Renaissance mandore. A small instrument which is the ancestor of the mandolin. Available with 4 or 5 single or doubled courses of strings. Also works well as a Brescian/Cremonese mandolin or tuned as a ukulele.
Scale length: 35cm.
German/Alpine Spruce, European Ash, Sapele, European Cherry, European Beech, Boxwood. Other wood choices available.
Renaissance mandore with straight pegbox from 'Harmonie Universelle' by Marine Mersenne (France, 1636).
Renaissance mandore from with curved pegbox from 'Tabulature de Mandore' by François de Chancy (France, 1629).
End view of alternative model with body of European Ash and European Cherry and neck of European Beech.
Close-up view of rose.
View from end of body.
A video and sound sample of this instrument being played. Playing by Jo Dusepo.