Mandora after Niggel

70cm, 6 - 8 courses; based on one of the most elegant mandoras in the most useful size by Sympert Niggel 1754 (Nürnberg No. MIR 895) 9 ribs; the original has 6 courses and is in ebonised figured sycamore with a simple long black neck and a partially open pegbox with a treble rider. A very similar mandora by Niggel but with a crook type pegbox is currently on display in the Stadt Museum in Füssen; This instrument also has an ebonised sycamore back, as does the Weigert in Paris and the Weiss in Halle, suggesting that this may have been a fashion, presumably to imitate more expensive mandoras with real ebony backs such as the large Tecchler mandora, also in Paris. Dieter Kirsch has pointed out that much of the mandora music is associated with monastic institutions, which makes me suspect this fashion for black may be related to their monastic usage.

However there are also plenty of mandoras in other woods and quite a lot of striped mandoras using ribs of two different woods, a striped version in walnut and bird's eye maple is also shown. I am very happy to build in any of these styles for the same cost.

Price: £3200
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