N. LUIGI BORELLI
Though sometimes one must keep in mind that instruments
only branded on the soundboard tend to be just dealers
not luthiers I found a Luigi Borelli on E-bay that had a label inside
as well. So it could have been the other way round:
Someone else built this instrument for Borelli.
In those times it was not uncommon luthiers
supplied each other with parts and even instruments.
Anyway, a nicely decorated instrument with a very loud voice
and apart from that simply a good sound as well.
I think the cristal clear tones from this instrument can
be contributed partly to the use of a brass bridgesaddle.
I've added a new fingerboard (and frets of course)
in order to get a comfortable playability and a
possibility for the higher notes (2 octave neck.)
A plain mandolin that proves that basic instruments
doesn't have to be of poor quality. In the contrary:
This instrument has a loud, fresh tone and very even
sound among the stringpairs. The way it sounds
reminds me a lot of the Nicolas Spoto mandolin
further in this blog.
The back that has been unaltered because it still was
in great shape. 15 ribs made out of brasilian rosewood.
A nice straight neck that received a newly added
ebony fingerboard (19 frets)
It stays in tune well and the octavepitch is
OK. Original tuners that work well.
I think most of these mandolins come from other manufacturers
as the brand can be added later on by its seller.
This is a neapolitain mandolin from around 1900.
The knobs have been cleaned and the tuners
oiled a bit. Still working great!
This mandolin clearly shows other decorations as opposed to the
Napels based builders of that time. The soundhole has a straight side
on the right which is thought to be a Calace invention.
The back of the Casella mandoline shows 19 ribs.
The handsigned label of this mandoline from Catania.