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SoundAntiques are dedicated to the many unusual instruments we come across and collect. SoundAntiques is part of a traditional violin and guitar shop located in Guildford, Surrey, UK. Established in 1972. We are makers, dealers and collectors of fine instruments, and offer many specialized and unique services. We invite you to browse this site, to find out more.

Instruments for Sale

I do have some mandolins and guitars in stock for sale: some new, some pre-owned older master examples and some rare antique guitars too- enquire please. I also look to buy outright fine master guitars and high quality mandolins: contact me with what you have for sale please.

Luigi Embergher, Roman Mandolin, 1927, Orchestral Model 1

A fine Roman mandolin, labelled ( correct label dated 1927, no 49, plus usual address etc) in near mint original condition. Body of 18 narrow smooth ribs, plus the two wide closing ribs similar wood of a dark tropical wood, with rare beautiful grain configuration, with lighter spacer lines. Table of spruce, tinted neck with evidence of much use, which indicates a good instrument, (ie it has been much played), good tuners branded L.E., head with correct Embergher brand clearly visible. All set up to play, new Lenzner Bronze Consort strings fitted, gauged especially for these type of mandolins, tone very bright, open and sweet, typical of Emberghers. Fingerboard original with original bar frets. With fitted hardshell case. Conforms in every aspect to the specification to the model as per the Embergher catalogue. A copy of the Embergher book by Ralf Leenen and Barry Pratt will be supplied with this mandolin. (Copies of this book are available from me for £40 plus postage)


The body of 18 narrow smooth ribs, plus the 2 wider outer ribs, dark wood with light spacers inlaid, good, no repairs, and a couple a very short weather shrinkage cracks, which are not structural and present no problem. The table is in near perfect original unblemished condition, and has no distortion around soundhole area, or anywhere else. Action very good, the possibly original bar frets, all trued now and dressed, and all the tuners work well- This mandolin is ready to play, and produces a good strong clear tone- fitted with new special 'Embergher ' strings, ( Lenzner Consort Bronze.) The typical inlaid scratch plate is in perfect condition. The string holder cover/ wrist guard is replaced in my view, and is of the original pattern and in good condition, and this makes it very comfortable to play and easy to re-string. All inlays and other decoration are original and completely intact. As far as originality and condition are concerned there can be no finer example, it could be described as in virtually 'museum quality'. No previous repairs or damage.

We stock and supply 'Lenzner Bronze Consort' mandolin string sets, made especially for Embergher mandolins and other period concert mandolins, made to the correct original specification

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Price: Please enquire. Sale includes a fitted hard shell case

Price excludes freight, taxes etc. and VAT ( VAT zero rated if exported from EC, packing free, freight charged at cost- (ParcelForce, FedEx, or UPS)
The mandolin can be sent out for approval, for a 48 -hour period after receipt. However, all freight charges, inwards and outwards, must be borne by the client, import duties may be levied in some countries, and for the USA the 'Lacey Declaration' has to be completed in addition to any CITES permit, if needed. An extra charge will be made for obtaining a CITES permit, and any additional documentation needed, which will not be refunded in the event of a 'no sale' taking place. It will also be up to any prospective buyer to obtain at their own expense the full permits needed should the instrument need to be returned, and no refund will be at all until the instrument is back in the studio. Any import duties, customs charges will be borne by the 'buyer', even if no sale eventually takes place. Payment must be in full in advance, and evidence provided of insurance for the journey. For these additional services, a charge will be made. Funds will be refunded for the instrument cost only, in full, provided the instrument arrives back in the shop in the same condition as when it left. If these conditions are not met, then the instrument will be considered 'Sold'.

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