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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 wonderful original condition, unrestored. Body of 18 narrow smooth ribs, plus the two wide closing ribs similar wood of a dark tropical wood, possibly Zircote, with rare and 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. This an exceptional example, in terms of originality and fine original condition, which is reflected in the asking price. The Embergher book by Ralf Leenen and Barry Pratt provides full details on this model. ( I can no longer supply copies this book, and it appears to be out of print now).


The body of 18 narrow smooth ribs, plus the 2 wider outer ribs, dark wood with light spacers inlaid, good, with only 3 very small cracks the longest is about 2 cms long, the shortest maybe 3-4 mm, in one of the ribs, (see photo for detail) and otherwise in very good condition. These minor blemishes have no structural effect, and do not diminish the tone in any way, and could be easily repaired. 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, the original bog oak fingerboard is in very good condition, not worn, and is original. The original 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 hardly be a finer example, it could be described as in virtually 'museum quality'.

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

Photos: HERE


Price: 2350. Case included : Yes

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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