The mandocello is the largest member of the mandolin family, with the deepest pitch. The double courses of the mandocello are tuned to the same pitches as the four strings of the bowed cello: C-G-D-A an octave below the mandola. The modern mandocello was originally developed for use in mandolin orchestras and quartets, where it plays melody and bass harmonies in the lower register. More recently, several talented performers have showcased mandocello in a wide range of contexts, from the Bach solo cello repertoire to innovative new acoustic and jazz experimentations.
Mandocello is a large instrument with a long scale and considerable sustain. It requires some adjustment for players more accustomed to the punchy attack, bright timbre, quick decay and easily managed left-hand stretches of the mandolin. However, the standard tuning in fifths makes for a relatively easy transition for players of bowed and mandolin family instruments. And the power and depth of these commanding beasts makes for a ribcage-rattling musical experience that’s totally addictive.
Standard florentine mandocellos are built using the finest high-figure maple back, sides and neck; choice hand-split spruce top; ebony fingerboard and bridge; Schaller tuning machines; spirit varnish (made in house); fully bound body, fingerboard and headstock; and mother-of-pearl inlays. For custom modifications to the basic design, please inquire.
Scale length: 25″
Koa back and sides, mahogany neck
Gold hardware (includes solid cast brass tailpiece)
Adirondack Red Spruce
Genuine mother of pearl tuning buttons (Schaller)
Solid ebony pickguard (finger rest):
Reverse binding with fully mitred corners
Custom mother of pearl and abalone inlay