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    I finally found my Ceccherini on this thread—it is easier than finding the actual mandolin, but, in any case, it saves uploading the same pics again.

    In any case, it looks like someone bollixed up the bridge which is why it just sits there unplayed. What a shame! Especially now since I must travel to see Mick so we can play Ceccherini duets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I finally found my Ceccherini on this thread—it is easier than finding the actual mandolin.....
    Now that's funny, Jim.

    Your UC is ever more refined and detailed than the modest one I just acquired (pictures forthcoming). Don't know whether mine is an early model, junior model or practice model for Umberto, Junior.

    I do need to change out the bridge (as it is a decent replacement) to something more in the line of the string-separator-with-bone / brass bearing. Getting deft at making one of these myself wouldn't be the worst thing for me.

    The string spacer / zero fret at the nut is of one piece, which is a nice bit of fussy work from the UC folks, which may not be for the better. My hunch is that the two piece setup, like on yours, allows for more careful profiling of each component in the assembly.

    Very nice sounding mandolin, nonetheless.

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    I'm a bit surprised that this LE from 1888 hasn't shown up here (or maybe it has previously.)

    Pretty interesting for me to see the proto-bowl profile and how clunky it is, given the gracefulness of LE's mature work. Of course, there's the wooden tuning pegs.

    The early label is also muy coolioso, I think. A pity that there is so much reflection from the camera flash.

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    1779 Johannes Vinaccia Mandolone

    I especially like the music sheets attached to the back of the bowl. I wonder what piece that is. Mght have to try playing what I can see of it.

    MANDOLONE VINACCIA 1779 - restored by Blanchi in 1896 as for 2 internal signature (see the photos)
    The back is of course original Vinaccia as for some decoration of the top
    Very rare and important instrument
    Size: Total Length 115 cm - String Length - 78 cm
    I am selling it as I found, not stringed; probably Mandolone strings could be used in this instrument
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