Mandora / Gallichon
7 course student Mandora / Gallichon
Based on the Hans Frei (KHM C34) 72cm string length, English yew body, alpine spruce soundboard, bog oak fingerboard (the eco alternative to ebony) lime wood sickle peg box, pear wood pegs and bridge. Nylgut strings. £1405 case extra cost £588
Listen to it here being played by Richard Mackenzie
The 8crs Single strung (Electric) Mandora
This latest creation has been an instrument I had planned to do before so was pleased to make it as a commissioned instrument for Mandora music and onwards. There are some surviving 8crs Mandora manuscripts I'm told and this instrument will be used for modern music too by the ensemble Vectian: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuD9usuPzUoye1SM-ZnJOPA. The sound is in-between the Early Romantic guitar with it's single strings, higher tension and the body of the mandora.
Such instruments would have been played between 1800-1830 as seen above by a painting by Friedrich von Amerling, the metal frets making it a step closer to the Romantic Guitar yet with the qualities of the lute. Composer Simon Moilitor (1766-1848) of Neckarsulm preferred such an instrument and is commemorated as seen below.
The body is English Yew, alpine spruce top with protective ebony edging, Ebony fingerboard with metal guitar fretting, plain maple neck, lime wood pegbox, pear pegs and bridge.Strung in Nylgut NNG and D basses tuned e',b,g,d,A,E,D,C. Pickups are mounted inside for increased volume but was noticeably louder than the previous double strung mandora due to higher string tension. Here it being played https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDTTCMlyWLk
£1445, excluding case