Joannes Vinaccio Mandolin
Up for consideration is a 1769 Joannes Vinaccio Neopolitan mandolin in good condition. This is a spruce top mandolin, with solid fruitwood back and sides, with a printed label reading "Joannes Vinaccio Fillius Januarii, Napoli, AD 1769." The Vinaccia family is known for making mandolins and guitars, and Vinaccia mandolins of the same time period can be found in the permanent collection of several museums' musical instrument collections around the world!!! Here is a very rare opportunity to own an important museum-quality Neopolitan mandolin, either for adding to an existing collection, starting a new collection, or for restoration back to playing condition.
This mandolin looks like it was originally constructed as a 6-course Genovese Mandolin, as evidenced by the 6 endpins, and modernized at some point in time to the 4-course mandolin configuration. The conversion would have included reworking the shape of the neck, and maybe even removing a rosette, and/or shortening the scale length.
HI -RES PHOTOS:
HERE for 1270 DPI Hi-Res photos of this Joannes Vinaccio mandolin, and HERE is some additional on the Vinaccio family of mandolin makers. Here is some additional internet info + speculation on the Vinaccia family and on this mandolin:
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JOANNES VINACCIO LABEL
Joannes Vinaccio Fillius Januarii, fecit Napoli alla Ftrada Della Rua Catalana. A.D. 1769
From the 1896 Dictionary of Violin Makers:
"Vinaccia, Giovanni and Vincenzo, sons
of Gennaro. Worked in Naples about
1765-85, making excellent mandolines
and guitars Labels: " Joannes Vinaccio filius Januarii fecit Neapoli alia
strada della rua Catalana, a.d. 1770,"
and " Vincentius Vinaccio filius Januarii fecit Neapoli alia rua Catalana,
A.I). 1775"; "Vincentius Vinaccio
fecit, Sfeapoli, Sito nella Calata de
Spitalletto. a.d. 17S5."
1769 JOANNES VINACCIO
* Straight Neck
* Hand Dated Label
* 6 Ivory pins
* Rosewood fingerboard
* Length = 53 cm
* Width = 19.6 cm
* Depth = 12 cm
* Scale Length = 31.5 cm
* Nut Width= 32 mm
* Replacement Bridge
* Made in Italy
The mandolin is in good overall condition, and would need some repair/shoring up, to bring it back to a stable, playing condition. There are signs of 3 earlier repairs. The action is pretty high, but it almost looks to me like the bridge can simply be taken down to set the action at a reasonable level.
This 1769 Vinaccio mandolin is a great piece either to start/add to an instrument collection or to restore as a historical instrument back to playing condition. Also, now is a very opportune time to be buying historical mandolins, as the prices have dropped down over the last several years, and are now back down to levels not seen since a few decades ago!!!
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