gut core; G: silk core wound string with silver-plated copper wire)
  • synthetic version (e, a: New Nylgut; D, G: copper wound string on synthetic multifilament core)



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The Cremonese or Brescian mandolin became popular from the second half of the 18th century until the first decades of the 19th century, and its definition is due to Bortolazzi, author of the first German-language mandolin method, published at the beginning of the 19th century (Anweisung die Mandoline, Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1805).

The research on the original instruments that survived until today show that they had vibrating lengths around 30-33 cm, and certainly used four single strings tuned in fifths (like the Neapolitan mandolin or the violin: e, a, G, D), with 9 to 10 frets on the fingerboard (source: ).

This mandolin has a particularly valuable repertoire, thanks to authors such as J.Hummel, L.V.Beethoven and B.Bortolazzi.

There are two setups available.
The first is a historical reconstruction, based on the results of our research on the documentation of the time, and uses two gut strings, an open wound string (or demi-filèe) on gut core, and a silk core wound string with silver-plated copper wire (code ref. 4M).
The second is a “modern” version that seeks the same kind of sound as the historical one but using modern synthetic materials. It uses two synthetic New Nylgut strings and two copper wound strings on a synthetic multifilament core (code ref. 5M).

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