I recently acquired a piccolo mandolin made by Leland, a Brand distributed by Lyon & Healy. I posted a photo and a scan of a L&H catalog page at this thread.
It is tuned one-fourth higher than a standard mandolin (one octave higher than a tenor mandola). The scale is 10.25" (260mm).
I was just wondering if this was just a flash-in-the-pan innovation for mandolin ensembles at the time (1912 or so). I have never seen any music actually written for such an instrument. The only other insruments that I have seen with such a short scale is a one-of-a-kind 6-string Gibson.
Have there been any bowlbacks with similar tuning/scale? Or is this just a sideshow curiosity in mandolinland?