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Technical description: Bookmatched soundboard of spruce, the grain closer in the centre than at the edges. Soundboard lightly varnished, some damage where the fingers have scratched the board on the treble side between the soundhole and the bridge. Soundhole 77mm diameter. Soundhole purfling consists of a wide strip of white mastic, imitating ivory with green abalone semicircles and silver mother-of-pearl shields, surrounded by bands of ebony and maple with half-herringbone centres, arranged so that two pairs of alternate strips of ebony and maple surround the half-herringbone section. Another pair of bands of strips as above surround a central section of cross-grained mosaic, featuring a strip of ebony surrounded by strips of maple on either side and sections of soundboard wood, five growth rings wide, in a repeating pattern. The bridge is of ebony, rectangular in shape, with a separate saddle of ivory or bone. The strings attach by means of bridge pins, made of ebony with mother-of-pearl eyes. The purfling around the edge of the soundboard consists of a maple corner piece, with two pairs of alternate ebony and maple strips either side of a central section consisting of chequered ebony and maple rectangles, three strips wide. The back and sides are of rosewood. The sides are bookmatched and decorated with a central inlay of a strip of maple with thinner strips of ebony and maple on either side. They are reinforced inside by strips of linen. The bottom of the instrument has a 10mm wide strip of ebony, bordered by strips of maple/ebony/maple. There is a bone endpin, with a green-abalone eye. The purfling between the sides and the bottom consists of an edging of maple with bands of ebony and maple on the sides (mirroring the sides at the top), and two pairs of ebony and maple strips on the back. The rosewood on the back is a veneer, laminated onto spruce. The same decoration as found in the middle of the sides is used down the centre of the back, and re-occurs of the heel button. The heel, neck and head are of Honduras Cedar, the heel curving into the neck, and a Vjoint used between the neck and head. The back and top of the head are laminated with ebony, and there is a strap-pin of bone with an ebony eye in the head near the top. Brass tuning machines with ivory heads. Bone nut. Ebony fingerboard with 18 full width frets. The fingerboard is glued to the top of the soundboard. Width of the neck 45.5mm at nut, 56.8mm at the body join. Repair History: The machine for the lowest E string is a replacement.

  • Date:
    Circa 1850
  • Maker:
    Benedid, Jose
  • Collection:
    University of Edinburgh
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-5
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-5
  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:910