Instruments for Sale

Octave Mandola - Acoustica Heartland - SOLD


This is a lovely hand-made instrument from The Music Room's Heartland range.  I bought it specifically because it has a blank headstock and could be used in period music events.  It has been replaced in the shows by George Stevens' gitterns.  It can be tuned in a number of ways, either as an octave below below a standard mandolin or in bouzouki-style tuning such  as CGcg, Dada, DGdg, either with paired or octave strings.  It produces a rich, full-bodied sound ideal for tune or song accompaniment as well as melody work. In excellent condition and supplied with  a new set of strings.
The Acoustica Heartland Octave Mandola is for sale at 400.  For more information please contact me

Cornetto  - leather-covered ebony resin from the Christopher Monk workshop  SOLD

Although originally made from leather-covered wood, the cornetto and its bigger brother the serpent fall into the family of brass instruments.  Christopher Monk, who died in 1991, was the man who pioneered its revival in the 1960s, not only in terms of performance but also through his  revolutionary method of making them using wood-filled resin.  When Christopher Monk died, the virtuoso performer Jeremy West took on the amntle of maintaining the Workshop.  For more information about this fascinating instrument, including accessories, fingering charts, music and forthcoming performances visit Jeremy West's site.  You can also hear what cornetto sounds like


Gasparo de Salo Cittern - SOLD

This cittern kit is based on an instrument by Gasparo da Salo in the Ashmolean Museuem, Oxford.  It was made in the 16th century, circa 1560, and is a fine example of a cittern of that period. Gasparo da Salo was a pupil of the well-known lute maker Girolami Virchi.  At the age of 18 da Salo set up his own workshop and went to build a large variety of instruments including lutes, citterns, viols, violins and violas.  da Salo is often credited as the designer of the violin in the form that we now know it.  da Salo worked in Brescia, the home of many famous instrument makers, including the Amati family and alter the Guarneri and Stradivari families. For more information about citterns  Theater of Music is an interesting site.

The cittern was very popular in the 16th century, often refeerdd to as "the barbers' shop instrument" as it often hung on the wall to be played by waiting clients.  It is wire strung, and is ideal for consort music, song accompaniment and solo performance.  Similar in tuning to a modern ukelele, a wide range of chords can be easily played.  There are four courses of strings, the first two being in unison pairs, the third having 3 strings, the two outside in unison and the inner one an octave higher.  The remaiing fourth course is another unison pair.  The cittern features re-entrant tuning, where the fourth course is higher than the third course.  

 The recommended tuning is: 1st course: e'e'    2nd course: d'd'   3rd course: gg'g   4th course: bb