The handsigned label of this mandoline from Catania.
And another Mario Casella that shows some features of
the famous Embergher mandolins e.g. de non symmetrical
scratchplate and the headform (a bit), More Sicilian builders
did this, Puglisi Reale e Figli for instance.
A nice Brasilian rosewood back in pristine condition.
What allways is of importance is the neck angle as more
than often the soundboard deforms under the string pressure.
The seam of the two halves of this soundboard loosened
and to make things stable again I made an insert from
the bottom all the way up to the scratch plate.
Though the Catania based builders do not have the
same status as the ones from Naples and Rome this is a
decent built instrument with a nice sound quality.
Casella allways branded his instruments as can
be studied here. It says: Mario Casella - Catania.
The label has been hand signed as on most of
This instrument has been restored to its' original condition.
It is a finely made instrument with the original fingerboard
and frets. Nicely decorated edges and soundhole.
Beautifully shaped back as well and closed tuners that
are tastefully engraved and still work well.
A close shot of the sound hole decoration but also the
fine grained top can be studied here!
I made an effort to make a picture of its' label which says:
Strumenti a Corda (Stringed instruments)
Marca di Fabrica (Factory brand)
Materiali Scelti (Selected materials)
Lavorazione accuratissima (accurate work)
Voce Brilliante e Robusta (brilliant and strong voice)
The tuners that a securely engraved.
The head form that is pointing towards the Napolitian
mandolin builders as the Vinaccia family. This brand
can be found also on the site of Dave Hynds.