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    Registered User Dusepo's Avatar
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    Default Brescian/Cremonese mandolin body dimensions

    I'm planning in the future (of course commissions get built first!) to build some Brescian or Cremonese mandolins with 4 single nylon/gut strings. I just wondered if anyone had one they'd be willing to share body dimensions of?

    Using pictures found online (body join at 10th fret), and scaling them to fit the scale length, suggests to me the body should be only 24cm long, which seems quite short, so I wanted to check if that's correct.
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Default Re: Brescian/Cremonese mandolin body dimensions

    Stephen Morey mentions 6 Cremonese mandolins for his book with the body lengths 245mm,226mm, 243mm, 225mm, 235mm, 229mm though he notes most of those measurements were from the various museums' catalogues. I have Stephen's photos of three of those instruments. Send me an email and I can send them across.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Brescian/Cremonese mandolin body dimensions

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham McDonald View Post
    Stephen Morey mentions 6 Cremonese mandolins for his book with the body lengths 245mm,226mm, 243mm, 225mm, 235mm, 229mm though he notes most of those measurements were from the various museums' catalogues. I have Stephen's photos of three of those instruments. Send me an email and I can send them across.

    Cheers
    Wonderful! Thanks so much for the info! Seems like I was pretty much spot on then. I've e-mailed you as requested.
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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