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Technical description: Soundboard of spruce. Ebony floating bridge, 105mm long, 11mm wide at bass. Cut out under the centre part so only 30mm at each end is against the soundboard. Soundhole 88mm diameter, rose of leather glued to the underside of the soundboard. Crudely cut geometric patterns on the rose. Two additional sets of holes in the soundboard, each consisting of a central and six surrounding holes 3.5mm diameter. Traces of inked decoration on the bass holes. Back and sides of figured maple. The sides are bookmatched, and join at the bottom. Ebony saddle at the bottom through which 11 pins go to hold the ends of the strings. Hole for an endpin in the bottom. Four piece back, the two central pieces are figured. The two outside pieces are plain. The bass pieces are close to the same width, whereas the treble central piece is much wider than the side piece. There is a ninety-degree angle between the heel and the neck, and between the neck and the pegbox. The heel is essentially acting as a closing piece for the body, rather than a separate entity. There are semicircular added pieces at either side at the sides near the top of the body. The heel, neck and pegbox are all maple. there are 13 ebony pegs. There is an ebony turned finial. The fingerboard is black stained maple, total length 365, cut out and floating over the soundboard. The neck is 206mm long, 43.5mm wide at the nut, and 49mm wide at the body join. There are 12 metal frets. There are holes through the first six fret spaces for a capotasto. The capotasto is wood with leather underneath against the strings, and has a threaded metal bar and wingnut to hold it in place. Repair History: Many minor repairs. Bridge not original.

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    Probably early to mid 19th century
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    University of Edinburgh
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    Probably Germany
  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-5
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-5
  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:982