15" scale (long scale
String gauges 33-23-13-10
Can Tune in CGDA (Mandola)
Not its original case, will come with new soft case
EXCERPTS FROM PREVIOUS OWNER
In the 1960's there was a large string band in Wilmington, Delaware. One of the members drove the city bus and had no immediate family. He would use his Spartan salary and buy quality musical instruments. then he would "lend" them to band members. Of course he never asked for them back and that's how this mandola started and thus those lovely blue painted marks on the neck. I was a wee little girl then and he lent me a B&D tenor sultana 4 that I play to this day. He would be so pleased to see your efforts. I know someone is really going to love it.
This instrument certainly plays wonderfully
in GDAE, with the Mandolin strings that it has on it now but I will
be setting it back up as Mandola with Custom string gauges for the short
I will continue to research it.
I owned a Vega Tenor Lute that was not listed
on any webpages I could see... and was all #9 inlay, which has its own
story in history.
Now it is owned by a friend and he loves it.
VIEW IT HERE
Ser# in top of peghead
No top cracks
All abalone trim intact and VG
Somelabel damage, mostly intact
Patent 1913 label intact
Fret wear on the first positions is fairly heavy, I will do a leveling.
There is alot of grime on the board, that's not all divoting as it appears
Markers all have graving lines and will be refilled with black jewelers wax
7.5" from nut to 12th fret
Neckset VG, action VG,
Instrument is full of tone and plays very well even with old tired setup and setup as a Mandolin
Hairline crack in fingerboard center, I will repair this.
One small bulge in the binding, I will repair this
One missing screw, I'll add this
Also I will plug the hole when I remove the wall hanger screw eye
Back is VG as well as the sides, no cracks
Bridge inserts are VG
CLEANUP - SETUP pics
I'll pull the tuners for cleaning and oiling
Not much wood left in here when you have recessed tuners
I will use 0000 steel wool to clean the board before oiling
Now its time to fix the hairline crack in the ebony
A common occurrence on vintage ebony fingerboard that get dry and split
This is very minor.
Starting in with ultra thin cyano, to wick in and under the crack to reseal
Shooting a little under this inlay
Now for a thicker, black cyano to fill the gap
Cured, ready to trim
Scraping back to profile
A little black in the corner of this inlay where filler was missing
Steel wooled, and basically invisible without magnification
Leveling fret wire, only a few passes, the frets are original and thin but playable
Smoothing the ends
Taking the sharp edges off the wires
When ebony shrinks it leaves the ends out a tiny bit and they get rough, no biggie
Rounding the ends with special file
Waxing the inlay gravings with black jewelers wax
All nice and sharp again
Cleaning old glue from the binding split
All sealed and good to go
Another application of Tung oil ,then I will machine buff the instrument
3 coats of "Renaissance" Wax a premium micro crystalline wax that
It ain't cheap :)
Very tight neck joint
Buffed back cover
A slightly heavier gauge will bring the tension up on this short scale mandola to an acceptable tension
All tuned up
Tone is super full with alot of bass and an open sound.
I will let it settle in and see how she is then.
What a neat instrument, and surely
one of the most pleasant sounding dual course instrument I have worked
with in a long time.
Thanks for watching
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