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SoundAntiques are dedicated to the many unusual instruments we come across, which do not fall into any category on our main websites ( all linked above): 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.

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Instruments for Sale

I stock some rare and unusual instruments, and also have some Roman and Neopolitan 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, Study model A, 1909
A good Embergher Study model A mandolin, labelled, dated 1909, rosewood ribs, pretty much precisely as described in the catalogue, and detailed in the book by Ralf Leenen and Barry Pratt. 16 smooth ribs pf rosewood, plus the 2 wider edge ribs, with thin light coloured fillets between ribs, and the 2 forward capping strips in a lighter coloured wood. Neck varnished in black, with original tuners , and branded to the back of the headstock. Bog Oak fingerboard, brass frets, bone nut and saddle, 3 fret markers (at 5th, 12th and 17th fret).Ebony guard, plan banding to table and soundhole edge. Fingerboard extends to 25th fret, not totally over the sound hole, typical of the mandolins of this period. String holder original, with new replacement brass protector cover. Fitted with Lenzner Consort Bronze strings. Ready to play, requiring no further work. These model are usually very extensively worn, as they are 'study models' so heavily used, but this one, while showing some signs of wear, is in remarkably good condition. The typical open clean tone of an Embergher, as you would expect.

Condition Details:
Neck varnish worn but perfectly useable however, one tuner button replaced a long time ago, all tuners work well and with little wear. Frets are new, brass bar frets, fingerboard true, new bone nut, original bridge with new bone capping, action perfect and plays clear. Ribs with one small area of repair, ( see photo), but no structural damage. Table has one long repaired crack, cleated internally, a stable and sound good repair, and one other short glued crack, cleated, also structurally sound. Table arch in really good shape, with no distortion at all. Ready to play.

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Price: 1950, Case included? no, but can supply at cost.

All payments must be in UK sterling, and via electronic transfer only. Currency conversion costs to be paid at source. Price is for 'Instrument only', unless otherwise indicated,
VAT: No VAT is payable.
The instrument in some instances 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 also to be paid by the client, and for the USA we will complete and provide the 'Lacey Declaration' at no extra charge, in addition to any CITES permit needed which will be charged for. Risk must be borne by client, and proof of some sort of insurance must be in place. Payment must be in full in advance, and evidence provided of full insurance cover for the journey. For some of these additional services, a charge will be made. Funds will be refunded in full, provided the guitar 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'. In the event of a guitar being exported which will need a CITES permit, as these permits only work 'one way' the customer will have to agree in advance in writing to apply for a return CITES from their own country, all of which may take some time and this will be obtained at the clients' own expense. No refund will be made until the guitar is returned and imported into the UK with full legal compliance with CITES and the risk of loss, damage, seizure etc will be borne entirely by the customer until safe delivery is completed. Any import duty or VAT levied to re-import the guitar into the UK will be deducted from the refund amount to the client. To avoid all this, the best and simplest way to conduct these transactions is to visit the UK in person and try the instrument in my own premises, free of all these requirements: I am happy to arrange transport and accommodation during your stay to facilitate your visit in person.

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